Gatwick Purple Parking (formerly Airparks)


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This off-site car park is located 3 miles away from the airport, a journey which takes between 10 minutes (for North terminal) and 15 minutes (for South terminal). Courtesy buses run three to four times an hour.

Directions information


Please check your booking confirmation for details.

From the M23 Junction 9:
Follow the M23 overpass at junction 9 and take the exit towards the airport. Following the signs to the North Terminal go straight over at the first roundabout. At the second roundabout take the third exit signposted A23 Crawley/Redhill. After joining the A23 Northbound, get into the right hand lane. At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A23 Crawley/Brighton (you should now be traveling in the direction you just came from). Stay on the A23 southbound and go straight on at the first roundabout. At the second roundabout take the second exit exit for Lowfield Heath Road. After 200 yards take the first exit at the mini roundabout. Purple Parking is one and a half miles ahead on the right hand side.

From the M23 junction 10:
From the M23 overpass at junction 10 take the exit signposted Horsham (A2011). At the first roundabout take the third exit signposted A2011 Horsham (A23). Next, you come to a roundabout with traffic lights. At this roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Gatwick/Redhill A23 Northbound. Stay on the A23 Northbound and go straight over the the first roundabout. At the second roundabout that the first exit signposted Lowfield Heath Road. After 200 yards take the first exit at the mini roundabout. Purple Parking is one and a half miles ahead on the right hand side.

Departure information

Transfer to airport

The transfer bus runs to both terminals every 15 to 20 minutes and takes 10 minutes to get to the North terminal and 15 minutes to get to the South terminal. Transfers run 24 hours a day and are included in the price.

Arrival procedure information

Arrival procedure

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Park in one of the arrivals bays, take note of the number and head to reception to check in. You'll need to present a copy of your booking confirmation, drop your keys in the red box for the correct number lane and you'll be given a ticket, which you should keep safe as you'll need it later. It will also have instructions on the back for when you return. You car will be parked for you while you catch the bus from the waiting area to the airport. You'll need to show your ticket to the driver.

If you're running late, don't panic. Purple Parking can take you and your luggage straight to the terminal in your own car, which a member of staff will then drive back to the car park and park for you as normal. This service is called Late To Airport and costs £25.

Departure information

Departure procedure

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Catch the transfer bus from where you were dropped off. You'll need to show the ticket you were given at check-in to the driver. If you're at the South terminal, turn left out of the terminal and wait at bus stop 7 or 8, about 25 yards from the exit. If you're at the North terminal, turn right out of the terminal and follow signs for buses. Wait at bus stop 6 or 7.

After you've collected your keys from reception, drive to the exit and scan the barcode attached to your keys at the exit barrier to get out.

Security information


Like all Purple Parking sites, Purple Parking Gatwick is fully secured, with CCTV, barriers, a high fence, lighting and regular patrols. Also, all Purple Parking sites hold the Park Mark, a national security award accredited by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Insurance information


The car park is fully insured (terms and conditions apply).

EXTRAS information


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Disabled facilities

The transfer buses are wheelchair accessible.

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Additional information

We recommend that you give yourself 45 minutes to drop your car and keys off and transfer to the airport.

Bikes, surfboards, canoes and other large objects that won't fit into the luggage racks can't be carried on Purple Parking buses. If you are bringing large items with you, we suggest you drop them off at the airport before you park your car.

If you're delayed picking your car up, you'll need to pay for the extra parking, at the car park's normal rate (which is more expensive than the price you pay when you book with us). If you pick your car up early, unfortunately we can't give you a refund.

There is a vending machine in reception selling snacks and drinks. There are also toilets with a baby changing room, and a luggage weighing machine.

Jump Start services also available.

Please note that your chosen car park has a vehicle height restriction of 2.1m (7ft.) and does not accept the following types of vehicles: mini-buses, high-sided vehicles, mobile homes, lorries, caravans or vehicles with trailers.

Purple Parking cannot accept any vehicles that have a taxi licence plate, because its staff are not allowed to drive them.

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Airparks Non-Refundable

Bookings for this package are non-refundable, no amendments or cancellations are possible.

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Return Greet Time Saver

Return Greet Time Saver by Purple Parking Gatwick service means you don't have to get a return transfer when you arrive back at the airport. Instead, Purple Parking will bring your car to the terminal for your collection.

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Undercover Parking

This new package offers the same great service as the standard park and ride, but for an extra cost the customer's car is parked undercover so it is sheltered from the elements.

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Previously known as

Airparks Gatwick
BCP Gatwick

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Purple Parking (formerly Airparks Gatwick) Lowfield Heath Road Crawley West Sussex RH11 0QB

Distance to airport

3 miles, just 10 to 15 minutes from the terminals.

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Gatwick Purple Parking (formerly Airparks) reviews

Our average review score for Gatwick Purple Parking (formerly Airparks) is 4 from 658 reviews.

Poor information was supplied on how to find the bus on return, wasting valuable time at the terminal. At the car I genuinely wondered if I had got the right car, at first, as all its information systems had been altered. From the date, time, clock type, and car performance information through to the sat nav settings such as voice prompts. Most of the changed items require searching for and a separate act is needed to save the new settings. The seat and mirrors being changed may be understandable, although why they were left on their most extreme settings is not. Nor can I think of any reasonable explanation for the other changes, as all that was required was to drive the car to its parking place and drive it back for collection. Returning late to Gatwick in bad weather, with a long drive ahead and finding your car information systems so messed up increases one's risk on the road. It also leaves a very uneasy feeling about what else has happened to your car whilst in their care. I have received no reply to my email, asking for an explanation, from Purple Parking customer services or sales

February 7, 2019

Terrible customer services. Plus if you are unhappy with the service you have received and try to speak to someone else, you are shifted back to the same person you have been speaking to. I have tried 3 methods of communication (email, phone and Facebook) and every time I have been responded to by the same one person.

January 18, 2019

Very easy, practical.

January 8, 2019

Left home in plenty of time. Printed direction instructions were useless. Spent an hour driving in circles. Ended up at a large Tesco. Asked for directions there. They just laughed and said this happens all the time. Used google maps to direct us. That still never got us there. Had to admit defeat and use Gatwick long stay and only just made our flight. Will be seeking a refund on our return. Watch this space for the outcome

December 25, 2018

Excellent and speedy service. I left my bag in my car and the driver radioed and they bought it on the next bus and I still made my flight. So thankful to them. Buses were very regular and efficient and quick service getting car keys.

December 6, 2018