Information about Parking in Brighton
You won’t be stuck for activities in Brighton, from exploring The Pier to shopping in the Mews streets and wandering down the beach to the yacht harbour, Brighton has it all.
The attractions are something to write home about, however the same can’t be said for the parking restrictions, which can be frustrating at times. Car parks are often expensive, making it difficult for people to be able to travel by car into town on a regular basis. And although there are a variety of short, medium and long-term spaces across the city, long-term pay and display is not available in very busy locations, such as in the centre of Brighton.
…this is where YourParkingSpace comes in handy.
YourParkingSpace offers plenty of different off-street parking opportunities, across Brighton and Hove, including private driveways and car parks. You can even park for cheap moments from the City’s top attractions, including the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Palace Pier and Brighton Marina.
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Parking in Central Brighton
It can be hard to find a space to park in Brighton city centre due to the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) unless you have a resident permit.
Parking restrictions to keep an eye out for include:
- Centrally located Pay and Display bays where you can stay for 1,2 or 4 hours. Outside of central areas you can park for up to 10 hours.
- Double yellow lines, where you can't park
- Single yellow lines, where you can only park at some times unless you are a blue badge holder. Be sure to check the signs when parking.
- Where there are chevrons on the kerb this means that no loading/unloading activity is allowed to take place.
You can only use a resident permit to park in permit bays and shared permit and pay & display bays within your parking zone. Even with a resident permit, you cannot park in pay & display bays (within their hours of operation), loading bays, disabled bays, doctor bays, on single or double yellow lines or in suspended parking bays.
No one wants a surprise fine! On the YourParkingSpace map, we make sure that we only offer parking spaces with no restrictions so you need no permit and can rest assured you won’t get any fines.
Brighton City Airport has fantastic views over the South Downs, as well as offering a great meal at the Hummingbird Restaurant. It is a destination for avid followers of aviation, photographers and history enthusiasts as well as frequent flyers.
From Brighton Station you can take the Southern Rail operated service to Shoreham-by-Sea, which takes 16 minutes. From there you can walk or take a transfer bus.
From Brighton, it’s a 30 minute drive to Brighton Airport, which is located by Shoreham-by-Sea. There are lots of long and short term parking options in Shoreham-by-Sea which can be found on the YourParkingSpace search map.
In terms of parking, there is a pay and display parking service in place at Brighton City Airport, with over 100 car parking spaces outside the main terminal building. There are pay and display options from 1h at £1.50 up to 7days at £38.50.
Recommended nearby parking with YourParkingSpace includes spaces to rent both daily and monthly located at the Co-op customer car park in Shoreham. There are also a number of private driveways available close to Shoreham rail station, a 20 minute walk from the airport.
Brighton is really beautiful, and often breathtaking. With its long beaches where starlings gather as the sun sets, the famous wrecked pier as well as the vibrant entertainment pier, and the bustling café scene, there’s something for everyone in the city. Make sure to stop by Snoopers’ Paradise and the surrounding shops on North Laine to browse the goods. The delicious Morocco’s Italian restaurant in Hove is a must, especially after seeing a spectacular show at the Brighton Dome.
If you’re looking to take a day trip, head to the South Downs National Park, which spans the coastline counties of Hampshire and East Sussex. It’s perfect for mountain bikers, ramblers and horseback riders. Spend a day exploring Arundel Castle, nestled in the South Downs. Here you can enjoy a cream tea whilst taking in the historic and breathtaking backdrop. If you’re looking for more shopping to do outside of Brighton, head down the winding streets of Lewes market town ending with a walk up to Lewes castle.
Find great and convenient parking spaces in short walking distances to these unmissable attractions on our search results page.
Brighton is easily accessible by car and is only a short drive from London, taking around 2h on the M23 and A23. The A32 also connects Brighton to locations further south, such as Portsmouth and Southampton. The M3 and M4 take you out of the city onto Reading, and Bristol to the west.
