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Information about parking in Edinburgh City Centre
Edinburgh is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe but is also well-positioned. It’s a city you have to explore on foot; each area has its narrow paths, stairways and hidden church gardens which take you away from the main streets. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. Given the activities which you can do and the things you can see, it’s worth the trip. Most buildings in the Old Town have maintained their original state for centuries. However, it is not always easy to find parking spaces in the streets of this historic city, as it is estimated that 3.90 million people visit Edinburgh each year.
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Parking in the centre of Edinburgh can be difficult, as the streets of this medieval city were designed to accommodate fewer visitors than to new destinations. For tourists and commuters, it is difficult to find parking in Edinburgh, especially when the cost of parking on the street in the city exceeds £4 per hour.
There are many off-street car parks in Edinburgh city centre, which are often expensive. They have the most popular parking spaces in the city, in every street in Edinburgh, including private roads and car parks. Parking prices are as low as £2.
Most of the trains which go to the city end at Edinburgh Waverley station, in the centre, at the east end of Princes Street. This East Coast train line is Scotland’s second busiest station. Park and ride sites are also available.
If you have a valid Blue Badge, you can choose where to park and at what time. Be sure to check the signs before parking.
You also have free parking, without a time limit with the conditions that:
- You cannot stop and park on double yellow lines. You can only park on a single yellow line at a specific time. Residents must apply for a parking permit at Edinburgh City Council.
Many cities have parking restrictions. You should note that parking restrictions may vary depending on the area. The parking area will display a large street sign showing the zone number and the times when there is no parking. Parking restrictions are also applied on bus routes and highways, to maintain traffic flow during busy periods. These also apply to residential areas, intersections and roads around schools.
Street parking in Edinburgh is free on Sundays. Free off-street parking and on-street parking are also available during the following holidays; Christmas, New Year’s Day, Boxing Day, and Easter Monday.
You can locate the bus station on Elder Street, in the heart of Edinburgh. There are also multiple drop-off points for taxi passengers.
The contrast between the medieval Old Town and the elegant new Georgian city brings an incredible diversity to visitors. Above the city, at the end of the Royal Mile, is the impressive Edinburgh Castle. Visiting the treasures of the Scottish crown is a must for tourists. Castle Terrace is one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh. Queen’s Hall and Holyrood Palace are other attractions near Edinburgh city centre.