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Information about parking in Bristol
Bristol sits just South of the junction between the M4 and the M5, with both motorways easily accessible and only a short drive away. The M4 subsequently connects Bristol to cities like London to the East and Cardiff to the West. The M5 in turn provides great access to Bristol from the Southwest and the North of the country.
On-street parking can be quite difficult in the centre of Bristol, with much of the area being a Controlled Parking Zone, but there are multiple off-street car parks to choose from at an affordable rate.
Bristol is also served by 4 park and ride locations that surround the city in all directions.
JustPark provides information on parking options across Bristol, many of which are reservable – both on-street and off-street, from driveways to car parks.
Much of Bristol city centre is a Controlled Parking Zone, and other areas are also restricted to resident permits only, so parking in the middle can be quite difficult at certain times. Despite this, there are still a large number of pay-and-display bays and spaces throughout the city – plus there are areas just outside the centre which have no restrictions at all.
On-street pay-and-display spaces typically operate from 8am-6pm within the central zone – but be aware that there is also usually a special charge that applies from 6pm until midnight. For visitors, parking in these spaces will be no less than £3 per hour, but each location can have slightly differing times and prices – so make sure you read signposts when you park up.
To find information on available on-street spaces in Bristol, you can use our parking map.
Location Operator Price Max Stay St Stephens Avenue/Bristol Old City 1 Hour Group Bristol City Council £0.50 / 15 minutes 15 hours Trenchard Street/Bristol 2 Hour Plus Eve Group Bristol City Council £0.00 / 6 hours 6 hours Lower Park Row/Bristol 2 Hour Plus Eve Group Bristol City Council £0.00 / 6 hours 6 hours Colston Street/Bristol 1 Hour Group Bristol City Council £0.00 / 6 hours 15 hours Christmas Street/Bristol 1 Hour Group Bristol City Council £0.00 / 6 hours 15 hours
There are a number of off-street car park options in the centre of Bristol, but be aware that some can charge quite a high rate for a day’s parking.
Bristol City Council run 15 car parks in the city at a competitive rate, and generally represent your cheapest choice when it comes to off-street parking.
You can find location, price and availability information for many of these car parks on JustPark – including the 24/7 Trenchard Street car park (Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AN), located nearby to Colston Hall and Bristol Hippodrome, which is a particularly useful option.
Park and ride is also an alternative worth considering when visiting Bristol – with 4 locations to the Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast of the city meaning you can drive in from just about anywhere, park up and ride in by bus for a small daily fee.
JustPark offer an array of reservable off-street spaces across Bristol, from driveways to car parks – with a particularly good selection in popular areas such as near Bristol Temple Meads station and Ashton Gate stadium.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Rupert Street Bristol City Council £2.50 / 30 minutes Trenchard Street Bristol City Council £1.00 / hour Nelson Street Bristol City Council £2.50 / 30 minutes Queen Charlotte Street Bristol City Council £2.50 / 30 minutes Queen Square Bristol City Council £0.50 / 17 minutes 2 hours
Bristol Temple Meads serves as Bristol’s principal railway station and plays an integral role in the transport links for the city, with local trains and bus services coming to and from this station to the southeast of the city centre.
Bristol Parkway is a secondary station to the northwest of the city, which serves many of Bristol’s routes to and from Wales and the West of England.
Most off-street car parks in Bristol offer a limited number of disabled spaces.
Blue Badge holders, however, can park with no maximum stay in any on-street pay-and-display space or bay throughout the city at no cost – even in resident permit restricted areas.
Blue Badge holders may also park for up to 3 hours on single or double yellow lines, unless local signs state otherwise.
You can also filter on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access in Bristol (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
Many of the streets in the centre of Bristol are situated within a strict Controlled Parking Zone, and some areas of the city are largely Resident Permit restricted, so always make sure you read local signposts to ensure you do not park illegally.
Parking restrictions in the surrounding Bristol area are usually only on main roads, bus routes and near local shopping areas so you should have no trouble finding parking outside of the city centre.
On the JustPark map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to park in – i.e. those which are not restricted at your required times.
Overnight parking is easy in Bristol, as many off-street car parks run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A very good option for overnight parking is Trenchard Street car park (Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AN), offering a secure location with a special low rate from 6pm-9am.
On Bank holidays and on Sundays, you can park for free in any on-street pay-and-display space within the central parking zone.
Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.
Bristol is a beautiful city in the Southwest of England. The centre’s unmistakable features are the River Avon and the Bristol Harbour that run through the city, providing a unique feel to a bustling hub that is far from boring. When in the city and not admiring its natural urban beauty, you can park up and enjoy a play at the Bristol Hippodrome or enjoy the many bars and restaurants in Canon’s Marsh.