Around 40 miles from London city centre, London Southend is one of the quieter airports serving the capital. However, with a million passengers visiting each year there’s still plenty of competition for parking. If you want to get the edge in the battle for the very best spaces, we’ve created this guide packed full of tips to help you make the right choices.
Pick-up & Drop-off at London Southend Airport
London Southend offer a few different options to visitors who are picking up or dropping off passengers. You can enter the short stay carpark directly facing the terminal for 5 minutes free of charge however the price will steeply climb after that. Alternatively, you can stay in long-stay Carpark 3 for 15 minutes free of charge and there is a shuttle bus service which allows your passengers to get between the Main Terminal and the carpark quickly. If you’re planning on staying for longer than 15 minutes you will need to book short-stay parking.
London Southend Airport pick-up and drop-off (Latitude: 51.5691243 Longitude: 0.7045975)
London Southend Airport Short-stay Parking
The short-stay carpark at London Southend is directly adjacent to the terminal, which affords it a lot of the increased protection and security from the airport. Spaces can be booked for as long as you like but the charges can quickly mount up if you’re planning to leave your vehicle for longer than a few days. Visitors who would like to store their vehicle for more than a few days should consider long-stay parking.
London Southend Airport Short-Stay Parking (Latitude: 51.5691243 Longitude: 0.7045975)
London Southend Airport Long-stay Parking
There are three long-stay parking zones at London Southend Airport, Carpark 1, Carpark 2 and Carpark 3. Carpark 1 is the most expensive and the closest to the terminal, roughly the same distance as the short-stay carpark, while Carpark 3 is the cheapest and far enough away from the Main Terminal to warrant a shuttle bus service.
London Southend Airport Long-Stay Parking (Latitude: 51.5704235 Longitude: 0.7047241)
London Southend Airport Terminal Guide
There’s no need to worry about whether the carpark you have chosen is the correct one for your flight as London Southend only has a single terminal. Every carpark either has a walkway or shuttle bus to and from the terminal.
Hotels at London Southend Airport
Those planning on visiting London Southend may want to travel to the airport the day before and stay the night to ensure that they don’t miss their flight. If you’re planning to do this you will be able to stay at one of three hotels within a few minutes’ drive of the airport, the Skylark Hotel, the Premier Inn and the Holiday Inn. If you are planning on staying at any of these hotels be sure to check whether there are any parking offers included with your room as this can be a great way to save a little extra cash.
Helpful Hints For Visiting London Southend Airport
Take your time: While it may not get quite as many visitors as Gatwick or Heathrow, London Southend is still a busy metropolitan airport. Give yourself plenty of time to get through security and check in before a flight.
You can’t stay in the airport overnight: London Southend is not a 24 hour airport so you cannot stay in the terminal overnight. If you need somewhere to spend the night you can book into any of the nearby hotels.
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