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Transport from Cambridge to London Luton: National Express Bus or not?

Quick question to all the UK members: I am flying out of Luton Airport but am staying in Cambridge. Has anyone ever taken the National Express Bus from Cambridge to Heathrow? That one stops at Luton and there is one that is supposed to arrive at 11.55. Is that enough time to get to the gate that closes at 12.50? I am not a regular UK visitor so would be glad if someone could advise me. There is also an earlier bus that gets to the Airport at 9.55. That would mean a longer wait but I have a good book so that would be fine as well. Should I take the earlier bus if the bus gets delayed? Thanks for the help!
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Re: Transport from Cambridge to London Luton: National Express Bus or not?

I have used National Express, but not that route.

You do not mention if you have hold luggage.

Without hold luggage, providing it is not a Monday, it may be doable, as Luton a smaller airport. Make sure you have liquids already separated for scanning.

Me I would usually book an earlier coach, as I am someone that things tend to go wrong on the way to getting to the departure gate.

Will you have confirmed seat, i.e. you are booking direct with National Express. I once booked through Ryanair, (fare was the same), however I was told by the coach driver the Ryanair ticket is a standby.
I was lucky there was room on the coach, it was very early morning & not a busy day.
The coach before had been cancelled as the driver had not shown up.
On return back from Luton, I was cheesed off as had to wait for another coach. Arriving Luton airport, i.e. from flight, is usually very fast even with hold luggage. I would only in future book direct with National Express. By the way if you miss your National Express coach, I was told at the airport you get it stamped for either next coach or standby, but no idea how it works for stops along the way.

There are the odd tube/British Rail strikes this year in England, so best to check that with your date of travel does not coincide with one or those, if so, definitely get the earlier coach.
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Re: Transport from Cambridge to London Luton: National Express Bus or not?

I've not used National Express from the other place, but often from Oxford to Luton.

Personally I woudn't trust such a short arrival/gate-closing gap.
I've experiences traffic jams, non-arrival of scheduled coaches, once a long delay caused by a drunken student who'd removed his false leg as it was chaffing and then couldn't re-fit it in his panicked state (I kid you not, the driver had to call an ambulance to him in the end).

Take the earlier coach, read your book and have a spot of lunch before catching your plane.
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Re: Transport from Cambridge to London Luton: National Express Bus or not?

Go on the earlier bus. It's just too tight a schedule if you go on the later one. Luton airport is not the nicest of places to hang around in, so I hope you have really good book.
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Re: Transport from Cambridge to London Luton: National Express Bus or not?

Thanks for all the replies. Will take the earlier bus and will try to book the seat today. I am sure if I book the earlier but the later one will be one time but I believe it's better to be safe than sorry so I agree that I should not take the risk! Really appreciate the quick answers.
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