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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Parking
Planning your airport parking is an important part of any trip. There are plenty of parking options at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to suit any length of trip or budget. Planning ahead where you will park at the airport can give you complete peace of mind, and get your trip off to the best start.
Doncaster Airport has a few different car park options to choose from. So if you’re only popping away for a few days, choose short-stay parking. If you’re looking for a quick and convenient start to your holiday, you might opt for meet-and-greet parking instead.
By planning your airport parking well in advance at Doncaster Airport, you can be sure that you’ll get the best possible price and the right airport parking for your needs.
Types of parking at Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) Airport
Arriving at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) by car, you’ll be presented with a range of car parking options. To get the best price on airport parking, it usually pays to plan ahead a little. You will need to take into account factors like the length of your trip, and how many days your car or van will be left on site. Car parking is usually priced based on the convenience and distance to the airport, with those car parks closer usually commanding a premium price.
Doncaster Airport Long Stay Parking
Long-stay parking can offer the best price if you are planning to be away for more than a few days. The long-stay car park at Doncaster Airport is an uncovered car park, all on the ground level. Situated approximately a 3-4 minute walk from the terminal, the long-stay car park can be booked in advance of your trip. Rates start from around £52.99 per week, although the exact rate you pay may depend on the time of year you are travelling, and the exact duration of your stay.
The Long Stay car park at Doncaster Airport is fully secure. The car park is covered by CCTV, so you can leave your belongings with the knowledge that your car will be exactly where you left it when you come to pick it up.
Benefits of long-stay parking:
- Convenient for the terminal building
- Ground-level car park, with easy access from nearby main routes
- Great rates for long-term airport parking
No shuttle service required
- Completely secure, with ParkMark accreditation
- CCTV, ANPR and secure perimeter fencing
Short Stay parking at Doncaster Airport
Short-stay parking is the right choice if you only intend to be away for a short amount of time. The short-stay parking at Doncaster Airport is suitable for passengers travelling for a long weekend, or anyone simply dropping off at the airport. Situated close to the terminal, it is only a 1-2 minute walk once you’ve left your car to get to the departures area.
Unlike larger airports, the short-stay parking at Doncaster is all on the ground level, not multi-storey. It is completely secure, and covered by CCTV, meaning you can jet off on your trip with complete peace of mind.
Short-stay parking can be booked in advance, which is the best way to secure the best price. If you choose to just turn up on the day, you will still be able to use the short-stay car park, although it is likely that you will pay a slightly higher rate than had you pre-booked. Short stay rates for on-the-day parking start from £4 for 15-30 minutes, rising to around £25 for 12 hours.
Benefits of short-stay parking:
- Flexible, with pre-book or on-the-day parking available
- Close to the terminal building
- No parking shuttle bus service required
- Cheapest short-stay parking rates by pre-booking
- ParkMark accredited, with secure fencing, ANPR and 24hr monitoring
Premium parking at Doncaster Airport
If you feel like pushing the boat out, Doncaster Airport offers a premium parking service. This is perfect for frequent fliers, or those who want to get their trip off to a good start with the minimum of fuss. The Premium Parking at Doncaster is less than 60 seconds from the terminal, so you really can’t get much closer!
The Premium car park has just over 100 spaces, so you must book in advance if you wish to park here, to make sure that your space is secured. It’s not possible to park in premium parking without an advance booking.
As with all Doncaster Airport’s car parking, the Premium parking area is completely secure. It is monitored by CCTV, and for added security, all cars are identified with ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) and are accredited with the ParkMark scheme for safe parking.
It is worth noting that the Premium parking at Doncaster Airport does not have designated Disabled Parking spaces. There are help points located at the entrance to the car park, and while Premium parking is very close to the terminal if you require more space to park, the short-stay parking has designated Disabled Parking spaces.
Benefits of Premium Parking:
- The closest parking to the terminal building
- Less than a 1-minute walk to departures
- Safe and secure
- Pre-book only so space guaranteed
Meet and greet parking
For the ultimate convenience, why not choose meet-and-greet parking when flying from Doncaster Airport? Meet and greet (or valet parking as it is sometimes known) means you can arrive at the airport, drop your car off with the meet and greet team and make your way to the terminal knowing your car will be parked safely. When you return, your car is ready and waiting for you to drive away.
