Best Free Parking in Cardiff – Ultimate Guide 2022 + Helpful Map


Free Parking in Cardiff

Croeso I Caerdydd! That was ‘Welcome to Cardiff’ for all you non-Welsh speaking readers. Cardiff is the capital of Wales has over 6000 years of history and over 21 million visitors each year. So you are very wise to be googling for free parking in Cardiff, as like finding free parking in any capital it is a daunting task to the uninitiated.

Free Parking in Cardiff, UK – 2022

Is there FREE parking in Cardiff? The following streets in Cardiff are free to park on for an unlimited time

  • Letton Road
  • Redlaver Street
  • Loudoun Square
  • Llanmaes Street
  • Queen’s Road
  • Uppercliff Close
  • Sudcroft Street
  • Leckwith Place
  • Broadhaven
  • Ninian Park Road

For the above & more Free Parking options in Cardiff with Easy Navigation, Download our map

Don’t worry! As we have your back! We have blanketed Cardiff searching for public roads without parking restrictions, nearest to all Cardiffs main amenities. We have even created a map with over 100 of the best free parking spots all over the city, so you can be navigated straight to your chosen location. So, let’s get started.

Really, that is a very broad question as Cardiff pans across, just over 55 square miles. So, we have both created a map to download uncovering over 100 FREE Parking Spots all over Cardiff. Also in this article, we have broken it down and answered where the best free parking in Cardiff is in or nearest to:

  • The city centre
  • Cathays
  • Cardiff Bay
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff Airport
  • Cardiff Central Railway Station
  • Cardiff Queen Street Railway Station
  • Cathays Railway Station
  • Cardiff Bay Railway Station
  • Grangetown Railway Station
  • Ninian Park Railway Station
  • Free Disabled Parking in Cardiff City Centre
  • Free Motorcycle Parking in Cardiff
  • Cheapest Car Parks
  • Avalible Park and Rides

This way you can choose a free parking spot nearest to your final destination. But the absolute easiest way would be to Download our Map of the Best Free Parking Spots in Cardiff City and be navigated directly to your chosen free parking location. We do charge for this map, and the proceeds help towards us doing what we do.

What you Need to Know about Free Parking in Cardiff

The main thing to keep in mind when using the free parking spots we have found for you is that the majority of the streets may be residential roads, and in these cases, there are certain things to keep in mind.

  • Do not park in front of anyones driveways
  • Be polight and respectful to the locals, you are after all leaving your vehicle with them
  • Do not block any entrances or doorways
  • Check the signage before leaving your vehicle

Free Parking in Cardiff City Centre, Wales

When is there FREE parking in Cardiff city centre? There is no free parking within the half-mile square city centre of Cardiff. The nearest opportunities to park for free to Cardiff city centre are after 10 pm on the following streets:

  • Augusta Street
  • Beauchamp Street
  • Clare Street
  • Gloucester Street
  • Despenser Gardens
  • Despenser Street
  • Dinas Street
  • Clare Gardens
  • Clare Place

For the above & Over 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking Opportunities
in Cardiff City Centre
Free
Augusta StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Beauchamp Street From 10 pm to 8 am
Clare StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Gloucester StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Despenser GardensFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Despenser StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Dinas StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Clare GardensFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Free the opposite side
Clare PlaceFREE – Check Signage
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Free Parking in Cathays, Cardiff, Wales

Is there FREE parking in Cathays in Cardiff? The following public streets in Cathays are free to park on for an unlimited time:

  • Harriet Street
  • Richards Street
  • Flora Street
  • Treorky Street
  • Minny Street
  • Treherbert Street
  • Hirwain Street
  • Dalton Street
  • Fanny Street
  • Lucas Street
Free Parking at Merthyr Street, Cathays, Cardiff near to Cardiff city centre

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking in Cardiff Bay, Wales

Is there FREE parking at Cardiff Bay? The following public roads near Cardiff Bay have parts that are free to park on for an unlimited time. Check the signs before leaving your vehicle. These roads are:

  • West Close
  • Hannah Street
  • Loudoun Square
  • Letton Road
  • Barquentine Place
  • Halliard Court

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Cardiff University

Cardiff University is located just south of Cathays and Cathays railway station. There are many public residential roads here that have both restricted parking bays and unrestricted parking spots. Make sure you are in an unrestricted part of the street and not in a restricted parking bay.

Is there FREE parking by Cardiff University? There are public residential roads nearby Cardiff University that have part-restricted parking bays and are part unrestricted and free to park on. We do not want you to get a ticket, so Make sure to park carefully on the following roads:

  • Spencer Street
  • Clodien Avenue
  • Fairoak Road
  • Lisvane Street
  • Dalton Street
  • Harriet Street
  • Pen-Y-Bryn Road
  • Llanishen Street
  • Tewkesbury Street

For the above & 100 more Free Parking Spots in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Cardiff Airport

The entrance to the arrivals at Cardiff International Airport, to the north side of the airport. The only nearby public free parking roads we could find are on the Southside, on average a 45-minute walk to the arrivals and we can’t be having that. There is a solution.

