Airport parking revealed… find the right solution for you

Airport parking revealed… find the right solution for you, save cash, ensure your car’s safe and get your trip off to a stress-free start. All you need to know right here…

Finding the right airport parking can save money, cut stress and help ensure your holiday or business trip gets off to the perfect start. This guide will help you take control and choose the solution that’s right for you and your needs. Read on to fully understand what’s on offer and why it might – or might not – be the ideal parking package for you.

Airport parking explained

Cut through the jargon as we explain the various forms of airport parking and help find the perfect solution for you…

Meet and greet offers the ultimate airport parking experience

Meet and greet offers the ultimate airport parking experience

Follow our airport parking comparison guide and you’ll find the perfect solution for your trip…

Off-airport parking… park and ride value

This covers fully manned car parks that are located at secure sites near the airport. Simply drive to the car park, leave your keys at reception and jump on a free shuttle bus to the airport terminal. Transfer times are usually no more than 20 minutes. Your car will be parked in a safe and secure compound with 24-hour security patrols. Many of the secured off-airport car parks we work with are holders of the police-approved Park Mark® Safer Parking Award.

Best for – Price: The car parks will typically offer the best prices. The car parks operate when you need them, so make a great solution for all types of trips.

On-airport parking… fast and efficient

These facilities are usually located within the airport complex, with transfers typically taking less than five minutes. Many are within walking distance of the terminal. Along with the convenience of location, most offer the ease of self-park operation – meaning you keep your keys.

Best for – Convenience: On-airport car parks offer parking with minimal transfer times to the terminal. Great for trips where you’re running to a tight schedule and want to save as much time as possible. Booking in advance through APH will also slash the price compared with turn up and park rates on the day of travel.

Meet and greet… the ultimate airport parking

Perfect for anyone who wants to make their airport parking as fast and pain-free as possible. Simply drive to the airport, where you’ll be met by a chauffeur who’ll transfer your car to a secure compound – while you head to the check-in desk. On your return, your car will be ready and waiting for you to drive away.

Best for – Fast, stress-free parking: Meet and greet valet parking provides the ultimate airport parking experience. From passengers travelling with kids or bulky luggage, to those who simply want to enjoy the luxury of arrive-and-fly air travel – meet and greet is the service to choose.

Where can you book airport parking through APH?

We've got the UK covered

We’ve got the UK covered

Along with our own car parks at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, APH offers services from trusted partners at 26 airports and ports across the UK. With all major facilities covered, the next job is to decide which parking product matches your requirements. Use the links below to find parking at the airport you’re flying from.

Find a reputable airport parking provider

Some of the ingredients for perfect airport parking

Some of the ingredients for perfect airport parking

APH offers fully insured facilities with high-spec security systems in place for both vehicles and drivers. Can the firm you’re considering join APH in passing all the following tests when it comes to finding a reputable airport parking firm?


1) Ensure it’s not too good to be true

1) Ensure it’s not too good to be true

Reputable operators invest large amounts of money to ensure customers’ cars are safe; from having well-maintained transfer coaches to 24-hour security staff, these are all areas rogue firms skip to maximise profits at the customers’ expense. So, if customers are tempted by a fee that significantly undercuts the prevailing market – it’s likely they will end up paying the price in other ways.


2) Choose Park Mark-Approved car parks where possible

2) Choose Park Mark-Approved car parks where possible

The Safer Parking Scheme is a national standard for UK car parks that have low-crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles. A Park Mark is awarded to each car park that achieves challenging standards.


3) Choose a Gatwick Approved Operator for meet and greet

3) Choose a Gatwick Approved Operator for meet and greet

Gatwick Airport runs an Approved Operator Scheme to ensure passengers can leave their car with confidence when using meet and greet services at the airport. This is a vital tool to help avoid passenger’s cars being left on public streets or unprotected wasteland.


4) Check out (genuine) user reviews

4) Check out (genuine) user reviews

Looking at how previous customers rate a parking company is a great way to gauge how reputable it is. However, make sure reviews are genuine and are curated by an independent, external site, such as Reevoo. These cannot be tampered with by the car park operator and passengers should make sure that reviews contain negative as well as positive reviews.


5) Check the company physically exists

5) Check the company physically exists

Make sure the website has a ‘Contact Us’ section that displays a physical address for correspondence – and not just a registered office. Customers should also consider entering the address into Google Maps and clicking the Streetview option to see just how real it looks.


6) Check what and who is behind the website

6) Check what and who is behind the website

Unscrupulous operators can set up a website offering unsafe airport parking within a few hours. Therefore, it is essential for customers to check a website’s domain name. If the address looks suspicious, or the domain was only recently registered, it could be worth avoiding or at least making further company checks.


7) Search Companies House for information

7) Search Companies House for information

The government offers a free service allowing customers to search its Companies House Database of registered companies. This can provide customers with a company’s information such as how long a business has been established and a list of its directors.


8) Check for content on the website and social media channels

8) Check for content on the website and social media channels

Checking out Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts is a great way to gauge the validity of a company. Not all firms will have the time or resources to create large amounts of content for social media, but quality over quantity is what customers should be looking for here.


9) Check the VAT registration

9) Check the VAT registration

Finding out if a company is VAT-registered will help customers get an understanding of how the company they are considering operates. This tax is paid by firms that have an annual turnover in excess of £82,000, so checking if it has a VAT number and if that number is genuine will help gauge if the firm is genuine.


10) Trust experience… it tells a long story

10) Trust experience… it tells a long story

Customers should not underestimate the power of experience and longevity if they want to find a safe and secure space for their vehicle. It’s likely a firm that’s been operating for decades has remained in business because of returning customers and word-of-mouth recommendations.


Hotel and parking packages

Save cash and stress by combining your parking with a hotel room close to the airport…

Join the high-life at the Hilton

Book a hotel and parking package for the height of stress-free travel

Booked on an early morning departure? Then why not choose a hotel and parking package to ease the strain. Combine your parking with a hotel room close to the airport and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. In addition to the benefits of swapping a sleepy dawn dash for a relaxed breakfast and leisurely trip to the terminal – you’ll also pay just a few pounds extra for your room. Click below to get the full details on how this great service works.

Reasons to book a hotel and parking package: In a test, we found booking a room directly with the Holiday Inn Gatwick would cost £67.29, but as part of a package with one week’s Park Mark-approved parking through APH.com it’d cost just £83.00 for room and parking. Buying both separately would cost a total of £135.00.
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2 comments for “Airport parking revealed… find the right solution for you

  1. Ray Scriven
    August 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Always had an excellent service, from booking in to the drivers and transfers, would always recommend APH.

    • Pete Barden
      August 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Ray – we appreciate your kind words.

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