Parking made easy
Information about parking in Manchester City Centre
Manchester city centre is very easy to reach by car, with the Greater Manchester M60/Outer ring road providing great access from afar and the city’s inner ring road providing equally great access to anywhere within the centre.
On-street parking restrictions are quite stringent with a series of Controlled Parking Zones enforced throughout Manchester city centre. However, there are a good number of off-street car parks in the centre which should ensure you find the space for you.
Manchester city centre is also blessed to have great public transport links with multiple train stations as well as bus and tram services connecting the city. Some Metrolink tram stops also offer free parking to tram customers, which could serve as a viable park and ride option when visiting the city centre.
JustPark provides information on a multitude of parking options throughout Manchester city centre – including spaces on-street, off-street and those that are reservable, from driveways to car parks.
On-street parking in Manchester city centre is limited to pay-and-display bays, which typically operate 8am-8pm every day of the week across the city. These pay-and-display bays operate in four distinct fare zones (1-4). Price wise, you can pay around £3.00 per hour in some of the more central parking bays but fares are considerably cheaper a little less central.
You can use our online parking map to find information on available on-street parking spaces in Manchester city centre.
There are a number of different off-street car parks to choose from when driving into Manchester. NCP operates several off-street car parks in Manchester City Centre, but prices at these locations can be quite high. The largest of their off-street car parks is Manchester Arndale (High Street, Nicholas Croft, Manchester, M4 1AZ) situated very close to both the central retail district and the Northern quarter. This car park operates 24 hours a day, Monday-Sunday, and has well over 1,000 spaces including many disabled spaces and good facilities.
Park and ride is also a good option when visiting the centre, and can save you money. Parking at tram stops is free for Metrolink customers and can provide a cheap parking alternative before travelling into the city by tram. Transport for Greater Manchester has produced a map of all their available park and ride car parks.
JustPark offers a range of reservable off-street spaces throughout Manchester city centre. You can browse these options and book a guaranteed space via our website or app.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Chorlton Street National Car Parks £3.50 / hour Manchester China Town Manchester City Council £3.00 / hour Manchester Abingdon St National Car Parks £1.10 / 30 minutes Piccadilly Plaza Manchester City Council £3.50 / hour Piazza Manchester City Council £3.00 / hour
Manchester is served nationally by two main train stations – Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, which are located to the east and north of the city centre respectively. They both provide wide-reaching access and frequent transport links to the rest of the country.
Locally, bus and MetroLink tram services serve the city very well, with a comprehensive network of routes making all areas of Manchester feel closely connected.
Blue Badge holders can use parking bays across the city for free and for an unlimited amount of time. There are also a number of disabled parking bays reserved solely for Blue Badge holders available at all times.
Furthermore, Blue Badge holders may park for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines as long as there are no loading restrictions. Most city centre car parks also offer disabled parking bays.
You can also filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access in Manchester city centre (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
In the city centre, on-street parking restrictions are in force, in any Controlled Parking Zone, between 8am-8pm every day of the week.
Please note that there are many one way streets and very busy roads that permanently prohibit on-street parking. When driving and parking in Manchester, it is crucial that you follow local signage.
On the JustPark map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to park in between the times of your search.
There are no charges for parking on Bank Holidays, but parking restrictions largely still apply on Sundays.
For a secure overnight park, many of Manchester’s off-street car parks are accessible 24 hours a day. NCP are probably the best option when it comes to overnight parking – offering an affordable overnight rate at the majority of their city centre locations.
Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.
Manchester city centre is well worth the visit for its vibrant feel in the day or in the night. The Northern quarter and the Central retail district both equally provide some of the best and some of the quirkiest bars and restaurants found anywhere in the country. The bustling centre with trams weaving in and out of the passing shoppers gives the city an aura of one that is always alive. Whatever it is you’re there to do, park up and take it all in.