More and more people in the UK are shunning public transport in favour of cars.
Not only are cars more convenient and comfortable but they are also more practical too, especially if you have the kids in tow. However, one of the downsides of using your own car is that you have to find a safe and legal place to park, and in most instances, you have to pay for parking.
In some cities, you’ll shell out a lot more than in others.
With this in mind, Enjoy Travel has researched the cheapest and most expensive cities in the UK for parking, both in car parks and on-street.
In some cities, there is free on-street parking on weekends and public holidays. So, for comparison purposes, they looked at hourly and overnight midweek parking rates in locations within 30 minutes walking time of city centres. How does your city fare?
THE CHEAPEST CITIES FOR ON-STREET PARKING (PER HOUR)
|1||Bradford||£0.70 per hour|
|2||Newcastle Upon Tyne||£0.80 per hour|
|3||Preston||£0.90 per hour|
|4||Wakefield||£0.90 per hour|
|5||Leicester||£1.00 per hour|
|6||Southampton||£1.00 per hour|
|7||York||£1.00 per hour|
|8||Nottingham||£1.20 per hour|
|9||Sheffield||£1.30 per hour|
|10||Gloucester||£1.55 per hour|
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES FOR ON-STREET PARKING (PER HOUR)
|1||City of London||£5.10 per hour|
|2||Edinburgh||£4.60 per hour|
|3||Bristol||£4.00 per hour|
|4||Manchester||£3.50 per hour|
|5||Kingston upon Hull||£3.00 (2hr max.)|
|6||Leeds||£2.80 per hour|
|7||Brighton||£2.40 per hour|
|8||Liverpool||£2.40 per hour|
|9||Derby||£2.30 per hour|
|10||Lichfield||£2.00 per hour|
The car parks in the UK with the cheapest and most expensive hourly rates
Planning on a road trip to Chester? You’ll be happy to know that leaving your vehicle in a car park will cost you just pennies. In fact, Chester has the cheapest car park in the UK with an hourly rate of just £0.10.
On the flip side, the most expensive hourly car park tariff is £7.80 in the City of London. This is a whopping £2.10 more per hour than the next most expensive car parks which are in Manchester and Brighton and Hove. You’ll also notice that, on average, the cheapest car parks are Council-run and the most expensive are privately-owned.
THE CHEAPEST CAR PARKS IN THE UK (PER HOUR)
|1||Chester – Christleton Road||Free|
|2||Lichfield – Greenhough Road||£0.60|
|3||Bradford – Captain Street||£0.50|
|4||Wolverhampton – Dudley Road||£0.50|
|5||Birmingham – Lower Loveday Street||£0.60|
|6||Sheffield – Trinity Street||£0.80|
|7||Nottingham – Avalon Court||£1.00|
|9||Southampton – Trinity Road||£1.00|
|9||Exeter – Okehampton Street||£1.00|
|10||Worcester – 8 Charles Street||£1.00|
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CAR PARKS IN THE UK (PER HOUR)
|1||City of London – Upper Street||£7.80|
|2||Manchester – King Street West||£5.70|
|3||Brighton and Hove – RCP 44 North Road||£5.70|
|4||Liverpool – APCOA Lime Street Station (Short Stay)||£4.60|
|5||Leeds – APCOA Leeds Station (Short Stay)||£4.50|
|6||Sheffield – NCP Arundel Gate||£4.50|
|7||Birmingham – Somerset House Garage||£4.00|