You may remember reading about JustPark.com when it launched. The original premise of the site is that, if you live near a station or shopping area, you could use the site to rent out your driveway for less than the cost of a standard parking space in the area.
This is still part of the business, and the site claims – in London – to be 60% cheaper than on-street parking.
The site has evolved, as websites tend to do. Today, there are large numbers of businesses – including a lot of hotels – who rent out their car parking spaces via JustPark.
Let’s imagine that I am looking for 7 days parking at Heathrow from 2nd to 8th November.
JustPark has a few private driveways to rent from £22.50 – an exceptional price for a week of parking. These houses are within the Heathrow ‘free bus travel’ zone so you won’t have to pay to jump on a bus to the terminal.
There are also some hotels available.
The Marriott on Bath Road is offering a week for £39. The easyHotel will let you park outside for a week for £25. The Premier Inn charges £24.50.
Whilst it wasn’t available for the dates I was searching, the Thistle Hotel is also available on selected dates. This is a great choice for anyone who hates shuttle buses, as you can pay £5 per person to jump onto the pods in the official Heathrow car park behind the hotel:
For comparison, I had a look at the official Heathrow Airport car parks for the same period. They wanted a minimum of £77 for the long stay Terminal 5 car park, up to a crazy £145 for the car park which has access to the pods.
JustPark has similar deals across the UK, not just at airports, and is worth bearing in mind next time you travel. You may even be able to use it to avoid rip-off hotel car parking charges.
Thanks to Wesley for the idea, who used it successfully at Bristol and Exeter airports.