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
By YourParkingSpace drivers for Cardiff spaces
642 parking spaces
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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
Pretty safe place to park, just watch out for the curb going in!Kenny
easy to find, felt safeSam
Excellent space to rent minutes from the arena would definitely use againPaul
Fantastic parking space!!!!! Very easy to find and very close to the motorpoint arena! Perfect!!!!!!!!!Lee
Easy to find. Excellent location for the Motorpoint arenaMark
Parking space was great and very secure but as others have mentioned following the post code on GPS does not take you to the entrance of the car park and is a bit of a trek to find - luckily it is well signposted within city centre.Richard
Second time I have used this parking, can be a bit tight to get in and out, but happy about its location, central to Cardiff City centre. Safe and secure also on hotel grounds. Was a bit put out on this occasion that they were doing road works on the main road into Cardiff past the castle where the parking is situated, said road closed, bit of confusion, but got in and out!! Will be using again in November for next concert I go to at Motorpoint, would highly recommend.Portia
All good. Saved me money. Followed the instructions as per email. Exited car park as clearly explained.Christopher
Very straight forward process, will definately use again.Sheree