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£14.87*
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10 minutes
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8.4/10
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This Purple Parking site, formerly Airparks, has provided a popular Gatwick airport parking choice since 1978. Offering secure and affordable parking with terminal transfers around the clock, Purple Parking Gatwick is a firm favourite with our customers.

Purple Parking Gatwick is easy to find, just follow our directions, use our map or put your postcode into our directions finder. Upon arrival, leave your car in one of the arrival bays, check in at reception and jump on one of the fast and frequent bus transfers to the airport.

While you're on your way to the airport one of Purple Parking's fully-insured, professional drivers will park your car in their secured parking location. Your car is insured all the while it is with them, and there are regular patrols around the car park 24 hours a day. Upon arrival back to Gatwick Airport, you will find your car ready and waiting in one of the departure bays as you step off the bus from the terminal.

If time is of the essence, you can make the most of Purple Parking's extra-special time saving services. A chauffeur can meet you at the airport terminal and drive your car to their secure parking location, leaving you free to head straight to check-in. While you're away you can choose to have your car valeted, inside and out, and upon your arrival they can meet you back at the terminal ready for you to drive away. You can add any of these options as you make your way through your booking.

Our customers rated Purple Parking on average 8/10 (159 reviews). Read Purple Parking reviews.

Purple Parking is our most booked car park at Gatwick thanks to its affordable price, proximity to both terminals, and great security features that ensure your car is kept safe while you're away.

Need to know

Drive to Purple Parking - we'll give you directions in your booking confirmation.

Drive through the barrier and park in the open arrival lane. Take note of your lane number and head to reception to check in - you'll need to have your booking confirmation details to hand. The receptionist will then inform you where to leave your keys and direct you to the shuttle bus.

You'll be given a ticket, which you'll need to show the bus driver. It will also have instructions on the back for when you return.

Hop on the car park's shuttle bus to the airport. It takes 10 minutes to reach the North and South terminals and buses run every 20 minutes.

Accessibility

When you arrive let reception know immediately that you have a mobility vehicle.

The car park has accessible shuttle buses and parking bays. If you need to park in one of these bays make sure you let reception know so they can ensure your car is returned there when you get back.

Facilities

The reception area has disabled toilets, standard ones and baby changing facilities.

Security

The car park is secured by:

  • Perimeter fencing
  • Floodlighting
  • Regular staff patrols
  • CCTV

The small print

Larger or commercial vehicle? The car park has changed its terms and conditions meaning that some larger vehicles are no longer accepted. If your vehicle is one they won't accept you'll be charged an additional £25 per day when you arrive. Please read below for full details and check whether the car park will accept your vehicle before you book.

Purple Parking Park and Ride cannot accept:

  • Commercial vehicles or minibuses of any variant.
  • Single or double cab pickup trucks such as Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux or Nissan Navara.
  • Medium-panelled or windowed vans such as a VW Transporter, VW Caravelle, VW Caddy, Ford Transit, Mercedes Vito, Mercedes Viano or short wheel-based vehicles of any description.
  • Large panelled or windowed vans such as a Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter, Renault Master, Ford Transit or long wheel-based vehicles of any description.
  • Any variant of camper van.
  • Any vehicles over 2.1m high.
  • Failure to comply to the above, you will be charged an additional £25 per day.

The car park will move your car to a self-park area and charge an additional £20 per day in any of the following cases:

  • Not providing a key to your vehicle.
  • Not deactivating ghost alarms (or not providing clear instructions to the team at check-in).
  • Not removing steering wheel locks.

If you have an electric car, make sure it has enough battery charge to be moved through the car parks and last the duration of the stay otherwise the car park may charge you a fee. The car park does not offer electric charging.

We recommend that you leave 45 minutes to drop your car and keys off and get the shuttle to the airport.

Help us go green! There's no need to print out your booking confirmation, show it on your mobile device.

Early or late? The car park offers a grace period until midnight at their discretion. Any longer than this and you'll be charged the car park's standard rate of £20, which is subject to change.

Getting to and from airport

Arriving at the car park

Drive through the barrier and park in the open arrival lane. Take note of your lane number and head to reception to check in - you'll need to have your booking confirmation details to hand. The receptionist will then inform you where to leave your keys and direct you to the shuttle bus.

You'll be given a ticket - show this to the bus driver. It will also have instructions on the back for when you return.

Catch the car park's shuttle bus to the airport. It takes 10 minutes to reach the North and South terminals and buses run every 20 minutes.

Returning to the car park

When you return catch the bus from where it dropped you off. Your car will be waiting in one of the collection bays, so all you need to do is pick up your keys from reception and make your way home.

Gatwick Purple Parking Address

Charlwood Road,
Lowfield Heath,
Crawley
RH11 0QB

Longitude -0.21049
Latitude    51.14251

* Prices quoted are based on parking from the 29-07-2024 untill the 05-08-2024, valid as of 29-05-2024

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