Information about Parking in Cardiff
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Cardiff is a vibrant city that is rich in ancient history and well-known for its fabulous ambiance.
Wales’ Capital city offers plenty to see and do. Sporting events, world-class entertainment and mouth-watering culinary experiences are all waiting to be discovered.
Parking in Cardiff can be tricky to navigate and requires some advance planning.
Parking in the City Centre is restricted, and it is highly recommended that you investigate your options in advance before driving into town.
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Cardiff Parking Statistics
4.7 out of 5 stars
Average parking rating for Cardiff
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Parking in Central Cardiff
Cardiff is a compact city with complex parking restrictions. As such, parking options can be difficult to navigate. It is highly recommended that you plan where to park before arriving in the city.
Vehicles found to be parked illegally will be issued with a fine ranging between £50 or £70 depending on the circumstances.
Once in town, you will find that it is easy to get around on foot. Walking between the main areas of interest is easy, and large parts of the city centre are pedestrianised.
Cardiff Council operates Pay and Display car parks in the following city centre locations:
Castle Mews Car Park:
Charges: from £1.90 per hour
Postcode: CF10 3ER
Number of spaces: 48
North Road Car Park
Charges: Full day (until midnight of that day) £8.00
Postcode: CF10 3DU
Number of spaces: 189
Sophia Gardens Car Park
Charges: £1.90 per hour
Postcode: CF11 9JU
Number of spaces: 284
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Cardiff packs a lot of attractions in a small space. You can step inside Cardiff Castle to discover the history of Wales, or soak up the culture in St David’s Hall.
Sports lovers should check out the schedule at Millennium Stadium, and fashionistas can shop at the world-renowned St David’s Shopping Centre. For a more alternative shopping experience, head to Cardiff Market where you can find fresh produce, vintage items and artisan goods.
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Bus: Cardiff Bus runs services throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth and Barry.
Train: Regular trains run from Cardiff’s Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay. Trains from Cardiff central station link to the Valleys and Vale of Glamorgan. There are also high-speed links to London and other cities in the UK.
Disabled Parking in Cardiff
The Blue Badge scheme is operational in Cardiff offering holders benefits such as dedicated parking in many places and the option to use on-street parking facilities.
It is important that you remember to always display your Blue Badge and check the specific parking regulations wherever you are to avoid hefty fines.
City Centre Mobility Assistance is an electric vehicle scheme for those who need help accessing Cardiff city centre. The vehicles can carry up to 3 passengers each and travel around the city centre on a flexible route.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at several locations in Cardiff. A network of all electric vehicle charging points can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Overnight, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Many car parks in Cardiff are operational 24 hours a day, offering reduced parking charges overnight.
Council-run Castle Mews Car Park and North Road Car Park are open 24 hours a day, with charging hours ending at 18:00.
St Davids Centre offers reduced evening and night parking tariffs:
- Park after 5pm and leave before 9pm- you pay £2
- Park after 5pm and leave after 9pm- you pay £4
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Which are the types of parking permits available in Cardiff?
You can apply for a parking permit if you live on a street with a residential parking permit scheme in operation.
There are 3 types of permits available:
- Resident permit
- Visitor Permit
- Visitor only permit
Permit phone number: 029 2087 2087
Permit charges: full list here
Permit application: Cardiff Council Website
How can I download Cardiff’s parking app?
The app is available for Android and iPhone only – search for MiPermit.
How can I pay a Cardiff parking fine?
There are 3 options to pay your fine:
Online: at the Cardiff Council Website
By telephone: Credit/debit card payments only. Automated payment line 029 2037 5510 (7 days a week).
By post: Parking Services, PO Box 47, Cardiff, CF11 1QB
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Latest Cardiff parking reviews
Excellent, close to city centre would book againHazel
I was staying in the Radisson, so very, very convenient. Easy to find and plenty of space , so no worries for a bigger car. would use again when back in CardiffJeremy
Easy to use, great comms.Anna
Hi nice quiet spot close to cardiff city centre just the jobDave
A seamless process - I received all the details ahead of time, including the barrier code. The space was easy to find, felt like a safe, secure location, and was conveniently situated about an 8 minute steady walk from my hotel which was in the city centre. I will look to use the service again when I visit Cardiff and would also highly recommend it to others. It takes the stress out of driving through the city centre and hunting for affordable parking spaces.Susan
Secure underground parking. Can’t fault it. Good location, short walk to city centre.Bekki
A great parking space ideal for the arena which is where we went, a short walk and you avoided traffic and queues, the owner looked out for us and guided us to where we wanted to go. .I would highly recommendKaren
Great central parking spot. Only a 5 minute walk from motorpoint arena, we went down the side of the Ibis hotel onto Herbert street, directly opposite ibis is a cut through where you will see a coop, over the bridge via Pellett street and we were there. When you pull into Brigantine Place you do have to look closely for Waterfront 2000 LTD as there are lots of parking spaces, however the photo does help :) would definitely park here again.Jenny
It was easy to find a space, found one as soon as I arrived. When leaving the car park, the security quickly confirmed it had my pre-payment logged on their system and raised the barrier. Would definitely use this car park and app to book in the future.Victoria
Outstanding parking in loveky secure location close to town centre and amenities thank youMichelle