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Airport Parking for Motorbikes

  • 09 Sep, 2021
  • Alice Fowler

Find out which UK airports have free motorcycle parking

We get it, people don’t just drove cars to the airport; plenty of you have motorcycles too and often have the question of “Is motorbike parking free at my airport?”

The answer differs depending on the airport so we thought we’d bring you a 2021 update on what the airports charge (if anything) and where possible, where the dedicated motorbike parking is. Please note, this is a collection of information based on what’s available to us at the time of writing, in this case, August 2021.

Simply select your airport from the list below to be taken to the information we have. If you see a 🏍️, click it to be taken to the official website for information on prices if the airport charges for motorcycle parking.

Aberdeen | Belfast City | Belfast International | Birmingham | Bristol | Bournemouth |Cardiff | Doncaster Sheffield | Dublin | East Midlands | Edinburgh | Exeter |Gatwick | Glasgow | Heathrow |Humberside | Heathrow |Inverness Leeds Bradford | Liverpool |London City | Luton | Manchester | Newcastle | Norwich |Prestwick | Shannon | Southampton | Southend | Stansted | Teesside |

Aberdeen Airport

Motorcycle parking is free and you can find designated spaces in the Short Stay Car Park.

Belfast City Airport

They have confirmed that motorbike parking can be found in the Short Stay car park

Belfast International Airport

No information on their site so we have contacted them directly and waiting for a response.
**This is still the case as of August 2021 so we have contacted them again for clarity.**

Birmingham Airport

There is dedicated Motorcycle parking area in Car Park 2. It is currently free to park in this car park. But if you park in any other car park, you’d have to pay the full price for that car park. 🏍️

Bournemouth Airport

There is motorcycle parking available in their bicycle shelter which is just outside the terminal building. You’ll be charged the same price as car parking.

Bristol Airport

Free parking for motorbikes in the dedicated motorcycle park in the Multi-Storey car park. car park and it should be signposted. No pre-booking needed!

Cardiff Airport

The airport have confirmed via Twitter DM that they have free motorcycle parking located at the end of the pick up zone, next to the pay station.
Motorbike parking at Cardiff Airport is free

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Motorbike parking is free across the site. See the Twitter response below;
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offer free motorbike parking

Dublin Airport

There is motorcycle parking available in their Terminal 1 car park A and it’s free of charge.

East Midlands Airport

If you’re travelling by motorcycle, then you can receive a 50% discount on pre-booked prices. In order to get this discount, you’ll need to fill a feedback form and they’ll give you a callback to book your motorcycle parking. 

Exeter Airport

Motorcycles can be parked free of charge but you are advised to call them on 01392 365 225 to arrange. 🏍️

Edinburgh Airport

Motorcycles are welcome in the Terminal Surface car park and parking is free – see below;
Motorbike parking at Edinburgh Airport

Gatwick Airport

There are dedicated bays in both the North and South Terminal Short Stay car parks and parking is free.

Glasgow Airport

There are dedicated motorcycle bays in their short stay car park 2 and it is free to park in those bays. 🏍️

Heathrow Airport

Motorbike parking is available in all 4 terminals and can be found as follows:

On Cessna to the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel

  • (Terminal 2) – Located on Cessna Road, adjacent to Hilton Garden Inn Hotel . Motorcycles are prohibited from parking in the T2 multi storey car parks.
  • (Terminal 3) – Head to the back of Short Stay Car Park 1A/5. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking in the T3 multi storey car parks.
  • (Terminal 4) – opposite arrivals. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking in the T4 multi storey car parks.
  • (Terminal 5) – next to Short Stay Car Park. You can park in the over height areas of the multi storey car parks only.

Humberside Airport

“I can confirm Motorcycle parking is free at Humberside Airport and is available in Car Park 1 (Short Stay) or in the Bicycle shelter opposite the main terminal. “

Inverness Airport

“We don’t have dedicated motorbike parking at Inverness Airport. Motorbikes can utilise any standard space within any of our car parks paying the advertised rates which are applicable for all vehicles.” August 2021

Leeds Bradford Airport

Motorcycle parking is permitted however “motorcyclists are not exempt from payment of parking tariffs and should park in a full parking bay.” 🏍️

Liverpool Airport

Motorcycles can park in the Express Drop Off Zone for free, but the bays are limited. Please note that these aren’t dedicated spaces, hence the no charge.

London City Airport

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.

Luton Airport

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. 🏍️

Manchester Airport

Motorcycle parking is available but you can only park outside the railway station, anywhere else is for staff use only. 

Newcastle Airport

You are advised to use the Long Stay Car Park when parking for periods of 24 hours or more. You’ll have to call them on 0191 214 4341 for a no obligation quote and to book a full car parking space. 🏍️

Norwich Airport

A Customer Services rep emailed back to say “Just spoke to NCP parking office and they have motorbike parking spaces available in the short stay car park, at the same rate as cars.” 🏍️

Prestwick Airport

Due to their use of ANPR, they are unable to accommodate motorcycles; please see the screenshot from our Facebook conversation.
No motorbike parking at Prestwick Airport

Shannon Airport

There is motorcycle parking available but in order to book it, you’d have to contact the airport.

Southampton Airport

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.”

