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Your Airport Parking Questions Answered


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Many who head to the airport in the UK do so without booking their car parking space in advance meaning they pay the higher rates charged by the car parks directly. However by pre-booking in advance you can save tens of pounds off a weeks car parking.

Below are some of the typically asked basic questions about airport parking and some helpful advice to answer them.

What is meet and greet?

Meet and greet is a form of car parking. In this style of parking a member of the car parks team picks up a travellers car from directly outside the terminal or in the short stay car park (can be another location if agreed with driver). The meet and greet companies staff then drives the car from the terminal or meeting place to the car park saving the traveller the time and hassle associated with the normal transfer.

This form of valet parking is often considered the modern alternative to the park and ride and whilst the service is a great idea for those with lots of luggage, not everyone likes the thought of someone else driving their car. We recommend you think carefully about selecting this option as the last thing you want whilst away is to be worrying about your vehicle when you should be making the most of your holiday and enjoying yourself.

Many will have seen this type of service on television shows with unscrupulous traders providing a substandard services but not all meet and greet traders are like this. One telltale sign of a poor provider will be whether they are advertising their address, many will say they can’t provide this for security reasons but if you are using this type of service it is important to know where your car will be whilst you are away.

Why use a park and ride?

The park and rides are the most popular choices when it comes to parking. They almost always offer the cheapest prices and involve catching a transfer bus between the car park and terminal. We would recommend you check how far from the airport a car park is before selecting this option as some car parks such as the APH car park are around fifteen minutes away and buses will be on a scheduled timeline so should you just miss the last bus, it may be a twenty minute wait till the next.

The benefits of pre-booking your space in advance?

The main benefit of pre-booking your airport car parking space is the price, for those that think ahead savings of sometimes as high as sixty percent can be found, quite a large amount and something really worth thinking about. The other main advantage is saving your space, especially during the busy summer months of July and August where Gatwick and Manchester airport parking especially can become harder to find with the cheaper car parks often completely running out of room. By pre-booking your space is saved so you will not turn up at the airport and have to drive around looking for a car park with available room.

Cheap offer an online airport parking comparison service, making use of a number of sources to help bring you the cheapest parking prices. We have a number of years experience in the market including parking at Gatwick and cheap parking at heathrow . Visit us today for help and advice.


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