Belfast is the UK’s cheapest airport car park – but has your nearest runway made the top 10?

PARKING can add unexpected costs and added stress to travel, but certain airports can save you a penny.

Belfast has been crowned the UK’s cheapest airport car park according to a list of the UK’s 20 most crowded car parks.

Belfast has the cheapest UK airport which costs just £65 for a week's stay


Belfast has the cheapest UK airport which costs just £65 for a week’s stayCredit: Alamy

Most of the UK’s busiest airports, such as London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester, don’t make the top 10 – so travelers should be warned that expensive parking could add to the Easter chaos of huge queues.

At just £65 for a week’s stay, Belfast International is far cheaper than London City, the most expensive, which charges £60 for just a day.

Belfast is also the cheapest for an hour, costing just a fiver, while London Stansted charges the most for the same length of time – £18.

Even visitors passing an airport can find themselves out of pocket as every airport except two requires a 15 minute drop.

One holidaymaker was even caught for driving the wrong way around Heathrow car park.

Charlotte Balfe has been fined £80 after accidentally driving through the airport drop-off zone.

The mum of two paid £90 upfront to leave her car for a week but was met by a barrage of signs and junctions on arrival.

Charlotte, from Woking, Surrey, accidentally pulled into a zone where drivers charge to drop off passengers.

Drivers can be charged up to £10 for 15 minutes in London Gatwick and London Luton, while only Doncaster Sheffield and Newcastle International, both in the top 10 cheapest, offer free return.


Although Belfast came out as the cheapest airport car park, it disappointed with the amount of electric vehicle chargers available. In addition to Doncaster Sheffield, London Stansted and London Southend, the airport has no charging points. London Heathrow, on the other hand, has a whopping 38.

It is cheaper to book in advance at all 20 airports. Alternatively, many airports are accessible by public transport.

Another option is to park further away from the airport terminals, as parking in less convenient locations is usually cheaper.

However, travelers should be warned about the driver who fell for an “illegitimate” airport parking lot.

The Ryanair customer paid to park his car at the company before a holiday. John Paton from Tyneside bought his place at Newcastle Airport in the days before he was due to fly to Malaga with his wife Sheila.

But when the couple arrived bright and early, Looking4Parking staff didn’t respond with their advertised “meet and greet service” – instead having no record of the booking.

John was then forced to pay a further £66.99 for parking, even though he had already paid.

UK’s top 10 cheapest airport car parks

  1. Belfast International Airport
  2. Cardiff Airport
  3. Glasgow Airport
  4. Southampton Airport
  5. Aberdeen Airport
  6. Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  7. Edinburgh Airport
  8. Newcastle Airport
  9. Liverpool Airport
  10. Leeds Bradford Airport Belfast is the UK’s cheapest airport car park – but has your nearest runway made the top 10?

Chris Barrese

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