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Find out about your transport options for getting to UCL from Luton airport

You can find the main ways of travelling to the UCL campus from Gatwick airport below:


Train

Directions

  1. There is no train station in the Luton Airport terminal, so you will need to take the shuttle bus service which operates to and from Luton Airport Parkway Station. You can purchase a ticket for the train and shuttle bus in the Onward Travel Centre situated after the Arrivals area. You can also do this online beforehand on the Luton airport website.
  2. The shuttle bus trip normally takes less than 10 minutes from the airport terminal building. The service runs every ten minutes between 5.00am and midnight.
  3. You will need to take the train from the Luton Airport Parkway station to London St. Pancras International station. This service is run by East Midlands Trains and Thameslink.
  4. Board the train and get off at London St. Pancras International station.
  5. Once you get to St. Pancras International, you will need to take the London Underground (the Tube) the rest of the way from King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station. This is about a 5 minute walk and you just need to follow the signs for the Underground.
  6. Once you get to the London Underground station and before boarding a train, you will need to purchase a ticket. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card, and you’ll certainly make use of your Oyster Card throughout your time in London, so it is probably a good idea to get one straight away. More information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
  7. You can purchase Oyster Cards from ticket machines or the ticket office and you will need to load some money onto it. You will need to pay a £5 deposit. If you load £10 on to start with, that will be plenty for this journey. If you have a contactless debit card, you can also use it for your journey in the same way as an Oyster.
  8. Tap your Oyster card on the yellow pad at the ticket barriers, and head for your platform.
  9. You'll need to look for the Westbound platform for either the Hammersmith & City (pink line), Metropolitan (purple line) or Circle line (yellow line). You can take any of these lines.
  10. Once you're at the platform, board a train and stay on until you get to Euston Square.
  11. At Euston Square, get off the Tube and make your way to the exit.
  12. Touch your Oyster Card at the barriers when you exit the station.
  13. Euston Square station is located on Gower Street, where UCL’s main campus is found (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT). Walk for two minutes down the road and you will have arrived.

Please note that there are many trains departing from Luton Airport Parkway station for other areas of central London, which may have different fares. These guidelines provide information on how to reach the UCL main campus, but you are advised to plan your journey beforehand as other train routes may also suit your travel plans and bring you closer to your own final destination.

Cost

For up to date train fares please visit the Luton Airport website. 

For up to date Tube fares please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Duration

  • The shuttle bus from the Airport to the station takes around 10 minutes.
  • Depending on which train you take, the train journey to St. Pancras can take between 20-40 minutes.
  • From St. Pancras International you have a 5 minute walk to the Tube, followed by a 3 minute journey on the Tube.
  • The UCL Gower Street campus is a 2 minute walk from Euston Square Station.
  • Total journey time: approximately 45 minutes-60 minutes

Tips

  • If possible, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00am and 5.00 to 7.00pm as the Tube is very busy during this time.
  • Bear in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up/down some stairs.
  • Trains from Luton do run throughout the night but less often at night than during the day, so check the timetables before travelling if you are arriving very late at night or early in the morning. Check the timetables on the Luton Airport website.
  • The Tube starts at around 5.00am and closes around midnight, with the exception of some lines on the weekend that run 24 hours. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Travel for London (TfL) website for exact times to make sure the Tube is running. Visit the TfL webpages to plan your journey.

National Express coach

Directions

  1. The coach pick up bays are situated in front of the terminal building and National Express services depart from bays 4, 5, 6 and 10.
  2. Tickets for coach services are available in the Onward Travel Centre situated after the Arrivals area. You can also buy your ticket online in advance on the National Express website.
  3. Once you've bought your ticket, board your coach and get off at London Victoria Coach Station.
  4. Victoria Coach Station is about a 300 metre walk from Victoria Underground station - follow signs for London Underground or Victoria Station, or ask a member of staff if you are unsure.
  5. Once you get to Victoria Underground Station, and before boarding a train, you will need to purchase a ticket. Fares are considerably cheaper with an Oyster Card, and you’ll certainly make use of your Oyster Card throughout your time in London, so it is probably a good idea to get one straight away. More information can be found on the Transport for London (TfL) website.
  6. You can purchase Oyster Cards from ticket machines or the ticket office and you will need to load some money onto it. You will need to pay a £5 deposit. If you load £10 on to start with, that will be plenty for this journey. If you have a contactless debit card, you can also use it for your journey in the same way as an Oyster.
  7. Tap your Oyster card on the yellow pad at the ticket barriers, and head for your platform.
  8. You’ll need to take the Victoria line (light blue line). Head for the Northbound platform and get on the train.
  9. Stay on the Tube until you get to Warren Street station.
  10. Touch your Oyster Card at the barriers when you exit the station.
  11. Warren Street is a short walk from UCL’s main Gower Street site. Put the address (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) into your phone for easy walking directions from the station.

Please note that there are many coaches departing from Luton Airport to other areas of central London, which may have different fares. These guidelines provide information on how to reach the UCL main campus, but you are advised to plan your journey beforehand as other coaches may also suit your travel plans and bring you closer to your own final destination.

Cost

For up to date fares please visit the National Express website.

For up to date Tube fares please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Duration

  • The coach journey takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes - but this can be significantly longer if there is heavy traffic.
  • The Tube journey from Victoria takes 6 minutes
  • The UCL Gower Street campus is a 5 minute walk from Warren Street Station.
  • Total journey time: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes

Tips

  • If possible, try to avoid the peak periods of 8.00 to 9.00am and 5.00 to 7.00pm as the Tube is very busy during this time.
  • Bear in mind that you may have to carry your luggage up/down some stairs.
  • National Express services run throughout the day and night. Check the National Express website for timetables.
  • The Tube starts at around 5.00am and closes around midnight, with the exception of some lines on the weekend that run 24 hours. If you will be arriving very early in the morning or late at night, check the Travel for London (TfL) website for exact times to make sure the Tube is running. Visit the TfL webpages to plan your journey.

Taxi

Directions

  • The taxi rank at Luton is at the front of the terminal building and is well sign posted. You just need to go outside, approach the driver and provide the address of your destination (for UCL - Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT).
  • Alternatively, you can book a private hire minicab which will offer a fixed price to your destination. All private hire minicabs will need to be pre-booked online or by telephone and the drivers should meet you from your flight in the arrivals area, but confirm this with them at the time of booking. A pre-booked minicab can be significantly cheaper than taking a taxi from the ranks at the airport.
  • Transport for London (TfL) has a list of suggested mini-cab firms.
  • Luton Airport also has some suggested taxi companies that you can pre-book in advance. See their website for further details.

Cost

This varies depending on the taxi company, the time of day you travel and how much traffic there is. Roughly, you can expect your journey to cost between £70-£90 but this could be significantly higher if there are delays or heavy traffic. If you book a taxi in advance, they should provide a fixed quote for your journey.

Duration

This varies depending on traffic, but it should take about one hour.