During my trip around Europe, something I noticed early on was the impact of parking expenses to our budget. A cheap hotel often seems great, but it can be offset by high parking fees.
That’s why it’s important to always incorporate parking charges into the cost of accommodation before booking.
Here’s how to keep the costs down and save money on car parking.
Hotels with Free Parking
The first rule on accommodation booking is to ensure that you have planned where you are going to park the car first.
Search for accommodation using the free parking filter on popular apps Booking.com, Hotels.com, Hostelworld and AirBnB and see if there are any appropriate matches.
If there is nothing applicable, find a few options without free parking and note the locations. If there are any that you like, then perform a search for just parking using Parkopedia, Parkme or Justpark(U.K).
Once you have the parking costs and accommodation offerings you can make a decision on where to stay.
Parkopedia – the largest parking services provider on the planet. Search over 70 million spaces for the best price. Use filters and navigation tools.
Parkme – Another parking services search tool I like to use if I cant find a good option on Parkopedia. Available on the website or app with many similar features to Parkopedia.
JustPark (U.K) – The AirBnB of parking, this site allows people to rent out their empty spaces for parking. This is great for airport parking and also for grabbing a bargain in the U.K.
The great thing with these providers is you can put in your exact date and time of arrival/departure and search options based on these variables.
If you are planning ahead you can also pre-book parking and get a better price (sometimes up to 15% discount!).
You can do this on the service providers listed above and then present your booking confirmation either in printed form or on your smartphone.
This takes the stress out of it so you can enjoy your trip.
Always Carry Cash and Coins
Sometimes on-street parking is cheap and convenient but it can be pay and display format.
I always carry some cash and coins in case I need to purchase a ticket and it doesn’t accept card payments. This is especially true in less developed parts of the world.
But there’s more…
Cash can be vital during border crossings if you are road tripping around Europe and there are many areas in the Balkans and Southern Europe where you need cash for local businesses.
Park Further Away
If you only have limited luggage you can consider parking further away to save on parking costs.
You can also consider dropping off one person with the luggage and then parking the car and making your way to the hotel.
Consider the Security of your Car
price and proximity to accommodation were often our primary concerns, we also
had to be aware of the security of our vehicle
that you feel the same
No one wants
to enjoy an evening in a nice hotel only to find their vehicle has been broken
into the following morning.
Filter for car park types when searching
Within the apps discussed above, you can filter the parking options to add or remove on-street parking options if you are concerned about leaving your vehicle in a less secure parking lot.
Here’s another Tip.
Take a black bed sheet with you and use it to cover up and bags or belongings that are left in the vehicle overnight.
Save Money On Airport Car Parking
At the Road Trip Expert, we aim to bring you the best information we can base on our experience. From time to time when researching potential topics on the internet there is already an excellent resource out there.
This is one of those occasions.
If you are looking for a thorough guide to saving money on airport car parking then take a look at this guide from Money Saving Expert.