Valet parking at Doncaster Airport is available by pre-booking only. The meet and greet reception area is located outside the main terminal building, about a minute’s walk from departures. You leave your car keys with the meet and greet team, who will park them securely in one of the airport car parks, leaving you free to enjoy your trip.
Meet and greet parking is a popular service, so early booking is advisable.
Benefits of meet and greet parking:
- Very close to the terminal, for maximum convenience
- Hassle-free parking
- Leave your keys with the meet-and-greet team
- Safe and secure, with 24/7 CCTV coverage
- State-of-the-art vehicle capture, to ensure your car is returned in the same condition
- ParkMark accredited
- Book in advance for guaranteed parking
Airparks at Doncaster Airport
For the budget-conscious, Doncaster Airport offers an Airparks car park. The Airparks parking is a good value airport parking option, and booking in advance could save you money on your airport parking. The Airparks car park is available for short and long stays and has its own dedicated entrance.
Located just a 5-6 minute walk from the terminal, it is still quick and easy to make it from your car to the departure area. Simply lock up your car, keep your keys and make your way along the clearly signposted route to the terminal.
The Airparks parking at Doncaster is accredited by ParkMark, along with the rest of the airport parking on site. This means that your car will be safe, as there is secure perimeter fencing, ANPR for all vehicles entering and leaving the site, 24hr CCTV and regular security patrols.
Benefits of Airparks car park at Doncaster Airport:
- Walking distance to the terminal
- Cheapest rates for long-stay parking
- Bookable in advance
- Secure airport parking, with ParkMark accreditation
- ANPR and CCTV
Doncaster Airport Drop-Off and Pick Up
If you are travelling to the airport to drop off a passenger, you won’t want to waste money on long-term parking. Doncaster Airport offers an express drop-off location, for very short stays. This allows you enough time to unload your passengers and their luggage, at the best possible parking rate.
At Doncaster Airport, the express drop-off area is right outside the terminal. You don’t need to book in advance – simply take a ticket at the barrier, and pay on entry. It costs £3 for up to 15 minutes.
Alternatively, the short-stay car park allows a stay of up to 15 minutes for free or £4 for the first 30 minutes when picking up passengers. The short-stay car park is just a few minutes walk from the terminal, so is still a convenient and cheap way to drop off at Doncaster Airport.
Fines are issued for anyone stopping on the approach roads to the airport, so make sure if you’re dropping off or picking up that you use the designated parking zones.
Hotel and parking at Doncaster Airport
Booking a hotel along with your parking at Doncaster airport is a great way to get your trip off to a hassle-free start. Especially if your flight leaves early in the morning, or you have a long journey to the airport. Giving yourself extra time to de-stress and unwind before you fly from Doncaster can be the perfect way to start your holiday, and may even save you money on airport parking.
There are a number of hotels in close proximity to Doncaster Airport which offer airport parking with a hotel stay. These include:
Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express is located close to Doncaster Airport and major transport links. It’s a comfortable, modern hotel offering a range of facilities. Parking is available on-site, and transfers to the airport can be arranged. The hotel is around 4.5 miles from the terminal, so expect a transfer to cost around £9.
The Ramada Encore is on the same site as the terminal, meaning you can roll out of bed on the morning of your flight knowing there will be no nasty traffic hold-ups on the way. Airport parking and hotel stay packages are available, either on-site at the hotel, or with the long-stay car parking. Guests at the Ramada benefit from a range of facilities like wifi, flatscreen TVs, desk and working areas, air conditioning and meeting rooms.
Doncaster Mount Pleasant Hotel
For a truly luxurious hotel near Doncaster Airport, the Mount Pleasant by Best Western Premier offers first-class facilities to start your trip in style. Just a 3-minute drive to the airport and airport parking, the hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites, with individually furnished rooms and four-poster beds. The spa suites feature saunas, power showers and steam rooms, to soothe away any last-minute tension before you make your way to the airport.
