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Short Stay Airport Parking Explained

Short-stay parking is ideal for people who are dropping off or picking up people from the airport. It is not designed for those who wish to leave their car at the airport while they travel abroad; there are other more suitable car parks for this, such as:

  • Mid-term parking
  • Long-term parking


Short term parking allows you to pay by the hour, and with Airparks you can save up to 60% by booking in advance at most short stay airport car parks. In comparison with other longer term car parks as mid-stay and long-stay parking, short-stay parking will work out more expensive if you leave your car here for a prolonged period of time.

Length of Stay

You can stay from anywhere between an hour and 16 days at most Airparks short-stay car parks. If you are going to be staying for longer than a few hours, it may be wise to consider our other longer-term parking options.


As with all Airparks parking facilities, security at short-stay car parks is top-notch. There is CCTV, regular patrols, and fencing, so when you leave your car in an Airparks short-stay car park, you can rest safe in the knowledge it is being well cared for.

Airports with Short-Stay Parking Options

Airparks operate a number of short-stay car parks at airports around the UK, including car parking at:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Short Stay parking?
Most Short Stay car parks are available for booking from a few hours up to 16 days, and you'll often find they are very close to the terminal. Select your airport and enter your travel dates at the top of the page and we'll show you all our available parking options and the current pricing.

Can I just turn up to park at Short Stay parking?
If you are only parking for a few hours then you can turn up on the day and pay for your Short Stay parking, useful if you're picking someone up from the airport. If you're hoping to park your car while you're on holiday we would definitely recommend booking your parking in advance as you'll almost certainly save money.

Should I park in Short Stay or Long Stay parking?
You'll often find that Short Stay parking is a little more expensive than Long Stay as the car parks are generally closer to the terminal, normally just a quick stroll. Long Stay car parks may require a transfer to the terminal but you will often find they are cheaper than the Short Stay car parks.

How much is Short Stay parking?
This will depend on the airport you are flying from, how long you wish to park for and the time of year you are travelling. If you enter your travel dates and the airport you are flying from at the top of the page we'll show you all our current pricing and availability for airport car parks.

How early should I book my Short Stay airport parking?
Whether you are booking Short Stay, Long Stay, off-airport Park and Ride or Meet and Greet airport parking, we recommend you book it as soon as possible, if you book early you'll often find that you save money and it's one less thing to worry about while you look forward to your holiday!

Never Beaten on Price Guarantee

Airparks short-stay car parks come with a Never Beaten on Price Guarantee, so you know you are getting parking for the most competitive prices around. With the Best Price Guarantee, if you find equivalent parking for cheaper within 24 hours of booking, we will either match that price or pay the difference.