Why Book East Midlands Airport Short Stay 3

If you’re planning a short getaway and want a hassle-free parking experience, the East Midlands Airport Short Stay 3 has you covered. This car park is on-site, which means that the terminal is just moments away from where you will be parking. When you leave your vehicle here, you’ll find an automated and seamless process to enter, find a bay for your car and get on with the important job of checking in.

Car Park Features

  • Top-rated by customers
  • On-airport
  • Walking time 1 - 5 minutes
  • 24-hour operation
  • Keep keys
  • Walk to terminal
  • Self-park

If you’re looking for cost-effective East Midlands airport parking, then you can rest assured that Short Stay 3 will provide you with an efficient service. Their on-airport car park is top-rated by customers, so you know what other visitors have had a positive experience both before and after their time away.

This car park is on-airport, which means the distance to the terminal is short. In fact, the East Midlands Airport terminal doors are under 7-minutes away from Short Stay 3. All you need to do is pull up to the barriers, which will let you in automatically thanks to ANPR technology. This reads your number plate and lets you in on the provision that you have pre-booked a space. If the barrier doesn’t rise, it’s just a case of pushing the button for assistance and quoting your booking reference. Once you’re in, just self-park your car, unloading your luggage, and making the short stroll to the terminal doors. 

If you prefer to ride a motorcycle, then you don’t need to worry about finding a space. In order to safely park your bike before a flight, just pre-book your motorcycle and provide registration details. Once you arrive, it’s just a case of finding a designated motorcycle space to secure your bike.

This car park is open 24-hours a day, which means you don’t need to worry about what time your flight gets in. It is also a very popular car park with customers, so be sure to book your space as early as possible to avoid disappointment!


  • Barrier-controlled
  • CCTV
  • Park Mark Award (Police Approved)
  • ANPR

When you leave your vehicle behind before a trip overseas, there’s no need to worry about how secure it will be in your absence. Short Stay 3 combines a number of security measures to ensure that all vehicles are protected at all times. For example, it’s not possible to enter the vicinity unless your vehicle is registered beforehand. The electronic barriers will only lift if your number plate is known to them, thanks to ANPR technology. On top of this, the premises are watched by CCTV cameras, to monitor all activity on-site. These security measures have earned it the Park Mark Award. This certificate of security standards can only be issued by the police, as part of their Crime Prevention Initiative.

Transfers to and from East Midlands Airport

As a result of this car park being on-airport, there is no transfer bus service needed. Instead, you just take a short stroll over to the terminal doors, which takes only 5-7-minutes on foot.

Disabled Facilities

For those who have a Blue Badge permit, there are disability parking spaces available. These are clearly signposted and are located next to the customer entrance and exit to make life as easy as possible before your flight. However, these are limited and subject to a first-come-first-serve policy.

Opening Times

Perhaps part of its popularity, this car park is available round-the-clock for all of its customers. It doesn’t matter how early you need to drive in or when your flight lands, this car park is open 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

Additional Information

No trailers are permitted.

East Midlands Airport Short Stay 3, East Midlands Airport map

East Midlands Airport Short Stay 3, East Midlands Airport Ambassador Road Castle Donington Derby DE74 2SA


Thanks to this car park’s onsite location, it is incredibly easy to locate when taking the official route to the airport. When you exit the M1 and make your approach to East Midlands Airport, you will begin to see signs for ‘Other Car Parks,’ and then ‘Short Stay Three.’ Our detailed directions below should help you easily find the car park.

  1. Exit the M1 or A42 onto the A453.
  2. Follow the road until you reach the main entrance to the airport.
  3. Turn right into the airport. At the roundabout, take the first exit .
  4. Carry on following the road and at the third roundabout take the first exit (left) and turn left again into the Short Stay 3 car park.

Arrival Procedure

Dropping your car off couldn’t be easier:

  1. Short Stay is a popular choice with limited availability, so book your parking in advance to reserve your space.

  2. On the day, simply drive up to the car park barrier, and our ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) system will recognise your car's number plate and open the barrier. There's no need to take a token.

  3. Find a space and park up, then walk the short distance to the terminal building.

Please ensure you allow time to park your car and make your way into the airport terminal.

Return Procedure

Returning is just as easy:

  1. On your return, walk back to the car park and find your car right where you left it. When you drive up to the barrier it'll recognise your number plate again and you can drive away.