Free Parking in Glasgow, UK

With Glasgow being a major city, free parking can be few and far between, but you’ll be pleased to know there are free parking spots within walking distance of the city centre without restrictions.

What you can find in this guide

  • What to know about free parking in Glasgow
  • Where to park for free in Glasgow
  • Cheap parking options in Glasgow
  • Park and Ride sites in Glasgow
  • Free on-street parking in Glasgow
  • Free parking near Glasgow Train Station
  • Free parking near Glasgow Cathedral
  • Free overnight parking in Glasgow
  • Residents parking in Glasgow
  • About Glasgow

What to consider when parking free in Glasgow

Glasgow is a busy city, with lots of residential streets. 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
  • Look out for any no parking signs that might have been recently installed

Here are our recommendations for free parking in Glasgow, whether you need just a couple of hours, or a few days. Click on the maps below and the location will open in Google Maps.

Where to Park for Free in Glasgow, UK

You can park for free in Glasgow on the following streets near to the city centre:

  • Old Rutherglen Road
  • Yarrow Gardens
  • Melrose Gardens
  • Kirkland Street
  • Lyndhurst Gardens
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Old Rutherglen Road, 1.2 Miles

One free parking spot in Glasgow is Old Ruthgerglen Road, which is around a 30 minute walk into the centre of Glasgow. The walk runs adjacent to the River Clyde and is all on main roads, so you aren’t going off the beaten track. There are plenty of bus stops on Ballater Place if you’d rather not walk.

Cheap Parking in Glasgow

If you don’t want to leave your car at one of our suggested free parking spots, there is cheap parking available in Glasgow from as little as just £3 per day and these spaces are available to book in advance.

Glasgow park and ride car parks

Park and ride car parks are a great way to save money, whilst keeping your vehicle safe and secure at the same time. Glasgow has a number of park and ride sites with the option to jump on either the bus or the subway into Glasgow city centre:

  • Shields Road Park and Ride (subway) GPS G5 8PL
  • Bridge Street Park and Ride (subway) GPS G5 9NR
  • Kelvinbridge Park and Ride (subway) GPS G4 9HG

Glasgow Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

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All ticket prices include parking and the ride into Glasgow. You can purchase a day ticket or there are options for those who will be commuting.

Ticket Type Price
Adult Day Return £5.70
Adult 7 Day £27.00
Adult 28 Day £105
Adult 6 Month £540
Adult Annual £960

Free on-street parking in Glasgow

You can park for free in Glasgow between Monday and Saturday after 5pm and all-day Sunday at the following on-street locations:

  • Southpark Terrace
  • Southpark Avenue
  • Great Western Road
  • Glasgow Street
  • Caledonian Crescent
  • Cecil Street
  • Lilybank Gardens
  • Byres Road
  • Cresswell Street
Street ParkingAddressFree Parking
Southpark TerraceG12 8LG5pm- 9am
Southpark AvenueG12 8HS5pm – 9am
Great WesternG4 9AD5pm – 9am
Glasgow StreetG12 8JG5pm – 9am
Caledonian CrescentG12 8HQ5pm – 9am
Cecil StreetG12 8RL5pm – 9am
Lilybank GardensG12 8RZ5pm – 9am
Byres RoadG12 8PW5pm – 9am
Cresswell StreetG12 8BY5pm – 9am

Glasgow has plenty of on-street parking in and around the city centre, meaning everything is accessible to you in under a 5 minute walk.

Free Parking near Glasgow Train Station

If you are travelling out of Glasgow, you might want to find free parking near to Glasgow train station so you can avoid expensive parking charges. You can park for free on the following streets close to Glasgow Train Station:

  • Old Rutherglen Road
  • Yarrow Gardens
  • Melrose Gardens
  • Kirkland Street
  • Lyndhurst Gardens

Free Parking near Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in mainland Scotland and one of the focal points of the city.

The architecture is stunning so its definitely worth a visit if you are in city. Admission is free but you must pre-book a ticket to limit numbers.

You can park for free near to Glasgow Cathedral on the following streets nearby:

  • Old Rutherglen Road
  • Yarrow Gardens
  • Melrose Gardens
  • Kirkland Street
  • Lyndhurst Gardens

Overnight parking in Glasgow

You are permitted to park your car in any of the above on-street council parking spots that are free after 6pm, but if you have a Motorhome or Caravan, there is a large lay-by just by Glasgow Airport that allows overnight parking.

There are some council car parks in Glasgow with unrestricted height limits so you can park in these and stay locally.

  • Brown Street
  • Washington Street
  • Dunlop Street

Residential parking in Glasgow

If you are a resident in Glasgow and live in an area where designated parking permits are required, you can purchase a residents and visitors permit. Costs for a 12 month permit start at around £85, but this will depend what zone you are in.

You will need to provide proof of residence as well as forms of identification and a utility bill in order to apply for a residents parking permit.

Things To Do in Glasgow, UK

About Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is packed with a range of cultural options, from museums to art galleries and plenty of architecture.


For those who want to enjoy something a little more lively, the nightlife will not disappoint. There are traditional pubs, quiet cocktail bars and comedy clubs aplenty.

There are clubs that provide entertainment well into the night, all of which offer different experiences for those who have specific music tastes.

There is a big LGBT+ scene in Glasgow, with some of the most established gay bars and a host of burlesque shows for a more authentic experience.

For quieter evening nightlife, the King’s Theatre will be sure to offer just this. The stunning building will leave you in awe and it is one of the most historic UK theatres.

The Old Fruitmarket is a much quirkier venue, which generally hosts a wide range of different music events.


Glasgow is a shopaholics paradise, with a wide range of high street shops, quirky independent retailers and high end boutiques. For those that want to pamper themselves, there are a host of award winning salons for you to indulge yourself.

Where to stay in Glasgow

Glasgow is home to a number of hotels or other accommodation options. The Crowne Plaza is a great option as you can be sure of comfort, service and a fantastic location.