You’ve got a few different options when it comes to leaving your car at the airport. Here are some of the most popular options.
These are the official car parks owned by the airport. There’ll usually be a long stay and short stay option, so you can choose the one most suitable for you.
This will usually be the airport’s off-site parking option. A shuttle bus service will take you to and from the terminal with your luggage.
With a meet and greet option, you can drop your car off at the airport. A chauffeur will drive it to the car park for you while you head to check-in.
Individuals or companies may offer car parking spots near the airport. These won’t be owned by the airport, so you may not get the same level of security – however, you may get a cheaper deal.
Keep an eye out for these things when you’re booking the perfect parking spot:
Know exactly what you’re paying for – will there be a shuttle bus, or will you have to arrange transport to the terminal?
Check the security – airport car parks will usually have CCTV in place, but local car parks might not
Distance from the terminal – an important one but something you might overlook when you see a cheap deal
How often the transfers go – you don’t want to be hanging around for ages, waiting for a shuttle bus
Cancellation policies – will your deal be non-refundable if you change your mind?
Booking a few months in advance will be your best bet for saving some cash.
Different car parks have different policies on this but taking out cancellation cover when you book might help your case. If you don’t, you might be charged to cancel your airport parking.
Airports usually have a grace period, but these can also vary. If you’re already abroad, you may be charged more for if you go over the grace period time limit. Get in touch with the provider to let them know what’s happening and follow their advice.
Check the airport’s security standards to be sure your car will be safe.
Look out for the Park Mark award that’s awarded to car parks with low crime rates and tight security in place.
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