FREE Drop-off and Pick-up Parking at Various UK Airports inc Heathrow & Gatwick

FREE Drop-off and Pick-up Parking at Various UK Airports inc Heathrow & Gatwick

Found 13th Apr 2016
Thought this might help people with holiday planning as airport car parks can be so expensive!! My bil uses Birmingham Airport quite a bit & my sister-in laws fed up with paying to park in order to drop him off or pick him up so recently she's been dropping him at Birmingham International Railway Station & he's caught the train from there for free & vice versa. (there is 15 min Free parking in car park 5 at Birmingham airport, but it's a 10 mins walk or a free shuttle bus ride that runs every 10 mins, so she's often been caught out esp when picking him up)

Anyway, this set me off thinking & found that a few airports inc Heathrow & Gatwick offer 1-2 hrs free parking for dropping off / picking up passengers. Will pop links / info in 1st post.
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Heathrow Airport Deals


Heathrow - If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, you can use the Long Stay car park for 2 hours free of charge. Re-entry to Heathrow Long Stay parking is prohibited within 24 hours Link to INFO
Directions To Long Stay Car Parks for all Terminals

Gatwick - We offer two hours free parking in our long stay car parks with a fast, direct bus service to the terminal INFO LINK

Leeds Bradford - Free One Hour Parking - With its own dedicated entry point, the Free One Hour Parking Zone can be found by following the road signs from Whitehouse Lane, 3-4 mins walk from terminal.INFO LINK

Stansted - Free for up to 1 hour, located in the Mid Stay Car Park. Follow signs for 'Free Set Down' - Just a 5 minute courtesy bus ride away from the terminal forecourt (buses run every 10 minutes.INFO LINK

Cardiff - First 20 minutes is free in Long Stay 1 INFO LINK

London Luton - 30 minutes free parking at Mid Stay Car Park - short 5 min free shuttle ride or 1 hour free parking in Long Term Car Park - free 10 min shuttle ride INFO LINK

Liverpool - Free for up to 20 mins in Drop Off 2 car park - Located a short walk (5-10 minutes) from the terminal building. INFO LINK

Birmingham - The first 15 minutes of any stay in Car Park 5 are free - 10 min walk or free shuttle ride (runs every 10 mins INFO LINK or use the free air link train running from BHI train station.

Edinburgh - Free 10 mins drop off in Long Stay Car Park LINK
Edited by: "wishihadadonkey" 13th Apr 2016
Erm.....? What about me?
Heat for effort
Useful info thanks, heat.
Dropped pin
near Lockington-Hemington, Leicestershire
East mids ... Just park up here and drop off or wait.
Good effort, heat added
amazing, thank you
Manchester Airport by any chance?

Erm.....? What about me?


Manchester Airport by any chance?

Manchester seem to charge for everything, couldn't find any free parking there at all sadly

Erm.....? What about me?


Manchester Airport by any chance?

This is great, thanks.

Re Manchester, we didn't get free parking but used to use the drop off zone for pick ups as well, so you can't wait for more than about 5/10 mins, but it is free. If it's not a grand reunion type thing, it worked well for us.

They may have started charging though.
Superb....have some heat
Really useful. Thanks OP
For Manchester use the train station. Free pick up and drop off. Could be a bit of a walk though depending on terminal.
Excellent. Fed up with paying £3 (or more) for 1 minute to pick someone up.
Newcastle has 15 mins free at the medium stay car park, which is about 3 mins walk to the terminal.…ing
Liverpool? The worst for charging!
Nothing beats London City, according to this article.
Thanks OP
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