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Park Mark Safer Parking Award – Why It’s So Important

We take airport parking security seriously. Our customers want to know that their vehicle will be safe and secure while they are away. Our Bournemouth Airport car parking is credited with the Park Mark Safer Parking Award, which is given only to parking facilities that meet certain standards of security, maintenance and management.

The Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme is a Police Crime Prevention Initiative designed to reduce both crime and the fear of crime in car parks across the UK. Parking facilities are Police-assessed every year and the award will not be renewed unless the car park passes the criteria of security measures.

Always look out for the Park Mark tick when booking parking at Bournemouth Airport and at airports around the UK.  

Find out more about the Park Mark Safer Parking Award.

Bournemouth Airport Car Parks Reviews 

Along with the peace of mind that comes with leaving your vehicle in a Park Mark Safer Parking facility, we also publish independent customer reviews of our airport parking products here at APH.

We always want to know what our customers want from airport parking, from the booking process and customer support to the facilities provided at the car park.

Our reviews are collected by and are independent, verified responses from APH customers.


There is just one terminal at Bournemouth Airport, which makes it easy to navigate from parking through to check-in.

And if you book Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2 through APH, which is located within the grounds of the airport, you’ll be no more than five minutes’ walk from the terminal doors.

Check out our handy guides to the facilities you will find within the terminal at Bournemouth, including charges for luggage trolleys, how to access free WiFi and where to eat and drink.

When booking parking at Bournemouth Airport, as well as knowing that your vehicle will be kept in a secure parking facility, you will also want to make sure you are paying the best possible price.

It is always good to save on the costs of your travel necessities and leave a little extra to put towards holiday treats.

Having been in the airport parking business for over forty years, we love to share our money-saving tips, so our customers can be assured of great value when booking with APH.

Book early to save on your Airport parking Bournemouth

Just like a lot of airfares, Bournemouth Airport parking charges fluctuate with availability. So, an easy way to save on costs is to make your booking as early as possible.

Analysis of our own booking data shows that if you book Bournemouth Airport parking with APH six months prior to travel, you could save up to 35 per cent, compared with making a reservation just one week ahead.

In cash terms, this translates to paying £38.40 instead of £59.84, for a week’s parking. That’s a potential saving of £21.44.

You can see how Bournemouth Airport car parking prices shift over a period of six months on the chart below. Prices are average price per day.

Bournemouth Airport parking prices graph

Prices are correct at time of writing and subject to change

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There are various types of airport parking at UK airports, from convenient on-airport car parks to park and ride off-airport parking, usually a short bus transfer ride from the terminal.

Here’s a quick guide to the different types of airport parking.

On-airport parking: How it works

Most airports, including Bournemouth, have parking facilities within the airport perimeter, often within walking distance of the terminals.

Offering convenient parking and quick access to the check-in desks, on-airport parking is a good fit for those prioritising time over cost.

Parking at Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2 is easy. You just follow the signs to the car park, find a parking space, unload your luggage and walk to the terminal building. This type of parking is “self-park”, which means you keep your keys and park the car in a parking bay yourself, rather than handing it over to a valet driver.

Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2 offers fully secure parking, with entry/exit barriers, CCTV and manned patrols and holds the Park Mark Safer Parking Award.

Here's a quick overview of how it works.


Bournemouth on-airport parking process

Best for: travellers seeking convenient, secure Airport parking Bournemouth, within walking distance of the check-in desks.

Off-airport parking: How it works

Off-airport car parks are located outside of the airport perimeter, usually between five and 20 minutes’ away. They provide shuttle bus transfers to and from the airport terminal, either at regular intervals or on demand.

Some off-airport car parks are self-park, which means you keep your keys and your car stays in the parking bay where you parked it. Others are park and ride, which means you drop your car at the Reception area of the car park and hand over your keys. Your car will be parked for you, while you hop on the shuttle bus to the airport terminal. Your car will then be returned to the Reception area for you to collect at the end of your trip.

Here's a quick overview of how it works.

Bournemouth off-airport parking process

Best for: travellers that can allow a little extra time to park away from the airport and looking for the most economical type of airport parking.

APH does not offer off-airport parking at Bournemouth Airport. Instead, take a look at the great value and convenience offered by Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2.

Meet and Greet parking: How it works

Meet & Greet parking is an on-airport type of parking that avoids the need to look for a parking space.

