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Frequently Asked RDU Parking Questions

Below, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about parking at RDU. For a more detailed frequently asked questions regarding ParkRDU and online booking download our ParkRDU FAQ document. Visit our main Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to other questions about RDU.

What is ParkRDU?

ParkRDU is the parking program at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Our facilities provide you with easy, convenient parking options depending on the experience you want. Learn more.

What are ParkRDU Premier, ParkRDU Central and ParkRDU Economy?

  • ParkRDU Premier features 1,000 parking spaces on the first level of the parking garage, for those wanting the ultimate ease and convenience.
  • ParkRDU Central features more than 10,000 spaces within walking distance of the terminals and replaces what was known as hourly and daily parking.
  • ParkRDU Economy is the new name for RDU’s Park and Ride Lots. These on-airport lots feature covered shelters, convenient shuttles and every day savings.

What are the rates?

  • ParkRDU Premier (located on the first level of the garage between the terminals) is $3/hour for the first four hours with a daily maximum rate of $18.
  • ParkRDU Central (main garage between the terminals, with the exception of the Premier area) is $2/hour for the first four hours with a daily maximum rate of $14.
  • ParkRDU Economy 3 (formerly Park and Ride 3, Purple) is $1/hour for the first four hours with a daily maximum rate of $7.
  • ParkRDU Economy 4 (formerly Park and Ride 4, Orange is $1/hour for the first four hours with a daily maximum rate of $6.

How have the rates changed?

Some rates are higher, some are lower and some will stay the same. Gate entry rates are reviewed once a year (in the Spring). Online rates will never be higher than the gate entry rate.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of our rate changes:

ParkRDU Premier Area

Former Terminal 1 Hourly Section

ParkRDU Premier

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

$1/Hour, up to 6 hours

$24/Day

$3/Hour, up to 4 hours

$18/Day

$3/Hour, up to 4 hours

$15/Day

Former Daily Section

ParkRDU Premier

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

$2/Hour, up to 6 hours

$12/Day

$3/Hour, up to 4 hours

$18/Day

$3/Hour, up to 4 hours

$15/Day

 

ParkRDU Central Area

Daily

ParkRDU Central

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

$2/Hour, up to 6 hours

$12/Day

$2/Hour, up to 4 hours

$14/Day

$2/Hour, up to 4 hours

$12/Day

Former Terminal 2 Hourly

ParkRDU Central

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

$1/Hour, up to 6 hours

$24/Day

$2/Hour, up to 4 hours

$14/Day

$2/Hour, up to 4 hours

$12/Day

 

ParkRDU Economy 3 Area

Former Park & Ride 3 (Purple)

ParkRDU Economy 3

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

No Hourly Rate*

$6 per entry

$1/Hour, up to 4 hours

$7/Day

Book 7 days of parking for the price of 6.

 

ParkRDU Economy 4 Area

Former Park & Ride 4 (Orange)

ParkRDU Economy 4

Gate Entry Rate

Online Booking

(Begins May)

No Hourly Rate*

$6/Day

$1/Hour, up to 4 hours

$6/Day

Buy 6 days, receive the 7th day free.

*Hourly rates were not available before March 2016.

What should I do if the parking areas near the terminals are full?

When ParkRDU Premier and ParkRDU Central fill, use ParkRDU Economy 3 or ParkRDU Economy 4. Beginning in May, you can book parking in advance at parkrdu.com and guarantee parking lot entry.

Do you have long-term and short-term parking?

RDU offers hourly (short-term) and daily (long-term) rates in each of our parking lots:

  • ParkRDU Premier is located on the first covered level of the parking garage between Terminals 1 and 2. It offers the closest covered spaces to the terminals with the easiest entrance and exit paths.
  • ParkRDU Central is the majority of the 10,000+ space parking garage between Terminals 1 and 2. It offers covered and uncovered spaces within a short walking distance of the terminals.

ParkRDU Economy comprises two parking lots located near major airport entrances. Access the terminals from these lots via a short, free shuttle ride.

What happened to hourly parking?

Hourly parking still exists and is available as an option in all of our parking locations. In fact, all of our lots charge customers an hourly rate for the first 4 hours before changing over to the daily rate.

Do you have a cell phone lot?

Yes, our complimentary cell phone lot is located just a short distance from the terminals. It is located across from Advantage Rent-a-Car. Access by following “Rental Car Return” signs upon arriving at the airport.

How can I appeal a parking ticket?

You can appeal a parking ticket received at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. This appeal form does not apply to moving violations received by RDU Police.

Who do I contact if I am mischarged?

Call RDU Parking at (919) 840-2140.