What to Know When Parking at Luton Airport

Get the lowdown on stress-free parking at Luton Airport! Our comprehensive guide provides everything you need to know, from budget-friendly hacks to handy amenities. Kick off your journey with confidence by checking out our expert tips for navigating parking at Luton Airport.

Benefits of Parking at Luton Airport

Save on travel costs: Taxis to the airport are rarely cheap. Depending on where you’re travelling from, a taxi to Luton Airport can cost between £20 and £100 – you can expect the latter if you’re travelling from London. Although parking at the airport is often seen to be the more expensive option, you can park your car for a week for just £29.99 with FHR.

Convenience: Know that when you get off your flight, your car is there to take you home. No waiting around for taxis and expensive fares, especially late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

Travel at your own pace: Even if you pre-book a taxi, you’re waiting on someone else. Many travellers like to take control of their transport, knowing that they will get themselves to the terminal with plenty of time to spare.

Peace of mind: Relax while on holiday knowing that your car is safe in a secure car park. 

How to get cheap parking at Luton Airport

Finding affordable parking at Luton Airport is easier than you might think. While airport parking has a reputation for being expensive, there are ways to keep costs low. Here’s how to get cheap parking at Luton Airport:

  • Compare prices on FHR: Our Luton Airport parking page displays the average prices, the transfer times, and the customer ratings of 14 car parks. It’s clear and concise, helping you to make information-backed decisions. Our selection of car parks at Luton Airport is the most affordable on the market, with prices starting at £29.99 per week.
  • Book at least one week in advance: While we always recommend booking as far as possible in advance, you can book a week in advance and find good prices. You can book car parking at Luton Airport up until the day you fly, but prices will be significantly higher. Plus, your desired car park might have filled up, leaving you with the more expensive and inconvenient options.
  • Use discount codes and loyalty rewards: If you’re a frequent flyer, you can build up FHR royalty rewards in no time. Take advantage of the rewards on offer when you book airport parking, airport hotels, and airport lounges with FHR. Keep an eye out for discount codes, too. 
  • Opt for off-site car parks: While on-site car parks are conveniently closer to the terminals, they tend to be pricier. Off-site car parks are generally the more affordable option, and they will usually offer a free shuttle bus to the terminals. Like all car parks at Luton Airport, off-site spots will hold the Park Mark Award ensuring safety and peace of mind. 

What is the average cost of parking at Luton Airport?

If you book at least one week in advance, the average cost for parking at Luton Airport is £29 per night. This is based on the average prices of seven available car parks between 6th December and 13th December 2023, where the lowest price is £13.99 for Airparks Drop and Go and the highest price is £44.99 for Maple Meet & Greet. This average is likely to change depending on the time of year and when you book.

How much does it cost to park at Luton Airport for a week?

If you book at least one week in advance, the average cost for parking at Luton Airport for a week is £46. This is based on the average prices of eight available car parks between 6th December and 13th December 2023, where the lowest price is £29.99 for Airparks Drop and Go and the highest price is £69.99 for Maple Meet & Greet. This average is likely to change depending on the time of year and when you book.

Can I just turn up at Luton Airport and park on the day?

While you could turn up and part at Luton Airport on the day, it will cost you time, effort, and money. Time will be spent searching the car parks for an available spot, and that spot will cost around 70% more if you pay on the day than if you were to pre-book. However, sometimes plans can change last minute. If that’s the case and you end up needing to park your car at Luton Airport, be sure to book with FHR to secure your spot and the best price. 

What hotels have parking at Luton Airport?

There is a good selection of hotels at Luton Airport that have parking. Airport hotels are always within easy reach of the terminals, so parking at a hotel airport is a good option if other car parks are full. It’s also an excellent choice if you’re planning on staying in a hotel before your flight anyway, as most airport hotels will include a whole week of secure parking in the price. One night’s stay in a hotel and a week of parking included ranges between £143 and £233. 

The most popular hotel with parking at Luton Airport is Premier Inn – there are 10 Premier Inn hotels in the Luton Airport area to suit your preference and where your terminal is. The Holiday Inn is a great option for those on a budget, while the Sofitel is connected to the North Terminal – ideal for early morning flights. The Hilton Hotel, Europa Hotel, Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Stanhill Court Hotel, and Crowne Plaza are other hotels that have on-site parking at Luton Airport.

Tips for Parking at Luton Airport

Try to find a car park close to your terminal: The most convenient car park is the one closest to your terminal. If you want a seamless parking experience and are less concerned with affordability, we recommend parking as close to the terminal as possible. 

Don’t overstay at the car park: Be sure you leave the car park before your designated slot is finished. Overstaying at the car park can incur fines. Additionally, if you are dropping off or picking up, use the drop-off zones instead of a car park.

Choose a car park that suits your preferences: While parking closest to the terminal is the most convenient option, it isn’t always the most affordable. Off-site car parks are usually cheaper than on-site car parks and they will typically offer free shuttle services to the terminals. However, if you are travelling with heavy luggage or young children, this might not be the best option. 

Make a note of where you have parked: Take a picture of the bay you have parked in for your reference. When you return from your holiday fresh and relaxed, the bay you have parked in might have slipped your mind. 

Arrive early: Luton Airport, particularly during the high season, can be very busy. There might be queues to get into the car park, so we recommend arriving early to avoid rushing to the check-in desk.

Are there any restrictions on the duration of parking in short-term or long-term car parks at Luton Airport?

There are no restrictions on the duration of parking in the short-term car park at Luton Airport. However, if you are planning on leaving your car for over 24 hours, we recommend an alternative car park. Additionally, if you are planning on staying for less than 30 minutes, we recommend using the pick-up and drop-off zone.

The minimum amount of time you can book a spot at the long-term car park is 24 hours. However, there are no restrictions on how long you can leave your car. The average period is one week, but you can leave your car for as long as you want. 

How to park your electric vehicle at Luton Airport

Fortunately for electric car owners, there are electric vehicle charging stations at Luton Airport. You’ll find the stations on the second floor of Terminal Car Park 1, with six Tesla and four Type 2 chargers. You can charge your car for up to eight hours, and thereafter you can leave it parked for multiple days.


Is Luton Airport parking secure?

We work with car parks that hold the Park Mark award, ensuring safety and security. The award indicates that a car park has been evaluated by the local police, and has security cameras, regular patrols, and other safety measures. 

Are there shuttle services from the Luton Airport off-site car parks to the terminals?

Yes, regular free shuttle services are operating between off-site car parks and the terminals. Depending on the car park, transfers run 24 hours a day, every 10 - 15 minutes. 

Is there a difference in parking rates between on-site and off-site parking at Luton Airport?

There is a slight difference in the parking rates between on-site and off-site parking at Luton Airport. Those within walking distance of the terminals are more expensive than those that require a 10 - 15 minute shuttle bus.