Heathrow Parking Costs £377 a week

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Holidaymakers who drive to Heathrow Airport and leave their car there while they are away could face charges of up to £377 a week.

compare travel cardsThe charges, which represent a 10% increase over a two year period, are faced by those who leave their car in an official short-stay car park at the airport and turn up on the day of departure without booking.

The charges mean that they could be paying more to park their car than they would do for a seven night stay at a four-star hotel in Spain, including the flights there and back.

A Heathrow spokesman said: “Heathrow’s official car parks represent value for money and offer significant savings when paid for in advance. They are always the closest to the terminals, which means our customers spend the least amount of time travelling.”

The charges come to light via a new survey by Which? Money. The report reveals that Heathrow remains the most expensive airport to park at in the UK, with a week’s parking at an on-site facility that is not arranged ahead of time costing £377.

However, the survey also shows that drivers can save up to 365% on the price of parking by booking in advance, so plannin ahead can be well worth it if you intend to use an airport car park.

A Which? spokesman said: “Our research shows that airport parking charges can vary by up to £250 depending on the length of your stay and the distance between the car park and airport, so it is best to shop around to find the best deal that is right for you.”

Luton Airport was found to having the cheapest parking facilities, as a week can cost as little as £23 there when booked in advance. Liverpool at £26 and Glasgow at £27 were in second and third places.

Booking in advance can save you a wad of cash and noticeably bring down your overall holiday costs. Organising your flights, parking and even travel money in advance can help keep the bill to a minimum.

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