Learner drivers aren’t exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to taking the theory test in the county of Bedfordshire. In fact, there’s only one test centre in the county, located in Luton. The good news is that it’s centrally located and easily accessible by public transport. This makes it a useful option for locals and day-trippers alike.
If you’re considering travelling to the Luton theory test centre, this comprehensive guide will make your visit a breeze! We’ve included everything you could possibly need to know for test day, including wait times, local amenities, pass rates and more!
0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.
3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.
By public transport
If you’re making this journey, it’s a safe assumption that you haven’t earned your driving licence yet. That means taking public transport is probably on the cards. It’s time to decide between bus, train, or both!
Those heading to their theory test by rail should have a fairly straightforward journey ahead. Simply hop off at Luton train station and make the 8-minute walk to the test centre. On the other hand, you could cut your walking time in half by taking a bus. Disembarking at the Galaxy Centre (G1) stop will leave you with just a 4-minute walk. Those travelling from the opposite direction should get off at the Sainsbury's bus stop. From here it is a similarly easy 5-minute walk.
To learn more about the transport options available in Luton, consult the Luton Council website.
Then again, maybe you have the funds for a taxi, or you’ve managed to convince someone to give you a lift. Nice going! Provide the driver with the test centre postcode (LU1 1RX) and let a sat nav lead the way.
The theory test centre sits just off the A505. You’ll find that the building itself is slightly set back from the pavement, behind black railings. It sits next to a large redbrick building, so keep an eye out for this if you get lost.
You might notice some parking spots just outside the centre, but sadly these are not for public use. Luckily, there are some reasonably priced parking options nearby.
The best option is the Crawley Road car park (LU1 1HT), which is 3 minutes away from the test centre. You can get 2 hours of parking for £1.70 and it boasts 165 spaces. Failing that, you can always try Luton Old Court House car car park (LU1 2SL). It charges a fairly steep £4.40 for 2 hours of parking and is a 10-minute walk from the centre.
Looking at these pass rates may not fill you with hope. They’re all below average and there’s a steady decline year after year. That being said, pass rates represent huge numbers of learners and so don’t really reflect how well individuals are likely to do on the test. Plus, the test is going to be the same wherever you take it!
If you’re determined to pass the theory test, you’d do better to focus on studying rather than pass rates…
Speaking of studying, do you have a revision plan in place for the theory test? If not, it’s time to start putting one together! This is a test that requires some degree of preparation if you want any hope of passing first time. Thankfully, though, you don’t have to study unaided. There are plenty of resources out there that will help you revise the relevant material. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.
Travelling to Luton from out of town? If you really want to show up at the test centre as your best self, it might be an idea to book in at a local hotel the night before. That way you can get plenty of sleep and avoid any traffic or transport mishaps in the morning! Check out some of these nearby options:
We get it, not everyone has the dosh for a last-minute hotel stay. That’s where easyHotel comes in! This chain aims to provide beds on a budget. For a small sum you can still get a cosy room with an en-suite bathroom and wireless internet access. The best news is it’s only an 8-minute walk from the test centre. You might miss some of the extra trimmings, but you can’t say it’s not good value for money!
Turns out Luton is full of budget-friendly hotels, and this next one is just a 5-minute stroll from where you’ll be sitting the test. OYO Luton offers clean, comfortable rooms at a very affordable price. Keep in mind that the low price tag comes at a price—you may have to share a public washroom with other residents. If that doesn’t bother you, this place is a great option for a short stay.
Those willing to splash a little more cash on a room for the night should head 7 minutes up the road to the Thistle Express hotel. Along with a tastefully decorated room fitted with a top quality bed (Hypnos mattresses, dontcha know!), they throw in a free breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee. Get all the sleep, food and energy you need in one place!
Once the theory test is over you don’t necessarily have to hot foot it out of Luton. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that you probably deserve a refreshment! Here are some local haunts that are worth a visit:
No, we’re not suggesting you hop on a red eye to kick back with the US President. This is the local branch of Wetherspoons, where you can grab food and drink for an unbeatable price. Instead of Trump, expect friendly staff, live sports on the telly and a place to park your bum. An excellent trade off, if you ask us!
Sports bar and grill by day, funky club by night—Kabanas has everything you need under one roof. Things get pretty lively here, so we recommend this one for those looking for a good time, rather than a quiet place to relax. A great place to celebrate a pass or get over a fail!
The Bear Club is fun and sophisticated without taking itself too seriously. A tricky balance! You can’t beat the drink options, either—we’re talking world beers, fine wines and hard liquor. Did we mention this place is also a jazz club? Run there and grab the last seat, before we beat you to it.
By now you should have a very thorough understanding of the Luton theory test centre. Easy to get to, close to some very affordable hotels and nearby parking options that won’t break the bank. It might be the only test centre in the county, but it certainly does the job.
After the theory test comes the practical test. A lot of learners find this stage a lot more intimidating, but there’s really nothing to worry about. Take plenty of lessons with a qualified instructor and book a test nice and early, so you don’t get delayed by those pesky DVSA wait times.
Residents of Bedfordshire will be pleased to hear that there are more practical test centres in the county than theory test centres. In fact, you have 3 to choose from: Cardington, Leighton Buzzard and Luton. PassMeFast can book you a fast-tracked test at each one!
We understand that the theory test doesn’t go smoothly for everyone. If you don’t manage to earn a pass on the first attempt, there’s no reason to feel down. Pick yourself up, book another test and study extra hard for that second test! Focus on the positive—knowing exactly what to expect will make the whole thing a lot easier.
Whether you’d like to learn to drive intensively or semi-intensively, a PassMeFast course can help you earn your licence in the most efficient and enjoyable way. We offer a wide range of courses to suit people of all experience levels. For more information or to make a booking, give our friendly team a call on 0333 123 4949. Or, if you really want to pass fast, you can click the button below and get started today!