We are often asked about car parking In Edinburgh, so we have put this guide together to help. Here’s everything you need to know about parking in Edinburgh:
If you are visiting Edinburgh’s Old and New town, then have a think about whether you need a car. The city has a great bus service that can take you from A to B, and there are lots of tours up north to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, and the Highlands and beyond – all leaving from the Royal Mile. It’s certainly worth considering if you really need to bring it.
If you do decide to bring the car, then here are some hand tips as well as parking information:
We have recently acquired Edinburgh parking facilities in the heart of the city centre – just a short walk from many of our apartments. For £10 per day, you can skip the bus and park right in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town instead.
Let us know if you’d like to take advantage of these rare city centre parking spaces when you book online or over the phone.
Most of the city centre has controlled parking areas looked after by Edinburgh City Council Parking Services. For permanent residents there are parking permit spaces and the rest are pay and display. Detailed parking information for visitors and residents can be found at the Edinburgh City Council Parking website, including information on car parking fees and (should you slip up) parking tickets and fines.
You can use this Interactive Map to check the availability of spaces in the area you are staying in.
There are a number of large 24 hour car parks in Edinburgh operated by NCP. If you are staying in the Old Town, the most conveniently located NCP car park is on Castle Terrace. This costs £24 for 24 hours and it is a short walk to the Royal Mile. You should also consider the Morrison Street NCP, which is a little further away from the Royal Mile but conveniently located for the EICC. It costs £12.50 for 24 hours. Details of other NCP car parks in the city can be found here.
If you have a disabled badge and are from the US and Europe, then you should be able to use it during your time in Edinburgh. To confirm that your badge is recognised and valid in Edinburgh, you can speak to the Edinburgh City Council Parking Services on 0131 469 5400. Usage may vary locally, so you can check how your badge can be used in Edinburgh to make your trip easier on the Parking with a Blue Badge page.
Lothian Buses are the main bus provider in and around Edinburgh. They operate over 70 services in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas of Midlothian and East Lothian and have a fleet of 650 vehicles. Additionally, they have over 30 open-top buses for their Edinburgh Bus Tours services and 14 specially branded low floor AIRLINK vehicles for use on the dedicated Airport Express service. Their night bus service is also a reliable and safe method for getting around the city after dark!
You can find all the information you need about Lothian buses including timetables, prices and their interactive map here – Lothian Buses website
There are six park and rides operating in and around Edinburgh – Ingliston, Hermiston, Straiton, Sheriffhall, Newcraighall and Ferrytoll.
You can find all the information you need about Lothian buses including timetables, prices and their interactive map here – Lothian Buses Park and Ride Information