We're staying in London then flying from Luton to Ireland on Ryanair. If you've been through it, what's your recommendation for the best and/or quickest way to Luton. How long does that take? And how early should we be at Luton. Thanks for your help.
Bus or train. Use Luton's web site for info on transport www.london-luton.co.uk. I would say you need to be there 2-2.5 hours before your flight. Some of this depends on what time you're traveling, but RyanAir definitely thinks YOU need THEM. They do not go out of their way to helpful, so get there, get in line, have your confirmation number ready, make sure your bags aren't overweight and remember it is all worth it because you'll be in Ireland very soon! Have fun.
I used EasyJet from Luton and had no problem. Think of it like using John Wayne in Orange County versus LAX. Its a smaller airport, not as conjested, but still give yourself the 2 hours as recommended. The counter is in 1 terminal and the gate in another. Luton should have an express bus from London. If you can't find one on the Ryan air website, try the Easyjet.com site.
Either take the train from Kings Cross to Luton Parkway and jump on the shuttle bus to the airport terminal or take the coach from Victoria coach station.
As said above, plan to arrive two hours before flight, don't have any excess baggage and have your passport and flight confirmation details handy.
Luton is a nice airport, it just isn't in London. Luton is in the Midlands ( but hey - we're a small island :) )
Taking the easyBus would be your cheapest option. All your transportation choices are conveniently described here: www.londontoolkit.com/travel/luton.htm.
Thank you all so much for your help. We're in London right now and there is a train to Luton across the street. We've been having a wonderful time but, for some reason, this one bit of business has been a burden. So again, thanks.