Consider time as well as price when booking airport parking

When it comes to choosing airport parking, most of us select a company based on which company we have used in the past, friends’ recommendations and, of course, price.

Rarely do we stop to consider how much time our choice of parking will cost us.

Before you book your summer parking, take a look at the findings of Gatwick meet and greet parking company Help Me Park, which recently conducted research into the amount of time required for the different parking options at Gatwick:

Off-airport park and ride
A quick search of Gatwick Airport parking options shows that the transfer times from off-airport, park and ride options can be as long as 35 minutes, each way, that’s a maximum of 1 hour 10 minutes wasted.

On-airport long stay
The on-airport, long-stay option virtually halves the time spent travelling between the car park and terminal – but that’s still a maximum of 30 minutes.

Meet and greet
The meet and greet parking option from a Gatwick Approved Operator means you drive right up to the airport terminal, hand over your keys to an awaiting driver and walk straight into the airport terminal – no waiting and no transfer time.

On your return, your car will be waiting right outside the terminal building, ready for you to drive straight home.

No waiting – you will be in your car on the way home before your fellow passengers have even reached the car park – based on the maximum transfer time for the park and ride option, you could be around 30 miles away by the time they have reached the car park!

Meet and Greet Park and Ride Long Stay
Transfer time from car park to airport None – car collected from outside the terminal Transfer time 10 – 15 minutesTransfers operate every 20 minutes 5 minutesTransfers operate every 10 minutes
Transfer time from airport to car park None – car returned to outside the terminal Transfer time 10 – 15 minutesTransfers operate every 20 minutes 5 minutesTransfers operate every 10 minutes
Maximum time spent on transfers None 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes 30 minutes

 

Help Me Park is one of only eight Gatwick Approved Operators – the only meet and greet parking companies permitted to collect and return cars to the airport’s forecourts.

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