Saving money on airport parking

If you’re planning a trip abroad don’t get stung by expensive airport parking costs and make sure you pre-book using an airport parking comparison website. The rising cost of airport parking is becoming more expensive than even the flights themselves. There are various ways to combat this and avoid the expense:

  • Make sure you plan ahead. Planning ahead can save you hundreds of pounds. If you just turn up on the day you will pay the maximum amount. By booking online beforehand you will get a much better deal.
  • Use an airport parking comparison website to compare parking companies. Comparison websites allow you to compare prices across a range of unconnected companies and find the cheapest deals.
  • Avoid busy periods if you can. Parking at an airport will be considerably more in the busy holiday periods than at off peak times.
  • Book in a car park which is off-site, away from the airport. Offsite car parks offer the best value and are usually far cheaper than parking closer to the airport in an on-site parking facility.
  • Use a park and ride airport transfer parking service. Meet and greet parking is generally the dearer option and park and ride usually the cheaper, although there can be exceptions occasionally.
  • Use an airport parking discount code. Discount codes are available through a number of comparison websites and can be obtained by signing up for the site’s newsletter.

Consider not taking your car. This seems obvious but there are a variety of other options which you probably haven’t considered:

  • If you’re not that far away from the airport consider booking a taxi. Get a quote beforehand and compare this with other options.
  • Public transport is not always the most convenient option but might be a solution depending on your situation and which airport you are flying from. Airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow are continually encouraging public transport routes and their use is on the rise.
  • Park in my drive companies have list of people who live close to airports. These ‘locals’ hire out their parking spaces, drives and back yards for holiday makers and commuters and often run a taxi service in with the price.
  • If you’re a biker consider taking your motorbike instead of your car to the airport. Parking is much cheaper and although this will definitely cut down on your luggage capacity, it is a real option if you’re a light travelling biker!
  • Ask a friend to take you to the airport. This seems obvious but you probably know someone who would be happy to help. In return you could offer to do the same for them.
  • Car rental companies allow one way car rental. This means you can have a car brought to your house and drive it to the airport where you can simply ditch it! Providing of course the rental company agrees! Often airports have their own on-site car rental companies. This option can often be much cheaper than airport parking.

Tim Halloran is a writer for Looking4parking, an airport parking company based in Leeds offering nationwide airport parking comparison. Try their Leeds Bradford Airport parking if you’re in the area and be sure to use an airport parking discount code.