IF you are flying to France for a break or holiday then the cost of parking your car at airports across the UK can be very expensive.
If you are lucky enough to know someone who lives near your departure point all well and good, but what other options are open to you?
Of course you could turn up at the airport and pay to park for a week, but this is by far the most expensive option and there are cheaper ways.
There are a number of websites that compare the price of parking at airports from different companies allowing you to get the best deal.
So for a quick check of what is available I set out with my booking period running from August 9 – 16, arriving at 10am and returning to pick the car up at noon, and I was leaving from Manchester Airport. Here’s what was on offer:
The first thing about Holiday Extras is that they promise you won’t be able to buy cheaper. The best price on offer was £34 in a car park away from the airport but with a shuttle bus.
However, for £61.25 your car is collected from the terminal and taken to a secure parking area. Then when you get home a week later you give the company a ring and the car is waiting for you as you come out of the terminal building.
Unfortunately Holiday Extras charge a booking fee, a minimum of £1.50 up to a maximum of £4 – worth remembering when comparing between websites.
Manchester Airport Parking
I thought it would be interesting to see what booking with the airport itself would produce. The first thing you need to provide are details of the terminal you are leaving from, for example, BMI Baby leave from Terminal 3.
Again using the same times and dates a selection of results were returned quickly, with off-airport parking prices at £40, and parking next-door to Terminal 3 costing £64. There were no additional fees or charges.
Don’t let the distinctive purple colouring put you off as Purple Parking provides a good spread of results in double-quick time. The most expensive option is a Meet and Greet service priced at £71.42, with an off-airport option available at £34.95.
But one of the things about Purple Parking is that they have a membership service, which is free to join, and allows you to get better prices, so the off-airport drops to £33.20. And again there are no additional charges when paying.
Airport Parking Shop
Your results are returned very quickly and the Airport Parking Shop provides a wide selection of options, good in that you’ve got plenty to pick from, bad in that it can be difficult to pick out the best for you.
The best price returned was £28.80 with an off-airport service that takes about 15 minutes in a shuttle bus to the terminal buildings.
Something worth remembering with parking away from the airport is to give yourself plenty of time to find the location of the facilities, often they can be away from main roads and not always clearly signposted.
Another thing to consider is the notice period you need to give, and the charges you face, should you cancel your booking.
Clearly there are some deals available if you spend some time looking around and like most things travel-related, book in advance for the best prices.