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Driving to the airport
There are numerous ways to get to the airport by car and most have disadvantages. A taxi is expensive and I always worry that it won’t turn up, remembering the time I had to drive my husband to Heathrow in my pyjamas and slippers. Taking your own car, short term parking, nearer the airport is only feasible if you are coming back the same day. I’ve used it when flying to Scotland or Manchester. Long term parking is usually some distance from the airport and involves getting a transfer bus. Although they run regularly, you still have to make allowances for possible delays.
Nothing beats getting to the airport under your own steam and letting someone else sort out the car. It’s the ultimate indulgence.
As far as ‘meet and greet’ is concerned, I’ve tried several of those over the years. The idea is that you arrive at the airport, the service takes your car away and parks it and then when you return, your car is waiting for you.
So when Purple Parking suggested I reacquainted myself with their ‘meet and greet’ service, I readily agreed.
I had used another company only a short while before, so was able to make a good comparison.
We drove to Terminal 2 at Heathrow. Directions were perfect and we arrived at the assigned spot easily. (The previous company had poor directions – so confusing we had to call them on the airport to discover where they were. Not a very good start to a trip.)
We parked the car in reserved spots for Purple Parking right near the lifts to departures, so loading our suitcases onto a trolley was easy. We gave in our car keys and the parking ticket and off we went.
On our return, our car was waiting for us. (Some companies ask you to call them when you are at the luggage carousel, only then do they get your car from the off airport car park. This can cause a considerable delay. So bear this in mind when getting quotes. We’ve waited half an hour before.) The ‘captain’ gave us a ticket to get out of the car park and off we went. I asked him what happened if a flight is delayed. “We monitor your flight, so if it’s delayed, we take that into account.”
We have gone for slightly cheaper options in the past and been disappointed. Purple Parking is the gold standard of ‘meet and greet’ services, certainly at Heathrow.
Prices start at £73 for two days; five days is £91 and 11 days £133 (prices rounded up and subject to change).
Purple Parking offered me complimentary use of their service so I could blog about it. As usual, views are my own.