Pick Up & Drop Off

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If you’re dropping-off or picking-up friends, colleagues or loved ones at East Midlands Airport, there are a number of options available:

  • Rapid drop-off, available outside departures - 10 minutes maximum stay for £1 (drop-off only)
  • Short Stay car park – 30 minutes maximum stay for £2.40 (suitable for drop-off or pick-up)


Need help?

Have a look at our Car Parking FAQs or call one of our car parking experts on 0871 310 3300. You can also book your parking by phone 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Call 0330 333 03 04 for our Customer Service and Feedback Teams

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More information


Short Stay
On arrival at the airport please follow signs for the Short Stay Car Park; please take the middle or left hand lane.

Rapid Drop off Zone
For the ‘Rapid Drop off Zone’ please take the right hand lane upon arrival to the short stay car park.

Distance & transfer times to the terminal

The Short Stay and Rapid drop off zone’s are located directly in front of the terminal building in the Short Stay Car Park.

Entry & exit procedure

For Rapid Drop off zone, please pay the £1 charge on departure at the exit barriers.

For the Short Stay Car Park, you can make a payment at one of the pay stations either within the Arrivals Hall (opposite the Information Desk), in front of the Car Park Enquiries/Taxi Office, or at the pay stations by the exits then return to your car, proceed to the exit barrier and insert your validated ticket.


Proceed to the exit barrier; insert your entry ticket followed by your credit or debit card. Your card will be debited with the correct amount and a receipt issued.
For a full price tariff please click here.

Additional Information

Height Restriction
3 metres maximum – height restriction in place

Disabled Parking
See parking options for blue badge holders 

Trailers are not permitted.

Parking or Stopping in Unauthorised areas

Customers should note that the practice of drivers picking up or setting down passengers in unauthorised areas ( which poses a risk both to the safety of passengers and that of other road users, as well as causing congestion and disruption to traffic) is not allowed. The Airport is routinely patrolled by the use of mobile CCTV cameras and clear signage has been installed to warn drivers accordingly and offenders will be required to pay an enforcement be issued retrospectively.

A £100 enforcement charge is payable by drivers who stop their vehicles to drop off or pick up passengers in unauthorised parking areas or stopping on the internal roads. This charge is reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.

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