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Review: Gatwick Valet Parking

Travel Service - Airport

Gatwick, Sussex, United Kingdom

Airport valet parking

  • By SilverTraveller peterlynch

    33 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • September 2015

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After settling on a holiday destination and finalising the planning and organising it’s annoying to find that sorting out the airport parking can be yet another hassle.

An internet search for parking at Gatwick produced dozens of options with prices ranging from £70 – 157 for a 2 week period in September 2015. Some long stay car parks are a 15 minute drive away, sometimes they’re difficult to find and you might wait 10-15 minutes for a transfer bus – that’s after dragging the suit cases across acres of car park to the bus stop.

This is the second time I’ve chosen to use the valet parking company called I Love Meet and Greet and on a damp early morning departure it was a joy to drive up to the departure terminal where our smiley driver called Kevin was waiting in an officially designated spot to take my car away.

On our return we rang a phone number after collecting our bags and by the time we had walked to the designated arrival point, our car was waiting for us. It seemed like the height of luxury as we watched crowds of passengers searching for the right bus stop and others packed onto crowded shuttles on-route to far away car parks.

It’s important to be careful when handing your car keys over to someone as there have been a number of reports about suspect ‘valet parking companies’ that have no proper facilities and simply dump your car in a side road.

Two weeks parking at Gatwick in September with I Love Meet and Greet cost £93, not much more than many standard long term parking fees and to save an hour and considerable hassle at each end of the holiday it was well worth it.

When searching for airport parking be wary about accepting the price information provided on internet, so called, ‘best parking price’ sites because I found they sometimes worked out more expensive than going directly to a company.

The best advice is to book as far in advance as possible, it’s cheaper and look on company websites as they often have additional 10-15% discount codes.

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  • peterlynch
    almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for highlighting this Trekka & providing a useful link - the fact that 'I love meet and greet' is a Gatwick Approved Operator was an additional factor in my original choice to valet park with them.
  • Trekka
    almost 5 years ago
    While meet and greet parking is really convenient, Peter is right about making sure you use a reputable company.

    The best way to ensure your car is safely parked is to use one of Gatwick's Approved Operators - there's a list of them on Gatwick's website here: http://www.gatwickairport.com/parking/other-parking-options/operator-scheme/