When looking for the cheapest rates on parking there are several keys points to bear in mind not just the price such as the transfers and security offered, this is why us here at cheap.co.uk can help. We offer only the cheapest rates from the top parking space providers but also show the full details of the service to help you make the best choice for your needs at the cheapest price possible.
Its always best to book as far in advance as possible, remember the earlier you book typically the cheaper the price and this rule still applies at a number of airports including Gatwick and Heathrow. Its also important to watch the summer prices, some car parks will set their rates for the entire year based on the current market at that time of year. For example a car park at Gatwick may set a week at forty pounds in November as the car park is quiet but they set this rate for whenever someone is booking, that means if you are traveling in July but requesting a quote in November you will get the cheaper winter rates rather then the inflated summer prices.
London Gatwick airport always has a large number of parking companies available to offer you their services, some more expensive then others and it can often be hard to find discount gatwick airport parking. Most travelers prefer the benefits of the official long stay car park, gatwick parking where you keep the keys but as the only car park (other then the expensive short stay) where you can take the keys with you prices can often be a little higher then other car parks.
We have seen summer prices as high as twenty five pounds per day at some car parks as the more popular options become full and these are at the off airport park and rides. The car park market is run by demand and when the on airport sites become full during the peaks months the off site car parks can try and take advantage.
Another option to consider when looking for Gatwick airport car parking is the meet and greet service. In the past few years rates have become as competitive as the park and rides at several airports including Gatwick. Whilst this service is not for everyone it is worth considering if you are looking for the best price as in recent times the Gatwick meet and greet has often been as cheap, if not a couple of pounds cheaper then the off airport park and rides.
Typically those looking for the best price on Heathrow airport parking have headed towards the Purple Parking car park, this off airport park and ride was well known as the cheapest park and ride around the airport and at most times of the year this still remains true. Of course some will want to park the car themselves and jump on the transfer bus but for those of you who don't mind the vehicle being driven by a staff member, the Purple Parking car park usually offers the best rates and the car is only driven on site, from a reception area to the parking area where the car is block parked.
Heathrow is another airport that benefited from the meet and greet boom, just like Gatwick the airport has a wealth of meet and greet companies to call on although its worth noting that like Gatwick, new companies spring up all the time. You should always make sure the company you are booking with provides the storage address for the car, the last thing you want is your car to be stored on a field when for a similar price a competing company would have provided a secure car park. Another good marker here is the Park Mark Award, an award by local police authorities to confirm they have inspected the site and it meets a certain level of security.
Stansted airport parking was previously one of the more expensive airports for parking but in recent years this has began to fall in price. As of 2010 there has been an increase in the number of park and rides operating from the airport although many travelers still prefer the official long stay car park. For those who think a head and pre-book over a month in advance the advance purchase rate is often available, this special rate applies a discount and amounts as high as twenty five percent off have been seen, for a weeks parking this can sometimes be almost as high as twenty pounds, something not too miss.
Of course there are plenty of other options and for those looking for the very best rate, again its worth checking the meet and greet companies, prices are becoming more competitive although typically at Stansted these do tend to be higher then the off airport park and ride services.