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When Is The Best Time To Book Airport Parking?

Save Money on Airport Parking

This is one of the most common questions I'm asked. It may be hard to believe, but car parks have some of the most complex pricing rules around.

There are a number of factors that influence airport parking prices including the length of stay, how much advance notice you give, what day of the week you’re travelling and of course what season you travel during. All of these factors are used to maximise the car park's space, and if possible make sure the car park remains as near to capacity as possible.

So to answer the question, my advice is fairly straightforward; always book as far in advance as possible. It’s very rare for parking prices to decrease the closer you get to your departure date.

Don’t forget that pre-booking is always cheaper than just turning up on the day. Car parks give a discount for pre-bookers as it allows them to manage their space allocation better, meaning the earlier you book, the better deal you'll get.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a founder and the Head of Commercial at Essential Travel and has over 25 years experience in the Airport Parking industry. His career started in APH where he worked in the car park during his spare time. From there he worked his way up to a senior position within APH before starting up Essential Travel. Steve's understanding of the airport parking industry has helped Essential Travel become one of the UK's market leaders.