How early to arrive at East Midlands Airport?

Trying to figure out how early to arrive at the airport, will depend on which kind of East Midlands Airport parking you book. The general rule of thumb is to check-in 2 hours prior to your departure time. To allow for plenty of time before your flight from East Midlands Airport, please keep in mind how long it will take you to park your vehicle and get to the airport from the parking. 

Park and Ride

The Park and Ride offers are usually the most affordable parking options. If you book this option, you will drive to the parking lot, often located 10-20 minutes from the airport terminal. From the parking lot, their shuttle bus will transport you to the airport and bring you back to your car upon your return. The shuttle operating hours and transfer times vary by car park, we suggest checking with the parking prior to booking to ensure their hours will fit your needs.

Meet and Greet

East Midlands Meet and Greet is the most convenient option for travelers, as you can drive straight to the airport. A valet from the car park will be waiting for you at the terminal and will park your car for you. When you are approximately 30 minutes away from the airport, please call the car park you booked with to inform them of your arrival so that the valet will be ready. Once the valet drives your car to the car park, you can easily walk into the airport and check-in for your flight.

International Flights

When you have an international flight, keep in mind you may need to check-in and arrive at the airport 3 hours before departure time. The check-in process may be longer for international flights and the airline should send you information on when to arrive at East Midlands Airport. We recommend checking with your airline to ensure that you arrive at the correct time and have plenty of time to park your vehicle.

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