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Cheap and Free Parking Near Stansted Airport

Advice from our Stansted parking experts: How to find the best budget-friendly STN cark parks

1 Hours Free at Stansted Mid Stay

Free Parking near Stansted airport (Stansted Mountfitchet)

Cheapest Stansted Car Parks

Stansted Residential Parking

Looking to save money on your Stansted airport parking? Holiday Extras is here to help. In our handy guide we'll share where you can enjoy Stansted free parking, both on-airport and alternative options just a short distance away, PLUS save up to 75% on the cheapest car parks at Stansted, including customer-favourites like JetParks and Long Stay.

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Stansted Airport Mid Stay Free Parking

Stansted airport offers FREE parking for 1 hour at the Mid Stay car park, ideal for all those heroes on Pick up or Drop off duty.

🚌 A FREE shuttle bus will take you to and from the terminal - it leaves every 10 minutes, runs 24 hours a day and takes just 7 minutes

♿ Blue Badge parking is available in Zone L the Stansted Mid Stay, close to the shuttle bus pick up point.

📍 Mid Stay Car Park, Thremhall Ave, Stansted CM24 1PZ

For stays longer than 1 hour, the standard rates will apply.

Stansted Mid Stay Turn Up Prices
Duration Price*
60 minutes FREE
Up to 2 hours £5.00
Up to 24 hours £30.00

Each additional 24 hours (no hourly rate)


ℹ Stansted Blue Zone Free Parking

Stansted used to offer free parking for 30 minutes in the Blue Zone of the Short Stay car park. Please note: this is no longer available. A £10 charge now applies for 30 minute stays.

Alternative Free Parking near Stansted Airport - Stansted Mountfitchet

Stansted Mountfitchet is a village located 3 miles away from Stansted airport and is easily accessible by train - it's a direct, 6-minute journey (via Greater Anglia). Stansted Mountfitchet has a couple of low-cost, short stay car parks to consider: Crafton Green Car Park and Lower Street Car Park. They're great options for anyone who thinks they might need longer than Stansted's 1 hour free parking at the Mid Stay car park.

Getting from Stansted Mountfitchet to Stansted airport via train

Stansted Mountfitchet train station is about a 10 minute walk from Crafton Green car park and a 4 minute walk from Lower Street car park.

Direct trains run regularly from Stansted Mountfitchet to Stansted airport, starting from as early as 4:22am. The journey takes 6 minutes and prices start from £4.70 for a return.

Crafton Green car park and Lower Street car park charge for parking, however, at both car parks it's FREE outside the hours of 8am - 5pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Blue Badge holders can park for free all day when displaying a valid badge.

Crafton Green Car Park

📍 5 Greenfields, Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, CM24 8AH
🕐 Opening times: Monday - Sunday, 24 hours
🚗 52 spaces
💳 Pay by card or phone via the MiPermit app

Lower Street Car Park

📍1494 Church Rd, Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, CM24 8PU
🕐 Opening times: Monday - Sunday, 24 hours
🚗 209 spaces
💳 Pay by card or phone via the MiPermit app

Crafton Green Car Park Prices
Duration Price*
(Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm)
Up to 30 mins £0.40
Up to 1 hour £0.60
Up to 3 hours £1.20
Up to 9 hours £3.00
Lower Street Car Park Prices
Duration Price*
(Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm)
Up to 30 mins £0.40
Up to 1 hour £0.60
Up to 2 hours £1.00
Up to 3 hours £1.20
Up to 4 hours £2.00
Up to 6 hours £2.40
Up to 9 hours £4.70

As you can see, if you think you're going to need longer than 1 hour, it can work out cheaper to park off-airport. For comparison, the Mid Stay car park charges £5 for stays up to 2 hours, then it jumps to £30 for up to 24 hours. At the official Short Stay car parks it's £22 for up to 2 hours and £35 for up to 4 hours. So, even if you're parking during the chargeable periods of time AND you factor in the train fare to get to Stansted, you can still make a significant saving. And remember, if you're parking on a Sunday, Bank Holiday or outside peak hours, your parking will be completely FREE.

Cheapest Stansted Airport Parking - Prices from £44.99 p/w

Stansted airport free parking is only really a viable option for short stays, if you're dropping off or picking up passengers for example, not for if you're going on holiday for longer stays. We've got you covered though. When you book with Holiday Extras you can save up to 75% on our brilliant range of cheap Stansted parking. Our prices start from £44.99 for 1 week's parking, that's just £5.62 per day! All of our Stansted airport parking is covered by our Never Beaten on Price guarantee, so you can book with confidence that you're getting the cheapest price.

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Stansted Airport JetParks - Prices from £5.62* per day

Transfers are free, run every 20 minutes and take 15-20 minutes

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Stansted Airport Long Stay - Prices from £6.24* per day

Transfers are free, run every 15 minutes and take 15 minutes

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Stansted Airport Mid Stay - Prices from £7.49* per day

Transfers are free, run every 10 minutes and take 7 minutes

Browse our best Stansted parking deals:

Cheap Parking at Stansted Airport
Car park Transfer time Pre-booked weekly price* Holiday Extras members only price* (12% discount)
Stansted JetParks 15-20 minute shuttle £44.99 £39.59
Stansted Long Stay 15 minute shuttle £49.99 £43.99
Stansted Mid Stay 7 minute shuttle £59.99 £52.79
Stansted Short Stay (Blue) 7-10 minute walk £64.99 £57.19
Stansted Short Stay (Green) 4-7 minute walk £70.99 £62.47
Stansted Meet and Greet 2 minute walk £79.99 £70.39

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Free Parking at Stansted - Residential Areas ⚠

On your search to nab free parking near Stansted airport it might have crossed your mind to try and find a quiet, residential street closeby. We wouldn't recommend this option. Parking in residential areas isn't as simple or free as it might initially seem - there's parking zones to keep an eye out for (Controlled Parking Zones, Restricted Parking Zones or Permit Parking Zones), making sure you avoid blocking driveways, parking too close to a junction or on a dropped curb, plus it's important to consider, it can be a real point of frustration for local residents. The last thing you want to come back to is a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) because you weren't 100% sure about the local on-street parking rules, or a damaged car, since your vehicle won't be protected by security features such as CCTV or patrols, that you'd find in an official car park.

Instead, a much easier, safer and still ultra-affordable way to park is to pre-book one of Stansted's cheap car parks - JetParks and Long Stay, in particular, are hugely popular, budget options. With Holiday Extras you can save up to 75% vs the turn-up prices, and not only that, you'll be guaranteeing yourself a space and peace of mind that your car is in safe hands. And remember, you can amend or cancel your booking for FREE in just a couple of clicks, so even if your travel plans change, you'll never be out of pocket.

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