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Information about parking in Exeter

Reaching Exeter by car is really quite simple, with the M5 from Birmingham via Bristol passing right by the city.

Parking on-street in the city centre can be quite challenging due to the historic layout of the streets – but fortunately there are plenty of off-street car parks throughout Exeter.

There are also 3 park and ride locations serving Exeter, providing an alternative way of commuting into the city.

JustPark provides information on a wide choice of parking options across Exeter – including spaces on-street, off-street and those that are reservable, from driveways to car parks.

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Some additional information about parking in exeter, to cater to all your parking needs

  • On-street parking

    Parking on-street in Exeter city centre can be a little difficult, as many of the central roads are double yellow lined and narrow due to the historic nature of the city’s buildings and layout. However, there are some pay-and-display spaces available to the south of the city near to the River Exe and Exeter Cathedral.

    Many spaces around Exeter a little further from the centre are actually free for up to 2 hours. Parking restrictions in all Exeter’s on-street spaces typically apply from 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday. 

    You can use the JustPark parking map to find information about on-street parking options (and their availability) in Exeter.

    Location Operator Price Max Stay
    Northernhay Street/Exeter Premier Parking Solutions Ltd £1.10 / hour day
    Isca Place/Exeter Premier Parking Solutions Ltd £0.70 / hour 12 hours


  • Off-street parking

    The majority of off-street car parks in Exeter are operated by Exeter City Council and generally offer an affordable parking option. All council-operated car parks are divided into categories depending on their centrality from Premium through to Zones 1-3 car parks.

    One of the largest and most centrally located car parks charges a ‘premium’ fare but does afford you the best access to all the attractions in the city. Guildhall Centre car park (EX4 3HP) is open from 8am until it is locked at midnight Monday-Sunday.  

    Alternatively, NCP’s Exeter Princesshay car park (Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU), open from 7am-2am the following day Monday-Sunday, is priced between the premium and zone 1 council car parks in Exeter both hourly and daily whilst still providing you great access to the city centre.

    There are 3 park and ride sites all to the south of the city that could provide you with a cheaper alternative to get into Exeter as you need only pay a small fare for your daily parking and bus ticket.

    JustPark offers a range of reservable off-street spaces in Exeter – in both council and commercially-run car parks, as well as at hotels, offices and on private driveways. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.

    Location Operator Price Max Stay
    Magdalen Street Exeter City Council £1.20 / hour
    Guildhall Exeter City Council £2.20 / hour
    Magdalen Road Exeter City Council £1.20 / hour
    Market Street NCP £2.50 / hour
    Exeter Central Station Exeter City Council £8.60 / day

  • Public transport

    Exeter has 3 main railway stations serving the city and beyond. The largest of these is Exeter St. Davids in the north of the city – a major station for South West train routes, with frequent services to and from Plymouth and Bristol. However, Exeter Central, as well as providing some long-distance services, is more convenient as a provider of local and regional services.

    Exeter St. Davids train station and Exeter bus station serve as the main transport hubs for buses within the city.

  • Disabled parking

    Disabled drivers displaying their Blue Badge can use pay-and-display spaces throughout the city free of charge, and may also be exempt from time restrictions – but please always check signage on location for any specific restrictions. Blue Badge holders can also park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours if necessary provided there are no loading bans enforced where you have chosen to park.  

    You can also filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access in Exeter (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).

  • Parking restrictions & event days

    Exeter doesn’t necessarily have all too many parking restrictions in place, but due to the historic layout of the inner city parking can be quite difficult regardless. With many streets being narrow and double yellow lined within the old city walls, if you do wish to park on-street, it is recommended you park just outside the city centre. Most pay-and-display spaces do enforce a maximum stay, so always read signs to ensure you are not parked illegally, and generally rates are pretty affordable.

    On the JustPark parking map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to use between the times you search.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    Most on-street parking charges do not apply on Sundays, with some also not applying on Saturdays, but restrictions seemingly vary from street to street throughout the city – so be careful to check before you park. However, on-street parking charges apply as normal – unless otherwise stated – on all Bank Holidays.

    Overnight parking is available at the majority of off-street car parks, with many offering a 24 hour rate, although be aware that most are not open through the night – so access to your car may not be available out of opening hours. However, overnight parking is not permitted at any of Exeter’s park and ride sites.

    Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available for your trip.

  • Nearby attractions

    Exeter is a truly ancient city on the southern coast of Devon which boasts thousands of years of history, with evidence of settlements on the River Exe stretching back continuously to before Roman times. As a result, this cathedral city has some stunning architecture – like the Gothic Exeter Cathedral or the Norman ruins of Rougemont Castle. It would be rude to say this is all the city has to offer, however, as post-war Exeter has seen a transformation into a modern centre fit for the business of a major Devon metropolis.