Luton Airport Taxi and Transfer Services
Luton Taxi Services
Although significantly smaller than Gatwick or Heathrow, Luton airport is a popular choice for many travellers and has made a name for itself amongst fans of the television series, Airline, which follows the working lives of Easyjet employees at the airport. It is London’s fourth largest airport and, as well as being a hub for Easyjet, is also used by Monarch and Ryanair. Most passengers use it for European or domestic flights although there are also intercontinental routes. Rather confusingly, London Luton Airport is actually 30 miles north of London in Bedfordshire.
There is only one terminal at Luton airport so there is no need to worry about telling your driver where to go. There is a clearly marked Meeting Point for arrivals which can be easily accessed through the walkway from the main terminal building. Some taxi companies will have their own preferred pick up points which they will tell you about when you book. If they meet you in the car park you will normally be liable to pay the parking charge but, compared to airports such as Heathrow, these charges are very reasonable. Another charge to factor in is the London congestion charge if you are being taken to or from central London, although taxi companies are usually exempt from this charge, so just check with your company whether you will be charged.
The taxi rank at Luton is at the front of the terminal building and is well sign posted. Only licensed hackney carriages can be picked up at a rank. If you want to hire a private hire vehicle, or minicab as they are often known as, this must be pre-booked by phone or in person at the operator’s office. Minicabs at the airport are licensed by Luton Borough Council and the vehicles have to pass a stringent test to ensure that they are roadworthy and in an immaculate state cosmetically. The appropriate yellow plate must be displayed inside and outside and the driver must have photo ID at all times.
Other Taxi Services
If you would like a bespoke luxury service there should be no problem arranging for this at Luton. Some companies will supply newspapers and bottled water, will valet the vehicles on a daily basis and ensure their drivers undergo an annual medical. Cars used are normally Mercedes and BMWs or similar with leather upholstery, air conditioning and Sat Nav systems.
If you are a woman travelling on your own and, for reasons of religion or personal preference, would like a female driver this should also be easy to arrange in advance. Indeed Luton is said to have the highest ratio of taxis to residents in the UK so, whatever your requirement, big or small, it should be possible to arrange.
If you are a business traveller or a frequent flyer, you may find it convenient to open an account with your taxi firm of choice. Each journey then just needs to be signed for and an account is presented at the end of each month.
A taxi from the airport to central London will take around an hour to an hour and a quarter and pricing will vary between different taxi firms.
Overseas Transfer Services
Pre-booking your overseas Airport Transfers is a good way to reduce costs of a holiday or trip. These companies can ensure you a reliable service, offering a wide range of services for thousands of foreign destinations: Holiday Taxis and International Transport guide.