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Exeter Airport Parking
When you travel from Exeter Airport, you’ll want to make sure you get the best possible deal on airport parking. Whether you choose short-stay parking or are travelling for long enough to make long-stay parking a better option, by planning your airport parking in advance you can have peace of mind that your car will be safe while you travel.
At Exeter Airport (EXT) there are a range of car parks to suit every budget. All are secure, easy to find and close to the terminal building, to get your trip off to the best possible start.
Types of parking at Exeter Airport
There are four main car parks at Exeter Airport for air passengers to choose from. The price of parking varies, depending on whether you choose short-stay or long-stay parking. Generally speaking, to get the best possible price, it is advised to book in advance. To book airport parking, you will simply need to know your travel dates, the time you will be arriving at the airport, and when you intend to collect your car.
Car parks available at Exeter Airport are as follows:
Long stay parking at Exeter Airport
There are actually two long stay car parks at Exeter Airport. Car parks 3 and 4 are suitable for all vehicles, with no height restrictions. Both car parks are a short distance from the terminal and served by a complimentary shuttle bus.
When you arrive, simply park your car and make your way to the clearly signposted bus stop to catch the shuttle service.
Although both long stay car parks are the same price, car park 3 is actually closer to the airport. From here it is approximately 90metres to the terminal, compared to 730metres from car park 4).
The long-stay parking at Exeter Airport is completely secure. The car parks are accredited with the ParkMark scheme, which means they have security measures like CCTV, regular patrols, good lighting, ANPR and perimeter fencing.
Disabled parking at Exeter Airport
Exeter Airport provides accessible parking spaces for blue badge holders and those with additional mobility requirements.
Disabled parking bays are available in both short and long stay car parks, so whatever the length of your trip away, you can relax and be sure to find the right parking option.
In-car park 2, bays are available for blue badge holders. These can be requested on arrival at the car park barrier by pressing the call button. Passengers with reduced mobility are able to book special assistance in advance, with help available to make the trip from the car parks to the terminal.
Drivers with reduced mobility or those picking up a passenger with additional needs are able to benefit from a free period of parking in car park 1. This can be requested at the entry barrier.
Blue badge owners who may need to keep their blue badge with them for onward travel should request an Exeter Airport disabled parking pass at the car park office at car park 2.
Short stay car parks at EXT
For trips of over a few days, the long-stay parking usually is more economical. However, Exeter Airport offers short-stay parking in car parks 1 and 2. This is closer to the terminal than the long-stay parking and makes arriving at the airport very convenient.
From the short stay car parks, it is just a quick walk to the check-in desks. Car park 1 is a 1-minute walk, and car park 2 is a 2-minute walk from the terminal building.
Both car parks are suitable for pick up and dropping off passengers. For short term car parking of up to a few days, car park 2 offers more competitive rates.
As with the long term car parks, there are no height restrictions in place for short stay parking at Exeter. Spaces are standard width at 2.4m, with accessible parking bays available in car park 2.
Drivers of long wheelbase vehicles are permitted to use the short-stay parking, although the airport reserve the right to charge for additional spaces if your van is parked in such a way as to restrict the use of the other parking bays.
Drop off and pick up at Exeter Airport
It is not permitted to stop anywhere on the roads approaching the airport, and anyone delivering passengers to the terminal to catch their flight should use the approved areas for drop off and pick up, or risk facing a fine.
Drop off bays are located in car park 1, which is very close to the main terminal. There is a charge for this area, and waiting is limited to eight hours.
Free drop off and pick up is available at car park 4, where a stay of ten minutes is free to enable passengers to unload luggage. From here, passengers can take the complimentary shuttle bus to the terminal.
