Dayton Airport Parking – Convenient Parking Options for Ohio Travelers

April 21st, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Dayton Airport parking on-site has one of the most convenient arrangements I’ve ever seen in any U.S. airport. Every facility is in one general area near the terminal – the economy parking lot, in fact, is practically within walking distance from the terminal – something that’s often not the case in larger airports.

The James M. Cox Dayton International Airport (DAY) in the City of Dayton is the third busiest airport in the state of Ohio and one of the 10 fastest growing airports in the United States. Dayton Airport parking for the 2.5 million passengers that the airport serves annually has been significantly improved after on-site construction and facilities improvement efforts were completed in 2009.

The airport’s growth rate is reflective of the vibrancy and innovation in the city of Dayton, birthplace of the Wright Brothers and the venue for the Dayton Agreement negotiations which effectively ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s. Dayton today is a major center for research and development, health care, engineering, and data processing. Bloomberg Businessweek identified Dayton as one of the best places in the U.S for college graduates to land a job.

Dayton Airport parking spaces on-site is distributed in several facilities surrounding the main building. Just across the terminal is the parking garage which offers short-term parking to DAY passengers. At $3 per hour (daily maximum charge is $18), this is best for those coming in for a short 1-2 hours trip to the airport like site-seers or drivers dropping off or picking up a passenger.

Just behind the garage is the Blue Long-Term parking lot which has a daily rate of $12 – the same rate as in the Red Long-Term parking lot located in the south side of the airport circle. These two lots are both within walking distance from the terminal and ideal for people traveling for a few days.

For the cheapest Dayton Airport parking rates ideal for those who are going on longer trips (7-14 days or longer), the airport’s Economy parking lot may be the best option. Located right beside the Red Long-Term parking lot and also served by DAY’s ubiquitous shuttle vehicles, the Economy lot has a daily rate of only $6.

Outside the airport, there’s a handful of private facilities open to DAY passengers. The Park-N-Go (valet) parking lot, for example, offers a competitive $11 daily rate, far less expensive than the $20 valet parking rate at the airport. The most economical option for those on a budget is the parking lot at America’s Best Value Inn on Corporate Center Drive which has a rate of only $5 per day.

If you’re staying at a nearby airport hotel before or after your trip, there are several budget-friendly options to choose from. Our favorite is, of course, the Dayton Airport Inn and Suites with a room rate starting at $69 good for up to 4 people and packaged with 7 days of parking.


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