Free Parking in Folkestone, UK

If you’re visiting Folkestone on the Kent coast and want to find free parking without restrictions, we’ll show you exactly where to park.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Folkestone
  • Where to park for free in Folkestone
  • Cheap parking options in Folkestone
  • Free council car parks
  • Folkestone Park & Ride sites
  • Free overnight parking in Folkestone
  • Coach parking in Folkestone
  • Free Motorcycle parking in Folkestone
  • Motorhome parking in Folkestone
  • Residents parking in Folkestone
  • About Folkestone

What to know about parking free in Folkestone

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

Here are our list of available free parking in Folkestone, so if you are visiting friends and family or just enjoying a day out, you can save money by finding a free parking spot.

Where to Park for Free in Folkestone

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

  • Bodenham Road
  • Turketel Road
  • Grimston Avenue
  • Godwyn Road
  • Marten Road
  • Shorncliffe Road
  • Dudley Road
  • Wear Bay Crescent

Cheap Parking in Folkestone

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Folkestone from just £4 per day and these spaces are available to book in advance.

Free car parks in Folkestone

You can park for free in Folkestone between 6pm and 8am daily at the following car parks:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Sandgate Road Car ParkCT20 2EE1766pm – 8am
The Coastal Park Car ParkCT20 1PS286pm – 8am
Harbourside Car ParkCT20 1QJ106pm – 8am
Tram Road Car ParkCT20 1QN666pm – 8am
Lower Sandgate Road West Car ParkCT20 2JP706pm – 8am
Castle Road Car ParkCT20 2AQ406pm – 8am

Folkestone Park & Ride Sites

Folkestone has a pilot park and ride scheme that allows you to park for just £5 per day and use the free shuttle bus to get into Folkestone town centre (up to 6 people). The park and ride site is located at Motis Business Centre in Cheriton (CT19 4 QJ).

As of July 2021, this park and ride scheme is suspended.

Park and Ride SiteAddressBus Service
Motis Business Centre in CheritonCT19 4 QJEvery 30 minutes until 5.30pm (site closes as 6.30pm)

Free overnight parking in Folkestone

You can park free of charge overnight in Folkestone at most council run car parks, including:

Car ParkAddressSpacesFree Parking
Sandgate Road Car ParkCT20 2EE1766pm – 8am
The Coastal Park Car ParkCT20 1PS286pm – 8am
Harbourside Car ParkCT20 1QJ106pm – 8am
Tram Road Car ParkCT20 1QN666pm – 8am
Lower Sandgate Road West Car ParkCT20 2JP706pm – 8am
Castle Road Car ParkCT20 2AQ406pm – 8am

Free coach parking in Folkestone

If you are travelling to Folkestone by coach and need somewhere to park once you drop your passengers off, you can park for free at Dymchurch Central, Orgarswick Avenue, TN29 0PP. This car park is around 9.5 miles outside of Folkestone and there’s public toilets over the road for convenience.

Free motorcycle parking in Folkestone

Motorcycles and mopeds are permitted to park in pay and display parking spots in either car parks or on-street parking bays free of charge and without time limits. Car parks  with dedicated motorcycle bays include:

  • Shellons Street Car Park in Folkestone
  • The Paddocks and Mount Street Car Park in Hythe
  • Dymchurch Central Car Park

Free motorhome parking in Folkestone

Motorhomes are permitted to park in any car park in and around Folkestone, so we recommend parking in the following car parks that have no height restrictions:

  • Pavillion Car Park
  • Playdell Gardens Car Park
  • Sandgate Road Car Park

Parking is free in these car parks between 6pm and 8am. At other times, standard charges apply, but if you take up multiple spaces, you must buy multiple tickets.

Permit parking in Folkestone

If you are a resident of a restricted parking zone in Folkestone, you can apply for a residents parking permit, which allows you to park your car on any street in that zone.

Residents permits cost around £30 for 12 months. In order to apply for a permit, you will need proof of residence and proof of vehicle.

Things To Do in Folkestone, UK

About Folkestone

Folkestone is a seaside town on the Kent coast that offers families and locals a wide range of things to enjoy, from parks and gardens to traditional seaside gift shops.

If you enjoy getting out and about in the fresh air, the beach is the perfect place to take a stroll and explore the Kent coastline.

For a seaside town, Folkestone has a number of heritage sites to discover, at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre and Ossuary at Hythe St Leonards Church.

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 Folkestone: