Airport Parking for Motorbikes
- 13 Jan, 2014
- Jurga Sefton
- 105 Comments
Over the years we have received a range of questions about motorcycle parking at UK’s airports. Here’s an outline of how it works.
I am on a tight budget and have recently sold my car and bought a motorbike. I am flying home soon to see my parents who live abroad, and since I won’t need much in the way of luggage I am wondering about the practicalities of taking my motorbike to the airport. Are the charges similar to parking a car at the airport?
You will be glad to know that it is much cheaper and, indeed, often free to park your motorbike at some of the airports across the UK. If you don’t have much luggage then it is an ideal method of transport.
As the rules differ from airport to airport, we have looked into the policies of several UK airports to bring you up to date information, which is known to be correct as of July 2017
Cardiff – The airport have recently confirmed that they have free motorcycle parking located in the Short Stay car park, not far from the exit barrier.
London Gatwick, both North and South Terminal – There are dedicated bays in both of the short stay car parks and parking is free.
London Heathrow (Terminal 2) – Located on Conway Road, access via Inner ring East
London Heathrow (Terminal and 3) – Head to the back of Short Stay Car Park 1A/5
London Heathrow (Terminal 4) – opposite arrivals
London Heathrow (Terminal 5) – next to Short Stay Car Park – Motorbike parking at all Heathrow Terminals is Free.
London Stansted – Red Zone Car Park (short stay) and Zone Q (long term car park). Motorcyclists receive a 50% discount on pre-booked parking in either zones – you must call the customer services team on 0800 093 7851 to pre-book and pay for parking as they don’t have the facilities at the airport to do this.
Birmingham – Situated within Car Park 3, on left as you enter. Normal parking tariffs apply.
Manchester – Their website states that you must call them on 0800 042 0213 (free on mobiles and landlines) in advance to pre-book a space in one of the relevant Multi Storey Car Parks and you will be charged 50% of the normal fee. Upon arrival you will need to tell them your booking reference at the intercom and you should be advised where to park.
London Luton – For parking durations of up to 21 days, please use the Mid Term Car park, where your parking will be free. Any stays longer than 21 days will be charged at the standard tariff.
The car parks are monitored but bikes are left at your own risk.
Liverpool – Currently no on site motorbike parking, but secure motorbike storage is available just a minute away through the airports’ trusted provider.
Southampton – The airport confirmed that there is motorcycle parking in the short stay car park, in a designated secure area. A commenter provided us with this info:
“On the ground floor of the short term car park there is 3/4 barrier to enter through, no ticket needed, and there is a 3/4 barrier to leave through. Should you get a ticket on entry do not worry, go to the customer service counter in the car park, it’s very near the exit, and the person there will tear up your ticket and ask you to use Lane No1 with the short (3/4) barrier to exit the car park.”
Glasgow – There is currently no information on their website, but we did find this tweet from early 2017
Edinburgh – Motorcycles are welcome in all car parks, but they do not state whether it’s free or not.
London City – The parking here is free, and located underneath the DLR viaduct. If you head towards the front of the Terminal Building, the parking is opposite the turning.
Bristol – Free parking for motorbikes in the dedicated motorcycle park opposite the administration building and it should be signposted. No pre-booking needed!
East Midlands – Motorbike parking is available but not free, however they do offer a 50% discount on the pre-booked fee. Upon booking, it is advised to call the customer service team on 0800 083 8759 (option 3) so they can issue the discount and advise you on where to park.
The above information has been updated to the best of our knowledge, according to the information available to us- if you are aware of any changes, please let us know! (July 2017)
What can I do with my helmet and leathers? They would take up too much room in my small carry-on bag and I don’t fancy sitting on a plane wearing leathers!
Some airports have left luggage facilities but this could work out expensive at around £4 to £6 a day. Some bikers manage to cram their helmet and outer layers under their seat or in the top-box, but of course there is always the risk of theft, despite the fact that airport car parks are usually pretty secure, especially if you use a Park Mark car park. Using a storm cover will keep temptation at bay since your belongings will not be visible. Helmets can also be chained to the motorbike.
What do I have to do when I get back to the airport? Is it the same procedure as with a car i.e. pay at the barrier?
Much depends on the airport! You may need to visit customer services to have your ticket ‘zeroed’ or call a specific number to be let out of the car park. It’s always best to check this directly with the airport or car park you’re flying from or using before you leave on your outward journey.
Is there anything else I need to know about parking my motorbike at the airport?
Yes, don’t be tempted to leave your bike outside the official bays or else you risk being towed away. On no account should motorbikes be parked in spaces meant for cars.