Free Parking in Exeter

Free parking in Exeter

Exeter is a small city based in Devon, with the stunning Exeter Cathedral at the centre. If you enjoy heritage, why not find a free parking spot in Exeter and start exploring.

5 places to park for free in Exeter (2024)

You can park for free in Exeter on the following streets near to the town centre:

Wardrew Road
Maple Road
Water Lane
Marsh Green Road North
Grace Road Central

What to know about parking free in Exeter

When parking, please take into consideration:

  • Be considerate – most free parking is on residential streets, so do not block driveways or exit routes
  • Ensure there is enough space for larger vehicles to pass, especially if you park in a residential area

Cheapest Car Park in Exeter

The cheapest car park in Exeter we found was Holiday Inn Express City Centre, which you can book even if you are not staying at the hotel, but it must be pre-booked, you cannot just turn up.

You can book this car park all day (9am – 5pm) for just £8, so it’s a great option for commuters or those visiting Exeter for the full day.

Free car parks in Exeter

You can park for free in car parks across Exeter from 6pm onwards at the following council run car parks in the city centre:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Cathedral & Quay Car Park (locked at 11pm)EX1 1DX3556pm – 8am
Haven Banks Car Park – One
EX2 8DP756pm – 8am
Haven Banks Car Park – Two
(locked at 8pm)
EX2 8DP846pm – 8am

Exeter Park & Ride Sites

Exeter has three park and ride sites that offer free parking and access to the city centre when you use the local Stagecoach bus service, without having to battle through traffic. Buses run every 12 minutes 7 days a week.

It is designed to provide an alternative to driving into the city center, helping to reduce traffic congestion and parking issues.

The service operates from several park and ride sites located on the outskirts of Exeter, with regular buses running into the city center. Each park and ride site has ample car parking spaces, and the buses are frequent, reliable and easy to use.

In terms of fares, Exeter Park and Ride offers a simple and affordable pricing structure, with discounts available for families, students, and other groups. There are also a range of season tickets and other ticket options available, allowing passengers to make the most of the service.

Exeter Park and Ride is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, with well-lit, secure car parks and easy-to-use bus stops. There is also an extensive network of pedestrian and cycle paths connecting the park and ride sites to the city centre, making it easy for cyclists and walkers to access the service.

Park and Ride SiteAddressBus Service
Honiton Road Park & RideEX2 7NLEvery 12 minutes
Sowton Park & RideEX2 5GLEvery 12 minutes
Matford Park & RideEX2 8FDEvery 12 minutes

The prices for Exeter Park and Ride vary depending on a few factors, such as the park and ride site you use, your age, and whether you are travelling as an individual or as part of a group. The 2024 prices for Exeter Park and Ride are as follows:

  • Adult day ticket: £5.00
  • Child day ticket (ages 5-15): £3.90
  • Group day ticket (up to 5 travellers): £10.00

It’s worth noting that these prices may be subject to change, so it’s a good idea to check the official Stagecoach website or contact their customer service team for up-to-date pricing information.

Free overnight parking in Exeter

You can park for free in Exeter overnight after 6pm at the following car parks.

Be aware that some car parks do close during the night so if you need to access your car before 8am, we recommend using Magdalen Street Car Park or Smythen Street Car Park.

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Smythen Street Car ParkEX1 1BN496pm – 8am
Cathedral & Quay Car Park (locked at 11pm)EX1 1DX3556pm – 8am
Magdalen Street Car Park
EX2 4HZ1006pm – 8am
Haven Banks Car Park – One
EX2 8DP756pm – 8am
Harlequins Car Park (locked at 11pm)
EX4 3TT916pm – 8am
Princesshay 3 Car Park
(locked at 11.30pm)
EX1 1TS1386pm – 8am
Haven Banks Car Park – Two
(locked at 8pm)
EX2 8DP846pm – 8am

Coach parking in Exeter

You can drop off coach passengers at South Street in Exeter and then park up at Haven Banks Coach Park (EX2 8DP). This car park costs around £6 for 24 hours parking.

Free Motorcycle parking in Exeter

If you are visiting Exeter by motorcycle, you can park free of charge at Princesshay 2 Car Park on deck F where you will find dedicated motorcycle bays.

Alternatively, the following car parks allow free motorcycle parking in allocated bays:

  • Bampfylde Street Car Park
  • Harlequins Car Park
  • Leighton Terrace Car Park
  • Smythen Street Car Park

Free disabled parking in Exeter

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you are permitted to park for free in Exeter at the following car parks:

Car ParkAddressSpaces
Smythen Street Car ParkEX1 1BN49
Cathedral & Quay Car ParkEX1 1DX355
Magdalen Street Car Park
EX2 4HZ100
Haven Banks Car Park – One
EX2 8DP75
Harlequins Shopping Centre Car Park
EX4 3TT91
Princesshay 3 Car Park
EX1 1TS138
Haven Banks Car Park – Two
EX2 8DP84

Free motorhome parking in Exeter

Motorhomes should park on wider streets when looking for free parking in Exeter. We recommend using Marsh Green Road North as there’s plenty of room for oversized vehicles.

Alternatively, you can park in a secure car park with no height restrictions, but parking charges will apply if parking between 8am and 6pm. These car parks include:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Bampfylde Street Car ParkEX1 2AR886pm – 8am
Magdalen Road Car ParkEX2 4SU2136pm – 8am
Matthews Hall Car ParkEX3 0HF325pm – 9am

Residents permit parking in Exeter

If you live in an area of Exeter that has permit parking restrictions, you can apply for a residents permit at a cost of around £35 per year. You will be required to produce proof of vehicle ownership as well as proof of address when you apply.

You can also purchase visitor passes which cost around £30 for a book of 30 passes.

About Exeter

Exeter is a small city based in Devon that offers plenty of heritage to explore. Despite it being a small city, Exeter has a multitude of activities and attractions to keep you busy.

One of the main focal points of the city is the cathedral, which sits proudly in the centre, which is surrounded by museums and plenty of history to discover.

If you’re visiting to meet friends, there’s plenty of places to eat and drink as well as shop until you drop.

If you want to get out and relax in the open spaces, there’s Northernhay Gardens and Rougemont Gardens just a short walk from each other and you can also explore the cities valley parks when you walk the Green Circle Walk.

Other towns and cities nearby

If you’re visiting the area for a short trip or just looking for things to do nearby, you can explore these towns and cities that are near to Exeter:

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 10th, 2024