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Best Car Hire London Luton Airport

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Things to be Consider Hiring a Car at London Luton Airport?

Hiring a car at Luton airport is quick and efficient. It is always a good idea though to book online in advance as doing so not only guarantees availability, it normally offers the lowest price.

As a family run firm we aim to further save you money by sharing savings with you. We have negotiated rates with several suppliers, and also offer 4% cashback when booking with us online.

Below is a list of the car rental companies with offices at Luton airport. Desks are all located in the arrivals hall at the “Onward Travel Center.” If you want to contact the company by telephone, then the UK dialing code from overseas is +44.

Car Hire Companies London Luton Airport see below

Company Telephone Number
Avis 0844 544 6021
Alamo 01582 417723
Budget 0844 544 6021
Enterprise 01582 390969
Europcar 01582 417723
Hertz 0870 8460012
National 01582 417723
Sixt 0844 4993399

Driving costs and Potential Destinations

The average fuel cost in the UK is currently at a low of £1.07 per litre for petrol and £1.10 per litre for diesel. The price is much lower now than it has been for the last few years, but bear in mind that it is constantly adjusted. Aside from London's Congestion Charge, there are not really toll rolls in the UK. When you're planning your journey, consider the amount of traffic you might encounter and leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination.

Here are some ideas for must-see tourist sites within a 60 mile radius of Luton airport, as well as average driving times and maps with directions to get you there. For more information on other attractions in London, visit our London Attractions page. You can obtain discounts on attraction entry, restaurants and more at London Attraction Entry Discount Cards.

If you do want to contact the company by telephone, then the UK dialing code from overseas is +44.

Buckingham Palace

London Eye

Madame Tussauds

Big Ben


Luton town center


Milton Keynes

Destination Distance Journey time Journey time Directions Video

34.2 miles

1hr 4mins


34.9 miles

1h 11mins


31.7 miles

49 mins


34.4 miles

1h 7mins


40.5 miles

1h 8 mins


2 miles

6 mins


No video

29.8 miles

39 mins



25.6 miles

31 mins



How can I get to the city?

There are many options to get from Luton airport to central London. Coaches and a rail link are available, and are usually efficient and on time. However, they do make multiple stops, which can extend the length of the journey. The cost of these transfers can also vary quite a lot based on when you're travelling. If there is more than 1 person in your travel party, you may find it cheaper to rent a car than to buy multiple tickets. Here are some other reasons to hire a car at Luton airport:

  • 1Luton Airport is one of the further out of the airports serving London; 34 miles from central London.
  • 2A taxi fare from the airport to central London is likely to cost around £90, especially if you encounter traffic along your journey.
  • 3Public transport is available, but there is no “express” link as many other airports have. A train service is available but requires bus connection and transfer; time consuming and a hassle with luggage.
  • 4Car hire from Luton airport is quick and efficient, with dedicated desks in the arrival hall for car collection.

If driving is not your thing


Londonhas a fantastic underground train system, locally known as the ‘Tube'which can save you a lot of stress maneuvering the busy city roads.For over-ground train travel further afield, the NationalRail service is also quick and reliable. Connections from Lutonairport involve national rail “Thameslink” service, witha bus connection from the airport. This train goes direct to LondonKings Cross station.

Hereare directions to the over-ground train hub stations in London:

Here are directions from Heathrow to the main over-ground train hub stations in London:

With the rail service more complicated than at other airports, direct bus links from Luton airport are also popular. Both National Express and Green Line run frequent coaches to Victoria station in central London. Booking tickets in advance on their websites may offer discounts.

Once in London, to use London's public transport, you will need to purchase a paper ticket or prepaid ‘Oyster Card' online or at any station in the city. If your debit or credit card has ‘Contactless' capability, it can be used to travel like an Oyster card, however not many overseas cards will be compatible. London buses do not accept cash and fares are significantly cheaper on the Oyster Card. A ‘1 Day Travel Card' is also available, and you can specify whether you want to use it only on the trains or on a combination of trains and buses. Visit TFL to find out more.

To obtain discounts on travel and more, visit our London Discount Cards for more information.

General Information & Tips on Car Hire

Luton airport is the main arrival point for many of Europe's low cost airlines, including Ryanair, EasyJet and Wizzair. If you are travelling this way you may well find yourself here! As a major airline hub, you are not far from the attractions of central London.

Luton airport was originally an Air Force base and then an executive jet terminal; it was only in the 1990s with the growth of low-cost aviation in Europe that major expansion took place to create the major hub seen today. It is now the sixth busiest airport in the UK, but still quieter than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. With fewer passengers and only one main terminal building, this can be an efficient airport for arrivals, departures or transfers.

Despite being a budget airport, Luton offers a full range of services. There is good shopping, airport lounge provision and a multi faith prayer room and chaplain service.

Usefull Information

General Inquiries and flight information can be contacted at +44 (0)1582 405100

Lost property can be contacted at +44 (0)1582 809174

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Alternative Airports

Remember, Gatwick is not the only London airport! There are 5 main airports serving the capital area, and one of the others may be a better choice for a number of reasons. We give the main lowdown on each of the airports and their locations here.

Before You Go

Before finalizing your trip make you take a look at our comprehensive guide to things to consider before flying to London and practical tips for car rental in the United Kingdom.

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