Options for Getting to the Airport

OK so now you have booked your flights what about getting to the Airport or Parking…

I have included a couple of articles on this page that will explain about Parking at Airports if you are driving there yourself, and also about London Public Transport to the main London Airports…

Overnight Stay and Parking

I personally find the whole business of flying rather stressful.  I will always remember one particular trip to Spain when we could not find our pre-booked car park near Gatwick in the very early hours of the morning.  There was no-one around to ask directions and I could not find the phone number to call the company we had pre-booked the parking with.

We had written directions and a map but they were very unclear and so we then proceeded to drive around for nearly an hour until we finally drove up a long road that was more like a country lane than a road to airport parking at Gatwick.

We almost missed our check-in time and only made it by minutes, they literally shut the check in desk as we were walking away from it.  I got on the plane completely stressed out and emotionally drained and decided there had to be a better way.

The next time we travelled and had arranged a morning flight we booked anBedroom Overnight Stay at a local Hotel which included parking for the length of our holiday.. We drove to the airport the night before our flight and because our flight was before 08.30 am we were able to check our baggage in the night before (You must take your passports and tickets with you to do this as you will be issued with your boarding passes there and then).

We then drove to the hotel and handed them the keys to the car which they securely parked for the required number of nights which are booked at the time of booking the hotel and depends on the length of your holiday ie 8 nights or 15 nights.

We enjoyed a very comfortable nights sleep in a clean and spacious bedroom with private bathroom.  We still had to get up early the next day but the Hotel then transferred us by mini bus to the airport where we went straight to the departure lounge and then had a breakfast at one of the many eating facilities before our flight was called.Airplane Taking Off

This time I boarded the plane without any of the stress of the previous trip and I found that I actually was not so nervous about flying and was a lot calmer.

Upon our return to the airport after collecting our baggage from the baggage reclaim we just contacted the hotel on the number we had been given and went to the Coach & Bus pick up & drop off point as arranged with the Hotel.  They took us by mini bus back to the hotel where our car was waiting for us to just get in and drive home.

Personally I feel that this is the most civilised way of travelling and unless my flight is late at night then I would always try to choose this option first above normal airport parking.  Here is a link to a website that provides this type of accommodation:-   APH-Airport Parking & Hotels

This may be a slightly more expensive than booking parking only but if you can afford that bit extra then it is well worth it as you start your holiday off on the right foot.

Airport Car Parking

If you are using the car parking only option then please read the article below astrolley (Small) it explains this far better than I can.  You can pre-book parking or you can book on the day of flying.

Here are some links to websites where you can check out prices or pre-book car parking  BCP, Purple Parking Pink Elephant, NCP or if you want to park at Birmingham, Luton or  Manchester then try Airparks

Personally I would still rather pre-book to get a guaranteed rate and a guaranteed parking space despite my previous inability to find the car park I mentioned.  Besides I now know where that particular car park is and I can assure you that they are not all as difficult as that one was to find.

If you have someone else driving you to the airport then please read the section about dropping off and short term parking in the article below.

Using Public Transport

You can use the Public Transport to get to the Airport and you will find that National Express offer Airport transfers to 10 of the UK Major Airports if you do not want to drive.

If you are flying from London you should be able to get a train from most areas of the country to take you to Central London and then from there you can go onto the Airports.

You can go to Heathrow by transfer, try Heathrow Express as they arrange transport from London Paddington.

You can use Easybus for London Airport Transfers from Central London to Stansted, Gatwick, and Luton.

You can go to Manchester Airport from Manchester, Warrington, Widnes and Liverpool with airportbycoachmanchester Airport Transfers.

Or if you are not tied to a budget you can go by Taxi check online as some companies offer a fixed fare for Airport Transfers.  Others will calculate the amount of the fare direct from your postcode to your chosen airport such as Airport Taxis

If you are flying outside of London just type in Airport Transfer to ”…..” whichever airport you are flying from and you will probably find many options available.



How You Can Get to the Airport For Your Holiday?

By John Z Birch

Travelling abroad for a holiday is something most of us have been fortunate enough to experience in one way or another and on the most part these holidays are fun and stress free. The strange thing about going on holiday is that the trip to the airport is often the most stressful part of the journey. There are lots of different ways to travel to an airport like Heathrow or Gatwick as they have good public transport systems linking into them but which of these will work best for you?

modern_train_lights_speeding_md_whtNearly all airports in the country have a train station network that connects to them in some way or another. London airports like Gatwick and Heathrow, have multiple links into them from underground tube stations, over ground trains and rail air; a combination of coach and railway transport services. However one of the most common complaints among those that frequently use train services to commute into cities like London is that the train carriages are often cramped at peak times and trains are typically late. These are two aspects to consider when going to an airport as you are likely to have large amounts of luggage that will be difficult to maneover on a crowded train and if you miss your flight you are unlikely to receive a refund.

There are many airport taxi services that will pick you up from home and take you to your airport destination. These sorts of airport transfers to London airports are usually very efficient as most will arrange to leave well in advance of your check in time. Whilst you can never guarantee that English motorways are going to give you an incident free journey, a good airport taxi driver will be able to find an alternative route quickly. Heathrow and Gatwick airport taxis run frequently so pricing is relatively competitive and if you are going with a large group of people then the cost can be spread amongst your group.

If you are interested in finding out about Airport Transfers London and other Airport Taxis then why not visit Data Cars, a licensed private hire mini cab company based in London.

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Airport Parking Guide

By Anvin Raj V. S.

Booking a parking place at airport can be quite expensive and confusing. The best way to understand the parking zones at the airport is to visit the airport’s website and check the information on car parking.

If you would like to drop off or pick up someone at the airport, you can access Drop Off zones for that purpose. However, some airports do not have these facilities. In such airports, limited waiting time is imposed. In the Drop off zones, vehicles are allowed to be parked for only a shorter duration for 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The costs of parking in these areas are usually high compared to other zones of the airport.

Short Stay parking areas is less expensive compared to Drop Off areas. If you wish to park your car for more than an hour or to six hours, you can make use of the Short Stay facility. Short Stay areas often have multi- storey parking areas to commute a large number of vehicles.

If you intend to stay for a longer duration i.e. for over six hours, you can access car parking (Small)the Long Stay areas. Some airports have more than one Long Stay making it all the more convenient for passengers. You can also park you car here for several days but if you wish to park your car here for much longer duration, for instance for 15 days, it is advisable to book your parking space in advance to save on money.

In the entire parking zones available one can find dedicated bays for disabled drivers. Some airports also provide free parking spaces for the disabled drivers. You can also find dedicated parking zones for motorcycles at every airport.

Off-site parking areas or valet parking away from the airport can turn out to be much cheaper than parking your car at the airport. Except for the off-site airport parking zone, all the airport’s car parking zones are located very close to the terminal so that passengers can conveniently commute to the desired destination. Some of the off-site airport parking zone also offer free shuttle bus service to the airport and back.

You can benefit from facilities like regular patrols and CCTV cameras at most of the car parking areas. One should also keep in mind that different parking zones have height restrictions for vehicles that enter parking areas. Payment of car parking fees can be done easily through the exit barriers located at the parking zones. You can also pay the fee at various paying counters located at the terminal of the airport.

The best way to save the expenditure on car parking, you can pre-book your parking space online. Many airports offer attractive discounts if you pre-book online. This will not only save your money but also your valuable time. This option can be very handy when you have no time and are rushing to the airport. There are many websites available on the internet, which allow you to compare various airport parking companies and the services and prices they offer. Some of these companies also offer quality service like chauffer service, breakfast, hotel and other staying facilities.

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