Edinburgh Car Parking: Park & Ride, Airport, 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.