Benefits of parking at Exeter Airport
- Safe and secure airport parking
- ParkMark accredited, for peace of mind when leaving your car
- Long and short-stay parking options
- Best rates for advance bookings
- All car parks close to the terminal
- Free shuttle bus service for long-stay parking
- Keep your keys with you
- Accessible parking spaces available
- No height restrictions
Hotel and parking at Exeter Airport
If your flight leaves very early in the morning, booking a hotel close to the airport can be a great option to get your trip off to the right start. Instead of having to wake up in the middle of the night to travel to the airport, booking an airport hotel means you can relax and get a good night’s sleep knowing you are only minutes away from the terminal when it’s time to depart.
Hampton by Hilton
At Exeter Airport, the Hampton by Hilton is the closest hotel to the terminal building. This modern hotel offers free parking while you stay, and is right next to the long stay car park 4 so you won’t need to worry about any last-minute traffic hold-ups.
The hotel has a fitness centre so you can squeeze in a workout before you fly, or for business travellers, there is a business centre on-site to catch up on any last-minute emails. Wifi is available throughout the hotel, and a hot breakfast is included.
Holiday Inn Express
Offering budget accommodation close to Exeter Airport, the Holiday Inn Express has clean, simple rooms within easy reach of the motorway and airport.
Located just off junction 29 of the M5, the hotel is just 2.5miles from the terminal. All rooms are en suite, and free parking and breakfast are included in the rate.
Fair Oak Guest House
For a more informal welcome, the Fair Oak Guesthouse offers simple rooms just a stone’s throw from the airport. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities in your room.
There is no bar on-site, but for well-priced rooms within easy reach of the airport, the guesthouse is worth considering. There is no restaurant for breakfast, but a breakfast box can be requested for your room when booking.
Transfers to and from Exeter Airport
Exeter Airport serves passengers from across the south and west of England. The airport is easily reached by car and public transport, being just 5 miles from Exeter city centre, and within easy reach of the M5 and motorway network.
The airport is very well connected by road. If you are travelling to the airport by car, use the postcode EX5 2BD for satnav directions, although the route is clearly signposted too.
From the north, take junction 29 from the M5 and follow signs to the airport via the A30. From Exeter city centre, the B3183 from Honiton road is the quickest drive to the airport.
On arriving at the airport, follow the signs to your chosen car park, enter through the ANPR barrier and then make your way to the departures area in the terminal.
There is no train station at Exeter Airport. There are however a number of train stations nearby from where you can connect to the terminal by bus or taxi. The closest train station is Cranbrook, at 3 miles away.
Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central connect to north and south Devon, Exmoor and London and are served by local bus services to the airport. Digby & Sowerton station is also a 5-mile taxi ride from the airport.
Being so close to Exeter city centre, it is easy to travel to EXT by bus. The 56 bus, operated by Stagecoach, connects the city to the airport and runs every 30 minutes.
The bus route takes around 35 minutes from St David’s to the airport (traffic permitting). If you are planning to fly on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, be aware that a reduced timetable is in operation.
Arriving at the airport by taxi is a hassle-free way to begin your holiday. The airport has a licensed private hire taxi firm, Apple Taxis Exeter, who are authorised to use the taxi drop off area.
Other private hire companies locally offer transfers to the airport and are allowed to drop off passengers in the drop-off area in car park 1.
For arrivals at Exeter, car hire is available for your onward journey and is a convenient way to travel. Exeter Airport has a range of car hire providers, so you can book everything from a small budget car for a short hop, through to a high spec luxury vehicle for cruising in comfort. The car hire operators with desks at Exeter Airport include:
Exeter Airport Overview
Exeter Airport is an important hub for passengers from the south and west of England. Located about 5 miles from Exeter City Centre, the airport sees nearly a million passengers a year pass through the terminal, travelling on short and longer-haul flights to many popular holiday destinations across the UK and Europe.
Exeter Airport first opened in 1937 and was an important RAF base during world war 2. RAF Fighter Command used the airport during the Battle of Britain, and the Polish Air Force used Exeter as a base for operations too.
