After years of delay, a short railway line was completed in London-Luton. Thanks to that, the travel to London with the Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air, is much easier and more comfortable.
According to okosutas.hu, that does not mean that passengers will not have to transfer to get to London from Luton. In contrast to Gatwick and Stansted, Luton will not have a direct track connection to the British capital. The new railway connection means you will not have to take a purple transfer bus (buy and check ticket) between Parkway station and Luton Airport. Thus, your journey will be more comfortable from Budapest.
Here is a video about how the new Dart shuttle was built:
Editors of the Hungarian travel news outlet promised they would test the new ‘system’ soon. Currently, there is a test period, and even though the operator said it would be free of charge during that time, you have to pay GBP 4.9 for a ride which equals the price of the transfer bus. The train’s name is Luton DART, and when the test period finishes, the transfer bus service will terminate.
And another video:
The price means that currently, that is the most expensive railway line in the United Kingdom. Even British newspapers were outraged because of that. However, the railway line is just an ‘island operation’, a 2-km-long segment, so it cannot be compared to other railway lines, okosutas.hu argued.
The alternative is the bus connection, for which the ticket price is mostly around GBP 11. However, its main disadvantage is that it is often stuck in the London traffic. Okosutas’ tip is to choose the bus to London, but the EMR train from St Pancras to the airport. It reaches Luton Parkway station in 25 minutes, and there, we can change to the new Dart train. Therefore, we can get to the airport in 30 minutes from London’s downtown.
The connection is not only faster, but also a lot more frequent than the old bus connection (every 5 minutes at peak times, 8 minutes at off-peak times, and 8-15 minutes at super off-peak times).
The price is included in your National, Thameslink, or East Midlands ticket if you enter Luton Airport as your destination or point of departure. Still no Oyster Card support, though!
Great Britain is a massive ripoff. I lived there for years and it’s outrageous how everyone and their K-9 picks your pocket six ways to Sunday. It’s an over-hyped, miserable, unsafe, ludicrously expensive place, with a creaky infrastructure, lousy good, and a populace still confused about whether to remain hung up on social class or finally let go of its delusions about still being an Empire. Very sad.
… And yet – many of our Young (ad talented) Professionals, educated at great expense in Hungary, love to live and work there, opting for London over Budapest. How do we change that? Serious question, by the way.
Won’t make any Brexit jokes – other than that the UK worked themselves free of the “EU shackles” holding them back!