“ On site secure parking at Doncater/Sheffield airport. „
Robin Hood Airport Car Parking.
*** Why Airport Parking? ***
As a lot of you know I have made many trips to Poland this year and those of you who read my Wizz Air review will know that Wizz Air don't fly from my local airport Birmingham. Due to flying so often and also the time of my flights being early morning and the distance from Birmingham to the various airports I didn't ask family or friends for lifts, instead I decided to use the secure on site airport car parking facilities.
*** Making a Booking ***
Back in April I was flying from Doncaster/Sheffield Airport, also known as Robin Hood Airport. Once I had booked my flights I did a Google search to find the airports website. Once on the website there is a big clear advert stating "Airport Car Parking from £2.99 per day*" I clicked on this and was taken to a page where I had to fill in details about when I would be arriving at the airport, dates and times as well as my car details such as make, model, colour and registration of the vehicle. The next screen gave me prices for the different car parks at the airport, for a 5 day stay on the car park the prices ranged from £42.99 for the car park next to the terminal building, down to £23.99 for the "Price Buster" car park located about a 5 minute walk from the terminal building. For the difference in price I decided I didn't mind having a 5 minute walk and selected the Price Buster option. I then proceeded to enter my card details and make my payment.
Within approximately 5 minutes of completing my payment I received an email thanking me for my booking and telling me that I needed to print this email and take it with me to the airport in case of any queries.
With the use of sat nav I had no problems finding the airport itself, it is well sign posted too for those who don't have sat nav. Driving up towards the island which leads to the different car parks it was clear to see which exit I had to take for my Price Buster car park so I continued straight ahead on the island and drove up to the barrier. The machine display told me "Please wait a moment" this was for the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to read my number plate, find my booking and issue me with a ticket. This took probably not even 15 seconds before the ticket was issued and the barrier automatically lifted.
*** Finding a Space to Park ***
I drove into the car park and found myself a space with ease. I remembered to make a mental note of where about I was parked so I could find my car on my return. There are plenty of signs attached to lampposts around the car park with letters on so you can find your car with ease, plus the car park isn't that big, just like the airport so it wouldn't be too much of a disaster if you forgot! So with that I got my bag out of the car, locked it all up and headed for the terminal building, supposedly a 5 minute walk away... it took me at least 2 minutes but definitely not 5 so I was right to go with the Price Buster option after all.
*** Coming Home :( ***
On my return to Robin Hood Airport I was able to find my car with ease and simply get in it and proceed to the exit barrier. The exit was clearly signed and also arrows clearly painted on the floor to guide you. On arrival at the barrier I put my ticket that I was given on arrival into the machine, it took a moment to check it and then the barrier lifted and I was on my way back to Birmingham once more.
*** My Personal Use ***
I have used the car park at Robin Hood airport twice now. This was my first time and I also used it again in June for a longer trip of 10 days and again I had no problems entering or exiting the car park, my car was perfectly safe and undamaged when I returned to it. The cost for 10 days on the Price Buster car park was £34.99.
*** Security ***
I haven't actually ever seen any security staff when I have been on the car park, however CCTV cameras are located on the car park in quite a few locations.
*** Overstaying Your Pre-booked Time ***
If you end up staying parked for longer than your pre-booked time on the car park then you will need to pay extra, this can be done either at the car park payment machines located inside the terminal building or at the exit barrier with a card payment.
Overall I have had no problems leaving my car at the airport. I found the prices to be very reasonable compared to others I have used or had quotes to use. The car park is a good size, not too big to loose your car but not too small to struggle with finding a space. There is very clear signage both to the car park and for leaving as well. Overall a convenient and easy experience!
Thanks for reading :)