Best airport parking options - Airport Parking Explained!
Airport parking might seem like a minefield with all the different products available but don’t worry! Here’s a quick guide to the different types of car parking service you might use:
Short Stay Parking
These car parks are usually the closest you can park to the terminal and are often within walking distance. They are often very expensive and only really designed for a couple of hours - beyond a day's parking and they become very, very expensive!
Long Stay Parking
Aimed at those going away for at least a few days, these car parks can be run by the airport or by car parking companies. They usually require a bus to get from the car park to the terminal. Depending on the car park, you will either park the car yourself and keep your keys, or you'll leave the keys with the car park attendants who will store your car safely.
Off-Airport Parking (Park and Ride)
These car parks are situated slightly further away from the airport, and you'll need to get a shuttle bus to the terminal. They are often far cheaper than on-airport car parks!
Meet and Greet Parking
This is the option for you if you want a smooth journey either end of your trip - you'll drop your car off at an appointed area near the terminal, and the car park operators will meet you with the car when your flight lands on your return journey.
Another term that usually refers to the meet and greet type service - a premium parking solution that can save you time on your trip by being met at the terminal with your car! We've explained further in our blog about valet parking.
Drop and Ride Parking (Or Drop and Go)
Another way of saying Park and Ride - these usually refer to off-airport car parks.
Airport Parking with Hotel (Park and Fly)
This is a great option if you've got an early flight. You can now book a hotel deal that will come with the parking required for your trip away. Sometimes this is at the hotel itself, or sometimes it's a deal that's partnered with a nearby off-airport car park.
You can see these offers in our results when you've run a quote - they sometimes aren't that much more expensive than the parking price, and it makes your whole morning more relaxed. No worries about what time you need to leave or dealing with the traffic. Wake up, park the car, and off you fly! You can read plenty more reasons why you should book a hotel with parking with us.