When heading off on your annual summer holiday, a hectic, stressful airport is probably the last thing you'd ask for. With long queues, large crowds and little time to spare, a crowded airport is, sadly, part of most Brits' summer holiday journeys. This unique guide gives you the best advice, tips and tricks to conquer the journey, and make it that little bit easier to handle.
Getting to the Airport
London Luton Airport is in more of a central location than Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, and is easily accessible from all parts of the country, whether it be the North, South or the Midlands. If you do live in Central London, great. There are regular rail services operated by First Capital Connect from London Bridge, City Thameslink, Farringdon, Blackfriars and St Pancras International. If you live elsewhere, don't worry, as trains to Luton Airport operate from all over. Take note that there will be a bus transfer from Luton Airport Parkway train station directly to the airport after you get off the train. Travelling by coach is also a good idea, because there are plenty of services run by National Express and Stagecoach from some key towns and cities and Central London itself to the airport. It's a good idea to check this information on the National Express website.
Many people going on holiday each year prefer to get to the airport using their own car, mainly for the added sense of ease, reassurance and convenience. Airport parking at Luton Airport is renowned for its good value for money and low prices when booked early - this is especially the case with parking specialists ParkBCP. If you do this, you'll save 50% or more, and pay significantly less than you would if you chose not to pre-book. If you're going away for 1 or 2 weeks, the Long Term Parking option is suitable for you. The car park is situated just 10 minutes from the terminal and Luton Airport Parking offers a 24-hour bus transfer service after you've parked your car. The Luton Airport website offers more detailed information about prices and the locations of the car parks, so it's important to check this out before you book!
Things to do at the Airport
There's lots to do at Luton Airport while you wait to board, all of which will be sure to make the waiting time run a little smoother for all the family. For those of you who enjoy a spot of shopping, Luton will provide you with a range of stores including MAC, Pandora, Kurt Geiger, Victoria's Secret, Accessorize, plus the duty-free shops with plenty of items on offer. If you'd like a bite to eat pre-flight, you can choose from Luton Airport's variety of restaurants and chic bars; Frankie & Benny's, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, The Real Food Company, Est Bar, Bar 10 and more. No matter how you choose to spend your waiting time at the airport, your journey from Luton is sure to be an enjoyable experience.
Now that you know a little more about Luton Airport, you'll probably feel more at ease about the upcoming journey. With its central location, good airport parking facilities and variety of restaurants, bars and shops, your journey at Luton Airport will fly by.
About the Author: Lucy West is a 27 year old creative writer. She loves words and the power they can have. She thrives on knowing her work is being read and enjoyed. After working for years in a job she didn't enjoy, she decided to travel, which in turn lead to a major career change. Upon returning she enrolled at Westminster University to study Creative Writing and so her new found love began. If you don't find her writing, she'll be in a yoga studio.