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Good To Go Parking – the secret way to save on Official Heathrow Parking at the airport

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We covered Good To Go Parking quite a bit in 2017 as it was very active in offering discount codes.  Those dried up, and I realised recently that we haven’t mentioned Good To Go at all since last November.  Since it can offer good savings to any flying from Heathrow who also wants convenient parking, I though we’d cover it again today.

There are no shortage of third party parking companies around Heathrow, operating from sites which are generally a good distance from the airport.  Some of these are fairly sophisticated, some give the impression (which is often the fact) of sticking your car in a lightly secured field and hoping no-one steals it.

EDIT, 2022:  Heathrow has now closed down ‘Good To Go Parking’.  Be aware that any firm you may see online with a similar name is not related to the airport and you will not be parking in the official terminal car parks.

Good To Go Parking

In the past you had to make a choice – save money with a third party operator who is not based at the airport, or pay a high price for the convenience offered by Official Heathrow Parking.

Official Heathrow Parking has a wide range of options: Short Stay, Valet Parking, Pod Parking (at Terminal 5, very cool!), Business, Meet & Greet, Long Stay and Drop & Ride.  Business travellers usually choose Official Heathrow Parking, which is primarily concerned with convenience with options of parking as near as 45 metres from the terminals.

If you are a leisure traveller, on the other hand, the pricing of the official car parks may put you off.

There is now a way of using the airport-controlled car parks without paying a premium price, however …..

Good To Go Parking

Heathrow Airport Parking is not the only official Heathrow Parking solution.  A more cost efficient option especially for longer stays is the relatively new Good To Go Parking.

Good To Go Parking uses the same long term car parks as Official Heathrow Parking.  You just pay less.

(Well, most of the time you pay less.  I have seen occasional comments that you can get odd price spikes, so do check the main official car park site too just in case.)

There are three parking options to choose from: Park & Ride, Meet & Greet and Drop & Ride.

Park & Ride is the best value for long-stay parking. You park your can and take a shuttle bus to the terminal which takes approximately 3 to 15 minutes

Meet & Greet means you will meet someone from Good To Go who will park your car and you take a short 2-5 minutes walk to the Terminal.

Drop & Ride is only available at Terminal 4 and 5. You park your car and take a short shuttle ride to the terminal.

The Terminal 5 option is the standard Long Stay Car Park.  If you want convincing that you will be using the official, Heathrow controlled, car parks, take a look at the Reevoo reviews.  There is a link at the bottom of the GTG home page.  They have 97% positive feedback and the only recurring complaint is that the car parks used are not branded ‘Good To Go’ but are the ‘usual’ terminal car parks.

The only requirement for Good To Go parking is that the parking period has to include a Saturday night for ‘Park & Ride’ or ‘Meet & Greet’.  This is to attract holiday makers and deter the business market.  For some reason, there is no Saturday night requirement for ‘Drop & Ride’ at Terminal 5.

If you are currently using Purple Parking or someone similar because you don’t want to pay the price charged by Official Heathrow Parking in their long term car parks, this could be a more convenient choice for your next holiday.

The Good To Go website is here.

Comments (46)

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  • Dave says:

    Anyone tried parking on the road for free a few miles out of LHR and getting a local bus to the airport.
    Any tips.

    • Rob says:

      JustPark is easier – pay a few quid a day to hire a drive somewhere in the free bus area.

      • Dwadda says:

        I did this once. Discovered a dent in my car after I got home. No recourse. Never again.

        • Crafty says:

          Why would there be recourse? You’re parking in someone’s driveway. It’s exactly the same as leaving the car in your own driveway.

        • John says:

          Are you sure you didn’t cause it yourself when manoeuvering out of your spot? Driving and parking in suburban London is tricky for people who have the types of cars that are treated as extensions of one’s own body.

    • John says:

      Yes, I do this for all my early flights, but you have to get there by 5am

    • Jtz says:

      We done that over the bank holiday weekend one Dec with 2 stays at HIX before and after holiday….worked a charm…we used the hoppa bus though

    • Richmond says:

      You can park on certain streets near LHR for free from Friday 17.00 until Monday 8.30 or 9.00. I did it, chose strategic spot and my car was fine. Don’t want to give specific location to avoid too many people parking there. Check controlled zones in the area on council website, I think it’s zone H2.

  • Doug M says:

    Just as a bit of helpful advice regarding LHR parking. T3 Business and T5 Long Stay are next to each other. If you depart/arrive across different terminals this can be very useful to know. Much quicker to get the car park bus, than transfer terminal and then get the other bus.

  • sunguy says:

    One problem with GTG is that you can change your booking, but not cancel. The normal LHR parking booking process allows cancellation.

    I just had to change my booking for next weekend with them – doing it on the website was going to charge me £22 extra and not allow a change of car parks from T5 to T2&3 – saying there was no availability – yet, I could easily make a new booking!

    Instead, I called the call centre, no problems whatsoever, and I also got a £10 refund as the price was cheaper!

  • Charley Whiskey says:

    Good to Go has one MAJOR drawback, as mentioned by Sunguy above: you can only cancel within 14 days of the booking, but after that there are no refunds whatsoever. I had booked for 3 weeks M&G parking via Purple Parking for next Jan/Feb for £177, but today did a comparison with GTG, which came out at £170. However PP allows me to cancel at any time, where as with GTG I would have to claim back the cost via my travel insurance – simply not worth the risk or hassle.

  • PT says:

    I thought that Purple Parking went bust last November. I made a booking just as they went under and had no end of trouble with that particular booking.

  • Talay says:

    I have to go regularly but not on consistent days for 2 to 3 days midweek and I want to keep my keys.

    What are my realistic options apart from the regular shirt stay ?


    • Roger says:

      Why not park on outer Tube Stations which allow long term parking or even season pass and then take tube direct to terminal?

      • Talay says:

        Because I live a 30 minute drive from LHR in Surrey and don’t go past any tube stations.

        I just want to drive up the airport, park the car, not give my keys, have my car stay where I parked it and not get rinsed for £200 for just 2 or 3 days parking.

    • Peter K says:

      The tailored shirt stay? 😀

  • Gordon says:

    Following on from my post at 7:06 this morning,
    The comment from TGLoyalty regarding bus transfer problems we have been using NCP for a long time and have never had a problem yes a few minutes either way for punctuality but that’s all and the bus always waits at the terminal until the departure time,
    Also our saving on NCP T5 Hilton Vs Good to go parking for 26/12/18 to 05/01/19 is £53,20p
    NCP was £55,79 and GTG was £108,99

  • Gordon says:

    Sorry I must add that the NCP we book is also a flexible booking which can be amended or CANCELLED 2 hours before arrival ????

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