What Airport Parking Facilities Are Available For Stansted Airp

  • The growth of Stansted airport over the past 25 years has been nothing short of staggering and is the direct result of the decision taken in 1984 to develop Stansted to relieve the burden of required to meet the demand from the South-East of England from Gatwick and Heathrow. Stansted airport meeting point From a staring point of less than a million passengers using the airport in the late eighties, over 22 million passenger passed through this airport in 2008, making it the third busiest airport in the UK overtaking Manchester airport. Heathrow and Gatwick remain number 1 and 2 respectively, but if Stansted gets approval for a second runway as opposed to Gatwick or the Tories overturn the planning consent granted for a third runway at Heathrow, Stansted will quickly outpace Gatwick. The airport has become a hub for low cost flyers including Ryanair and Easyjet who were attracted by lower handling charges that assisted them in passing these savings onto their customers fuelling this incredible growth. The only thing that is not cheap at Stansted is the cost of parking which is only a few pounds less than parking at Gatwick. Stansted Airport Parking options Long stay Primarily for use by holidaymakers who will be away for more than a few days, although anyone can make use of this car park notwithstanding the length of stay. This is the cheapest form of parking at Stansted and far less than the mid-stay car park. The long stay car parks are about 10 minutes ride from the terminal although I have known this to take longer depending on how many times to bus stops to pick up passengers. To be picked up for your journey to the terminal you need to make your way to the various bus shelters spread about the car parks. Spaces next to these shelters always fill up first so it is a good idea if you are not alone to drop off your family or friends at the bus stop saving you having to drag luggage across the car park. These buses come round about every 5 to 7 minutes but at peak periods they soon fill and waiting times can be longer and the same for the journey back from the terminal. Mid stay Designed for the businessman who does not want to get caught up with all the holidaymakers and their luggage. Also this service is more frequent with a shorter transfer to and from the terminal. Short stay Used for dropping off or collecting customers. Sometimes passengers who are on an internal flight returning the same day make use of this car park. Not recommended for use if your stay is more than 24 hours because the costs are very expensive Valet Parking - Meet and Greet service Most hassle free way to park at Stansted airport where you are met close to departures and upon your return your car can be picked up at the close by short stay car park and away you go. Valet parking is about double the price of the long stay car park. Stansted Airport is the third largest London airport after Gatwick and Heathrow and situated just 20 minutes from the M25 and close to the M11 it is the ideal point of entry for those wanting to travel into Central London, Essex or to the historic city of Cambridge. If you have decided to take out a Stansted Airport Car Hire than the world is quite literally your oyster as you could spend the morning at the seaside by Clacton-on-Sea, spend the afternoon betting on the race track at Chelmsford and still have hours left in the day to see a show in the Westend of London. In total there are 6 Stansted Airport Car Rental Companies based within the terminal of the airport and they all provide well-maintained vehicles which are under a year old. These are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National. Each firm is special in its own individual way and offers different overall packages to their customers. For the James Bond among you, Avis may well be the one to consider as nestling among its stable of Prestige cars is the Aston Martin Vantage. If there is also a Mrs Bond then an additional driver can be added for a fee of just £20 plus VAT. Avis now operates a new, faster service which promises to get the keys in your hands in under 3 minutes or you receive £20. This service is due to be available shortly at Stansted and the only requirement is that renters first sign-up for free membership to Avis Preferred. From all London locations you can also now hire from Avis the environmentally friendly hybrid car the Toyota Prius which runs on a mixture of petrol and electric motor. The big advantage with this vehicle is that if you are planning to do a lot driving in Central London then the congestion charge is waived. If you want to rent a car for just a very short period of time, than Hertz offer 3,6 or 9 hour rental agreements. This is great for those just flying in for the day for business meetings and can help to save money. Hertz also provide non-prepaid rates which means you pay at the end of the rental and included in the quoted price is unlimited mileage, theft protection, collision damage waiver, vehicle licence fund tax, VAT, free reservation amendments and 24 hour roadside assistance. Do note though that additional insurance will need to be taken out to insure against personal damage. Hertz also works in conjunction with the flight provider Ryanair, which offers a host of flights from Stansted to such destination as Newquay to Seville. Stansted airport meeting point  This entitles Ryanair´s passengers to reduce rates through Hertz. The same applies to those flying to Istanbul with Pegasus Airlines who have joined up with Budget Rent-a-Car. Budget is also one of the Stansted Airport Car Rental firms who supplies automatic vehicles for disabled drivers. They are fitted with Lynx Hand Controls and other suitable equipment to help those especially with lower limb disability. Often people will car hire at Stansted Airport as a cheaper alternative to using taxis but if your final destination is far away from Stansted then in the past in has been an option that has had to be discounted. Alamo and Europcar though offer one way rentals which means that you can drop the car off at a completely different location from the place you started for a small fee. They both provide optional extras from roof racks to child safety seats while Europcar also offers TomTom in-car navigation systems at a charge of £9.99 a day to make sure you don't get lost on your adventure. With the largest fleet in the UK, National are bound to have something within their range of more than 40,000 models to suit your needs. They also have different payment methods including booking by credit card over the phone or by opening an account which entitles you to a credit period and no up-front payment.