brons2
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Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 12:19 pm

I am flying LTN-BSL with EasyJet on Sunday May 15th.

I was wondering, how easy is it to get to the airport from town? Also if I stay the night in LTN near the airport, what kind of things are there to do out there? Is it pretty dead? Lastly, is there any cheap lodging nearby?
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jacobin777
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 12:45 pm

I flew from LTN-NCE on EasyJet.....getting to LTN was a pain in the bum for me..and I'm I would rather pay more and fly out of LHR....which I wound up doing with BA...much easier!!

that being said, I've never stayed near the airport...

the bus shuttle service(London to LTN), though it takes a while, isn't too expensive, but if your flight is early in the morning, I don't think you'll be able to take it...
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usflt1778
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 12:57 pm

I flew LTN-AMS on EasyJet a few years ago. The bus ride (Green Line 757 coach) took over 90 minutes from London to LTN during midday. I don't recall it being very scenic, and the airport is adjacent to a large industrial complex of some kind.

I'd recommend Thameslink rail (32 mins) and the shuttle from Luton Rail Station to the airport (10 mins).

Details on EasyJet's web page with Luton info.
 
brons2
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 3:21 pm

my flight is at 7:10 am, so I'll need to stay near the airport.

I found a Holiday Inn Express adjacent to the terminal, for 53 pounds or $99. That's about the cheapest I could find in the vicinity of the airport.
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lehovec
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 4:22 pm

If you don't want to arrive to airport in 2am you will definitely have to sleep at LTN. Last train arrives to LTN at 2am.

HIExpress is really an ok hotel and it is near so good choice. Another choice in Ibis which has pretty same price but is much worst.

Maybe you should try with Chiltern hotel www.corushotels.co.uk
I've stayed once there and paid 22 gbp (inc breakfast)... cab ride to railway station is 7 gbp so all together it sums up to 36 gbp, of course if there is still 22 gbp offer. From railway station you should take train (one stop) to Luton parkway and then there is free shuttle to the airport.
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 4:22 pm

There a lot of Bed and Breakfast lodgings in the Luton area and can probably find a room for £30 per night, as this may not be near the airport you will need to pay for a taxi.

Other options to consider are the Holiday Inn Express and Ibis Hotel both on the site and the Ibis can very reasonable depending how booked up they are!

Here is a link to LTN website and an online brochure to accomadation in the Luton area:

http://www.london-luton.co.uk

http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en/download.asp?id=5

As Luton is a University Town with over 15,000 students you will find plenty of things to do in the evening. You have the Galaxy Centre which is am Entertainment venue with 12 screen cinema and a number of themed pubs and night clubs.

Also there is a large regional shopping centre called the Arndale Centre which caters for all your shopping needs. Luton is not the most attractive of towns and in need of a lot of investment but has quite a lot to offer as an overnight stay. History is not on its side, as it was built up during the the 1960's and 70's!

If your travelling up from London there are plenty of options and don't need to stay in a local hotel the night before.

There is a 24hr bus service from Victoria Bus Station in Cental London running every 15mins:

http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en/download.asp?id=7

Also there are trains run by Thameslink 24hrs a day and they run upto 8 trains an hour from London King Cross to Luton Airport Parkway and you then get the five minute bus shuttle up to the airport.

http://www.thameslink.co.uk

Hope this helps.

Giles - Any other questions feel free to ask!
 
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 4:48 pm

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 5):
Also there are trains run by Thameslink 24hrs a day and they run upto 8 trains an hour from London King Cross to Luton Airport Parkway and you then get the five minute bus shuttle up to the airport.

This is not true. On Sundays it is not 24hrs service. Last one departs at 133 and the first one at 603.
 
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Thu May 05, 2005 9:06 pm

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 5):
from London King Cross

That's not right either. Firstly, when operating a normal service they serve King's Cross Thameslink, not King's Cross, which are two separate stations 1/2 a mile apart. Secondly, they haven't been running a normal service since September which means they actually terminate at St. Pancras. Normal service starts the day after Brons2's flight.

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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 12:29 am

Whayever you do, no matter how cheap, don't stay in the Cygnet hotel. I speak from experience on this matter, though I did only pay £13  Smile
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brons2
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 1:05 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 1):
I flew from LTN-NCE on EasyJet.....getting to LTN was a pain in the bum for me..and I'm I would rather pay more and fly out of LHR....which I wound up doing with BA...much easier!!

Forgot to respond to this before.

My flight on EasyJet was 9.99 GPB+fees, total 17.99 GPB!! You can have your BA from LHR  Wink. Actually I am flying BA from BWI-LHR to get over the pond in the first place. Following a WN flight AUS-BWI...I wonder if they interline with BA  Wink then 3 days around London. On this trip, I am also flying Ryanair and Hapag-Lloyd at various points. So, 20 days, 5 airlines!