Transfers to and from Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is conveniently located approximately 19 miles to the east of Sheffield, and 3 miles southeast of Doncaster. Travel to the airport is possibly by car, taxi, bus or train.
Arriving by car
Doncaster Airport is easily accessible on major roads including the M1, M62, M180 and A1(M). Take Junction 3 from the M18, onto the Great Yorkshire Way and follow signs for Robin Hood Airport. The Great Yorkshire Way is a newly built link road, making Doncaster Airport even more accessible from the motorway, and speeding up transfer times to and from the airport for car drivers.
Some SatNav units do not recognize the Great Yorkshire Way, so to override and make sure you reach the terminal it is advisable to use the street address of Hurst Lane, Doncaster.
Bus transfers to Doncaster Airport
Two bus services are scheduled to stop at Doncaster Airport Terminal. The 57a and 57c bus routes operate 7 days a week and travel between the terminal itself and the Doncaster Interchange. Buses run from approximately 5 am through to midnight, with a reduced timetable on Sundays.
You can expect the bus journey to take between 18-48 minutes, depending on the route, time of day and local traffic conditions. It’s a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time when travelling by bus to Doncaster Airport so there’s no risk of being late for your flight.
The closest train station to Doncaster Airport terminal is in Doncaster. From here, regular services connect to major cities across the north of England, including Sheffield, York, Leeds, Lincoln and Newcastle. It is possible to connect to mainline trains to London Kings Cross from Doncaster, which takes about an hour and a half.
From the train station, it’s a short walk to the Doncaster Interchange, where a regular bus service connects to the airport.
Taxis are available to transfer to and from Doncaster Airport. The airport has a taxi pickup point outside arrivals for the approved taxi partner Little Arrow. Taxis can be booked for groups of up to 7 people from the customer service desk in the arrivals area.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport Overview
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, formerly known as Robin Hood Airport, has been transporting commercial passengers internationally since 2005. The origins of the airport stretch back to 1915 when the site was founded as Finningley Airfield.
In use as a training airfield for the RAF during the First and second world wars, the airport was decommissioned in 1995, before reopening under its new name ten years later.
Doncaster Airport has one runway and operates a range of charter flights to destinations around Europe, including Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Bucharest and Gdansk. Some 1.4 million passengers passed through the doors in 2019. Wizz Air announced in August 2020 that they would be expanding their operations at the airport, to include 7 new routes, bringing the total number of routes to 23.
Doncaster Airport Facilities
Eating and drinking
While Doncaster is not a large airport, it does have everything you need to get set for your flights. There is a Costa and Subway for pre-flight coffees, snacks and light lunches. If you fancy a more substantial meal, the Finningley Windmill or The Running Horse pub and restaurant on-site in the departure area serve a range of hot and cold meals, beers, wines and spirits.
There is a duty-free shop in Doncaster Airport, where travellers can pick up everything from luxury fragrances to souvenir gifts, or duty-free spirits to high-end handbags. For more everyday purchases, a WHSmith newsagent offers magazines, books, papers and travel accessories too.
You can exchange money at Doncaster Airport. It’s possible to order your travel currency in advance and even have it delivered to your door before you travel. The airport’s currency exchange is provided by International Currency Exchange.
Lounges at Doncaster Airport
No matter how long or short your flight, booking an airport lounge is a great way to start your journey relaxed and refreshed. Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers a Premium Lounge for passengers. Serving freshly made hot and cold food, the Premium lounge can be found after security, above the departure lounge.
Guests booking the Premium Lounge benefit from a free fast-track security pass, as well as a complimentary glass of fizz.
Booking the Premium Lounge at Doncaster is a great idea for business travellers, as it allows you to charge all your devices and use the super-fast wifi broadband to stay connected before you take off.
