Airport parking could reduce tube crowding

According to a recent report, around one billion journeys are made on the London Underground transport system every year. London Underground, also known as the Tube, is a major part of the capital’s infrastructure for people travelling for both work and leisure purposes. However, recent increases in the number of people travelling on the tube are putting extra strain on the transport network. One of the reasons for this pressure is that a number of people use the tube to get to London Heathrow airport.

Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport

Take the pressure off

Heathrow airport is one of the busiest in the world, with around 69 million travellers passing through it every year; this naturally increases the passenger load on the Tube. One way to combat this extra load on the tube is for travellers to consider driving to and parking at Heathrow airport. Parking at Heathrow Airport could mean that travellers ease pressure on London’s transport network, as well as easing the pressure on their own journey by making it more enjoyable and less stressful.

Cheap airport car parking

In the current economic climate, people are budgeting and looking to save money in every aspect of their lives; travel being an area where big savings can be made. Taking public transport to the airport can seem like a good idea at the time but when you factor in the stress of getting to the station, the crowded train, the potential for delays and cancellations and the price of train tickets, it may be a much better idea to drive to the airport in comfort and park up, ensuring that you have booked cheap airport car parking in advance.

Depending on the kind of service you are looking for from your airport car parking, this can be an extremely cost-effective way to start your holiday. Parking services at most UK airports range from the most basic ‘park and go’ solutions, right through to luxury valet-style meet and greet services. Many packages even include hotel stopovers to bracket your flight.

Park up all around the UK

As well as easing pressure on the transport networks of the capital, there are plenty of other airports around the UK that benefit from secure, on-site parking. This includes Birmingham airport, Stansted airport and Manchester airport. Parking, valet ‘meet and greet’ services and park and stay packages are becoming increasingly popular for people who want the convenience of being able to drive to the airport but who still want the peace of mind that their vehicle is safe whilst they are away.

One of the top tips for a stress-free journey to the airport is to arrange your airport car parking in advance and to plan your journey to the airport to ensure that you arrive in plenty of time. This is often difficult to do when it comes to using the Tube, as with overcrowding, you might have to wait for a couple of trains to pass before you can get on board with your luggage. With careful consideration and planning, airport parking could be the solution to your Tube travel woes.

Spend New Year’s Eve In A New Location Thanks To Cheap Airport Car Parking

As the year draws to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect on the last twelve months. While Christmas is often seen as a winter celebration for children, ringing in New Year’s day is a festivity best enjoyed by adults. After all, with children getting tired out on the build up to midnight, the experience is best enjoyed by parents. However, for the same reason New Year’s eve can be seen as a bit of a slog where you are constantly checking the time and counting down the hours while trying to drink and socialise.

Newcastle and Gateshead at sundown showing Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridges
Newcastle and Gateshead at sundown showing Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridges

New Year’s Eve Hot Spots

What was your last New Year’s eve celebration like? Sitting in front of the television watching various celebrities get together to sing out of tune? Staggering off the dance floor desperately trying to figure out if midnight had already passed? Or maybe you were at the pub with a few mates watching Big Ben strike off the hour, hailed by thousands of blazing fireworks. Either way, with all of the anticipation and build up, especially after the exhausting events of Christmas the week before, welcoming the first of January can be rather arduous.

The trick, though, is to make it just as exciting as Christmas is for children. So, why not make go somewhere new, kick start the year with new experiences that will last you well beyond the coming year. With this in mind, here are a couple of prospective locations to celebrate in.

Edinburgh- Famous for its New Year celebrations, Edinburgh is a great place to say hello and goodbye. With Hogmanay, the Torchlight Procession, musical concerts and a firework spectacular, the Scottish city really knows how to party like it is 1999, or any other year! Getting to Scotland is easy and cost effective too. For car parking Aberdeen airport is easy to access through valet services and manual parking. If you are looking for somewhere to stay as well, there are plenty of hotel packages that could put you up for the night, just be sure to book early as demand during the winter period is always high.

Cornwall- From one end of the country to the other, Cornwall has plenty of fabulous scenic backdrops that are ideal for welcoming the New Year. From cosy cottages sitting on the peaks of rugged cliffs, to tempestuous seas that pay host to plenty of beach parties, a rural retreat could be the ideal quiet getaway for some prime family time. Just like Scotland, getting to Cornwall is easy as flying gets most of the journey out of the way, and with airport parking Exeter makes a great drop off point.

Why not make a complete holiday out of the occasion and spend it somewhere new? A vacation could be the best way to ring in the new year, and with cheap airport car parking it will be affordable to.

Airport Parking and Hotels compares the cost of popular Christmas markets across Europe

Money saved with cheap airport parking can be well spent abroad

Having enough spending money when you’re abroad is important. After all, those souvenirs, lovely meals, sightseeing trips and so on don’t come for free. The good news is, as long as you’re savvy, you should be able to make sure your wallet’s bulging when you head off on holiday.

Of course, it’s important to book cheap airport car parking. There are some great deals available and so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on this detail of your vacation. Also, by being tactical when you’re selecting your destination, you can maximise your spending power.

Making your pounds stretch further

Thanks to the strength of the pound at the moment in relation to many other currencies, you may well feel flush when you’re on your foreign adventures. The Post Office noted that sterling is up by 25 per cent on the euro compared with last year. For every £500 converted into euros, people will get an extra £47.41.

According to the firm, Brits can expect 10.5 per cent more spending power on Spanish islands or French resorts now compared with the summer of 2011.

Further afield

It’s not only destinations in Europe that are offering great value for money. People travelling to Brazil will get 24.5 per cent local currency for their pounds this year and sterling will also buy 15.7 per cent more Mexican pesos.

In addition, those who jet off to South Africa can expect 16.7 per cent more for their money this summer.

Keep an eye out for good deals

Post Office head of travel money Andrew Brown commented: “Although the increasing value of sterling against the euro has dominated the headlines, there are very few places where the pound is not packing a stronger punch this year. Our advice is for people to keep a close eye on exchange rates for all the destinations they are considering so they can judge where they will get the best return on their money.”

He added: “There are signs that the power of the pound is making people increasingly savvy both about their choice of destination and their spending habits.”

How we can help

When you’ve decided on your destination and booked your flights, it’s time to think about getting to and from the airport and this is where we come in. Here at APH we offer car parking at all major UK airports, ports and Eurotunnel terminals.

APH Bus at Manchester Airport
APH Bus at Manchester Airport

Whether you’re interested in a Manchester Airport car park, Stansted Airport parking or want a space at any other hub, we should be able to help. Currently, we offer over 85 airport car parks in 23 hubs and we’re continually adding new car parks to our range.

By choosing your car park carefully, you can rest assured you’ll get a great deal, leaving you with even more cash to spend on your holiday. To find out more about how we operate and to check out our parking options and other services, just take a look around the rest of our website.