Car Parking Edinburgh - Airport, Park & Ride, Short & Long Stay

Parking in Edinburgh is surprisingly straightforward for a major city – but with a huge rang of on- and off-street parking choices, as well as Park & Ride and airport parking services, knowing your options in advance will really help. Here's a quick run-down:

Car Parks in Edinburgh

There are more than 30 car parks across the city. Among the most useful and convenient are:

Edinburgh Castle Terrace – a 750-space car park ideal both for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. £5.50 per hour or £27.50 for 24 hours – EH1 2EW

Edinburgh Central Travelodge – this is open to non-residents and a good short-stay option at just £2.00 for one hour, although it has only 60 spaces – EH1 1TA

Fountain Park – free parking for up to four hours at this 800-space car park, a little way to the west of the city centre. It tends to fill up fast, though – EH11 1AF

Q-Park Omni – close to the Princes Street shopping centre, at this 1,000-space facility you can park for two hours for £5.80 or 24 hours for £18.50 – EH1 3AN

Waverley Station (long stay) – a convenient choice if you’re staying for a while, this 540-space car park charges £19.50 for 24 hours – EH8 8BH

Park & Ride in Edinburgh

There are seven Park & Ride sites in Edinburgh, allowing you to travel into town without the stress of finding a parking space in the City Centre. They are:

Ferrytoll – off the A90 in Inverkeithing, over the Queensferry Bridge to the north of the city – KY11 1LN

Hermiston – Riccarton Mains Road, Currie, southwest Edinburgh, adjacent to the M8 – EH14 5PX

Ingliston – Eastfield Road, Newbridge, off the A8 to the west of the city centre – EH28 8LN

Newcraighall – Newcraighall Road, east of the city centre, close to the A1 – EH21 8RX

Sherifhall – Old Dalkeith Road, off the A7 roundabout to the southeast of Edinburgh – EH22 1RU

Straiton – Straiton Road, south of the A720 Edinburgh Southern Bypass – EH20 9NP

Wallyford – off the A199 Haddington Road, west of the city, close to the Firth of Forth – EH21 8JX

The Hermiston, Newcraighall, Sheriffhall, Straiton and Wallyford car parks are open 24 hours a day, but the Ferrytoll and Ingliston sites are closed for short periods in the early hours.

Lothian Buses have more information on the service.

Edinburgh Airport Parking

Edinburgh Airport

There are a number of options for parking at Edinburgh Airport, and in all cases you can get substantial discounts by booking online. You can select from:

Long Stay – £28.99 per week

Mid Stay – £39.99 per week

Terminal Surface – £54.99 per week

Multi-Storey – £56.99 per week

Valet Parking – £59.99 per week

Business Valet Parking – £79.99 per week

The Long Stay car park is on the airport boundary and some way from the terminals, although a free coach transfer service runs every few minutes.

Parking in Edinburgh – Where Else?

Another Edinburgh parking option is to leave your car in an on-street bay. The City of Edinburgh Council is responsible for these, and enforces the many restrictions and regulations strictly. In particular, make sure you avoid residents-only parking spaces.

Prices for on-street parking in Edinburgh vary depending on where you are in the city, ranging from £1.00 per hour in the suburbs to £3.60 per hour in the central zone. Parking is free on New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Is there free parking in Edinburgh?

There are a handful of free parking options which are fairly close to the city centre such as St Margaret's Loch and the supermarkets including Waitrose at Comely Bank and the Meadowbank Shopping Centre (keep an eye on the time limit). However a if you'd prefer not to take your car into the centre of the city then Park and Ride is an option with free parking at 5 stations including Ingliston & Hermiston.

If you know of any other spots in Edinburgh where there is free parking let us know on Twitter @reserveapts

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