Best Free Parking In Edinburgh – Guide and Helpful Map 2022


Updated: 5th January 2022

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I love Edinburgh so much. I wish I lived here, the city is buzzing history while buzzing culture, and the people are so bubby with kind enthusiasm. But with just under 3.7 million visitors a year, parking your car here is no fun at all. You can pay a smacking £27.50 to park here if you’re not careful.

But we are here to help and have visited Edinburgh with the sole purpose of finding the best spots to park, not only cheaply, but where to park your car in Edinburgh for free. So read on

Free Parking in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – 2022

There is a good choice of free parking spots in Edinburgh, from free park and rides, free on-street parking, and even superstore car parks that are free to park in only a limited time. Here are public roads with free parking in Edinburgh:

  • St Margaret’s Loch 2 hr limit
  • Meadowbank Shopping Park – 4 hr limit
  • Waitrose Comely Bank – 2 hr limit
  • Regent Place – on street
  • Sauchiebank – on street
  • Iona Street – on street
  • Hermiston – Park & Ride
  • Newcraighall – Park & Ride
  • Sheriffhall Park – & Ride

Read on as we share with you many tips and hidden locations that will all save you money. You can also download our bespoke google map of all the best free parking spots in Edinburgh and be navigated straight to your location, saving you time as well as money. Download the Map


Free Parking in Edinburgh City Centre

Is there free parking in Edingburgh city centre? Between superstore car parks and on-street parking, there are great opportunities to park in, or very near to Edinburgh city centre for, we recommend:

  • Dryden Street
  • Redbraes Place
  • St Margaret’s Loch 2 hr limit
  • Meadowbank Shopping Park – 4 hr limit
  • Waitrose Comely Bank – 2 hr limit
  • Regent Place – on street

You can also download our bespoke google map of all the Best Free Parking Spots in Edinburgh, including Free Parking near Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh City Centre.


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Best Free Parking Spots in Edinburgh

Free on Street Parking Edinburgh

At first, it seemed impossible, but I looked very hard for you and found some absolute gems of where to park in Edinburgh for FREE. Here are some great on-street parking in Edinburgh that I found, where you can park for free:

  • Bangholm Place
  • Rosebank Road
  • Salmond Place
  • Waverley Park
  • Priestfield Road
  • Macdowall Road
  • Midmar Gardens
  • Ashley Drive
  • Craigleith Crescent

Let my map guide you right there. Download the Map


Free Parking near Edinburgh Waverly Station and Old Town

The following roads are between a 15 and 25-minute walk from Edinburgh Old Town, Lawnmarket, and Edinburgh Waverly train station:

  • Tytler Gardens
  • Milton Street
  • Waverley Park
  • Lyne Street
  • Abbey Street
  • Lady Menzies Place
  • Maryfield Place
  • Regent Place
  • Waverley Place

Other amenities in the Old town near these free roads are St Margaret’s Well, Regen Road park, Montgomery Street park, and Carlton hill

You can also download our bespoke google map of all the Best Free Parking Spots in Edinburgh, including Free Parking near Edinburgh Waverly Station, the castle, and the Old Town

Free Parking in Edinburgh New Town

The roads listed below are between 15 and 25 minutes walk to Edinburgh New Town

  • Murano Place
  • Albert Street
  • Spey Street Lane
  • Spey Terrace
  • Dryden Street
  • Dryden Gait
  • Arthur Street
  • Waverley Place
  • Lady Menzies Place

Other amenities in the New town near these free roads are Multrees Walk, Waverley Mall, Craigleith Retail Park, Drylaw Shopping centre. Or why not just let my map guide you right there. Download The Map

Free Parking near Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Here are roads near to the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens where you can park absolutely free of charge:

  • East Fettes Avenue
  • Ferry Road
  • Arboretum Road – North End Only
  • Wardie Avenue
  • Wardie Road
  • Clark Road
  • Warriston Road
  • Bangholm Grove
  • Bangholm Road

You can also download our bespoke google map of all the best free parking spots in Edinburgh, including Free Parking near Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.

Free Parking near Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Here are roads near to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital where you can park absolutely free of charge

  • Bruce Street – Little road
  • Balcarres Street
  • Belhaven Terrace
  • Craighouse Gardens
  • Craighouse Avenue
  • Plewlands Avenue
  • Saint Ninian’s Terrace
  • Craighouse Terrace
  • Craighouse Road
free parking at Balcarres St, Edinburgh near to Royal Edinburgh Hospital Young People's Unit, 23 Tipperlinn Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5HF

You can also download our bespoke google map of all the best free parking spots in Edinburgh, including near the Royal Edinburgh hospital, Orchid Clinic, NHS Lothian, and the Edinburgh Clinic.

Free Parking near Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Here are roads near Western General Hospital where you can park absolutely free of charge

  • Davidson Road
  • Davidson Park
  • Grigor Avenue
  • Grigor Drive
  • Kimmerghame Place
  • Telford Drive
  • Easter Drylaw View
  • Easter Drylaw Bank
  • Easter Drylaw Avenue

Download our map for our full selection of the Best free parking spots near the Western General Hospital.