Southend Airport

Free motorbike parking is available in their Long Stay 3 Car Park.
Southend Airport offer Free motorbike parking

Stansted Airport

Motorcycle parking is available in theirOrange 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 0808 169 7031 to pre-book and pay for parking as they don’t have the facilities at the airport to do this. 🏍️

However, you also have the option to book parking via Stansted Easy Motorbike Parking if you prefer to book online. This is an exclusive motorbike only car park so other vehicles are not able to use the space.

Teesside Airport

No information on their site so we are awaiting response to our direct message to them.
**This is still the case as of August 2021 so we have contacted them again for clarity.**

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! (August 2021)

*Contact numbers updated August 2021 and are freephone numbers

About Alice Fowler

I love to travel and working in the airport parking world for nearly five years has given me inside out knowledge of the industry. I love to help travellers get the best out of their trip, and their journey to the airport is an important part of that. Whether it's using our data to spot trends and pinpoint when people can save money, or opening the lid on airport parking tips and tricks, if it helps our customers, I'll write about it!

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128 responses to “Airport Parking for Motorbikes”

    • Hi Tim, there doesn’t appear to be any information on their website regarding this and they have not responded to our own request, so it might be worth trying to call the airport directly to find out!

  1. Stansted airport now charges 50% of the car rate for parking motorcycles. Booking must be made over the phone (charges apply), as the online system does not apply the discounted rate. Short term is bookable for up to 4 days only, longer than that, one needs to book mid- or long-stay. Thank you Manchester Airports Group for the new policy.

  2. Hey Everyone. I can most of the info is is quite old so I’d rather ask again. I’m going to Barcelone Friday from North Terminal and back on Monday so:

    1. Is it Motorcycle parking still free?
    2. How busy it is? Leaving work at 3pm for my flight at 6:10pm, any chances of not finding a space?
    3. I’m away just for the weekend,/does that qualify as short stay?

    I appreciate any information!

    • Hi David,

      As per Aberdeens website,

      “Motorcycle parking is free in the designated areas within the car park. For security reasons motorbikes must not be parked anywhere else.”

      Hope that helps!

  3. Gatwick now charges full short stay car parking prices for motorcycles. There is no long term (cheap) parking for bikes. This is amazingly discriminatory against bikers £45 per day unless you pre book and also must not use car spaces. Diabolical.

    • I’m not sure this is correct. I parked for free at Gatwick for a week or more about half a dozen times since your message here, without any notifications or PCNs etc.

      • Hi Tony,

        You’re correct, as per the official Gatwick Site;

        “Parking for motorcyclists is free at Gatwick Airport if you park in the North and South terminal short stay car parks.

        There are dedicated parking bays for motorcyclists in our short stay car parks. These are marked with yellow hatches and are located on one side of each floor of the car park. Please don’t park motorbikes in other car parking spaces, as you may be charged the full parking rate.

        Please note that anchor points are not available, and that for security reasons bikes will be removed if not parked in the designated areas. “

  4. I’m picking my pillion passenger up at Glasgow Airport – is there any free parking for motorbikes whilst I am in the terminal waiting for her?

    • Hi Tony,

      There is nothing on Glasgow’s website about motorcycle parking, but they do state they have a dedicated pick up area which costs £3 for up to 20 minutes. I would contact the airport directly to enquire as to whether this is applies to motorcycles too.

      Franki, Airport Parking Shop

  5. Hi Franki, Is parking Cardiff Airport free for motorcycle?, can’t find any information about .

    • Hi Aitor,

      We are unable to verify this information either I’m afraid! I’d suggest you contact Cardiff Airport directly and ask them to confirm.

      Good Luck!

  6. Stansted has now effectively banned motorcycle parking. You can’t book online. You have to phone to book. However, both phone numbers published are not connected. They don’t respond to emails.

    Turn up and pay is not available for the specified car park and would cost £42 per day.

    Other operators don’t permit motorcycles. I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to get to the airport.

    • Hi Christian,

      We contacted the airport and they said to us that motorbike parking does not need to be booked and is free, in both the Red short stay car park and Zone Q in Long Stay – which is a conflicting message to their website. Airports really need to make their motorbike parking policies much clearer!

      Hope that helps – Alice

      • Yes, My bike is there now and for free. Along with maybe 100 others!!
        There is plenty of room for easy exit.

  7. Hi I’m flying from East Midlands next week, anyone know what the situation for parking motorbikes ?

    • Hi Paddy

      As per Leeds Bradford Airports website, they state;

      “Motorcycles and are permitted to take up a car parking bay in the most appropriate car park for their visit.

      Motorcyclists are not exempt from payment of parking tariffs.”

      Not to say there isn’t any free parking around the airport though! It’s worth looking into


  8. Hi
    I’m flying from Liverpool airport this weekend for a couple of days. Does anyone know if there is free parking available for my scooter?

    • Hi Damon

      On their website, it says there is free outside parking for motorcycles in the Express Drop Off zone, which I’m sure would be fine for your scooter. If you want to double check, I’d suggest giving them a call on 0345 319 2781


  9. Hi im travelling from gatwick airport for 4 days and im looking to ride my scooter down, am i allowed to park it there free of charge for that long?

  10. Hi Zak,

    As per a previous comment on this thread, and the fact the official website doesn’t mention free motorcycle parking, I’d assume you are unable to park for free – best to contact them directly for a definite answer, though!


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