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A parking guide for Gatwick airport

As Britain’s second largest airport, Gatwick saw 35,444,206 passengers through its doors in 2013 alone.

With those sort of passenger numbers, you may imagine that parking can be a tad painful, a stressful (and not to mention expensive) start to your holiday or business trip.

With prices as much as £75 for just two days, it is worth thinking about your parking arrangements.

Pricing

Gatwick, like many other airports, do offer discounts on pre-booked parking, unfortunately, they don’t advertise that discount in an easy format. You need to fill in the online form and get a quote.

As you would expect, parking at such a place like Gatwick does attract a premium, even just staying for between 1 – 2 hours can cost you £12.

Options, options, options

Long stay, short stay, premium and valet are just some of the options advertised, but what does that mean for you?

Basically, the cheaper options are the furthest away, although there are regular (approximately every 10 minutes) and free courtesy buses available to take you to and from the airport.

Valet parking is available to all those who consider themselves busy enough to afford that luxury; someone will meet you at the airport car park and park the car for you, when you arrive back, they will bring your car back to you. No headaches or hassle of trying to find a space (or your car when you arrive back).

Pre-booking will also give you the added bonus of a guaranteed parking space, some options listed also allow a quicker route through the security check procedures as well. Although be aware that some of these options are an added extra and will cost you more of your valuable holiday spending money, and surely after all your yearlong hard work, you’d much rather use that money for a nice jug of sangria whilst sitting on the beach?

Security

The car parks at Gatwick all have good security, from regular, uniformed patrols and high quality CCTV systems, their staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They also have the ParkMark accreditation, one of the leading standards in the industry.

Although there is good security within and around the car parks, it is also advisable to take the sensible precautions that you would elsewhere; don’t leave a big bag of swag on the back seat and if you have a removable satellite navigation system, remove it!

Many of these systems have a built in ‘home’ button, you might as well just leave your front door wide open!

Finally

Have a fantastic holiday! You deserve that nice little vacation, a few weeks in the sun (or on a snowboard) will do you the world of good!

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