Airport luggage trolleys… hire costs at UK airports revealed

Find out all the information you’ll need to grab a luggage trolley at all major airports across the UK. Never be left without a trolley again.

Use the table below, view the inforgraphic or scroll down the page for in-depth information at all major UK airports.

How much to hire an airport luggage trolley at UK airports

Find out what coins you’ll need – if any – and whether you can pay by card to hire an airport luggage trolley at all major UK airports.

Airport Coin needed Card payments Refunded on return
Birmingham Airport £1 or €2 Yes, with 40p admin No
Bournemouth Airport £1 No Yes
Bristol Airport £2 or €2 Yes No
Cardiff Airport £1 or €1 No Yes
Doncaster Airport £1 or €1 No Yes
Durham Tees Airport £1 coin No Yes
East Midlands Airport £1 No Yes
Edinburgh Airport Free N/A N/A
Exeter Airport Free N/A N/A
Gatwick Airport: South Terminal £1, €1 or 25¢ No Yes
Gatwick Airport: North Terminal £1, €1 or 25¢ No Yes
Glasgow Airport all terminals Free N/A N/A
Heathrow Airport all terminals Free N/A N/A
Leeds Bradford Airport £1 No No
Liverpool Airport £1 or €1 No Yes
Luton Airport £2 or €2 Yes No
Manchester Airport: All terminals £1 or €2 No No
Newcastle Airport Free N/A N/A
Prestwick Airport Free N/A N/A
Southampton Airport Free N/A N/A
Southend Airport £1 or €1 N/A Yes
Stansted Airport £1, €1 or $0.25 No Yes

The APH baggage trolley price details…

Simply use the dropdown menu below to find full details of luggage trolley costs at your departure airport.

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Stay on the case and don’t leave home without the correct change for a luggage trolley

Stay on the case and don’t leave home without the correct change for a luggage trolley

Heading through the airport as you start your holiday can be a stressful experience – and being forced to drag multiple cases behind you is a sure-fire way to make it all the more miserable. Sadly, this could be the fate that awaits at many UK airports.

Forget to stock up with change before heading to the terminal and you could be met by a collection of locked luggage trolleys refusing to surrender themselves to your bags until you feed them gold…

Bristol and Luton take the title of most expensive airports for luggage trolleys with a non-refundable charge of £2, but you will be able to save yourself around 43p by using an old €2 coin instead.

If you do turn up at the airport without any shrapnel, just hope you’re departing from Birmingham or Luton, where travellers are given option of paying by card – even if the former does add a 40p admin fee to your £1 outlay.

It’s not all a big money-grab, though. While many airports charge for the trolley, you will get the money back – supermarket style – when you return it. Even better, though, others – including Heathrow – still provide trolleys for free without even the need for a deposit.

Here’s our essential – albeit less-than-glamorous – guide to costs, deposits and payment methods for grabbing a baggage trolley at UK airports

Travelling from one the UK’s airports? Make sure you turn up with the right change to grab a trolley. Here’s our airport-by-airport guide luggage trolley costs.

Aberdeen Airport

Details: All baggage trolleys are fitted with a coin lock mechanism to ensure they are returned to designated collection bays.
Where: Trolleys are available in areas such as the drop-off zone, baggage reclaim and car parks.
How much: £1 or €1 coin or trolley token.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No
Is fee refunded: Yes. Your coin will be refunded when trolley is plugged in at the bay
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Birmingham Airport

Details: Birmingham Airport offers ‘high-quality modern trolleys’ at various points around the airport. Here are the details you’ll need.
Where: Luggage trolleys can be found at the following locations…
Drop & Go car park – there are two vending points
Car Park 1 – one vending point
Car Park 3 – one vending point
Car Park 5 adjacent to courtesy bus stop – one vending point
At public transport bus stops – one vending point
Arrivals baggage halls – multiple vending points
How much: £1 or €2 coin.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes, but there will be a 40p admin charge.
Is fee refunded: No.
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Bournemouth Airport

Details: Find out what coinage is required for your flight from this airport on the sunny south coast. 
Where: Both departures and arrivals.
How much: £1 coin
Card payment: No
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find out where the facilities are by clicking here.

Bristol Airport

Details: Passengers at Bristol Airport can benefit from ‘high-quality modern trolleys’ in the airport terminal. Here’s the information you need.
Where: Luggage trolleys can be found at the following locations in the airport:
Two vending machines at drop off & pick up car park,
Five vending machines at International arrivals hall,
One vending machine at Domestic arrivals hall,
One vending machine by Departure doors,
One vending machine near to the Car hire building.
How much: £2 or €2 coin. Use an old €2 coin to save around 50p
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes. No admin charges applied.
Is fee refunded: No.
Need change: Download a map to find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Cardiff Airport

