Melbourne Airport parking: Cheap deals and the best spots
Thursday, 12 September 2019
The idea is to splurge on your holiday, not on the parking. Sometimes, it can seem like it’s the other way round as you spend more time online looking for great parking deals than you do booking the cheapest flight.
When did parking get so expensive? Is it still within the budget and a more convenient option to drive to Melbourne airport and catch a flight?
Where is Melbourne airport?
Also known as Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne Airport (MEL) is the second busiest airport in Australia and services the Melbourne metropolitan area. The airport consists of international and domestic terminals.
Located 23km northwest of the sprawling CBD, Melbourne airport is a major hub for arrivals and departures in Australia. If you live in Melbourne, access to the rest of the world is close at hand.
Other Melbourne airport parking options
The closest parking is, of course, at the airport itself and there are various options available there. To park for a week, prices range from $77 to $231. You do have to book ahead to secure a space and you’ll likely need to get in early to get the best of the cheap rates.
The cheapest rates are available for outdoor parking with a free shuttle bus service. Parking undercover and with valet parking will cost more.
There are also numerous privately-run park and ride companies within a quick 10-minute shuttle bus ride of Melbourne airport. They offer weekly deals ranging from $55 to $111.80 for outdoor or undercover secure parking. Andrew's Aiport Parking is one of them, and you can score 10% off your booking by clicking here!
If you were to consider parking in Melbourne and getting a bus, taxi or Uber ride to the airport, Secure or Wilson have multi-day parking options. Pricing would be around $211 for a week or $55 per day. Note that only select locations offer long-term parking.
What to consider when parking
- Check you have 24/7 access to your car
- Is the parking secure and under video surveillance?
- Is it a marked bay or will the vehicle be parked bumper to bumper and moved around while you’re away?
- Is the shuttle bus available on demand?
- Do you have to book in advance?
- Will the vehicle be undercover?
- Is the vehicle covered by insurance while on premises?
When considering parking there are now some great apps available such as ParkMe and Parkopedia. They search for parking options available and costs within the search location.
There are also Melbournites leasing their car spaces, at their chosen cost, through the Parkhound app. At the time of publication, you could have the choice of parking in someone's front yard for $7.08 a day or in a lock-up garage at $12.98 a day.
Have you considered sharing your car for free parking? Carhood offers free parking if your vehicle is available to rent while it is parked over 72 hrs. If someone rents your car you also get some extra cash and a free car wash, all covered by insurance, of course!
It is definitely worth taking the time to do your homework on parking options however there are some websites that offer great discounted parking deals. These include Parkingdealsaustralia.com.au that, at the time of publication, were offering outdoor Melbourne airport parking including a shuttle service, for $78 a week. What a deal!
When you get back from holidays don't forget to show you're car some love with a car service, book a friendly AutoGuru expert mechanic to make sure the car will get you back to work after your trip.
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