Information about parking in Bristol
Driving to and parking in Bristol
Bristol lies near the junction of the M4 and M5, with the M32 leading straight into the centre of the city. Unfortunately parking in the city can be both difficult and expensive, especially during University term time. With that in mind we highly recommend pre-booking your parking space.
Bristol Council’s Parking Services team provide a detailed interactive map of car parking options within the city.
If you are driving into the centre of Bristol then there is limited on-street parking, although many of these spaces will have a maximum stay of 2 hours.
If you would prefer to avoid driving into the city centre then there are also three Park & Ride locations available.
- The Portway Park & Ride is situated just off junction 18 of the M5, and is served by the 902 bus into the city centre.
- Long Ashton’s Park and Ride is situated to the south west of the city, and is served by the 903 bus.
- To the south east of the city on Bath Road is Brislington Park & Ride, served by the 904 bus into the city centre.
All three of the Park & Ride locations offer free parking, but you will need to pay for the return bus fare of £4 (peak) or £3 (off-peak) per person.
Private Parking options:
JustPark offers over 100 parking spaces in Bristol, some charging as little as £3 per day and all of which are pre-bookable. Quite often these spaces will be cheaper than the alternatives, and you’ll save time by not having to drive around looking for an empty space on the day.
Bank Holiday Parking:
On Bank Holidays there is free parking in all on-street resident spaces, with the exception of Bower Ashton. Free bank holiday parking does not apply to double yellow lines, disabled bays, car club bars or loading bays.
Blue Badge holders can park free of charge - all day every day - in any on-street pay and display spaces within Bristol city limits. There is also free parking in any on-street limited waiting bays or disabled bays.
Rent out a space
Got a spare driveway or garage in Bristol? You can list your parking space for free with JustPark. It only takes a few minutes to get up and running, and you could be making money in no time. Find out more here.
Check out the JustPark app
You can now book any one of our 20,000+ JustPark locations on the move with our mobile app - available for both iPhone and Android. View parking options, pay for a space and get directions - all with just a few taps of your phone.