Stansted Airport Drop Off

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Dropping off loved ones at Stansted Airport? Avoid paying more than you need to with our handy guide, including where you can go and how much you can expect to spend, so you can drop off like a pro.

You can choose from a selection of Stansted Airport parking options when it comes to dropping off. There is a free set down area for those making a flying visit, express set down, or you can park up in Stansted's Short Stay car park. Depending on the length of time you wish to stay and the service you choose, it may work out a lot cheaper to pre-book your space in advance with us. Read on to find out more about each option available to you.


Free Drop Off at Stansted Airport

The free set down area is located close to the airport, with a courtesy bus available to take you to the terminal. Located in Stansted's Mid Stay car park, simply follow signs for 'Free Set Down' once you're on airport grounds. This option is perfect for those wishing to accompany their loved ones to the check-in desks.

This service offers one hour free parking within the free set down zone, with a small charge of £2 for the next hour. Standard Mid Stay car park charges apply hereafter - so be careful if you think you may stay longer than 2 hours as the price can add up very quickly!

Express Set Down at Stansted Airport

The express set down is located within walking distance of the terminal, inside Stansted's Short Stay car parks (orange and green zones). There is a charge for this parking service, so it is perfect for those who aren't heading into the terminal with their loved ones, but want to drop them off as close as possible. Follow signs for 'Express Set Down' to find the car park.

Have a look at the table below for durations and prices for the express set down at Stansted.

Express Set Down Stansted Airport Drop Off Charge

Duration Price*
Up to 10 mins £4.00
10-15 minutes Additional £1.00 per minute
Over 15 minutes £25

For example, a stay of 7 minutes will cost you £4, a stay of 13 minutes £7, and a stay of 16 minutes will cost you £25. Please note, vehicles may be towed if left unattended, and there is a £20 fee if you return to the car park within 30 minutes of exiting.

Stansted Airport Short Stay Car Park

The final options are the Green, Orange and Blue zones of the Short Stay car park at Stansted Airport. They are located close to the airport, but the parking charges can add up very quickly if you want to say a proper goodbye. Simply follow signs for the 'Short Stay Car Park'.

Short Stay Stansted Airport Parking Prices

Duration Price*
Up to 30 mins £8.00
Up to 1 hour £14.00
Up to 2 hours £18
Up to 4 hours £27
Up to 24 hours £57

Book in Advance

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You can also pre-book your space at Stansted Airport with Holiday Extras. Not only can this save you money, but without booking in advance, there is no guarantee there will be a space available on the day. Prices start from £8.25 for a full day's parking at the Stansted Long Stay. As you can see, this is better value than parking for over 15 minutes at the express set down, 1 hour at Short Stay, and 2 hours inside the drop-off zones located inside the Mid Stay car park.

How to Pre-Book your Space

To guarantee your space at Stansted Airport and save yourself money too, enter your drop off date into the search engine at the top of the page and choose from our fabulous selection of Stansted parking services. Don't worry, you don't have to use up the whole day's parking. You can leave whenever you're done saying goodbye to your loved ones.

Stansted Airport Parking

*Correct at time of writing and subject to change.