You simply drive straight to the terminal forecourt or nearby designated meeting point, hand your keys over to your Meet & Greet operator, take your luggage and walk to the check-in desks. Your car will be taken a secure parking facility where it will stay for the duration of your trip.

Upon your return, your vehicle will be brought back to the terminal for you to collect.

Bournemouth meet and greet airport parking process

Best for: families with young children, travellers with bulky luggage, or those simply looking for the quickest type of parking.

APH does not currently offer Meet & Greet parking at Bournemouth Airport. Instead, take a look at the great value and convenience offered by Bournemouth Airport Car Park 2.

Use the map to find directions to our Bournemouth Airport parking.

Bournemouth Airport Guide 

History of Bournemouth Airport

Once the main gateway for international flights into the UK, the airport at Bournemouth originally opened as RAF Hurn in 1941. During the second world war, it became a major base for both the RAF and US air force as a transport and fighter airfield.

After 1946 and the opening of Heathrow, commercial airline operations were moved to London and the BOAC maintenance unit that was based at Hurn also departed. In 1950, however, the empty BOAC hangars were taken over by Vickers Armstrong, who began production of aircraft including Varsities and Viscounts and later, as the British Aircraft Corporation, production of the BAC-111.

Scheduled airline services remained limited and mostly served the Channel Islands, although the first charter flight took off – one of the first-ever charter flights in the UK – in 1958, to Palma de Mallorca. In 1969, the airport was purchased by the Bournemouth Corporation and Dorset County Council and renamed as Bournemouth Hurn Airport.

Bournemouth’s first regular passenger flights commenced in 1993 and in 1996, an extension to the runway made way for a special visit from Concorde, with charter flights offering a supersonic Champagne lunch over the Bay of Biscay.

2005 saw the arrival of Thomsonfly and low-cost services to Europe and later the Caribbean. Air Berlin, EasyJet, and Wizz Air soon followed, while Ryanair increased its European routes and added extra daily services to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Annual passenger numbers peaked at just over one million, in 2007 when work began on expanding the airport terminal. A new arrivals hall was completed in 2011.

Bournemouth Airport is currently owned by Regional and City Airports, part of the Rigby Group plc.


Bournemouth is a single-terminal airport, with all the facilities on the ground floor. Check-in is to the left of the main entrance, and you’ll find the departures lounge straight after security, through the World Duty-Free store.

Facilities at the terminal include shops, a café, a restaurant and bar as well as special assistance services.

If you are driving your own vehicle to the airport, it is recommended to book airport parking in advance for the best prices and availability.


The check-in desks are to the left of the main terminal entrance and are open two to three hours prior to the flight departure. It is recommended that you arrive at check-in no later than two hours prior to departure.

Make sure all your travel documentation including your passport is valid and up to date in advance of travel. Some countries require passport validity to be a minimum of six months, but all countries have different requirements. You can refer to the government’s as well as advice from your airline.

Domestic flights require a valid photo identity document. Your airline will be able to confirm what documentation is required.

If you are travelling with Ryanair, you must check-in online and print your boarding pass before arriving at the airport. Alternatively, you can download your boarding pass on the Ryanair app. When you arrive at the airport you can proceed directly to security and the departures hall.

There are certain items that you are not permitted to carry in your hand luggage. Check hand luggage restrictions at home before you pack.

You are permitted to take one standard sized airport shopping bag on board in addition to your hand luggage, including on Ryanair flights.

Main travel connections

By car

Situated just off the A338, Bournemouth Airport is around four miles northeast of the town centre and is well signposted.

If you are driving your own car to the airport, it is best to book airport parking in advance for the best prices and availability.

Bournemouth Airport postcode: BH23 6SE

  • From London/M3 corridor, follow the M3 southbound towards Southampton. Where the M3 joins the M27 follow the westbound directions for Bournemouth.
  • From the Midlands and North, follow signs for Oxford and join the A34 dual carriageway to Winchester, where you join the M3 southbound. Where the M3 joins the M27, follow the westbound directions for Bournemouth.
  • From the Sussex and Kent coast, take the A27 to the M27, which becomes the A31 dual carriageway. After Ringwood, take the A338 left towards Bournemouth. After five miles, take the B3073 for Bournemouth Airport.
  • From the South West, take the A35 to Wimborne and join the A31, from where the airport is signposted.

By bus

Morebus operate bus service 737 to the airport from Westover Road, via Bournemouth Rail Station, Winton Banks, Waitrose, Westover Retail Park, Northbourne, Brierley Road, Parley Cross, Crossroads, Aviation Business Park, Viscount Road and Aviation Park Café.