After the war, commercial flights began from Exeter Airport. Jersey Airways operated flights to the Channel Islands, beginning in the 50s. The routes served continued to expand over the 70s and 80s, with a new arrivals building opening in 1998. In 2003, a new departure lounge was built, with the airport being sold to the Rigby Group in 2013.
Exeter Airport Facilities
Although Exeter is not as large as other UK airports, it is a thriving, modern terminal with lots of facilities designed to make departures and arrivals easy.
Passengers travelling for leisure or business are well served by the range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, and there is a good variety of special assistance on offer for passengers with additional needs.
The We Make Café in the terminal offers a selection of freshly made snacks and sandwiches, along with hot and cold drinks. After security, you can relax before your flight with a drink at the bar, or perhaps browse the shops for some last-minute travel essentials.
There is a viewing area to take in the planes and a children’s activity area for entertaining younger passengers before you board your flight. For those wishing to have a completely stress-free start to their flight, fast track security passes can be pre-booked to make sure you don’t get held up queuing for security during busy periods.
The full list of services available at Exeter Airport include:
- Duty-free shopping
- Quiet room
- Baby change facilities
- Short and long-stay parking
- Special assistance
- Water fountain
- Executive lounge
- Children’s area
- Currency exchange
- Car rental
- Disability help points
- Viewing area
- Fast track security
Booking a lounge at Exeter Airport
Many passengers choose to start their flight by booking a lounge at Exeter Airport. The lounge is located on the upper floor and offers a space to relax and unwind in comfort while you wait for your flight.
The executive lounge at Exeter accepts pre-bookings, along with passengers holding Diners Club, Dragon Pass, Lounge Pass, Priority Pass and bookings made with Holiday Extras.
In the lounge at Exeter Airport, you will find a selection of hot and cold snacks, complimentary drinks, magazines and newspapers and unlimited free wifi.
There’s a maximum stay of 3 hours, and the dress code is smart/casual dress. Group bookings are possible for up to 6 people, although stag and hen party bookings are not permitted.
Travelling with children at Exeter Airport
If you are travelling with infants or small children, it’s a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to navigate your way through the airport before catching your flight. Exeter Airport is well equipped to deal with younger passengers.
Baby change facilities are available both land and airside, and there is a small children’s activity area in the departure lounge. You will need to check with your airline whether you are permitted to take your buggy all the way to the aircraft, but this is usually the case.
Baby essentials like nappies, wipes and formula are all available to buy in the departure area if you forget anything you will need for the journey. WH Smith also stocks a range of puzzles, books and activity packs suitable for children to keep them entertained on the flight.
If you are bringing baby milk, you will need to present this separately at security.
Things to do near Exeter Airport
Exeter is the gateway to the South West. The airport is just a short drive from Exeter, a vibrant and historic city with plenty of attractions.
Immerse yourself in history
Exeter Cathedral is the jewel of the city. A gothic masterpiece, the cathedral is over 1000 years old and is the seat of the Bishop of Exeter. The Cathedral is open year-round for visitors and features a range of precious treasures and interesting architectural features to discover.
It has the largest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in the whole of the UK, and one of very few early astronomical clocks. Guided tours are available, or simply take your time and look around at your leisure.
Dive into the museum
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a great way to learn more about this history of the area and view interesting and educational exhibits. The museum is suitable for visitors of all ages, and features displays of exotic animals and birds, along with cultural treasures from all over the world. Located on Queen Street in Exeter city centre, the museum is easy to reach by car or public transport from the airport.
Visitors to Exeter can explore the medieval vaulted passageways which network deep below the city streets. The dark tunnels are an ancient monument, and date from the 14th century, when they were built to aid the transport of clean water to the city from the outlying fields and springs. Guided tours of the passages are available and make for a fascinating insight into the history and myths of the city.
Discover quirky and independent shops
Exeter is a thriving city with a great selection of high street shops, but for the discerning shopper, head to the vibrant Quay area. Here you will discover independent boutiques, craft workers and artisan makers, alongside quirky cafes and bars to grab a delicious pastry, snack or coffee. The Quay area is full of interesting outlets, and with lovely views of the water makes for a pleasant place to while away a few hours in Exeter.
