Heathrow most expensive place to park your car for a week

Heathrow is charging double the price of some of the world's biggest airports for passengers to leave their cars behind while they go on holiday.

A MailOnline investigation has revealed Heathrow to be the most expensive of the ten busiest airports across the globe when parking a vehicle long-term.

The figures show that in many cases, a family would be expected to pay more to park at Heathrow than it would on flights. 

A family wanting to leave their car at Terminals 2, 3, 4 or 5 while they go on holiday would be expected to fork out £163.40 for seven days.

However, the same stay at the world's second busiest airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, would cost the equivalent of just £63.49.

The high parking figures has led to many families opting to use third-party providers, which offer meet-and-greet services for a little as £10.

A MailOnline investigation has revealed Heathrow to be the most expensive of the ten busiest airports across the globe for parking, as well as other top transport hubs such as JFK

A MailOnline investigation has revealed Heathrow to be the most expensive of the ten busiest airports across the globe for parking, as well as other top transport hubs such as JFK

A family wanting to leave their car at Heathrow Airport while they go on holiday would be expected to fork out £163.40 for seven days, putting it at the top of our list

A family wanting to leave their car at Heathrow Airport while they go on holiday would be expected to fork out £163.40 for seven days, putting it at the top of our list

The high parking figures has led to many families opting to use 'cowboy' third-party providers, which offer meet-and-greet services for a little as £10 (stock image)

The high parking figures has led to many families opting to use 'cowboy' third-party providers, which offer meet-and-greet services for a little as £10 (stock image)

But many passengers have complained about such 'cowboy' firms, with accusations of vehicles were being returned dirty, damaged or with too many miles on the clock. 

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, told the MailOnline that it was unsurprising that passengers opted to use cheaper alternatives.

He said: 'With prices as high as these, it is little wonder that drivers consider different parking options such as third-party parking providers, or even finding free on-street parking near the airport and then getting a taxi to the terminal.

With prices as high as these, it is little wonder that drivers consider different parking options such as third-party providers

Jack Cousens, AA's head of road policy

'These cheaper options carry their own risks though, so proper research is needed before drivers get into holiday mode.'

Mr Cousens warned that high prices could put some families off travelling abroad altogether. 

'Many British holidaymakers will be unsurprised that Heathrow tops the list of airport car park charges across the globe,' he said.

'With parking rates more than the cost of some flights it can be off-putting. Those seeking a break may decide to holiday in the UK or even consider a "staycation".

'When looking at travelling to the airport, the best thing to do is plan ahead and see if you can make some savings by booking a parking space in advance. 

Heathrow (pictured) also compares unfavourably to some of Europe's top airports, such as those in Germany and the most popular destination for Brits travelling abroad, Spain

Heathrow (pictured) also compares unfavourably to some of Europe's top airports, such as those in Germany and the most popular destination for Brits travelling abroad, Spain

A family wanting to leave their car at Terminals 2, 3, 4 or 5 while they go on holiday would be expected to fork out £163.40 for seven days (pictured: car parking at Heathrow)

A family wanting to leave their car at Terminals 2, 3, 4 or 5 while they go on holiday would be expected to fork out £163.40 for seven days (pictured: car parking at Heathrow)

'Failing that taking a taxi or asking friends and family if they can drop you off and pick you up, could mean having some extra spending money when you get to your destination.'

Heathrow also compares unfavourably to some of Europe's top airports, such as those in Germany and the most popular destination for Brits travelling abroad, Spain.

The same seven-day stay would also cost just £71.33 at Madrid Barajas International

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