Departures are Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. View Morebus 737 timetable.

By rail

Bournemouth Rail Station links to multiple destinations across the UK national rail network, including Southampton and London. Connect to Bournemouth Airport with the Morebus 737 service or take a taxi for the four-mile journey.

For more information on rail travel to and from Bournemouth visit

Drop-off zones

Car Park 1

You can drop-off and pick-up passengers in the designated drop-off and pick-up bays in Premium Car Park 1, opposite the main terminal building. The drop-off and pick-up parking fee is £4.00 for up to 30 minutes.

At the entry barrier to the car park, press for a token and bear left to the pick-up and drop-off zone. At the exit barrier, payment is by card only. Alternatively, you can pay by cash or card at the car park pay stations, at the information desk in the departures terminal, or at the pay station in the arrivals terminal.

Premium Car Park 1 parking charges:

·      up to 30 minutes £4.00

·      30 – 60 minutes £7.50

·      1 – 2 hours £10.00

·      2 – 4 hours £15.00

·      4 – 12 hours £20.00

·      12 – 24 hours £40.00

There are designated drop-off and pick-up spaces for Blue Badge holders in Premium Car Park 1 and Car Park 2, for stays of up to four hours.

Short Stay car park charges 

There are two Short Stay car parks at Bournemouth Airport: Premium Car Park 1 and Car Park 2. Premium Car Park 1 is directly opposite the terminal building, while Car Park 2 is a short walk from the terminal entrance. You can turn up and pay on the day and the charges are as follows.

Premium Car Park 1 parking charges:

  • up to 30 minutes £4.00
  • 30 – 60 minutes £7.50
  • 1 – 2 hours £10.00
  • 2 – 4 hours £15.00
  • 4 – 12 hours £20.00
  • 12 – 24 hours £45.00
  • 2 days £70.00
  • 3 days £90.00
  • 4 days £120.00
  • 5 days £150.00
  • per additional 24 hours or part thereof £30.00

Car Park 2 parking charges:

  • up to 30 minutes £4.00
  • 30 – 60 minutes £7.50
  • 1 – 2 hours £10.00
  • 2 – 4 hours £15.00
  • 4 – 12 hours £20.00
  • 12 – 24 hours £40.00
  • 2 days £70.00
  • 3 days £90.00
  • 4 days £120.00
  • 5 days £150.00
  • per additional 24 hours or part thereof £30.00

When you arrive at the entry barrier to the car park, press the button for a token and drive through to find a space. You can pay by cash or card at the car park pay stations, at the information desk in the departures terminal, or at the pay station in the arrivals terminal. You can also pay at the exit barrier but only by card.

Alternatively, you can book your airport parking in advance for the best prices and availability.

Fast-track lanes

Beat the queues for security and arrive at the departures hall quicker, with Bournemouth Airport’s Fast Track pass.

Ideal for those short of time, or families with young children, Fast Track can be booked online in advance from £5.00 per person.

You will need to show your booking confirmation to get access to the Fast Track lane.

Special assistance and disabled facilities

Special Assistance

Special assistance bookings should be made with your airline or travel agent in advance – ideally more than 14 days prior to travel, and at least 48 hours prior. Passenger requirements will be passed to the airport’s Special Assistance team, who will be able to help from point of arrival at the airport, as required.

Bournemouth Airport is considered a friendly, easy-to-use airport. Pre-travel visits can be arranged from November through to February for Disability Support Groups, including those with hidden disabilities, such as autism, who may benefit from a familiarisation tour.

Disabled parking

If you are arriving by car, you can use the Blue Badge drop-off parking bays in Premium Car Park 1 or the Blue Badge parking bays in Car Park 2. If you require wheelchair assistance from the vehicle, use the Help Point in Premium Car Park 1 to contact the assistance team. Alternatively, you can use the Help Point next to the information desk once inside the terminal building.


If you need to carry liquid medicines, inhalers or foodstuffs of more than 100ml in your hand luggage, you may need to provide a supporting prescription or doctor’s note. You must check with your airline in advance of travel.

Walking aids are available upon request to help passengers through the Archway Metal Detector (AMD) and seating is available nearby. If any passenger activates the AMD, security staff are obliged to carry out a hand search – even for passengers in wheelchairs. Private areas are available for hand searches, if required.

All security officers at Bournemouth Airport are trained in Equality & Diversity to understand sensitivities regarding disabilities.

