APH Demystifies Airport Parking Options

08/10/2019 by .

With so many options to pick from Meet and Greet to Park and Ride, it can be difficult to understand which airport parking offering is the most suitable type for a traveller’s individual needs

Airport Parking & Hotels (APH) the UK’s award-winning parking specialist takes the mystery out of parking with a clear guide on what the different parking options mean.

Meet and Greet

This is always the best option for a VIP start to a trip.Meet & Greet parking is a drive-up and drop-off service where customers simply drive to the airport terminal, leave their car with the waiting chauffeur and head to the check-in desks while their car is safely and carefully driven to a nearby security-protected car park.

Off-Airport Park & Ride

The best option for those on a budget. off-airport car parks are fully manned sites located outside an airport’s perimeter and are well-suited for travellers who want the most cost-effective option and, importantly, those who don’t want to drive into the often hectic and confusing road systems within the airport. Drivers simply drive to the car park, drop their car keys off at reception and board a free transfer bus that will take them to the terminals.

On-Airport Parking

Best for those on a tight schedule and want to self-park On-airport car parks are located within the airport perimeter, with some located directly next to the terminals. Where they are close to the terminal, typically the Short or Mid Stay car parks, the check-in desks can be often be reached by foot, so this type of parking is well-suited for those who are on a tight schedule. However, Long Stay car parks on-airport can be a bus ride from the terminal so is often comparable to off-airport park and ride in transfer times. On-airport parking tends to be more costly than off-airport.

Airport Hotel & Parking Package

The best option for early morning flights. Motorway delays on the way to the airport are any traveller’s nightmare, especially when flying early in the morning or during peak travel periods. For drivers who want to avoid unexpected traffic and enjoy a few extra hours of sleep, booking an overnight stay at an airport hotel allows travellers to arrive at the check-in desks on time and worry-free. Booking an off-airport or on-airport hotel and parking package can also be surprisingly good value, so it’s worth considering as an option if only to simply extend the holiday by one night.

Park Mark Approved Operators


For peace of mind while away, travellers should check if their chosen parking company has been awarded the Park Mark Safer Parking Award, which is a police-approved accolade presented to car parks that have measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles. Another way to analyse a company’s credibility is to look for independent reviews, such as Reevoo or Feefo to see what other customers have experienced.

Flexible Airport Parking Bookings

For those who are looking for extra reassurance in case their travel plans change unexpectedly, some providers offer flexible bookings, which allows for changes to be made or a full refund to be claimed if a booking is cancelled with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Non-Flexible Airport Parking Bookings


On the other hand, non-flexible bookings cannot be cancelled or amended, but do offer travellers a discount on their airport parking. Non-flexible bookings are therefore a great way to save money when a traveller is confident their travel plans will not change.

Tell me more about Airport Parking

For more information on which parking is best for you and parking fees go to Airport Parking and Hotels (APH)  or call 01342 859515

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