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Driving to London Luton Airport: the essential guide


London Luton Airport (LLA) is one of the UK’s largest airports, which last year had its busiest year ever with 14.5 million passengers travelling through the airport. London Luton looks set to get even busier in future, as work is currently underway to expand the airport and increase its capacity to 18 million passengers by 2018.

Whether you’re jetting off from London Luton Airport on holiday, or arriving in the UK on a business trip, we break down the essentials for driving to the airport.

Driving to London Luton Airport

LLA is close to both the M1 and M25, making it easy to reach by car whichever direction you’re coming from. The airport postcode for drivers using a sat nav is LU2 9QT, and here’s the route you should follow:

From the east and the A1, you should travel through Hitchin via the A505, and follow the signs to the airport

From the west and the M40/M25, you should join the M1 and exit at Junction 10. If you’re travelling via Dunstable then simply follow the signs to the airport

From the M1, exit at Junction 10 and follow the signs the airport, which is just 10 minutes away.

Parking at London Luton Airport

There are a range of parking options at the airport, including the new multi-story carpark that offers under cover parking with a direct link bridge close to the terminal entrance. Prices start at £8 for up to 30 minutes parking and rise to £55 for up to 24 hours, with every day and part day thereafter charged at £55.

The closer you park to the airport, the more you’ll pay. The short term car park (follow the yellow signs) is a few minutes walk from the terminal and is priced from £7 for up to 30 minutes, rising to £49 for up to 24 hours.

If you’re being dropped off at the airport, the drop off zone is the closest to the terminal; this is good value if the drop is going to be super quick at £3 for 10 minutes and £1 per minute thereafter.  Any longer than this and there are cheaper alternatives.

Like at the mid term car park (follow the green signs), it’s free to park for up to 15 minutes, rising to £30 for up to 24 hours. There’s a shuttle bus that will transport you to or from the terminal and which takes about 5 minutes.

The long term car park (follow the pink signs) is situated 10 minutes ride by shuttle bus from the terminal and here you’ll pay £27 for the first day’s parking and £23 for each subsequent day or part day. It also offers free parking for up to 2 hours.

It’s well worth pre-booking your car parking space, because it can save you up to 50%, and for peace of mind all of London Luton’s official car parks are recognised by the police as Park Mark® Safer Parking facilities.

Car hire in Luton and Bedfordshire

If you’re looking to rent a vehicle in Luton, please look no further than Mayday Vehicle Rentals. We are based in Luton and pride ourselves on providing a professional but personal approach to vehicle hire. Contact us today to find out more.