Flying to London Luton soon? Make sure your London trip doesn't get ruined by high roaming costs or slow overseas data roaming. Get yourself a UK sim card and get connected to 5G in London. This is your guide for buying a sim card at London Luton Airport with up to date prices, where to buy and everything else you need to know.

When you can wait till London city center there are numerous mobile phone shops to get your UK sim card from. Have a look at my UK prepaid sim card comparison for 2021 and find the best UK sim card for tourists.

Is London your first stop on a trip to Europe? I recommend you buying a sim card for traveling in Europe. Read my ultimate guide for European sim cards in the link.

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Order a UK sim card online

You can also order your sim card for London and the UK online through the Simoptions website. They are specialized in international sim cards for travelers. The ordered sim card will be shipped to your home address and is automatically activated from its first use. Click on the link above or banner below for more info.

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London Luton Airport

After Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Luton is the 4th largest airport in London. More than 90% of the arrivals are from European destinations, only a handful intercontinental flights arriving here per day. Mainly flights from Asia and Northern Africa fly into London Luton Airport.

Where to buy a sim card at London Luton Airport

Just like at the other London Airports there are two places where you can buy a UK sim card: sim card vending machines in the baggage claim hall and at the WH Smith shop in the arrivals hall.

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Of course the vending machines won't give you any costumer service, although all the info is clearly displayed. Though I can understand that there are still a lot of questions that rise. At the WH Smith shop they are able to give you a little more information in case you have questions about buying a UK prepaid sim card at London Luton Airport.

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There are 4 main mobile internet operators in the UK: Vodafone, Three, O2 and EE. Apart from O2 you can buy a sim card from all of the mobile internet providers in the UK on London Luton Airport. On top of that you also have Lebara and Lycamobile sim cards for the UK.

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Lebara sim cards can be found at the WH Smith shops and Lyca Mobile sim cards can be bought from the sim card vending machine.

Free data roaming in EU with UK sim cards in 2021

Because there are hardly any intercontinental arrivals the demand for UK sim cards at Luton Airport is not as big as on other international airports in London. Since summer 2017 data roaming fees within the EU are banned. Therefore most people traveling to London Luton can use their own local sim cards from home.

But because I like to research sim card for tourists in the UK I also traveled to Luton Airport, just as I did it for Amsterdam airport, Frankfurt, Rome, Paris and many more. Buying a sim card at an airport is not always the best idea. Especially in Netherlands and Germany you get ripped off buying a sim card on arrival.

Brexit and EU roaming

No one is sure what will happen exactly after Brexit, but so far so good! Free data roaming on UK sim cards in Europe is still a fact and comes at no extra costs. May there be news about the effects of Brexit and free EU roaming with UK sim cards, I will update this article straight away.

Prices sim cards London Luton Airport in 2021

Vodafone UK prepaid sim card

There is only one Vodafone UK prepaid sim card available at London Luton Airport and I can already tell you it is not the best deal at all. You can buy it at the sim card vending machine in the baggage hall.

Price

£20

Data

1GB + 4GB extra

Minutes

Unlimited

Text

Unlimited

Valid

30 days

Lyca Mobile UK prepaid sim card 

The Lyca Mobile UK sim cards can only be bought at the sim card vending machines as well.

Price

£25

£35

Data

6GB

15GB

Minutes

3,000

Unlimited

International minutes

100

100

Text

3,000

Unlimited

Valid

30 days

30 days

Lebara UK prepaid sim card

Lebara prepaid sim cards can only be found at the WH Smith shop in the arrivals hall. If you have read my article about prepaid sim cards in Spain, Germany and France you already know Im not a big fan of Lebara sim cards. At London Luton Airport they have offer two UK sim cards.

Price

£20

£30

Data

1GB

5GB

Minutes

500

Unlimited

International minutes

500

Unlimited

Text

-

1,000

Valid

30 days

30 days

In case you might be someone who calls a lot to international numbers the unlimited bundle on the £30 UK sim card of Lebara could be of use. Although WhatsApp calls are for free nowadays and you only need a proper data connection.

Three UK prepaid sim card

At the sim card vending machine you find 1 Three prepaid sim card and at the WH Smith shop you can find three more.

Price

£30

vending machine

£20

WH Smith shop

£30

WH Smith shop

£45

WH Smith shop

Data

12GB

1GB

12GB

Unlimited*

Minutes

Unlimited

3,000

3,000

3,000

Text

Unlimited

3,000

3,000

3,000

Valid

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

*The unlimited data bundle in the EE UK Prepaid sim card for £45 is limited to 12GB per destination in Europe.

EE UK prepaid sim card

Last but not least the EE UK sim cards. There are only 2 different UK sim cards available, but you can buy them at both the sim card vending machine and the WH Smith shop.

Price

£20

€25

Data

10.5GB

13GB

Minutes

150 UK or international

250 UK or international

Text

150

500

Valid

30 days

30 days

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Best UK sim card London Luton Airport in 2021

I would never recommend buying a Vodafone or a Lebara prepaid sim card at London Luton Airport, simply because the offered value for money is not good. Personally I like big internet bundles and calling and texting I can’t be bothered about as I never do it that much.

So when we compare the sim cards with data bundles we can see that EE UK has the best value for money. On top of that is EE the only mobile internet provider who makes it possible to connect in the London Underground. There is no phone signal but all stations are equipped with an exclusive WiFi signal for EE costumers.

Therefore EE is the best sim card at London Luton Airport in 2021!

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Buy a UK sim card online

Not keen on all the hassle buying a sim card at London Luton Airport on arrival? Get your sim card shipped to your home address before your trip to London! On the Simoptions website you can find a wide array of international sim cards for the UK and Europe. These are the best ones:

1. Orange Holiday ZEN - $29.90

  • 8 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 30 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 200 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

2. Three PAYG AIO15 - $29.90

  • 10 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

3. Three PAYG AIO20 - $39.90

  • 12 GB data
  • Unlimited calls within Europe
  • Unlimited sms within Europe
  • Valid 30 days

4. Orange Holiday Europe - $49.90

  • 20 GB data
  • Unlimited calls in Europe
  • 120 minutes worldwide
  • Unlimited sms in Europe
  • 1,000 sms worldwide
  • Valid 14 days

Personally I would recommend you the last two available option: Orange and Three. Click on the links above or the banner below for more info on how to order them and get them shipped to your home address.

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From Luton Airport to London City

There are many busses and trains leaving every 10 minutes. Close to the exit there is an information center on your right side if you walk out. There you can find information about how to get from Luton Airport to London and also directly buy your tickets.

Trains are the fastest option, busses are cheaper though. There are live information screen available about the departing busses and trains and free shuttles to the train station. The bus stop is directly outside the terminal.

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The reason I ended up on three different airports in London in December 2019 is a funny one, or rather stupid. For my flight to Gdansk, Poland I showed up at London Stansted Airport instead of London Luton Airport. I missed my flight but was lucky enough to fly a couple hours later to Poland on a different flight from Luton Airport.

When traveling to and from London double check that you are at the right airport. It sounds like a simple thing but apparently even for a very well experienced traveler like me it is not. In total I have been to more than 100 countries in 7 years and by documenting these trips I became a full time professional travel blogger. Read more about it in the link.

I hope this article with information about buying a sim card at London Luton Airport was helpful for your trip to the UK.

Enjoy London!

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