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Airport Parking – What’s Best For Families?

When going on holiday the last thing you want to be worrying about is airport parking, especially if you have young children. There are a few options available which I will outline below. Please read and let us know what you do as a family too. Please note some airports may offer different options to what is discussed below, we normally use Edinburgh Airport as this is our closest airport.

Surface parking at Edinburgh Airport
Surface parking at Edinburgh Airport

Airport Parking For Families…The Options

Pre Book Valet Parking

Valet parking is when you turn up at the airport and go to the designated area. In some places you meet the driver, others you leave your keys in a designated place. You then just unload the car and your car will be parked for you. After your holiday you will then just either call or go to the designated area where they will bring your car to you. Again this is a great option if you don’t mind someone else driving your car and parking it for you.

Pre Book Terminal Parking/Long Stay

On the Edinburgh airport website you can pre book and get a discounted rate for paying up front. This is a great idea if you are on a budget. You can choose from various car parks at the airport. If you have young children then we find the terminal parking a great option. It is only a few minutes walk and you are there. Check your airports official website to see what options you have for pre booking car parking.

Surface parking at Edinburgh Airport
Surface parking at Edinburgh Airport

Drive Up and Park

Drive up and park means you haven’t pre booked anything, you would just drive up to the airport on the day of your holiday departure, take a ticket and then go park. You would then pay upon return. Remember this can be costly as it is more expensive to pay per day. Though from memory you can choose any of the car parks so if you don’t mind paying more then this could be the option for you.

Our Verdict

We always pre book car parking, it is so much easier on the day to turn up and find a car park space. All you then have to do is unload the car and walk to the terminal to check in. At Edinburgh we find the terminal car parking much better; if you use the long stay car park then you have to catch the bus (which with luggage and kids doesn’t always go down too well) Also trying to remember where you parked your car and which is the nearest bus stop can make it an even bigger nightmare!

What option do you choose when choosing parking options at the airport? Let us know in the comments below.

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I have always had an interest in travel and now we have our two boys we want them to see more than just the UK. We hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children. You can also read about our holidays and the places we have visited while away.
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