Free Parking in Aberdeen

Free parking in Aberdeen can be difficult, but thanks for Free Parking Spots, we show you exactly where to park without restrictions when visiting Aberdeen.

5 places to park for free in Aberdeen (2024)

You can park for free in Aberdeen on the following streets near to the city centre, which have no restrictions at any time of the day:

Chestnut Row
Cedar Place
Elmfield Avenue
Elmbank Road
Pittodrie Place

Parking for free is often overlooked as a way to keep the costs down, especially when visiting busy cities like Aberdeen, which charge hefty parking charges.

City centre car parks and on-street parking are always the most expensive option when visiting Aberdeen, although these are the most convenient options.

As you are looking for free parking in Aberdeen, it can be assumed that you are more concerned about saving money than convenience.

Let’s be honest, you are not going to find a free parking spot in the centre of Aberdeen, but there are free parking spots within a 20 minute walk of the city centre (and it also means you don’t need to drive into the city centre!).

I last travelled to Aberdeen on 16th September 2023 and noted down the best free parking spots.

You should always check for any newly installed restriction signs before leaving your car.

In 2022, the council introduced a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) across Aberdeen, however, charges will not be enforced until 2024. It’s worth taking this into account when planning your visit to Aberdeen.

What to know about parking free in Aberdeen

When parking, please be considerate of others:

  • Ensure you don’t block any driveways
  • Tuck your car as close to the kerb as possible.
  • Don’t double park as you may be parked on a bus route

Cheapest all-day parking

We found the cheapest car park in Aberdeen to be Premier Inn City Centre car park, which you can book even if you are not a customer – but it must be pre-booked.

You book this car park all day (9am – 5pm) for just £6, so it’s a great option for commuters or those visiting Aberdeen for the full day.

Cheapest monthly parking

We found the cheapest car park for monthly parking in Aberdeen to be Premier Inn car park, which costs £75 per month, making it ideal for commuters.

You can use this car park 7 days a week, including overnight, and leave and re-enter the car park as many times as you need to, but it must be pre-booked.

If you are visiting Aberdeen Art Gallery for a day of culture and exploring, you can park nearby for free at Elmfield Avenue, Elmbank Terrace and Pittodrie Place.

These free parking spots are located on streets around 1 mile from Aberdeen Art Gallery, or a 25 minute walk.

Free car parks

If you would rather park in a secure car park, you can park for free all day at the following car parks in Aberdeen:

Car ParkAddressFree Parking
Broomhill Road Car ParkAB10 6JAFree all day (Sunday only)
Crombie Road Car ParkAB11 9LYFree all day
Viewfield Road Car ParkAB15 7XLFree all day
Tanfield Walk Car ParkAB24 4AQFree all day
Dunmail Avenue Car ParkAB15 9LWFree all day

Free evening parking in Aberdeen

If you are looking for a secure car park for the evening, you can park for free at the following car parks in Aberdeen, after 8pm Mon – Sat, before 1pm and after 5pm Sunday.

Car ParkAddressFree Parking
Gallowgate Car ParkAB10 1ZUMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
Frederick Street Car ParkAB24 5HYMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
Summer Street Car ParkAB10 1SDMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
Broomhill Road Car ParkAB10 6JAMon – Sat: After 6pm
Sunday: All Day
Fonthill Road Car ParkAB11 6UPMon – Sat: After 6pm
Sunday: All Day
Chapel Street Car ParkAB10 1TFMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
West North Street Car ParkAB24 5ARMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
Denburn Car ParkAB25 1PUMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm
Virginia Street Car ParkAB11 5AYMon – Sat: After 8pm
Sunday: Before 1pm and after 5pm

Free on-street parking

If you would prefer to park in one of the on-street parking bays close to Aberdeen city centre, you can park for free in the following zones at certain times of the day:

StreetFree Parking
Inner CentralBefore 8am and after 8pm (Mon to Sat)
Before 1pm and after 5pm (Sunday)
Outer Central8pm – 8am (Mon to Sat),
Free – (Sunday)

Free parking at park and ride sites

There are three park and ride sites that serve Aberdeen Bridge of Don Park and Ride, Ellon Park and Ride and Kingswells Park and Ride.

Bridge of Don Park and Ride

Bridge of Don Park and Ride is open 24 hours a day and has 650 free parking spaces, although there are no electric vehicle charge points.

Buses to and from Bridge of Don Park and Ride are every 30 minutes. A single ticket into Aberdeen will cost you £1.95 (free if you are a concession card holder).

Ellon Park and Ride

Ellon Park and Ride has around 300 free parking spaces, including 4 electric vehicle charge points. As Ellon Park and Ride is further away from the city, a day rider will cost you £8.60.

Kingswells Park and Ride

Kingswells Park and Ride has around 915 free parking spaces, including 6 electric vehicle charge points. A single journey into Aberdeen will cost £3.20.

Motorhome parking

The following car parks have no height restrictions and are therefore appropriate for motorhomes or campervans:

  • Saint Machar Drive, AB24 5SP
  • Crombie Road, AB11 9LY
  • Duthie Park, AB11 7SL
  • Viewfield Road, AB15 7XL

Alternatively, you can use one of our recommended free spots in and around Aberdeen.

Free disabled parking

If you have a Blue Badge, you are entitled to park in the following car parks in Aberdeen free of charge:

  • Gallowgate Car Park
  • Market Stance Car Park
  • Golden Square Car Park
  • Beach Leisure Centre

Free Motorcycle parking

If you are visiting Aberdeen by motorcycle or moped, you might want to plan where you are going to park.

The following car parks have dedicated motorcycle parking bays that are free of charge:

  • Union Square Car Park

Residential parking

If you are a resident in Aberdeen where permits are required, you can apply for a residents parking permit.

In order to apply, you will need to prove you are a resident, so will be required to provide proof of address and proof of vehicle. Prices start at £60 for the year.

Visitor parking permits can be purchased as yearly permits.

About Aberdeen, UK

Aberdeen is the third most populated city in Scotland so it’s considered less busy than Scotland’s other big cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh

Aberdeen is surrounded by countryside and the beautiful Royal Deeside. If you like picturesque landscapes, you will enjoy getting out into Royal Deeside.

Often referred to as the Granite City, a lot of Aberdeen’s buildings are made out of the pale stone, so are spectacular to look at.

If you’re looking for some retail therapy, Aberdeen is home to Union Square, offering an excellent choice of high street shops and plenty of places to dine.

About the Author

Hi, my name is Amber and I’m here to help find you suitable free parking in towns and cities across the UK.

When I visit new towns and cities, I always take note of where you can (legally) park for free, whether this be on-street parking bays or council run car parks, which offer free parking during certain hours of the day.

Although I take every effort to ensure this information is up to date and correct, if you notice an issue, please get in touch so I can rectify it for everyone.


Information was last updated on January 8th, 2024