As for the onsite hotels, the Ibis is 52 GBP and the Holiday Inn Express is 53 GBP. The Chiltern as mentioned above has a rate of 45GBP. I will check out the bed and breakfast option, but right now I am leaning towards staying at the Holiday Inn Express as it's on the airport site and I can probably earn miles with some US based airline partner. I have FF miles on AA, NW and WN.

Mhodgson, 13GBP sounds right up my alley!  Wink
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 1:35 am

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 9999):
Thanks for the help guys!

Don't mention it. Oh... you didn't. Silly me.

Geoff M.
 
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 1:44 am

You could do some spotting over at LTN!

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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 2:47 am

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 9):
I am leaning towards staying at the Holiday Inn Express as it's on the airport site and I can probably earn miles with some US based airline partner.

Good choice!

If you do stay at the Holiday Inn Express you will get views of the Apron from the rear and from the front you will get views of runway 26 and where the aircraft have to back track down the runway and turnaround. Ask for one of the top floors as the hotel is built into a hill and only the top floors will have a view!

If your lucky you may see the odd easyJet or Ryanair aircraft!  Wink
 
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 2:48 am

Quoting Brons2 (Reply 9):
My flight on EasyJet was 9.99 GPB+fees, total 17.99 GPB!! You can have your BA from LHR

I was only going to save $40-$50 US dollars (20-25 quid) and in the end, the time, hassle, energy wasn't worth it to take EasyJet, hence I wound up with BA, also, I had flown into LHR (from ORD) 60 minutes prior...so once again, it would not have been worth the extra hassle to get my suitcase, customs, and XYZ (you know what they are)..to go to LTN to save a few quid...

I didn't comment on the flight itself, which was ok.....just the extra hassle of paying less and flying out of an airport which isn't close to the city centre...nor offering my the connections which i needed..
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Fri May 06, 2005 3:27 am

Flying out of Luton on Volare to Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (CAG) was one of the most unpleasant travel experiences I have ever encountered.....I will try Gatwick or Stansted next, but never again Luton....and Heathrow ONLY, when I am sedated adequately enough to not care!

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 1):
getting to LTN was a pain in the bum for me

I feel your pain..man, how I do feel your pain!

Quoting USflt1778 (Reply 2):
I'd recommend Thameslink rail (32 mins) and the shuttle from Luton Rail Station to the airport (10 mins).

This is the best bet.....

With easyJet, at least you'll be on an airline that displays which gate their flights depart from on the monitors....I don't know, does Luton charge to display flight information? It's the only reason I can think of for leaving passengers in the dark.

I am thankful for my foresight in getting to the airport very early, since I wandered for quite some time before finding the boarding area...
When I asked the the Volare contract CSR at the counter, "Which Gate?"
She tells me, and I quote, "Just walk over there, (She points) and wait, we'll announce the gate number just prior to departure."
"Where?"
"Over there."
"Uhhhh?"
"NEXT!"

So I walked and walked, No one had a clue as to which gate Volare departed from, like they had one flight a year, every 100 years.....so I went up to that area upstairs for a better view, next to the snack bar, but had to leave almost as soon as I arrived because of being choked by cigarette smoke (And I'm a smoker-go figure.)

I only found the gate because, while wandering, I recognized others from the queue to the check-in for baggage....Even then, nothing was displayed on the screens. The people I found waiting knew only because they were VFR who traveled the route frequently.

I am the easiest going person you'll ever want to know, I can find good in just about everything, except for Luton and Volare.

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brons2
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Sat May 07, 2005 1:19 am

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 10):
Quoting Brons2 (Reply 9999):
Thanks for the help guys!

Don't mention it. Oh... you didn't. Silly me.

Geoff M.

Uh...Thanks for the help, guys!!

I booked the Holiday Inn Express, btw. It actually went down to 52 pounds so I figured, what the heck.
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geoffm
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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Sat May 07, 2005 1:42 am

Manners don't cost a thing. Others here helped you and you didn't acknowledge their help which irks me. Lucky you weren't behind me when I held the door for you, you sailed through without so much as a glance, and then I slam the next door hard in your face... metaphorically speaking!

No hard feelings, just thought I'd point it out in my usual sarcastic manner.

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RE: Flying Out Of LTN

Sat May 07, 2005 2:11 am

I have flown in and out of LTN several times and never had problems with that. The terminal is small and saves you a lot of time. Until you found the exit at LHR you are already in the bus at LTN and on your way downtown. In the future whenever I need to fly to London, my choice will be easyJet to LTN (honestly it has also to do with the fact that BA and LX charge ridiculous prices to LHR and LCY...)

@Brons2: Enjoy your flight man!

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