How being lazy can save you time and money

  • 19 Nov, 2021
  • Alice Fowler
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airport parking

We know that when it comes to parking at the airport, most people pre-book their parking, want it to be cost-effective, are concerned about the location of the car park, and that most people pick Long Stay parking as their parking option of choice.

Long stay parking may seem the savvy choice – you’re going away for more than a few days and you’re willing to put up with a transfer to the airport. In most cases, the Official Long Stay car park may be more reasonable than Short Stay parking or Meet and Greet and therefore it all makes sense… or so you think!

Is Meet and Greet parking always a more expensive option?

In the table below we outline some comparisons that we completed using Airport Parking Shop:

Airport Official Long Stay Parking average per day Meet and Greet Parking Average per day Potential Saving per day
Gatwick £8.63 £7.54 £1.08
Heathrow £11.15 £8.50 £2.65
Luton £5.50 £7.31 -£1.81
Manchester £5.62 £5.12 £0.51
Stansted £5.75 £7.13 -£1.38

Analysis based upon average prices of pre-booking Airport parking from April – August 2022. Lowest priced Meet and Greet service is compared based upon car parks with Park Mark accreditation.

Long Stay Vs. Meet and Greet. Who’s cheaper?

This shows that depending on the airport you could be saving around £21.20 for a week’s parking. Now we think these are pretty great savings! Especially when you put it into perspective that if you’re travelling with family, you could easily buy an affordable meal for everyone at that price. Or if you’re travelling solo, you could potentially get lounge access for around that price! Not to mention, you’ll be met right at the airport, not having to wait around for long bus transfers (that can be up to 20 minutes) and battle with luggage and the family… we think that’s a pretty good tip to know!

“But wait!” I hear you cry, “How do I trust this service?”

No worries! When doing this research, we only chose the lowest priced Meet and Greet that was Park Mark accredited, although most are safe and secure.

“Park what?!”

Park Mark accreditation means that the car park has been vetted by the Police and found to meet their minimum list of criteria. This means that they adhere to a high quality of management, they have sufficient lighting, the car park is under surveillance, and it is a clean environment.

park mark logo

Good Meet and Greet car parks have fully insured drivers, so you can be assured that when you leave your car with them at the terminal forecourt, it is in safe hands whilst it is being driven to the car park and whilst it is there.

There is no hanging around waiting for transfers, so you can be at the airport in minimum time. Even if, as in some cases, it may not be the cheapest option, it is often only marginally more expensive. According to our research, at some airports it was only between £1 and £5 more for a week! For the price of a drink at the airport, you can have a truly convenient parking experience and in some cases, your saving could pay for that drink and a sandwich too!

At Airport Parking Shop, before you decide on your parking, you can check out reviews from previous customers. If you have any doubts about using a Meet and Greet service, look for the Park Mark logo, and read the reviews. Some of the lower priced Meet and Greet providers have a 4.6 star rating, which beats the rating of the official long stay car park.

There you have it – who knew that Meet and Greet could save you both time and money!


About Alice Fowler

I love to travel and working in the airport parking world for nearly a decade 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!