Valet parking

While you were comparing prices of parkings without any doubt you've read the term valet parking. All major airports offer a valet parking service: Newark Airport and JFK Airport to name a few of the airports.
But how does valet parking work and what are the pros and cons? 

What is valet parking?

The big difference between valet parking and traditional parking is that when you use valet parking, you don’t have to park your car yourself. You drive to the parking lot and hand over your car to an attendant who will park your car for you. The big advantage of valet parking is time. It is up to the parking whether you have to turn in the keys of your vehicle or not. For more information please read under each parking profile.

Some parking lots offer another variety of valet service. Such service entails either driving straight to the airport, meeting a parking lot attendant who will take your vehicle and park it in the corresponding parking lot. When you return this attendant will meet you at the airport, he will hand in your keys and you’ll be free to drive home. If this service is offered it will be explicitly mentioned under each parking profile.

How does it work?

Step 1. Make a reservation

You make a reservation on the Parkos website where you can clearly see the costs for valet parking. You will receive a confirmation email with clear instructions within a few minutes.

Step 2. You drive to the parking lot

Once you arrive at the parking lot please follow the instructions provided under each parking profile, as some might require checking in before handing over your vehicle to the parking lot attendant who will park it.

Step 3. Hand over your car keys to the car park staff member

Before handing in your vehicle for parking, the attendant and you will check your car for any damage, so there will be no surprises or misunderstandings afterwards. The staff member will take your car keys and park it for you. Afterwards you'll be ready to board the shuttle that will drive you to the airport.

Step 4. Getting your car after arriving back at the parking lot

Overall, instructions are very similar to shuttle parking. The moment you arrive back at the airport you will need to call the parking dispatch. As soon as they know your plane landed, a shuttle will pick you up and drive you safely and quickly back to the parking lot. There you will check out and check your vehicle for any unforeseen damages.

What are the pros and cons?

  • You will save time when arriving at the parking lot.
  • You won't have to carry heavy bags or walk too far when going from your car to the shuttle bus

  • Trust. You won’t be able to see where and how your car is being parked, you will need to put your trust in the parking provider and the driver.