Information about Parking in Brighton
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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.
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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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Brighton Parking Statistics
4.8 out of 5 stars
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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:
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 seafront. 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.
Can I park in Brighton for free?
There are a couple of Brighton car parks that are free. The multi-storey car park on Brighton Marina is the biggest. It has over 1500 spaces and you can park for free for 4 hours. There is also a second car park on Brighton Marina that is next to Asda Superstore. It is free for up to 3 hours.
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Latest Brighton parking reviews
It’s was all good ! Reasonably prices and felt quite safe - we used google maps to find the route around the back of the art centre. I notice the bays were of varying size so can understand some review frustrations but ours was ample for a family car. I would recommend this service and also that it’s a 15 min walk to eg the pier- during storm Dennis - a short cab ride!Russ
No issues, very easy to find. Plenty of room. Safe in driveway for the 3days.Kirsty
A small spot that is suitable for a small car. Not for the bad Parker’s as there is a drop at the front & rear so not much room for errorAndy
Great price for 24hrs parking. Comparable to local commercial car parks. This was easy to find and in a great location. Very close to i360 and also The Brighton Centre. (Within 5 minutes walking) Palace Pier not too far away either, 15-20 minute walk away. Would definitely use this parking space again. Didn't need to contact the space's owner so I can't comment on that. Very happy overall, was good to know parking was all sorted out in advance.Sefton Winslade
really great price and centralRhonda
Decent, safe space. Great value. Getting in and out on foot was a bit of a faf, but overall very happy with the service.George
convenient parking and helpful owner. Off the road and safe.Shanna
This is nice and central in Brighton and was easy to find just off the front. The spaces were however pretty small so could be quite tight if you have a larger car.Vicky
Great location and felt comfortable with leaving the car there for the night, it seemed very secure.Ellie
Relatively hassle free, car was safe and area convenient however if you are not familiar with Brighton and the narrow one way systems of the lanes, it is tricky to find and navigate. The entrance is not very obvious and quite narrow so whilst ok for a small to medium sized car, would be challenging for anything larger. All in all however I was satisfied and would use again.Kim