Are you flying to Italy soon from Newark? You’re going to have an amazing time away, and no doubt you have a million things to think about before your trip.
While parking may slip your mind in all of your preparations for going away, it is a crucial part of your journey. After all, you have to get to the airport somehow, which can often involve driving yourself and your family there.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some of our best Newark airport parking tips so that you don’t end up spending the same amount as your plane ticket on your parking.
Read on for more information.
1. Think Outside the Box
While the airport long-term parking might seem like the only available option for you if you’re driving a car, there are a few other options for driving yourself to the airport and parking. While we encourage you to do some of your own out-of-the-box research, we have some of our own ideas to cut some of the stress of parking.
2. Give Yourself Lots of Time to Get to the Airport
No matter where you decide to park during your trip to Italy, you need to ensure that you give yourself a lot of time to get to the airport. Give yourself an extra hour or two than what you would give yourself if you were being dropped off by a taxi.
This is because you want to ensure you have time to park, get settled, get your things and catch the shuttle to the airport terminal. If you don’t give yourself enough time, you could miss your flight or be running to the gate for something as simple as getting caught having to fill out extra forms wherever you park.
3. Parking at the Newark Airport
Parking at the Newark Airport is secure and gives you several options. You can also pre-pay online so that you don’t worry about scrounging around to pay after you return from Italy, bleary and tired. If you do decide to go this route, don’t forget to save your parking pass.
We should also add that you should be aware that they no longer accept cash if you decide to park at Newark Airport without paying in advance.
Additionally, the parking lot can become full long-term parking. You should always check the website to see at what capacity the airport parking is at the moment.
4. Consider Parking in a Nearby Hotel
If you have a plane journey bright and early in the morning, or even if you want to be sure you get on the flight rested and ready, you may consider spending the night at an airport hotel. If you spend the night at an airport hotel, some of them will allow you to park your car there long-term. This may or may not be cheaper than Newark Airport’s long-term parking. Contact the hotel itself and discuss your options.
5. Rent a Car
While this doesn’t necessarily go with a place to park, it is an out-of-the-box way to drive yourself to the airport and drive yourself home without having to worry about long-term parking.
Depending on where you rent your car from, this can be a lot cheaper than parking in any long-term parking garage.
Pick up your rental car at your local rental car service provider and drive it to Newark Airport. Return the car to Newark Airport, and depart for Italy. Once you’re ready to return, you can rent another car at the same facility and drive yourself and your family home, returning the car to a rental car facility by where you live.
This is a great option if there are a lot of you off to Italy and you don’t want to spend a fortune on a taxi, or you don’t feel comfortable leaving your car at the airport but would prefer not to pay for a taxi.
6. Park Off-Site
Several off-site long-term car parking companies will allow you to park your car for a lot less than Newark Airport. Many of these companies also offer a free shuttle or transportation, in addition to a secure lot where you can leave your car.
E-Z Way Parking, for instance, offers a close parking lot that is both patrolled 24/7 and fenced in. It also provides video surveillance, giving you peace of mind.
Vista Parking provides discounted parking nearby, as well. While their discount may not seem like a lot compared to Newark’s official airport parking, it will add up to some serious savings in just a few days.
Most of these companies will also offer you luggage assistance, something you won’t get when you park by yourself. You’ll also be able to get to your car 24 hours a day, so you don’t have to worry about missing a cut-off time if your flight gets pushed back so far that you land at Newark at 3 AM.
Going to Italy: Airport Parking Tips
In addition to the above airport parking tips, you should always remove any valuables before you exit your car. Ensure that nothing, even a GPS, is showing, as this can make it tempting for burglars to break into your car. Always remember to lock your car before you leave for the airport terminal, and double-check to make sure.
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