Years ago, when booking airport parking I’d happily book the cheapest deal available – which meant parking miles away from Heathrow and Birmingham and getting bussed in, all adding quite a bit of time to our journey. The funniest off-site parking we did was when a friend booked us parking at a mushroom packing factory near Bristol airport – their minibus was running late so they dropped us off at the airport in a pick-up truck!!
When I got there, it was pretty busy but I did find a space after a few minutes…. after that, what a bloomin’ treat – I could literally see the terminal and walk to it within minutes! (there’s even a bus if you’re at the far end/don’t want to walk)
That time I would have otherwise spent being transferred in on a bus/pick-up truck meant I had more time to spend at Bristol airport which was also a treat – they’ve done it up a bit since I was last there, they have a good range of shops including my favourite – Accesorize. I had a really tasty brioche burger and a beer in the very nice ‘Cabin‘ bar/restaurant and then sat outside on the new roof garden which I thought was fab and very child- and toddler-friendly! I wish I’d taken a photo of the burger for you but I wolfed it down far too quickly!
So much better than my local airport, Cardiff where the shops and food options are far more limited (and we’ve had some pretty bad food there in the past!). Obviously it depends on the flight options, but I’d happily drive the extra half hour to fly from Bristol as opposed to Cardiff!
The on-site parking was even handier when I landed – as it was a night flight coming back, I landed at 2am – there was a small queue for passport control but then as I only had hand luggage I was able to get to my car within minutes after that, pop the ticket in the machine and hit the road – no faffing!
For a 4 day trip like I had, parking on-site, within walking distance, costs from around £49. Now obviously there are cheaper options off-site, but for me paying a little bit more to be able to walk to and from the terminal is worth every penny:
- no faffing about – more time to spend in the airport shopping/eating/drinking! (or get straight to your flight!)
- no hanging around waiting for minibuses
- If you have lots of luggage/buggies/wheelchairs you just go straight up the ramp – no loading and unloading
- no fears about your car being driven/moved while you’re away (or like in the recent news stories – being given parking tickets!!)
- for all these reasons, it’s far less stressful than other parking options- trust me, I’ve been there and done that!
Visit Bristol airport’s website here to book your parking and for other info! What do you think? Do you always go for the cheapest option or do you prefer being within walking distance too? I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: I was given free parking at Bristol airport in exchange for an honest review.