It was back in last August when I had to go back to Indonesia for my second batch of summer vacation. Unlucky enough that I couldn’t take a straight 7-week vacation. Travelling alone, I have a liberty to drive and park at HIA Employee Parking area. I left my car for two weeks and it was fine and FREE.
Apart from Employee Parking there are actually short term paid parking area and long term free parking area (at least until now).
Shuttle bus will ferry “Employee” from parking area to dropping point on the left side of arrival terminal, a mere few (5-7 min) drive. As HIA operates 24-hour shuttle bus is supposedly always available with very short waiting time. I left my car at around 10pm when departing and picked up at 4.30am when landing and on both cases I waited for no time.
If you have big luggage you may face some difficulties as the bus is not designed to carry passenger with luggages.
I haven’t tried Long Term Parking area yet so not sure if shuttle bus is also available. I was initially lost to Long Term Parking area and observed no shuttle. Not sure now though.
If you’d like to try, I suggest that you make a dry run to the location to avoid any hassle on the D-day.
Coordinate “J”block – Employee Parking Area: 25 15’06.5″N 51 36’52″E
How to reach Employee Parking Area
Follow normal route from Ras Abu Aboud Road to HIA Road (F Ring Road). After passing two bridges, just before the road forks out into Parking and Arrival/Departure look for the yellow “High Vehicle Exit” sign. Then you’ll see blue signs to Long Term Parking and Employee Parking. Follow Employee Parking sign, passing through Rental Center on your right and Long Term Parking on your left. Turn left at intersection with Exit sign on blue-arrows signboard. Aim for “J” block which can be identified from high mast with black letter at the top. This is where shuttle bus picks the employees from. Last September construction was on going to provide an air conditioned waiting room at every block.
Google Maps shows that this route is possible. From HIA Road (F Ring Road) take the second ramp down (the first one being to Emiri Terminal). Turn left at the first intersection to pass through underpass. Turn right at the first next intersection, and again aim for “J”block.