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Here at Holiday Extras we want to help you save as much money on your Gatwick parking, so you have more to spend on things that matter more, like your holiday! In our handy guide we'll share where you can find free parking near Gatwick airport, with helpful maps and essential info, along with where to find the cheapest Gatwick parking.

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2 Hours Free Parking at Gatwick

Gatwick airport offers FREE parking for 2 hours in the Long Stay car parks, perfect if you're picking up or dropping off passengers.

🚌 A FREE shuttle bus will take you to and from the terminals - it's a 10-15 minute journey to Gatwick North and takes 7-12 minutes to reach Gatwick South.

♿ There are 32 Blue Badge bays in the Long Stay North car park, and 95 spaces in the Long Stay South car park.

📍 Long Stay North Terminal car park postcode: RH6 0RN
📍 Long Stay South Terminal car park postcode: RH6 0NY

For stays longer than 2 hours, the standard rates will apply.

Gatwick Long Stay Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 2 hours FREE
24 hours £30.00

Each subsequent day


Free Terminal Drop Off Zone Parking for Blue Badge Holders

The Terminal Drop Off Zones, located directly outside the terminals, are the closest and most convenient place for dropping off passengers. Blue Badge holders can park in these zones FREE of charge for up to 30 minutes. Please note: you'll need to register your number plate in advance - anytime from three months before your flight up to the day before you travel.

Terminal Drop Off Zone Parking Prices
Duration Blue Badge Holder Price* Standard Price*
10 mins FREE £5.00
Each additional minute up to 20 minutes FREE £1.00
30 minutes (Maximum length of stay) FREE £25.00

Standard parking rates apply for Blue Badge holders at Gatwick's other car parks.

Alternative Free Parking near Gatwick Airport - Horley

Horley is situated right next to Gatwick airport and easily accessible by train - it's just a 2-4 minute journey (via Thameslink or Southern). Within Horley town centre there are a couple of budget, short stay parking options - Victoria Road and Central car park - for anyone that might need longer than Gatwick's 2 hours free at the Long Stay car parks.

Getting from Horley to Gatwick airport via train

Horley train station is about a 5-10 minute walk from both car parks (Victoria Road and Central car park).

Direct trains run regularly from Horley to Gatwick, starting from as early as 2:31am. The journey takes between 2-4 minutes and prices start from £2.20 for a single, £3.10 for a return.

Victoria Road Car Park & Horley Central Car Park

Victoria Road car park and Central car park charge for parking, however, at both car parks it's FREE outside the hours of 8am - 6pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Victoria Road Car Park

📍 129-131 Victoria Rd, Horley, RH6 7AS
🕐 Opening times: Monday - Sunday, 24 hours
🚗 200 spaces (3 disabled)
💳 Pay by card, cash or phone via the RingGo app

Central Car Park - Horley

📍 246 Consort Way East, Horley, RH6 7AY
🕐 Opening times: Monday - Sunday, 24 hours
🚗 163 spaces (4 disabled)
💳 Pay by card, cash or phone via the RingGo app

Victoria Road Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 20 mins £0.50
Up to 1 hour £1.30
Up to 2 hours £1.70
Up to 3 hours £2.10
Up to 4 hours £2.70
Up to 5 hours £3.30
Up to 10 hours (Maximum stay) £5.00
Central Car Park Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
Up to 20 mins £0.40
Up to 1 hour £1.10
Up to 2 hours £1.60
Up to 3 hours £2.10
Up to 4 hours £2.60
Up to 5 hours £3.30
Up to 10 hours (Maximum stay) £5.00

As you can see, if you think you're going to need longer than 2 hours, it works out cheaper to park off-airport. For comparison, at the Long Stay car park, any amount of time over 2 hours will be charged the daily price of £30 and at the Short Stay car park it costs £15 for stay up to 3 hours. So, even if you're parking during the chargeable periods of time at Victoria Road or Central car park AND you factor in the train fare to get to Gatwick, it still works out at a significantly discounted rate.

Cheapest Gatwick Parking - Prices from £29.69 p/w

Gatwick airport free parking is only really an option for short stays, like dropping off or picking up passengers, not for if you're going abroad on longer trips. Don't worry though, when you book with Holiday Extras you can save up to 70% (vs the airport) on our brilliant range of cheap Gatwick parking. Our prices start from £29.69 for 1 week's parking, that's just £3.71 per day! Our Gatwick-approved car parks are also covered by our Never Beaten on Price guarantee, so you can book with peace of mind that you're getting the cheapest price on the market.

Purple Parking - Prices from £3.71* per day

Transfers are free, run every 20 minutes and take 10 minutes

Cophall Parking - Prices from £4.36* per day

Transfers are free, run on demand and take 15 minutes

APH Parking - Prices from £4.59* per day

Transfers are free, run every 10-15 minutes and take 10-12 minutes

Check out our cheapest Gatwick parking deals:

Cheap Parking at Gatwick
Car park Transfer time Weekly price*
Purple Parking Park and Ride 10-minute shuttle £29.69
Cophall Parking 15-minute shuttle £34.95
APH Park and Ride 15-minute shuttle £36.73
Airparks Park and Ride 10-12 minute shuttle £39.92
I Love Park and Deliver 5-minute shuttle £43.50
Purple Parking Meet and Greet No transfer needed £50.00
Help Me Park Meet and Greet No transfer needed £50.00
Maple Manor Meet and Greet No transfer needed £51.00
ACE Meet and Greet No transfer needed £51.00

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Gatwick Free Parking in Residential Areas ⚠

In your search for Gatwick free parking you might have considered trying to find parking on residential roads near Gatwick airport. We wouldn't recommend this option. While it can be perfectly legal to park outside someone's house, parking on residential streets often isn't as straightforward (or free) as it might initially be seem:

  • You'd need to be diligent about looking out for signs indicating different zones such as Controlled Parking Zones, Restricted Parking Zones or Permit Parking Zones
  • Ensure you're not blocking any driveways or entrances, parking too close to a junction or on a dropped kerb
  • Plus, it's important to consider, it can be a real point of frustration and struggle for local residents

The last thing you want to come back to after your travels is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) because you weren't sure of the local on-street parking rules. There's also security to think about - you also don't want to come back to a damaged car. Your car won't be secured by features such as CCTV, patrols and floodlighting like they would in an official car park.

Instead, we'd recommend opting for one of our cheap, Gatwick-approved Park and Rides. Pre-booking your parking at Gatwick can save you up to 70% off the turn-up prices, and not only that, you'll be guaranteeing yourself a space and peace of mind that your car will be well looked after. And remember, if your travel plans change, you can amend or cancel your booking for FREE, in just a couple of clicks.

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*Prices are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.