Free Parking near the University of Edinburgh

Here are the best roads near Western General Hospital where you can park for free

  • Tytler Gardens
  • Waverley Park
  • Milton Street
  • Abbey Lane
  • Marchhall Crescent
  • Marchhall Road
  • Kirkhill Gardens
  • Kirkhill Terrace
  • Priestfield Road

For our full selection of the Best free parking spots near the University of Edinburgh, download our map.

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Free Parking near the University of Edinburgh – Kings Buildings

These are the best roads near the University of Edinburgh, Kings Buildings where you can park for free:

  • Observatory Road
  • Ladysmith Road
  • Blackford Hill Rise
  • Rankin Drive
  • Langton Road
  • Rankin Avenue
  • Lussielaw Road
  • Lygon Road
  • Savile Place

Free Parking in Edinburgh after 6pm and on Sundays

Free Parking in central Edinburgh can be had in many locations after 6 pm and often all day on Sundays. Please remember to check the sign before leaving your vehicle in the restricted parking zones in Edinburgh.

Here are just some roads in central Edinburgh where you can park free on Sunday and after 6 pm:

Free Parking in Edinburgh
after 6 pm
Free to ParkDays
Albany Street6.30 pm to 8.30 am
6.30 pm to 12.30 pm
Monday to Saturday
Sunday
Forth Street6.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Saturday
Sunday
Gayfield Street5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
East London Street5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Great King Street5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Chester Street6.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Saturday
Sunday
Merchiston Park5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Maxwell Street5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
Henderson Place Lane5.30 pm to 8.30 am
All-day
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday

Free Disabled Parking in Edinburgh City Centre

Below are 9 free disabled bays in Edingburgh city centre:

  • George St, West bound
  • Charlotte Square
  • King’s Stables Road
  • Johnston Terrace
  • India Place
  • West Register Street
  • Waterloo Place
  • St. Giles Street
  • Glenogle Road

I have found and added over 55 disabled parking bays to our map of Free Parking in Edinburgh.

Let our map navigate you directly to your chosen disabled bay.

Free Motorcycle Parking in Edinburgh City Centre

Where can you park your motorbike in central Edinbughfor free? Here are roads in Central Edinburgh with free motorcycle parking bays:

  • Roseberry Crescent
  • Rothesay Terrace
  • Westhall Gardens
  • Walker Street
  • Castle Street
  • Young Street
  • St Ninian’s Row
  • Simon Square
  • South College Street

For a full list of all council provided Motorcycle bays in Edinburgh

Free Parking Close to Edinburgh Airport

Is there free parking near Edinburgh Airport? I am delighted to tell you that over a thousand free parking spaces are available just a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Airport at Ingliston Park And Ride. Just park your car and walk up Eastfield Road onto Jubilee road into the airport entrance

Free Overnight Parking near Edinburgh

Where is there Free Overnight Parking near Edinburgh? Both on-street parking and park and rides near Edinburgh, where you can park overnight free of charge. These are:

  • Merchiston Grove
  • Lyne Street
  • Arboretum Road – North End Only
  • Ravelston Dykes
  • Dalmeny Street
  • Hermiston Park And Ride
  • Ferrytoll Park & Ride
  • Ingliston Park And Ride
  • Sheriffhall Park And Ride

To be navigated directly to the above locations and much more free overnight stay parking options, Download our map

Cheap and Low Cost Car Parks in Edinburgh

Here are the cheapest 1, 2, 4, 8 and 24-hour car parking locations in Edinburgh city

Cheap Car Parks in Edinburgh Car ParkPrice
1 hour27A Nicolson Square£2.40
2 hour Edinburgh Quay£3.00
4 hour Fountain Park£3.90
8 hour Fountain Park £10.00
24 hourNewcraighall Park & Ride£0.50
24 hour Calton Road£15.00

I had to wade through many free car parks to find these car parks that cost the least. So please note what you have above are more central Car parks than if you chose a free car park option instead.

Edinburgh Park & Ride Schemes

There are 7 parks and ride services that are all within a 35-minute bus or train ride into Edinburgh city centre. These Park & Rides near Edinburgh are:

  • Newcraighall – East Side
  • Wallyford – East Side
  • Sheriffhall – South East Side
  • Straiton – South Side
  • Hermiston – South West Side
  • Ingliston – West Side
  • Ferrytoll – North East Side

These Edingburgh Park and rides are great to use when you are needing to ditch the car for a couple of days in Edinburgh or going on a short trip and need the nearby Airport, or even just coming to enjoy Edinburgh’s great annual festivals like the Fringe, Film, Jazz or Pride Festival.

Please note: Dogs are allowed on the Edinburgh’s Park and ride transportation coming into Edinburgh. But, there may be a restriction to only one dog allowed at a time in one area of the bus by the driver.

I hope this post has answered all the questions you had about finding free car parking in and by Edinburgh city. To help, we have listed them above, but the easiest way to save money, time, and fuss is downloading our map that has well over 200 locations where you can avoid paying up to £27.50 a day, which is extortionate parking fees.

Either way, we wish you a safe drive, happy parking, and an amazing visit to Edinburgh city, Scotland.

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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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