Parking in Central Edinburgh
Parking in Edinburgh city centre can be tricky, as the medieval city streets were not designed to host the number of visitors attracted to the city in modern times.
Do you need a parking space near George Street or Princes Street, or another central street in Edinburgh? Keep in mind that parking restrictions are in place on many city streets. Different parking zones have different parking restrictions, so this is something to look out for. Parking zones are indicated on the streets by large zone entry signs that display the zone number and the times that parking is restricted. Other parking restrictions to look out for include:
Double yellow lines, where you can't park.
Single yellow lines, where you can only park at certain times. Be sure to check the signs when parking on these.
Residents’ parking schemes are also in place around Edinburgh. In these areas, residents need to apply for a parking permit from the City of Edinburgh Council.
It is always worth being aware of parking restrictions that are found on bus routes and main roads to keep traffic moving during busy times in the city centre. There may also be restrictions around busy shopping areas and in residential areas around schools, junctions and crossings.
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Edinburgh Parking Statistics
4.6 out of 5 stars
Average parking rating for Edinburgh
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Edinburgh is the beautiful capital of Scotland. The contrast between the medieval Old Town and the elegant Georgian New Town provides an incredible variety for visitors to experience. High above the city, at one end of the Royal Mile, is the imposing Edinburgh Castle. Home to Scotland’s crown jewels, this is a must-see attraction for visitors.
For the more energetic among us, take a walk up the impressive peak of Arthur’s Seat to experience sweeping views. Other popular attractions include Carlton Hill with a range of monuments and memorials; Edinburgh Castle Terrace, which is one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence.
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Edinburgh is only a short distance from the coast. The M8 towards Glasgow to the West connects to the M74 from the South. The A1 snakes up the East coast, connecting cities from the South. The M90 connects cities such as Perth from the North.
There are 7 Park and Ride sites to choose from around the city.
Most train services into Edinburgh end at Edinburgh Waverley rail station. This is located at the east end of Princes Street in the city centre. Serving the East Coast mainline, it is the second busiest rail station in Scotland.
Edinburgh has a number of electric vehicle charge points available. These are mainly managed by Charge Your Car and ChargePlace Scotland, among other companies.
To make use of charging points in Edinburgh, electric vehicle drivers are advised to become a member of a public charging network.
A network of all electric vehicle charging points in the UK can be found on the government's Go Ultra low website.
Having a Blue Badge ensures that you have more options about where to park and for how long. Make sure you always check the signs before parking.
With a Blue Badge you can park free of charge and without a time limit on streets in Edinburgh with the following conditions:
In public and shared on-street parking bays
On single or double yellow lines when loading is allowed
In greenways parking places when parking is allowed
In disabled parking bays.
Overnight, weekends & bank holidays
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On Sundays, there are no charges for on-street parking in Edinburgh. There are also parking holidays from on-street charges on the following Bank Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Monday.
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Is there free parking in Edinburgh?
There is free parking in Edinburgh on Sundays and certain Bank Holidays. You can also park for free in Edinburgh if you are a Blue Badge holder and park in a public on-street parking bay.
What time is free parking in Edinburgh?
Parking on-street in Edinburgh is free of charge all day on Sundays and on the following Bank Holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Easter Monday.
Is parking in Edinburgh free on Sunday?
Yes, parking in Edinburgh city centre is free on Sunday in on-street parking bays.
Can you park in ‘permit holders only’ parking spaces in Edinburgh?
You can only park in a ‘permit holders only’ parking space in Edinburgh if you have a resident’s permit. If you are eligible for one of these, you can apply to the City of Edinburgh Council for a parking permit.
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Latest Edinburgh parking reviews
safe dry secure parking. if using GPS, ignore the route into the McEwan Sq, just turn first left off Grove Street straight into Brandfield Street.Tim
Great central location, near a police station as well. Easy to park in, just need to reverse.Steven
Very central, easy to access secure. The actual park doesn’t have great signage for exiting it but you get there. Ditto what others have said, have your barcode up on your phone before descending into the abyss as zero signal.Anna
Would be a five star if locating and signage had been clearer. Luckily I’m from Edinburgh so when the app ‘directions’ sent me on a wild goose chase, I knew to ignore them. It’s not the easiest location to reach first time, due to long term building site, one way route, dead end; just head for Chalmers Street and turn 2nd right (after the nhs car park for Lauriston Buildings) straight onto Simpson Loan. Signage within the car park is limited. Once you have your bearings for pedestrian exit/entry, this is a great location. Payment using the barcode was simple once I found the pay machine. And a good saving - £3.60 instead of £8.60! Definitely recommend and will use again.Kelly
excellent parking for a short walk into the Royal Mile and Castle. Easy to find. Car park feels safe and secure, well lit. Recommended to anyone visiting Edinburgh for the day.Ritson
Entry instructions clear, car park a bit of a labyrinth, but well lit and secure feeling. Ideal for Edinburgh Playhouse.David
Easy to find and great location for the Playhouse. Would definitely use again. Perfect.Lorraine
Perfect location. Worth the money. Will definitely book againMike