Our best tips for saving money on parking at Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and some U.S. airports near the border.
How to save on airport parking? This question comes up periodically on the Milesopedia Facebook group. The expense is indeed unavoidable unless we have someone to drop us off and pick us up. So let’s look at the different strategies that can help us reduce these costs on or near the site.
Parking at the airport itself
YUL - Parking at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
There are seven parking lots managed by Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL): AéroParc, EconoParcs (3), ValetParc, HotelParc and Étagé. Some of them are currently closed because there is no demand due to the pandemic.
Prices range from $23 to $49/day, depending on the services (valet), whether the area is covered or not and the proximity to the terminal. If you have a Visa Infinite Privilege credit card such as the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card or the BMO eclipse Visa Infinite privilege, you may be able to receive a 10% discount on valet parking.
The most expensive service is in the indoor parking lot of the Marriott Montreal Airport Terminal Hotel.
Approximately $250 for a week. The takers like to leave their coats and boots in the warmth and take the escalator to the terminal. The cheapest is of course the furthest away: Aéroparc.
Take advantage of our partner offers!
A partnership with Aeroplan allows you to earn between 100 and 1,000 points when you use any of these airport parking spaces. Don’t forget to write down your number when you make your reservation.
CAA-Quebec is also a parking partner at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The company is offering a 10% discount on regular fares and online bookings. As long as the parking lot is used for 48 hours or more.
YQB - YOW: Parking at Quebec City and Ottawa airports
YQB has recently reduced its rates for travellers wishing to use the parking at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport.
These changes benefit mainly those who leave their cars outside and who will now pay $70 for 7 days and $124 for 14 days. It will soon be possible to prepay for parking online.
At YOW, the covered parking garage is the only one open at the moment, and is priced at $78 for 7 days and $156 for 30 days. Between the two, $20 per 24 hours is added.
PBG - BTV: Parking at Plattsburgh and Burlington airports
Some members decide to fly out of Plattsburgh Airport in New York State.
They then benefit from substantial discounts to Orlando or Las Vegas, for example, by opting for a discount airline such as Allegiant Air. Others choose the Burlington, Vermont airport. American Airlines, Delta and United operate flights to major US cities.
Parking at these airports is inexpensive. $8 per day in Plattsburgh for up to 60 days without the need for any contract. In Burlington, it’s $12 a day (no maximum days mentioned). Moreover, it is covered. Of course, we are talking about American currencies (it will be interesting to use a credit card that does not charge conversion fees)!
For my part, I have the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®.
There is another alternative to paying for parking near the airport.
The site ParkSleepFly lists hotels near airports that offer parking for the duration of our trip when we stay there one night before leaving or when we return. A shuttle bus will take care of us to get to and from the airport. For a maximum of 14-21 days, depending on the hotel.
However, take the time to check if there is any kind of surveillance system installed in this parking lot. A padlocked gate? An employee? Cameras?
$100 credit for parking
As mentioned above, the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® is the only credit card in Canada to offer up to $250 in travel credit each year:
- $100 for airport parking
- $100 for baggage fees
- $50 for seat selection
This means that you could easily get a $100 credit each year on your airport parking fees by having this card. This is one of the best World Elite Mastercard credit cards, offering unlimited access to the National Bank Lounge and excellent insurance for your travel and purchases.
Parking around airports
The Park'N Fly service
Several parking lots near airports also offer their services. One can think of Park’N Fly, whose discount coupons are regularly available on the web. Please note that the advertised rate does not include taxes as opposed to those of YUL.
In winter, a valet service, if you choose this avenue, takes care of clearing the snow and warming up the car while the shuttle brings you back in 10 minutes. Perfect especially when you have sleeping children in your arms.
The company remains generally less expensive than its sister company next door, run by YUL. I’d say about twenty dollars less for the same dates as at the EconoPark for self-service parking.
Park’N Fly has its own loyalty program that grants free parking days. Its affiliation with Aeroplan also allows us to earn them but only at the Ottawa airport among those covered in this article.
Via Rail's Dorval Station parking lot
The Via Rail Dorval station also offers an opportunity to save on parking at the YUL airport for a short stay.
A shuttle bus will then take you to the terminal. The cost is $100 for a spot in the outdoor parking lot for 7 days and $17 per additional day. 24/7 service.
Parking comparators near airports
Several sites list and compare airport parking lots.
In Canada and the United States, there are Airport Parking Reservations and AirportParking.com. The hotel parking offer on this site does not require you to stay overnight. A shuttle system is included for both the outward and return journeys. The service prides itself on only putting secure parking online.
I have also selected two offers that seem to me to be the best and safest according to the comments made:
Parking included before/after a night at the hotel
It is an open secret that you should leave your car at the hotel where you have booked a night before leaving or when returning from a trip. This can be done for a period of usually one to two weeks, rarely more. But please, find out what security measures are in place and read the comments on the web from customers who have been there before you. Vehicle thefts are not uncommon events in Côte-de-Liesse.
The previously mentioned Park Sleep Fly app is a good source of information to support you in your search.
In Quebec City, the Jaro |Must Hotel has interesting “Stay, Park, Fly” packages starting at $127.
Finally, we suggest you take a look at Tuango, which in the past has had good night + parking offers. However, if it is a Marriott property, the night will not count as an Elite night and the status may not be honored (i.e. breakfast included).
Our other tips for saving on airport parking
Public transport to/from the airport
Quebec City residents, like those in the Ottawa area who have to fly to Montreal, can choose to take the bus or train to YUL.
With the exception of the bus from Quebec City, which leaves its passengers in downtown Montreal, passengers are dropped off at the Dorval station. A free shuttle bus will take them to the airport. The return train fare varies according to the package chosen. Tuesdays are discounted except for the Escape category.
Now, it is not said that travellers will not have to spend a night in a hotel before or after the trip because train or bus schedules are not linked to those of the planes. There will be some calculations to do. And then it can be advantageous to redeem points for free hotel nights.
Finally, let’s add to the public transit chapter:
Car rental from/to the airport
One of our smart members, who has access to a car rental branch (Avis, Budget or others) near his home, suggested this:
I rent a car from Budget and leave it at the airport. It costs me about $35 to $40 each time I go away for a month. I don’t have to worry about my car staying at home and when I come back, I do the same thing. I return the car to the rental agency the next day.
Finally, let’s end with a reminder that UBER, private drivers and taxis exist. These are sometimes the most appropriate strategies.
To make your trip more enjoyable, there is a left-luggage service at YUL airport that is open 24/7. For $25 or $50 for two adults and two children, you can leave your coat and boots for a week. It is located near the Tim Hortons at the flight arrival gate.
Do you know Lanla? This is a marketing and consumer psychology company. If you are accepted as a mystery shopper, you may be asked to do a small investigation in exchange for a $100 discount on your parking or to pay for part of your meal at one of the airport’s restaurants.
Finally, let’s finish with another application that will allow you to find not only parking at the airport but also a place to park. In big cities, this can come in handy. This is Best Parking.
Voilà! We’ve explored the best tips for saving on airport parking from here and abroad. Different situations, different solutions. But there are many of them. And if you have other suggestions, come and talk about them in our Facebook group!
Have a good trip!
FAQ: Save on airport parking
Are there charging stations for electric vehicles at airports?
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at all major airports in Canada.
How to save on airport parking?
To save money, you’ll need to mainly:
- compare parking lots online or with the above mentioned applications,
- use offers from partners such as Aeroplan or AIR MILES,
- and book your spot in advance.