Car hire is available at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and booking a car is a simple and hassle-free way to continue your journey from the airport. The following car hire companies are available on-site:
Special assistance at Doncaster Airport
For many travelling through an airport is a straightforward business, but for those who may require additional help, Doncaster Airport does provide support. The Airport is accessible for wheelchair users, with ramps and lifts allowing access to most areas of the terminal. Disabled toilets are provided, and assistance is available with moving around the terminal, dropping off or picking up baggage, and getting on and off the plane using an Ambulift if required.
Any passengers needing assistance are advised to make sure the airline or tour operator you book through is aware of your needs well in advance of your travel date.
What to do around Doncaster Airport
Doncaster Airport is well positioned for access to much of the north and midlands. The closest town is Doncaster itself, a market town with a history going back to Roman times. There is plenty to see and do in nearby Sheffield, a thriving city well-known for its industrial steel-making heritage.
Sheffield is home to two world-class theatres, with a vibrant programme of shows to take in. The Crucible Theatre is famously home to the World Snooker Championships, and with its unique modernist design, theatre-goers take in the action from seating surrounding three sides of the main stage.
Directly next to the crucible is the Lyceum Theatre. Restored in 1990 at a cost of £ 12 million, the Grade II* listed building is a fine example of a traditional Edwardian theatre, and hosts ballet, drama, theatre and comedy events throughout the year.
Place your bets
Doncaster is famous for its racecourse, which hosts around 36 horse racing fixtures each year. It is one of the oldest horse racing centres in Britain, with records of racing in the town going back as far as the 1600s. A day at the races is a great British tradition, and at only a few miles from the airport, it’s easy to take in the atmosphere on race day.
Shop until you drop
The indoor shopping pavilions and mall at Meadowhall were the second largest in the UK when it opened its doors in 1990. For a full day of shopping, Meadowhall’s 280 shops offer a wide range of choices, from luxury boutiques to high street outlets, electronic goods and department stores.
There is a large food court as well as a leisure complex including a multiplex cinema. At only a few miles from Doncaster Airport, Meadowhall is easily reached by bus and tram services from Sheffield city centre.
See the past come alive
Conisborough Castle is a medieval fortification close to Doncaster Airport. Visiting the castle, which is now owned and operated by English Heritage, is just a short twenty-minute drive from the airport. Although the castle lies in ruins, visitors can still marvel at the magnificent 12th Century keep and learn about the ancient defences which kept the castle inhabitants safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book parking in advance at Doncaster Airport?
Doncaster Sheffield Airport provides for both those who plan airport parking ahead, and also those who just want to turn up on the day and park. Booking in advance is the best way to make sure you are getting the cheapest possible rate for your airport parking at Doncaster.
Are Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Robin Hood Airport the same place?
Yes. Doncaster Sheffield Airport used to be called Robin Hood Airport. The name was originally chosen due to Doncaster’s close proximity to Sherwood Forest, supposedly the home of Robin Hood. The name was a controversial choice, with over 11,000 people signing a petition opposing it. The airport name was officially changed to Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2016.
How can I find the cheapest parking at Doncaster Airport?
The price of airport parking varies enormously, depending on the length of your stay, which car park you choose and what time of year you are travelling. The best way to make sure you save on airport parking is to compare prices and book in advance. It’s usually cheaper to pre-book than simply turn up and park.
Can I pack baby milk in my hand luggage?
Airline rules can vary by provider, so it is worth checking in with your airline on exactly what is permitted in your carry-on luggage.
How long should I allow for check in at the airport?
It’s always a good idea to allow yourself more time than you think you will need. There’s nothing worse than having the stress of rushing through security or missing your flight. Most airlines operating out of Doncaster recommend that you arrive at the terminal at least two hours before your scheduled departure time.
Will I have to wear a face covering in Doncaster Airport?
Measures have been put in place at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to ensure the airport is complying with government advice around COVID-19. Face coverings are mandatory in all areas of the terminal building, except for passengers with a medical exemption.
Are there any limitations on hand luggage?
Check with your airline before you travel to the airport on what the most up to date regulations are on hand luggage. As a rule, you should make sure any liquids are packed into your hold luggage, and all liquids in your hand luggage will need to be in containers of 100ml or less, and packed in a clear plastic bag for separate screening. Your hand luggage should not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm in size.