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Information about parking in Cardiff
Cardiff is really easy to drive to – with the M4 running from London, and with the A48 and A470 providing quick access from there into the city.
There are plenty of options when it comes to parking in Cardiff, with multiple off-street car parks and a reasonable amount of on-street parking spaces within and around the city – but on event and match days at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, parking can become extremely difficult so make sure you’re aware of event schedules before your visit.
Cardiff does have 3 park and ride locations surrounding the city, providing affordable bus services into the city centre after you park up.
JustPark provides information on a multitude of Cardiff parking options, many of which are reservable – both on-street and off-street, from driveways to car parks.
There are 3 main Controlled Parking Zones in the centre of Cardiff, with further areas that charge their own rates for on-street pay-and-display spaces. Charges are generally affordable, starting at around £1.70 per hour in the city centre, and typically operate from 8am-6pm, Monday-Saturday – but be aware that spaces can be very limited.
You can use our parking map to find information on available on-street parking spaces near Waterloo station.
All off-street car parks in Cardiff city centre are commercially operated, with Cardiff council running only a handful of car parks further afield. NCP is perhaps your most reliable provider within the city, offering 9 city centre car parks that operate 24 hours a day.
Perhaps the most convenient of these is Cardiff Central Station car park (Cardiff Central Station, Cardiff, CF10 1EN), centrally located on-site at Cardiff’s principal railway station just a short walk from the main shopping district. This car park offers competitive daily and overnight rates and is open 24 hours a day, Monday-Sunday.
Cardiff has 3 park and ride sites that serve the city with bus routes to and from the centre: Cardiff East runs Monday-Sunday; Cardiff West runs Monday-Friday; and Cardiff South only runs on Saturdays.
JustPark offer thousands of reservable off-street spaces across the city, from driveways to car parks, starting at very reasonable rates – with a particularly good selection to choose from in popular areas such as Butetown and near Cardiff City football stadium.
JustPark offers a choice of reservable off-street parking in Cardiff – in both council and commercially-run car parks, as well as on private driveways. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Wood Street Cardiff County Council £3.50 / hour Cardiff Central Station Cardiff County Council £11.00 / day Rapports Cardiff County Council £3.50 / hour St David's Car Park St David's Ltd Partnership £2.00 / hour Westgate Street Cardiff County Council £3.50 / hour
Cardiff has two principal railway stations. Cardiff Central station is the largest of the two and primarily provides nationwide services around Wales and services to major cities all over England. Cardiff Queen Street serves as the main hub for Cardiff’s Valley Lines suburban railway system, in which local trains run to neighbouring areas around Cardiff and South Wales via 8 lines and 20 stations.
Blue Badge holders may park for free for an unlimited amount of time in any of the city’s on-street pay-and-display spaces, in any designated disabled bay, and in many of Cardiff Council’s off-street car parks. Blue Badge holders may also park for up to 3 hours in resident permit bays during controlled hours – as well as on single or double yellow lines, unless loading bans are signalled locally.
You can also filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access in Cardiff (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
There are 3 Controlled Parking Zones that make up much of Cardiff city centre, and on-street parking is solely limited to pay-and-display for much of the day.
When there are any events or matches at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium, although the atmosphere within the city becomes vibrant, parking becomes very difficult with congestion, limited spaces and high demand – so always factor event days in when travelling to the city.
But for full peace of mind, on the JustPark map we’ll only show you spaces that you’re allowed to park in (i.e. those which are not restricted).
Overnight parking is available in most of Cardiff’s off-street car parks, with NCP likely being your most suitable and cost-effective option – providing 9 city centre car parks that operate 24 hours a day.
On-street pay-and-display restrictions remain in force on all Bank Holidays (with the exception of Christmas Day and Easter Sunday) and on all Sundays – but generally just from 10am-5pm, after which there is no cost for parking.
Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.
The capital city of Wales has a rich culture and history, receiving nearly 20 million visitors every year. When in Cardiff, you can watch the Wales Rugby Union team play at the Millennium Stadium after they belt out that fabulously deep-toned anthem. Alternatively, you could enjoy a more peaceful afternoon in the lovely Bute Park to the North of the city. Park up and take your pick.
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