19 August 2020

The Cheapest Airport Drop-Off Locations for Taxi Drivers

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When driving a taxi, one of the most pleasant words you may hear when picking up a passenger is, “To the airport, please!” 

Airport runs are one of the most popular routes among taxi drivers. As most airports tend to be far from city centres, they often guarantee a much higher fare compared to many other rides. Additionally, driving someone to the airport then gives you the following opportunity to take someone to a hotel, or back to their home.

However, a major issue that taxi drivers now face is that most airports charge drop-off fees to each vehicle taking someone to the airport. Though some places may offer smaller charges such as £3 for 10 minutes, others may charge £5 for each 15 minutes. 

Here is a list of drop-off prices at UK airports including the cheapest and most expensive, as well as a list of alternate spots to drop off passengers free of charge:

 

LONDON AIRPORTS 

Whilst most London airports across now charge drivers to drop off passengers, there are still several ways to drop off passengers free of charge:

 

HEATHROW AIRPORT 

From October 2021, Heathrow Airport will be introducing a £5 drop-off charge at departure areas outide its terminals. This must be paid either online or over the phone.

Drivers can also wait for passengers completely free at the long-stay car park, however, it should be noted these are not directly outside of the terminal and can only be accessed from the airport via shuttle bus.

 

GATWICK AIRPORT 

Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £5.00
Each additional minute – 20 minutes £1.00
20 – 30 minutes              £25.00

 

Long Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 2 hours
FREE

 

LONDON CITY AIRPORT 

Short Stay Prices
0 – 10 minutes             £3.80
10 – 20 minutes £8.50

 

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT

Mid Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 15 minutes FREE
15 – 30 minutes £4.00
30 – 45 minutes £9.00
45 – 60 minutes £13.50
1 – 24 hours £35.00
Each 24 hours thereafter £35.00

 

Long Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 60 minutes                         FREE
1 – 2 hours £5.00
First Day £30.00
Each day thereafter £30.00

 

LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT

Express Set Down Prices
0 – 15 minutes                     £7.00
Over 15 minutes £25.00

 

Short Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 30 minutes £10.00
30 – 60 minutes £18.00
1 – 2 hours £22.00
2 – 4 hours £35.50
4 – 24 hours £62.00
Each 24 hours thereafter £62.00

 

Mid Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 60 minutes                        FREE
1 – 2 hours £5.00
2 – 24 hours £30.00
Each 24 hours thereafter £30.00

 

LONDON SOUTHEND AIRPORT

Short Stay Prices
0 – 10 minutes £5.00
10 – 30 minutes £7.00
30 – 60 minutes £10.00
1 – 3 hours £15.50
3 – 24 hours £35.00
Each 24 hours thereafter £35.00

 

Long Stay Car Park Prices
0 – 15 minutes
FREE

 

MAJOR AIRPORTS OUTSIDE LONDON

BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Pick Up & Drop Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £1.00
10 – 20 minutes £3.00
20 – 60 minutes £5.00
1 hour to 24 hours £35.00

Short Stay Prices
0 – 10 minutes               £1.00
10 – 20 minutes £2.50
20 – 30 minutes £3.50
30 – 60 minutes £5.00
2 hours £9.00

Main Stay Prices
30 minutes                  £2.50
1 hour £4.00

 

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT

Birmingham Airport has 2 different options:

Premium Drop-Off Prices
0 – 15 minutes £3.00
15 – 20 minutes £8.00
20 – 25 minutes £13.00
25 – 30 minutes £18.00
30 – 35 minutes £23.00
35 – 40 minutes £28.00
40 – 45 minutes £33.00
45 – 50 minutes £38.00
50 – 55 minutes £43.00
55 – 60 minutes £48.00
Each extra 15 minutes thereafter £5.00

 

Drop-Off Prices
0 – 20 minutes Free
20 – 25 minutes £1.00
25 – 30 minutes £3.00
30 – 35 minutes £5.00
35 – 40 minutes £10.00
40 – 45 minutes £15.00
45 – 50 minutes £20.00
Each extra 5 minutes thereafter £5.00

 

BRISTOL AIRPORT

Drop & Go Prices
0 – 10 minutes £1.00
10 – 20 minutes £2.50
20 – 40 minutes £3.50
40 – 60 minutes £5.00
Each additional hour             £9.00

 

Short Stay and Pick Up Prices
0 – 20 minutes £5.00
20 – 40 minutes £7.00
40 – 60 minutes £10.00
1 – 2 hours £12.00
2 – 3 hours £13.00
3 – 4 hours £14.00
4 – 12 hours £17.00
12 – 24 hours £45.00
Each day thereafter £19.00

 

Waiting Zone Prices
0 – 60 minutes FREE
1 – 2 hours £25.00
Each hour thereafter              £20.00

 

CARDIFF AIRPORT/MAES AWYR CAERDYDD

Drop Off Zone Prices
0 – 5 minutes FREE
Every 10 minutes thereafte £3

 

Picking Up Prices
0 – 10 minutes £1.00
10 – 20 minutes £2.00
20 – 60 minutes £5.00
3 – 24 hours                             £50.00