All our suggestions are within a 10-minute walk from Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Railway Station. From here you can take the train a 7-minute train ride straight into Arrivals of Cardiff airport. Or also from this train station, you can get either the 905 bus or 304 bus and be at arrivals in under 12 minutes. Click here to see your options

Is there free parking by Cardiff Aiport? The nearest public roads with free and unrestricted parking are within a 12-minute 905 or 304 bus or train ride to arrivals from the Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Railway Station. You can park on the following roads:

  • Havant Close
  • South View
  • Torbay Terrace
  • Castle Road
  • Church Road
  • Romilly Road
  • Kemeys Road
  • Mayflower Way
  • Ceri Road
  • Ceri Avenue

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking Near the Cardiff Train Stations

There are 20 train stations in Cardiff all owned by network rail, but we have taken the most popular 6 stations and researched where the nearest free to park public roads are. Download the map Job Done!

Free Parking near Cardiff Central Station

  • Dinas Street
  • Hafod Street
  • Taffs Mead Embankment
  • Mardy Street
  • Beauchamp Street
  • Despenser Street
  • Despenser Gardens
  • Gloucester Street

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

This is when it is Free to Park on
Roads near Cardiff Central Station
Free to Park
on From:
Dinas StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Hafod StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Taffs Mead EmbankmentFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Mardy StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Beauchamp StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Despenser StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Despenser GardensFrom 10 pm to 8 am
Gloucester StreetFrom 10 pm to 8 am

Free Parking near Cardiff Queen Street Railway Station

Cardiff Queen train station is just on the Eastside of Cardiff city centre and Ideal if you have a day of shopping on your mind as its just next door to Capitol Shopping Centre. It is also near to the Museum of Cardiff, Cardiff Central Library, and the University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus by Bute East Dock.

Is there free parking near Cardiff Queen Street train Station? The following streets are near Cardiff Queen Street railway station and have partial unrestricted spots where you can park for free:

  • Sapphire Street
  • Emerald Street
  • Silver Street
  • Ruby Street
  • Clifton Street
  • Lead Street
  • Sun Street
  • Iron Street
  • Zinc Street

Make sure not to park in a restricted parking bay. For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Cathays Railway Station, Cardiff

Cathays train station is located just north of Cardiff city centre and just a 10-minute walk through Cardiff Uni campus to Alexandra Gardens and Bute Park, and just 13 minutes from Cardiff Castle. Saying that the public residential roads with free parking that we have found are on the north side of the station, so please add 3 to 5 minutes onto the above time estimations.

Free parking at Harriet Street, Cardiff near to Cathays train station, Cardiff

Is there free parking by Cathays Station? The following streets near Cathays railway station have partial unrestricted spots where you can park for free. Make sure you are on a free spot when parking on the following roads:

  • Dalton Street
  • Harriet Street
  • Clodien Avenue
  • Fairoak Road
  • Lisvane Street
  • Pen-Y-Bryn Road
  • Llanishen Street
  • Tewkesbury Street
  • Spencer Street

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Cardiff Bay Railway Station, Cardiff

Where is there Free Parking near Cardiff Bay Railway Station? The following roads are located by Cardiff Bay Railway Station and are all free to park on:

  • Barquentine Place
  • Letton Road
  • West Close
  • Hannah Street
  • Loudoun Square
  • Halliard Court

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Grangetown Railway Station, Cardiff

Is there Free parking near Grangetown train Station? Grangetown Railway Station in Cardiff does have nearby free parking on the following public streets:

  • Stockland Street
  • Penhevad Street
  • Pentrebane Street
  • Llanmaes Street
  • Penhevad Street
  • Pentrebane Street
  • Grange Place
  • Cosslett Place
  • Moordale Road

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Free Parking near Ninian Park Railway Station, Cardiff

Is there free parking near Ninian Park train Station? The following streets are near Ninian Park railway station and have partial unrestricted spots where you can park for free:

  • Ninian Park Road
  • Broadhaven
  • Broadstairs Road
  • Sudcroft Street
  • Leckwith Close
  • Leckwith Place
  • Leckwith Avenue
  • Albert Street
  • Lyndhurst Street
  • Chancery Lane

Make sure not to park in a restricted parking bay

Free parking on Ninian Road, Cardiff near to Ninian Park Railway Station Cardiff

For the above & 100 more Free roads in Cardiff & Easy Navigation, Download our map

Best Free Overnight Parking in Cardiff

Overnight parking in Cardiff can be answered in two ways, free overnight parking in Cardiff city centre. But could also mean, free long-stay parking in Cardiff, so I will answer both.

Free Overnight Parking in Cardiff City Centre

Is there Free overnight parking in Cardiff city centre? The following roads in central Cardiff city allow Free parking from 10 pm to 8 am seven days a week.