Details: All baggage trolleys are free to use – but do require a deposit to be paid. Here are the details you’ll need to keep your bags rolling.
Where: Trolleys are available at salient locations throughout Cardiff Airport.
How much: £1 or €1 coin.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes. Your coin will be recovered when trolley is returned
Need change: Find the nearest shop or ATM in the terminal here 

Doncaster Airport

Details: Trolleys are available throughout the airport. You will need to carry change, though. Here are the details for departure day.
Where: Trolleys are to be found situated around the car park and within the terminal in designated bays.
How much: £1, €1 or trolley token.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here 

Durham Tees Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using this airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found at the terminal front and in arrivals hall.
How much: £1 or trolley token
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes – when trolley is returned.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here

East Midlands Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using this airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found in both arrivals and departures.
How much: £1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes.
Need change: Find information on shops and ATMs here

Edinburgh Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using Edinburgh airport.
Where: Free luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport for both arriving and departing passengers. Find them in the reclaim hall and other key areas around the airport
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Exeter Airport

Details: Luggage trolleys are available to passengers using Exeter Airport. Here are the details you’ll need.
Where: Free luggage trolleys are available throughout the airport for both arriving and departing passengers. Find them in the drop-off area, reclaim hall and other key areas around the airport
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: Not a problem at Exeter Airport. Well done!

Gatwick Airport: South Terminal

Details: Grab your trolley but you’ll need to carry a coin!
Where: Luggage trolleys can be picked up from drop-off, baggage reclaim and all other relevant areas of your journey through the South Terminal.
How much: £1, €1, 25¢ or trolley token – the new 12-sided £1 coin is accepted in trolleys at Gatwick.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: Yes, when trolley is returned.
Need change: There are change machines throughout the terminal – including one by the APH drop off bus stop. Download a map of the South Terminal here 

Gatwick Airport: North Terminal

Details: Grab your trolley but you’ll need to carry a coin!
Where: Luggage trolleys can be picked up from drop-off, baggage reclaim and all other relevant areas of your journey through the North Terminal.
How much: £1, €1, 25¢ or trolley token – the new 12-sided £1 coin is accepted in trolleys at Gatwick.
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: Yes, when trolley is returned.
Need change: There are change machines throughout the terminal. Download a North Terminal map here 

Glasgow Airport all terminals

Details: Luggage trolleys are available
Where: Find luggage trolleys available from designated areas of the car park and terminals..
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Heathrow Airport all terminals

Details: The following information applies to passengers using Terminal 2,3,4 and 5
Where: Baggage trolleys are provided in key areas around the terminal buildings. Arriving passengers will find plenty of trolleys in baggage reclaim, and these can be taken to the car park, bus station or rail station access points.Trolleys are also provided on the departures concourse. Please note that they can’t be taken through security control.
How much: £Free with no coin or token required
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A.
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Leeds Bradford Airport

Details: Make sure you grab some change before heading to Leeds Bradford Airport.
Where: Trolleys can be found in designated area accessible to arriving and departing passengers.
How much: £1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Download this terminal map to find ATMs and locations to get change.

Liverpool Airport

Details: Make.
Where: Trolleys can
How much: £1 or €1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find ATMs and shops to obtain change by downloading this terminal map

Luton Airport

Details: Make sure you bring some change to Luton Airport
Where: These can be found at trolley stations throughout the terminal.
How much: £2 or €2 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: Yes.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Find ATMs and shops to obtain change at Luton Airport by downloading this terminal map. 

Manchester Airport: All terminals

Details: Manchester Airport acknowledges charging for trolleys isn’t popular, but cites falling air fares and investment costs as the reason behind them.
Where: Trolleys can be found throughout the airport for both arrivals and departures.
How much: £1 coin or €2 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No.
Is fee refunded: No
Need change: Need to find some change? Check out the terminal maps for shops and ATMs.
Terminal 1 map
Terminal 2 map
Terminal 3 map 

Newcastle Airport

Details: There’s good news for news for heavily laden travellers flying from Newcastle…
Where: Find trolleys at various locations both inside and outside the terminal building.
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Prestwick Airport

Details: Here are the details you need for luggage trolleys at Prestwick Airport.
Where: Throughout the airport and car parks
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Southampton Airport

Details: Here are the details you need to load your bags
Where: Trolleys are available throughout the car parks, within pick up and drop off areas, and various bays on the terminal forecourt
How much: £Free
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/A
Is fee refunded: N/A
Need change: N/A

Southend Airport

Details: Here are the details you need for luggage trolleys at Southend Airport.
How much: £1 or €1 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: N/o
Is fee refunded: Yes
Need change: Find your way around the Southend Airport terminal here.

Stansted Airport

Details: Stansted Airport will charge for luggage trolleys. Here are the details…
Where: Arrivals and departures
How much:  £1, €1 or $0.25 coin
Are credit/debit cards accepted: No
Is fee refunded: Yes on return of trolley.
Need change: Find change machines in the international and domestic baggage reclaim halls, on the terminal forecourt and in the coach station.

 

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