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Pick Up & Drop Off

Where to park if you’re picking up or dropping off

pick up and drop off

Dropping someone off

Express Set Down

This area is for dropping-off friends or loved ones, if you are looking to pick-up or head into the terminal then you should use either our Stansted Airport Short Stay car parks (Orange or Green zones) or the free option in our Stansted Airport Mid Stay car park.

Tariffs (effective from 27th February 2020)

  • Up to 10 mins : £5.00
  • Up to 11 mins : £6.00
  • Up to 12 mins : £7.00
  • Up to 13 mins : £8.00
  • Up to 14 mins : £9.00
  • Up to 15 Mins : £10.00
  • Over 15 mins - £25.00
  • Vehicles must not be left unattended. Unattended vehicles may be towed and will incur a towing fee.
  • There will be a £25 charge for re-entering within 30 minutes of first entering.

Short Stay Car Park

  • Follow signs for 'Short Stay Car Park'

You can turn-up and park in the Orange or Green zones of our Short Stay car parks.

Ideal if you want to accompany passengers or head into the terminal to meet someone. See our Turn Up and Park section for all prices.

Free Facility

  • Free for up to 1 hour
  • Located in the Mid Stay Car Park. Follow signs for 'Free Set Down'

We offer a free pick up and drop off option from a dedicated area in the Mid Stay Car Park. Just a 5 minute courtesy bus ride away from the terminal forecourt (buses run every 10 minutes). Perfect if you want to accompany friends and family to the terminal or assist them from arrivals. Free for up to 1 hour, £2 up to 2 hours. Daily rates for Mid Stay Car Park apply after 2 hours.

If you're planning on staying for longer than the allocated free period, Stansted Airport parking prices are best when pre-booked.

Express Set Down Discount Scheme

This scheme is open to all residents living within a 10 mile radius of Stansted Airport.

Following an update on 1st June 2015, it is no longer available for commercial use and all licensed Hackney Carriage/private hire vehicles will be excluded from the scheme.

Please download the application form here or email for a copy.


1. From the M11 motorway, use Junction 8a if approaching from the London direction or Junction 8 from the Cambridge side
2. Follow signs for the airport.