  • Augusta Street
  • Despenser Gardens
  • Despenser Street
  • Clare Street
  • Dinas Street
  • Clare Gardens
  • Clare Place
  • Beauchamp Street
  • Gloucester Street

Penalties will apply outside this time slot without a valid parking ticket

Free Long Stay Overnight Parking in Cardiff, Wales

Is there Free long stay overnight parking in Cardiff? The following public roads in Cardiff have no restrictions on them. This means you can park for free during the day and overnight for an unlimited time:

  • Loudoun Square
  • Letton Road
  • Sudcroft Street
  • Leckwith Close
  • Barquentine Place
  • Tewkesbury Street
  • Spencer Street

Check the signage and make sure to lock your vehicle before leaving it.

Free Disabled Parking in Cardiff, Wales

​Cardiff council is very generous when it comes to disabling parking in Cardiff city, as not only does it allow 3-hour parking on single and double yellow lines. They also allow Free parking in pay and display bays for an unlimited time. That’s very generous indeed, do make sure to have your blue badge clearly clocked and displayed on your dashboard, or I’m sure it will be a completely different story.

Where is there disabled parking in Cardiff city centre? The Cardiff council allow blue badge holders who clearly and correctly display their blue badge free parking in the following central locations:

  • Any On-street pay & display
  • 17 Churchill Way – 10 disabled bays
  • Greyfriars Place – 8 disabled bays
  • 2 Guildhall Place – 4 disabled bays
  • Tredegar Street – 5 disabled bays
  • 51 Charles Street – 4 disabled bays
  • Church Place – 6 disabled bays
  • Double yellow lines for a maximum of 3 hours
  • Single yellow lines for a maximum of 3 hours

For more information on disabled parking in Cardiff, see the cardiff.gov website

Free Motorcycle Parking in Cardiff, Wales

Where is the free motorcycle parking in Cardiff city? According to cardiff.gov.uk Dedicated motorcycle parking bays are located around the city centre at the following locations:

  • 2 Guildhall Place
  • 70 Churchill Way
  • Millicent St – to the left of St David’s Dewi Sant Car Park entrance
  • Churchill Way
  • Charles Street
  • Windsor Place
  • Mary Ann Street
  • Guildhall Place

Cheapest Car Parks in Cardiff, UK

Just finding the best free parking options in Cardiff isn’t enough for us, and we want to also give you in order the cheapest car parks as well. The below 3 charts show our results for the best 4, 8 and 24 hours car park stays.

Where is the Cheapest Car Parks in Cardiff to Park for 4 Hours?

Cheapest 4 hour
Car Parks in Cardiff
PriceWalking Distance
from centre
St David’s Dewi Sant£5.0014 mins
John Lewis£5.0014 mins
Capitol Shopping£5.0013 mins
Castle Mews£5.1012 mins
Dumfries Place£7.8016 mins
Cardiff Central Station Railway Station£12.5017 mins

Where is the Cheapest Car Parks in Cardiff to Park for 8 Hours?

Cheapest 8 hour Car Parks in Cardiff PriceWalking Distance
from centre
1 Knox Road£5.0016 mins
Pellett Street£8.0020 mins
Sophia Gardens£9.2019 mins
St David’s Dewi Sant£10.0013 mins
Capital Shopping£10.0014 mins

Where is the Cheapest Car Parks in Cardiff to Park for 24 Hours?

Cheapest 24 hour Car Parks in Cardiff PriceWalking Distance
from centre
Carphilly Station Park and Ride
Aber Station Park and Ride
Free
Wellington Street£3.0030 mins
8 Seven Road£3.0036 mins
Cardiff Central Station Railway Station £12.5017 mins
Marriott£18.0014 mins

Park and Rides in Cardiff

Cardiff
Park & Rides
Distance
To City Centre
Llandaff Park & Ride – Northside
Unnamed Road, Cardiff CF14 2EZ
21 mins
train ride
more details
Cardiff East Park & Ride – Eastside
Llanrumney, Cardiff CF23 8HH
www.cardiffbus.com
+44 29 2066 6444
46 mins
C1 bus ride
more details
Llandough Park & Ride – Southside
Cardiff & Vale N H S Trust,
Penlan Rd, Llandough,
Penarth CF64 2XX
30 mins
train ride
more details
Tremorfa Industrial Estate Park & Ride – Southside
Venture Workshops,
Martin Rd,
Tremorfa,
Tremorfa Industrial Estate,
Cardiff CF24 5SD
10 min walk
more details
Cardiff Docks Park & Ride – Southside
Cardiff Docks,
Cardiff CF10 4LX
48 min walk
more details
For the above Park & Rides & 100 Free Parking roads in Cardiff – Download our map

I hope this article has set you well on your way to parking up in Cardiff for free. That just leaves us to wish you a very enjoyable visit and a very safe ride. Keep safe

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Charlie

I do this because I love helping save you time and money, by searching for free, or at least the cheap places to park.

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