Arriving Luton airport at 11.10am on Saturday 21 April to travel to Travelodge London Docklands, I've tried various sites for advice but none have covered the whole journey. Require the minimum walking for the itineray, probably East India station the nearest to destination, don't mind bus or train, any ideas?
18 Mar 18, 14:31
If you’re doing it by train then you’re inevitably going to have some walking, but here’s the way I would do it... Your train ticket from the airport will most likely come into St Pancras. That’s literally right nextdoor to King’s Cross station. Walk into kings cross ticket hall and you’ll have one lift (or a flight of stairs) down to the circle line platform. Get the tube to Tower Hill. Then come out of the station and cross over the road to Tower Gateway station (you’ll get a quick view of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London over the road). You’ll have an escalator up to the platform. Then get the Docklands Light Railway straight to East India. Make sure you get a train heading towards either Beckton or Woolwich, because if you get one heading towards Lewisham then you’ll have to change trains at Westferry.
The bus would a total nightmare all the way from Luton. It would take hours and you’d have to change buses so many times, so I would definitely forget that idea
18 Mar 18, 15:00
Thanks very much for information as exactly what I was looking for. Would you further advise on ticketing for this journey as no clue regarding oyster cards or travel zones, my wife and I have senior rail cards
18 Mar 18, 16:12
Hard to say what the best ticket is without knowing what else you’re doing, because presumably this isn’t just a one-off journey.
Luton is a long way from central london and is not included within the Oyster zones, but you can buy a special travelcard from luton airport which includes the luton to london bit, plus a zone 1-6 one day travelcard (you only need to go as far as zone 3, so thats fine). That is what most people buy. Otherwise you’ll have to pay for the luton to London ticket seperately and then buy a Travelcard or Oyster card on top. You can’t buy those special travelcards online in advance, though. You can only get them from the ticket office at the airport.