Have a fun-filled day out
The Crealy Family Theme Park is voted to be one of the best family attractions in Devon. The theme park has a whole host of rides, shows, indoor and outdoor play areas and animals to keep the whole family entertained. The site spans over 100acres, and is located just outside Clyst St Mary is within easy reach of Exeter Airport by car.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I book parking at Exeter Airport for a flight the same day?
Yes. It is possible to pre-book parking on the day of arrival. Parking can be booked with up to 2 hours’ notice of arrival, although only subject to availability.
What happens if I need to amend my parking booking?
If you have booked your car parking in advance, and your plans change, it is easy to amend your booking. You must make sure that any amendments are made at least 24 hours in advance. If you booked online, simply log in with the username and password used when the booking was made. You can also amend your parking booking by calling the Freephone number 0345 319 9636 during normal office hours.
Can I park at Exeter Airport without pre-booking?
It is possible to just turn up and park at the airport without pre-booking. All four of the airport car parks offer drive-up parking, although the rates for parking without pre-booking are more expensive.
Are there smoking areas at Exeter Airport?
As with most airports, smoking is not permitted in the main terminal building. At Exeter Airport, you may smoke in designated zones outside the front of the main terminal building. The smoking regulations also apply to the use of e-cigarettes.
What time should I arrive for my flight?
Although Exeter is a relatively small airport terminal, you should allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at check-in and make your way through security before catching your flight. Most airlines recommend leaving a minimum of 2 hours to pass through the terminal.
Can I buy travel currency at the airport?
Yes, a currency exchange bureau is available at Exeter Airport.
What luggage can I bring on my flight?
You should check with your airline before you travel to the airport what baggage you are permitted to carry on your flight. Most airlines will allow you to check-in one piece of hold baggage, to which weight restrictions will apply. You can also take one piece of carry-on luggage with you onto your flight. Size and weight limits on cabin baggage do vary by airline, so check carefully to avoid expensive penalties for oversized bags.
Can I carry liquids in my hand luggage?
Current restrictions permit only essential liquids to be carried onboard your flight in hand luggage. If you need to bring liquids with you, you should make sure they are in containers of a maximum 100ml size. Any liquids should be presented separately at security in a clear, re-sealable bag for inspection.
Is special assistance available in the terminal?
If you have additional needs and require special assistance boarding your flight or making your way through the terminal, you should contact your airline before you travel. Special Assistance at Exeter Airport can be booked up to 48 hours before your flight.
The airport has a sunflower lanyard scheme for passengers with hidden disabilities. Carrying the lanyard alerts airport staff that a passenger may have additional needs. These can be picked up from the assistance desk in the check-in area.
Can I park my motorbike at Exeter Airport?
Motorbike parking is available at Exeter Airport. There is no charge for parking motorbikes, but be aware that currently, no storage is possible for motorbike helmets. To arrange motorbike parking, you should contact the Airport Carpark customer service office on 01392 365 225.
What facilities are there for business travellers at Exeter Airport?
Wifi is available throughout the terminal at Exeter Airport, so it should be easy to stay connected and keep on top of emails while waiting for your flight. The airport has a dedicated conference facility, which can host up to twelve people for larger meetings. The meeting room should be booked in advance, and if required, catering can also be arranged.
Can I book fast track security?
If time is of the essence and you want to be sure you catch your flight, Exeter Airport offers a FastTrack pass. This pass allows passengers to use the dedicated fast track lane at security, which at busy periods can mean no queuing. Fast track passes can be booked online in advance, or purchased at the kiosk at the terminal.
When arriving at the security area, fast track passengers must present their voucher along with their boarding card. Using the fast track lane does not entitle pass-holders to any preferential luggage allowance – you will still need to present any liquids separately, and observe any cabin baggage size restrictions.