Hi, my name is Jill. After my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, we decided that we didn't want him to spend his last few remaining years sitting around. Instead, we decided to start travelling. We travelled using many different types of transportation, and throughout our sometimes challenging adventures, I learned how to deal with transportation and Parkinson's. To help others who are in the same boat (transportation pun intended), I decided to create a blog devoted to transportation and chronic illnesses or disabilities. In these posts, I plan to look at everything from choosing transportation to travelling safely. Please, explore my blog and enjoy your travels!
Many airports around the world have a split service when it comes to their car parking facilities. Although some now charge for dropping off and picking up passengers even if you don't leave your car at all, most will charge you less for a long stay parking place and more for a short stay. It usually depends on how many hours or days you intend to leave your car and the tariff alters depending on whether you have booked in advance and, in many cases, whether you will be parking over weekends and bank holidays.
The trouble with most airport car parks is that they are on the site of the airport itself and therefore run by the airport or a subsidiary of it. Although this usually means they are reasonably well maintained, the so-called official car parking facilities are frequently expensive. As a result, you are commonly better off looking for an alternative parking provider when you book your airline tickets, especially if you are travelling in the future and can book your parking in advance. Let's take a closer look at why it is often preferable to use a car park that is away from the main airport site.
Even when you park in the officially designated car park of an airport – particularly large international hubs – you still need to transfer from it to the terminal building. Airports around the world provide adapted buses to do this for you in the form of an airport shuttle. Kitted out with greater room for luggage, you still need to wait for the shuttle service to arrive, pick up extra passengers on the way and to then access the terminal building whilst making its way through other traffic. If you use a car park that is farther away, then the additional time you spend transferring from it in a shuttle bus is minimal.
It is basically a good deal cheaper to use a non-official airport car park than one that is on site. Most of them are professionally run and will offer discounts and promotions to new customers and usually have space even if you drive in without having previously booked.
Although many drivers prefer the official car parking facilities at an airport, many off-site ones are just as competent with security matters. A large number will man their car park 24-hours a day to prevent thieves from accessing the cars under their care. Check out modern security measures, like CCTV, before booking a space, too.