We’d Like To Agree Airport Parking Prices Only Go Up. But We Can’t. Here’s Why

  • 20 Jun, 2014
  • Jurga Sefton
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You’ve worked out your summer holiday budget, booked your flights, and then… you groan. You forgot the airport parking. Extortionate, rip-off, always more expensive airport parking.

Or is it?

At Airport Parking Shop, we decided to have a look at whether or not airport parking really does always get more expensive year on year. So, we gathered data for 27 of the UK’s leading airports, looked at the cheapest available option for each, and found that over a quarter of airports have parking options available that are cheaper this year than they were in 2013, while prices remained the same for 19% of the UK’s airports.

Although London City had the biggest price reduction with prices down 39% year on year, it is still the most expensive overall with 2 weeks parking costing £140.

Leaving your car for two weeks in August at Stansted and Gatwick airports will cost you less this year than last year, with cheapest option now available at 30% less for Stansted and 3% less for Gatwick.

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What We Compared

A year ago, we took an example of 14 days (two weeks’ trip) in August and ran parking searches for each and every airport listed on our site. The dates we chose were 12-26 August, and we repeated the same search in early summer this year. Read More

Heathrow T2 Has Landed. Time to Start Parking at T2

  • 12 Jun, 2014
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At the beginning of June this year Heathrow has proudly presented and opened the revamped Terminal 2, also named the Queen’s Terminal. We look at what parking options T2 has to offer.

Parking at Heathrow Terminal 2

Heathrow’s on-airport Long Stay car parks serve all Heathrow terminals, including T2. When comparing the prices for Heathrow Airport Parking, you will be presented with a range of results – you can can then choose which T2 car parking is best suited for your needs and budget.

Heathrow Business Parking service is ideal for business passengers and is located just minutes from Terminal 2, with frequent shuttle buses to and from T2 which only take 4-8 minutes.

T2 Car park directions

Getting to the T2 Short Stay park is easy – simply follow the directions for Terminal 2 and you will see the car park signposted.

Need to drive to Long Stay Car park at T2? When approaching Heathrow Airport follow signs for Long Stay (T1 to T4). Once inside the car park follow signs to the correct zone for the terminal that you require. One of the two shuttle bus services operating from the car park takes passengers to T1, T2 and T3, the other one is for T4.

For Business Parking at Terminal 2 you will need to follow signs for Heathrow Airport, Business Parking (T1, T2 and T3).

Terminal 2 Valet Parking Reception is situated on the Terminal 2 Departures forecourt, park in a designated bay and register your arrival at Reception.

To compare on-airport and off-airport parking options at Heathrow Terminal 2 head over to our Heathrow Parking page and run a quote search from there. Read More

To Wear or Not To Wear? Airport Fashion Guide

  • 09 Jun, 2014
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Businesswoman portrait at duty free airport, sporting some Airport Fashion.

There was a time when flying was the ultimate in glamour, but these days are long gone. In fact, nowadays there are far too many hoodies and tracksuit bottoms in the departures lounges, not to mention the dreaded onesie, which, turns out, is about to be introduced for Virgin Atlantic business class passengers to wear on long-haul flights (limited edition).

Eclectic outfits on display in the check-in queue don’t seem to shock anyone anymore; fellow passengers might take a sneaky pic of your flip flops and socks but that’s about it. However, whether you are flying long haul or short haul, on a business trip or with a tribe of kids, we have a few tips to ensure that you stay comfortable in the air and land looking stylish.

First of all, wherever you are travelling and whatever the purpose of your trip, the temperature in the cabin can be unpredictable so think in terms of layers. If you need to take a coat or jacket with you, consider wearing it. Not only does it save you having to pack it in your luggage but it can also double up as a blanket. If you are headed to a destination where coats and jackets are definitely not required, then a stylish cardigan and pashmina will keep you warm and can also be tucked away easily if you are hot. Read More

Dad, Let’s Have Some Fun Together! Father’s Day Ideas

  • 06 Jun, 2014
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family looking at steam train

A “boys own adventure weekend” is always fun, and what better time to schedule one than Father’s Day weekend. If you would like to treat your Dad to a weekend away, we have plenty of Father’s day ideas, whether he is a railway enthusiast, a fishing aficionado, a would-be golf champ or a wine buff.

You don’t even need to leave the UK to have boys’ bonding time: with Yorkshire’s roads all beautifully re-surfaced for the Tour de France next month there has never been a better time to hit the road in God’s Own Country on two wheels rather than four.

Railway enthusiast?

If your Dad is an enthusiast of railways, especially the miniature variety, he may well have watched the recent Michael Portillo television series, Great Continental Railway Journeys, and gasped in amazement at the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, featured in episode 6. This model railway is one of the largest in the world and consists of 12,000 metres of track, 890 trains with 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights and 200,000 human figures.

This attraction is situated in the historical warehouse district of Hamburg and is easily accessible by public transport. If, however, you have decided to hire a car and venture out of Hamburg for part of the weekend, there are various parking options near the Miniatur Wunderland.

Hamburg is a popular stag destination, which may not be quite what you want when visiting with your father. There are, however, plenty of bars to enjoy a quiet drink and for something more lively why not pay a visit to one of the jazz clubs such as the Cotton Club or the Grosse Freiheit 36 where the Beatles once performed in their early days? Read More

Holiday Hacks: How to Pack Light

  • 21 May, 2014
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If you hate packing, get confused about what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage and never seem to have enough room in your case for the essentials, read on. We guide you through some of the thorny problems and even tell you what to do if your worst nightmare comes true and you end up standing at the luggage carousel long after everyone else has collected their baggage.

Capsule Wardrobe

Packing is much easier if you have a “capsule wardrobe”, a term coined in the 70s to denote a collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to maximise the number of outfits that can be created.

Devotees say that with just eight or nine basic items you can create up to thirty outfits.

Colour is key with capsule wardrobes. Base your look around one dark colour such as navy, black or grey and then choose a neutral colour such as white, cream or stone. Add in a splash of colour that goes with both the dark and neutral colours such as red, blue or green and take it from there.

Accessories such as scarves, wraps and jewellery can transform your look and turn a daytime outfit into something far more glamorous.

Packing Cubes and Compression Bags

If you dislike clutter, you can maximise space and simplify packing by using packing cubes, lightweight fabric bags used to create different compartments in your suitcase. Large ones are good for trousers and dresses, medium ones for tops and small ones for undies.

If you share a suitcase with your partner, you can use one colour for their clothes and another for yours, making it easier to find your own stuff when you unpack. They are also particularly useful if you are changing hotel frequently. Just put the cubes in your hotel drawers and don’t worry about unpacking them.

Compression bags squeeze the air out and maximise what you can fit in your case. Read More