The cheapest parking fees at Dublin Airport for my upcoming trip to Canada this summer would cost me almost as much as what I paid for my transatlantic flight.
Living in North County Dublin about 30km from Dublin Airport I toyed with the idea of parking at the airport to ensure my car is safe whilst away and to save myself the hassle of to get a taxi there and back.
My taxi ride to the airport is usually around €40-45 each way and I figured I could get a deal if I book online early and pay around the same amount or a little more for easy travel to and from the airport.
I thought wrong.
When I logged onto the Long Term Parking section of Dublin Airport’s website last week I was shocked to see that the cheapest rate available, a ‘Special Offer’ no less, would cost me €300 to park at ‘Holiday Blue’ . Long term parking for 29 days beginning Friday morning of the June bank holiday weekend.
While that equates to just over a tenner a day, it quickly adds up when you take a longer break.
My return flight on a direct flight from Dublin to Toronto was €370 over the same period (a bargain I know, but still).
More aptly referred to as the “Holiday Blues”, if I decided to park in the Holiday Blue car park, I would first have to do a pre-trip fact finding mission to find out exactly where the car park is to relieve pre-flight stress avoid getting lost Plan extra time to get to the airport on the shuttle.
While the website claims that “typical transfer time is 10 minutes”, it includes a warning advising that “traffic or road works may increase transfer times, so always allow plenty of time”.
This leads to more stress as the property is located miles from the airport on a lonely country road. When something goes wrong, there are few options other than trying to hail a last-minute cab or hitchhiking – and I’d still have to fork out £300 for the privilege.
The next, less stressful option would be to pay €330 to park in the Express Red long stay car park which is closer to the airport in Swords, but that would also require additional time to get a shuttle bus to the terminal.
If I were really desperate, I could spend a whopping €609 to park in Terminal 2’s long-stay above-ground car park, safe in the knowledge that the terminal is a short walk away.
As much as I hate spending €100 on taxis, I’m not going to park at the airport anytime soon.
But at least I have the option of catching a cab without breaking the bank, or even taking a bus to the airport if I give myself enough time — although that never happens in reality — and I’m usually jet-lagged at the Even thinking about spending another hour or more on a bus to get home.
But what options are there for other travelers coming from other parts of the country who have no choice but to drive to Dublin Airport and pay exorbitant parking fees that can add up very quickly, especially if staying for more than just a few days travel?
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/cheapest-dublin-airport-parking-costs-almost-the-same-price-as-my-transatlantic-flight-41585331.html The cheapest parking at Dublin airport is almost the same price as my transatlantic flight