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World’s most and least expensive airport parking

World's most and least expensive airport parking
World's most and least expensive airport parking
Written by Harry Johnson

Some airports are quite more expensive than others, and can create a serious headache for holidaymakers in a hurry to catch their flight

Airport parking fees are frequently overlooked while planning a vacation getaway and can end up adding quite an extra expense to already hefty holiday bill.

Some airports are quite more expensive than others, with different parking rates, different maximum time vehicles can park in different lots, and can create a serious headache for holidaymakers in a hurry to catch their flight.

To help travelers to stay relaxed and ready to get their vacation underway, industry experts compared some of the world’s popular travel popular destinations’ busiest airports, to find out which airport has the most expensive and cheapest parking rate for a week’s stay. 

Most expensive airports to park at:

RankAirportCityCost of parking (local currency)Cost of parking ($)
1Hamad International AirportDoha, QatarRial1,015.00$278.77
2London Stansted AirportLondon, UK£210.00$263.66
3Abu Dhabi International AirportAbu Dhabi, UAEdh840.00$228.70
4Barcelona El Prat AirportBarcelona, Spain€199.60$212.13
5Berlin Tegel AirportBerlin, Germany€199.00$211.50
6Logan International AirportBoston, USA$203.00$203.00
7Zürich AirportZürich, SwitzerlandCHF195.00$200.89
8Paris-Orly AirportParis, France€175.00$185.99
9London-Gatwick AirportLondon, UK£145.00$182.05
10Singapore Changi AirportSingapore$245.00$178.13

Logan International Airport, Boston was named the sixth most expensive airport to park at, costing you a minimum of $203 for a week’s stay. The sixth busiest airport in the US covers 2,384 acres and employs an estimated 16,000 people. 

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The most expensive airport for long-term parking is Hamad International Airport, the principal airport in the Qatari capital Doha. Parking here for a whole week will cost you at least $278.77. This is $262.72 more than the cheapest airport in the study.

Serving over twenty-seven million passengers a year, the second most expensive airport is London Stansted Airport. Parking for a full week at Stansted will cost you a minimum of $263.66 (£210).

Airports with the lowest weekly rates:

RankAirportCityCost of parking  (local currency)Cost of parking ($) 
1Sabiha Gökçen AirportIstanbul, Turkey₺255.50$16.05
2Istanbul Atatürk AirportIstanbul, Turkey₺315.00$19.78
3Suvarnabhumi AirportBangkok, Thailand฿980.00$28.60
4Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino AirportRome, Italy€31.00$32.95
5Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas AirportMadrid, Spain€31.00$32.95
6Kempegowda International AirportBangalore, India₹2,700.00$34.80
7Los Angeles International AirportLos Angeles, USA$35.00$35.00
8Wuhan Tianhe International AirportWuhan, China¥245.00$36.75
9Shanghai Hongqiao International AirportShanghai, China¥265.00$39.75
10Ninoy Aquino International AirportManila, Philippines₱2,100.00$40.14

Los Angeles International Airport (otherwise known as LAX) was found to be the seventh cheapest airport to park at. Setting you back a small $35 for a week’s stay, LAX is the second largest airport in the US and the only airport in the world that all three US legacy carriers (American, Delta, and United) have chosen as a hub.

The airport with the lowest daily parking rate is Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, where a full week’s parking can cost as little as $16.05.

Second place was also taken by Istanbul Atatürk Airport, the second Turkish airport on the list. The airport is only marginally more expensive than its competitor on the European side of the city, and nearly $9 cheaper than third place. 

Taking third place is Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia and one of two airports serving Bangkok. The airport charges a minimum of $28.60 for a week’s parking, nearly twice as cheap as Thailand’s second airport Don Mueang International.

Further study findings:

About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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