Make the most of the free parking at Withdean Sports Complex, where you can buy a bus ticket into Brighton city with Park and Ride. However, if you’re coming into the city for more than a day, be careful as you cannot park overnight in the complex.
Brighton is easily accessible by train, with quick trains to London and surrounding areas. The station is managed by Southern, which also operates many of the trains. Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Great Western Railway also operate some trains from Brighton.
An organisation called Charge Your Car oversee the South West charging network of electric vehicle charge points on behalf of Brighton council. Charging sessions can be started and stopped using these methods:
- Charge Your Car access card
- Charge Your Car mobile app
- Charge Your Car automated telephone line
A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
A Blue Badge allows you to park in more places, often free of charge!
Many off-street car parks in Brighton will offer disabled spaces, but these may be limited so check the signs before parking. You must make sure to use your Blue Badge time disk when parking. Ensure that your badge and time disc are clearly displayed and that the badge is facing the right way.
In Brighton & Hove with a Blue Badge you can park for free in:
- disabled bays ( with the exception of personalised disabled bays which may only be used by the disabled permit holder)
- pay & display bays
- shared use bays.
You may also park on a single or double yellow line for up to 3 hours as long as there is not a loading restriction (marked by strips on the kerb).
You must make sure that the time disc is set to the time that you left the vehicle.
Car parks throughout Brighton & Hove have different policies on disabled parking. Check restrictions.
The following car parks do not charge Blue Badge holders for parking:
- Black Rock
- Haddington Street
- High Street
- King Alfred
- Norton Road
- Oxford Court
- Rottingdean Marine Cliffs
- Rottingdean West Street.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
Don’t panic, many overnight off-street car parks in Brighton run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enter your dates and times into our search results page to find a cheap and convenient space.
In Brighton and Hove, most restrictions apply on a bank holiday as they are some of the busiest days of the year.
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Is there a park and ride in Brighton?
If you're driving from outside the city, you can avoid the city centre traffic by taking a park and ride service into town. There is free parking at Withdean Sports Complex, where you can buy a bus ticket into Brighton city. You cannot park overnight in the complex.
Is parking free on Christmas Day in Brighton?
During bank holidays parking restrictions still apply in Brighton & Hove unless stated on the sign, as it is the busiest time of year. There is free parking in several of the pay and display locations across Brighton and Hove, and in a few car parks. Most of the on-street parking is free in On-street parking will be free in Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. However be sure to check sign restrictions for the phrase: 'except Bank Holidays'.
Does the Brighton Centre have parking?
You can find lots of cheap and convenient parking options available near The Brighton Centre by checking out the parking map on YourParkingSpace. A recommended place to park near The Brighton Centre is in the car park located at the Hilton Metropole. This car park is in the centre of Brighton, ideally positioned for events at The Brighton Centre and is also perfect for anyone visiting the town centre. It is ideally located on the sea front. The spaces are suitable for vehicles up to the size of a Large - (4x4). On-site there is Covered Parking, CCTV, Security Lighting and Security Guards.
When can you park on single yellow lines Brighton?
You can only park on a single yellow line outside of the restriction times and must check indications on local signs. You’re able to load/unload goods on a single yellow line and also pick up or drop off passengers, providing that this activity is continuous. Where there are chevrons on the kerb this means that no loading/unloading activity is allowed to take place. If you’re a Blue Badge holder, you can park on yellow lines!
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Latest Brighton parking reviews
Bit difficult to find using satnav, but the instructions were good. Bit tight if you've got a SUV or large car. Nice and tucked away from the main road and street. I'd recommend.Matthew
A great space for where I needed within Brighton. Perfect size for a 4x4 and safe place to park. I will definitely use it againVanessa
Easy to find Owner was friendly Glad I read the previous reviews on how to get to the stadium through the woods first thoughJose
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Excellent, cheapest all day sea front parking. Easy to find and secure.Andy
So easy to find, very convenient for central Brighton , car safe. Will remember for future visits!Karen
I would recommend this parking space to others, the owner put out cones, so that we could see where we was going to park, there was plenty of space available to park, I would highly recommend :)Angela