 

Short Stay Prices
0 -20 minutes £2.00
20 – 40 minutes £4.00
40 – 60 minutes £6.00
1 – 2 hours £8.00
2 – 3 hours £10.00
3 – 4 hours £13.00
4 – 12 hours £16.00
12 – 24 hours                         £38.00

 

Long Stay Prices
0 -20 minutes FREE
20 – 40 minutes £4.00
40 – 60 minutes £6.00
1 – 2 hours £8.00
2 – 3 hours £10.00
3 – 4 hours £13.00
4 – 12 hours £16.00
12 – 24 hours                         £35.00

 

DONCASTER SHEFFIELD AIRPORT

Express Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes
FREE

 

Short Stay Pick-Up Prices
0 – 15 minutes FREE
15 – 30 minutes £5.00
30 – 60 minutes £8.00
1 – 2 hours £12.00
2 – 3 hours £16.00
3 – 4 hours £20.00
4 – 8 hours £25.00
8 – 12 hours £30.00
12 – 18 hours £35.00
18 – 24 hours £40.00

 

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT

Rapid Drop-off Prices
0 – 15 minutes £15.00
Each minute after       £1.00

 

Short Stay 1 & 3 Prices
0 – 30 minutes              £6.00

 

Long Stay Prices
0 – 60 minutes FREE
Each minute after       £1.00

 

EDINBURGH AIRPORT

Drop-Off Zone Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 15 minutes £8.00
15 – 30 minutes £15.00
30 – 60 minutes            £30.00

 

Pick-Up Zone Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 15 minutes £5.00
15 – 30 minutes £9.00
30 – 60 minutes £12.00
1 – 3 hours                     £18.00

 

Free Drop-Off & Pick-Up Prices   
0 – 30 minutes FREE
30 – 60 minutes £12.00

 

Taxi Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 20 minutes £8.00
20 – 30 minutes £15.00
30 – 60 minutes £30.00
Per hour thereafter      £15.00

 

Taxi Pick-Up Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 15 minutes £5.00
15 – 30 minutes            £9.00

 

GLASGOW AIRPORT

Express Pick-Up & Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 15 minutes £6.00
15 – 20 minutes £10.00
20 – 30 minutes £15.00
Per hour thereafter      £30.00

 

Short Stay Prices
0 – 20 minutes £5.00
20 – 60 minutes £7.00
60 – 90 minutes            £10.50

 

Long Stay Prices
1 day £30.00
2 days £41.00
3 days £46.00
4 days £52.00
Each day thereafter       £12.00

 

LEEDS-BRADFORD AIRPORT

Free Parking Zone Prices
0 – 60 minutes
FREE

 

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £5.00
10 – 20 minutes £7.00
20 – 30 minutes £9.00
30 – 60 minutes £11.00
Each hour thereafter    £11.00

 

LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 20 minutes £10.00
20 – 60 minutes £25.00
1 – 24 hours £50.00
Each day thereafter    £50.00

 

Drop Off 2 Car Park Prices
0 – 40 minutes FREE
40 – 60 minutes £8.00
1 – 2 hours £10.00
2 – 24 hours £50.00

 

Multi Storey Car Park Prices
0 – 30 minutes £6.00
30 – 60 minutes £10.00
1 – 2 hours £15.00
2 – 4 hours £25.00
4 – 24 hours £42.00
Each 24 hours thereafter £42.00

 

MANCHESTER AIRPORT

There is a free drop-off area where a shuttle bus will take passengers to the terminal

Terminal Drop-Off Prices
0 – 5 minutes £5.00
5 – 10 minutes £6.00
After 10 minutes                £25.00

 

Pick-Up Prices
0 – 30 minutes              £6.00

 

NEWCASTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Express Prices
0 – 10 minutes £4.00
10 – 30 minutes £6.00
30 – 45 minutes £9.00
45 – 60 minutes £10.00
1 – 2 hours £20.00
2 – 3 hours £30.00
3 – 4 hours                      £40.00

 

Short Stay 2 Prices
0 – 15 minutes FREE
15 – 30 minutes £8.00
30 – 45 minutes £12.00
45 – 60 minutes £12.00
1 – 2 hours £14.00
2 – 3 hours £17.00
3 – 4 hours                      £20.00

 

Short Stay 1 Prices
0 – 15 minutes £7.00
15 – 30 minutes £9.00
30 – 45 minutes £14.00
45 – 60 minutes £14.00
1 – 2 hours £17.00
2 – 3 hours £20.00
3 – 4 hours                      £22.00

 

SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT

Priority Pick-Up & Drop-Off Prices
0 – 15 minutes              £2.00

 

Short Stay Parking Prices
0 – 15 minutes £2.00
15 – 20 minutes £3.00
20 – 60 minutes £6.50
60 – 90 minutes £10.00
90 minutes – 4 hours £16.00
4 – 8 hours £28.50
8 – 24 hours £36.00
Every additional 24 hours £36.00

 

Priority Parking Prices   
24 hours £45.00
Every additional 24 hours              £45.00

 

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