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Avoiding high parking costs at NEC?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
We're going to the NEC a couple of times in June and wondered if anyone had any bright ideas to avoid high parking charges. Getting a train from where we live involves loads of changes and is over double the cost and double the the of driving there but we wondered ...
1. Are there any streets with free parking near local bus routes to the NEC or even within a half hour walk?
2. Or any local stations with easy cheap fares to the NEC and plenty of parking? We are not early risers so probably won't arrive till 10.30.
Not sure yet if we're going on a weekend or weekday.

Would be grateful for some good suggestions especially from people with local knowledge!
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  • Any side road on the A45 and catch a bus.
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    a.turner wrote: »
    Any side road on the A45 and catch a bus.

    Alternatively... Most nearby stations have car parks or you can park on street, then catch train.

    Depending on how many of you there are and time of travel, bus or train may be cheaper.

    However, NEC parking is £12 per day so saving probably isn't huge!
  • keithdc wrote: »
    Alternatively... Most nearby stations have car parks or you can park on street, then catch train.

    Depending on how many of you there are and time of travel, bus or train may be cheaper.

    However, NEC parking is £12 per day so saving probably isn't huge!

    If the car parks are free spaces will be gone by 7-30.
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    If you park at resorts world and have food in one of the restaurants there or make a purchase from one of the shops (lots of brand outlet shops), you can get your parking ticket validated and parking only costs £2. You have to spend a minimum of £20 on your food or shopping but if your clothes don't fit, you can always take them back to a local store for a refund (there is a next outlet shop).
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    Kat78MFW wrote: »
    If you park at resorts world and have food in one of the restaurants there or make a purchase from one of the shops (lots of brand outlet shops), you can get your parking ticket validated and parking only costs £2. You have to spend a minimum of £20 on your food or shopping but if your clothes don't fit, you can always take them back to a local store for a refund (there is a next outlet shop).


    So if we start the day with a Patisserie Valerie breakfast, we can park for £2!!!

    Genius! Thank you!
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    Careful you don't spend £10 to save £5..... :)
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    Any park and ride in the area?
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    neilmcl wrote: »
    Any park and ride in the area?
    No there is not.
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    wymondham wrote: »
    Careful you don't spend £10 to save £5..... :)

    Probably will but we'd get s breakfast and then wouldn't need lunch

    Food at the exhibitions is always overpriced and not that good.
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    JennyP wrote: »
    So if we start the day with a Patisserie Valerie breakfast, we can park for £2!!!

    Genius! Thank you!

    Haven't they gone bankrupt?
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