Free Parking in Glasgow

Free parking in Glasgow

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.

5 Streets to park for free in Glasgow 2024

You can park for free in Glasgow in 2024 on streets including Old Rutherglen Road, Yarrow Gardens, Melrose Gardens, Kirkland Street and Lyndhurst Gardens which are near to the city centre.

Glasgow is one of those cities that is constantly on the go making driving around slightly stressful, especially if you are new to the area. There are plenty of tight streets, one way systems and traffic systems to be aware of.

One other consideration to make is that Glasgow’s low emission zone comes into force in 2024, which means parking in the city centre could become even more expensive.

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

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

Cheap all-day parking in Glasgow

Whilst there are plenty of free parking options, you may feel more comfortable parking somewhere with added security when visiting Glasgow, especially if you are leaving your car for a longer period of time.

The cheapest car park we found in Glasgow was on Bell Street which costs just £4 to park between 9am and 5pm, making it ideal for those commuting into the city, but you must pre-book via Your Parking Space.

There are security barriers which let you in and out of the car park and you can come and go as you please during your booking.

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

Glasgow Park & Ride Bus Ticket Prices

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 TypePrice
Adult Day Return£5.70
Adult 7 Day£27.00
Adult 28 Day£105.00
Adult 6 Month£540.00
Adult Annual£960.00

Free on-street parking in Glasgow

You can park for free in Glasgow between Monday and Saturday after 5pm and all-day Sunday in on-street parking bays located on Southpark Terrace, Southpark Avenue, Great Western Road, Glasgow Street, Caledonian Crescent, Cecil Street, , Lilybank Gardens, Byres Road and Cresswell Street.

Street ParkingAddressFree Parking
Southpark TerraceG12 8LG5pm- 9am
Southpark AvenueG12 8HS5pm – 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 near Glasgow Train Station on streets including Old Rutherglen Road, Yarrow Gardens, Melrose Gardens, Kirkland Street and Lyndhurst Gardens which are all within walking distance:

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 Glasgow Cathedral on streets including Old Rutherglen Road, Yarrow Gardens, Melrose Gardens, Kirkland Street and Lyndhurst Gardens which are within walking distance:

Free overnight parking in Glasgow

You can park for free overnight (between 5pm and 9am) in Glasgow at on-street parking locations across the city, including:

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

If you are travelling by motorhome, there are some council car parks in Glasgow including Brown Street, Washington Street and Dunlop Street with unrestricted height limits so you can park in these car parks, however an overnight charge will apply.

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.

About Glasgow, Scotland

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

Nightlife

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.

Shopping

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.

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.

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Information was last updated on March 27th, 2024