Accessible toilets

Fully equipped accessible toilets are available throughout the airport terminal building.

Mobility equipment

If you are travelling with your own mobility aid, such as a wheelchair or scooter, you need to inform the airline at the time of booking and advise them of its specifications including make, model, weight and dimensions. This is to ensure electric mobility aids are made safe for travel.

You can remain in your own mobility equipment all the way to the departure gate. Staff will then board you onto the flight.

When flying into Bournemouth Airport, you will be met by assistance staff who will collect your mobility aid from the hold and help you through the arrivals process.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available when required.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted within the terminal building and may travel in the aircraft providing they comply with the Pets Travel Scheme but check with your specific airline or travel agent at the time of booking.

For advice on travelling with guide dogs visit

For advice on travelling with hearing dogs visit

Hidden disabilities

Bournemouth Airport participates in the Hidden Disability Sunflower Lanyard scheme. You can collect your sunflower lanyards from the Information Desk in the check-in area. Sunflower lanyards are recognised by airport staff as identifying someone who may need some extra assistance or consideration when passing through the airport or boarding the aircraft. Additional help for those with hidden disabilities can be provided as follows:

Hearing impairment

Portable hearing loops are available upon request at the Information Desk and in the security area.


Bournemouth Airport is dementia friendly and welcomes visits from dementia representatives to deliver training or provide information to airport staff.


Guided familiarisation tours, tailored to specific needs, may be booked ahead of the date of travel.

Family facilities


You are permitted to carry sufficient baby milk, baby food and sterilised water for your journey, even if it exceeds 100ml. There is no need for a clear resealable bag. All food and drink will be machine tested.

Note that the following items must be placed in a tray to go through the x-ray machine:

  • liquids under 100ml (which have been placed in a sealed clear plastic bag)
  • oversized liquids including sterilised water, baby milk and baby food
  • electricals including laptops and games consoles
  • any bags and items from prams or buggies

All items must be screened – including teddies and toys – so you might want to let little ones know in advance that their cuddly friends are in for a little adventure!


If you are travelling with a pushchair or buggy, you can usually take it right up to the gate, just before you board your flight. However, different airlines have different restrictions so please check with them in advance. Collapsible buggies are normally permitted in addition to the parents’ luggage allowance but please check with your airline before travel. Infants may also have their own small baggage allowance.

Food & Drink

There’s no need to go thirsty or hungry at Bournemouth Airport. In the check-in hall before security you’ll find The Coffee Pantry serving barista coffee, toasties, paninis and pastries. Once you have passed through security and are in the departures hall, The Navigator Pub & Dining is the place to head for. Both are open according to flight schedules.

Before security

The Coffee Pantry

Hot and cold drinks, toasties, pastries and snacks

Near to the check-in desks

After security

The Navigator Pub & Dining

Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits plus food menu

In the departures hall

Smoking areas

Smoking and vaping are not permitted inside the terminal building. However, there is a designated smoking area outside the front of the terminal, before security, and one after security, near to the boarding gates.

Water fountains

Reusable water bottles can be filled for free from the water taps on the counters in the restaurant after security, and in the café before security.

Duty-free shopping

Shop for your favourite brands and duty-free liquor in the World Duty-Free store, which you will walk through after security. To save time, take advantage of the World Duty-Free Reserve & Collect service, which is available up to one month prior to departure. You don’t need to pay for your items until you collect them at the airport. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours prior to travel.

Other shops at Bournemouth Airport include:

After Security

·      WHSmith

EV charging points 

Bournemouth Airport does not currently have any EV (electric vehicle) charging points on site. Here are some of the EV charging stations listed as closest to the airport:

Chargemaster Charging Station

The Cooper Dean - 700 Castle Lane W, BH8 9UQ

Osprey Charging Station - Broadhurst Avenue, BH10 6JW

Internet access


The WiFi at Bournemouth Airport is free to use. Select BOH Public WiFi.

Luggage trolleys

You will need a £1.00 coin to access a luggage trolley, which is refundable upon return.

Lost property

If you leave any items behind on the aircraft, then you need to get in contact with the airline directly. If you lose any items within the airport, you can contact lost property as follows:

Lost property

Tel: 01202 364183

Open 24 hours

Luggage lost in transit

Bournemouth Airport Handling

Tel: 01202 364318

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00

(24-hour message service)

Help Desk

The Information Desk is in the check-in area before security.