Parking for Manchester Arndale

Where to park for Manchester Arndale

When visiting Manchester Arndale, it can be something of a challenge to get to, considering it is based in the centre of Manchester. Although there are plenty of transport links throughout Manchester, it might be easier to drive, especially if you are from outside of the area.

Manchester Arndale car park (on-site)

The most convenient option is parking directly on-site at Manchester Arndale car park, although it might not be the most stress free option as you will be required to drive through the city centre.

The closest car park is next door to Manchester Arndale (High Street, Nicholas Croft, M4 1AZ) but it is a pay and display car park. 2024 costs are:

OptionParking Charge 2024
12 hours ticket (purchased between 6am -9am)£5.50
Up to 1 hour£3.70
Up to 2 hours£6.70
Up to 3 hours£9.20
Up to 4 hours£12.20
Up to 5 hours£15.20
Up to 24 hours£20.50

Manchester Arndale car park has over 1400 parking spaces, including designated bays for disabled drivers, motorcycles, and electric vehicles. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is staffed by attendants during peak times to assist with parking and security.

The parking rates at Manchester Arndale car park are reasonable, with hourly rates starting at £3.70 and a maximum daily rate of £20.50.

Manchester Arndale car park is well-connected to public transport, with several bus stops and the Manchester Victoria train station located within walking distance. The car park also offers electric car charging points and bike racks for cyclists.

On-street parking near Manchester Arndale

If you’d prefer to park in an on-street parking bay close to Manchester Arndale, you can park in Zone 3, which includes the following streets:

  • Duke Street
  • Duke Place
  • Beaufort Street
  • Potato Wharf
  • Hulme Street
  • Lower Ormond Street

Parking in on-street parking bays in Manchester costs just £1.50 per 30 minutes as of 2024.

Free parking near Manchester Arndale

Although parking next door to Manchester Arndale costs just £5.50 to park for up to 12 hours when a ticket is purchased between 6am and 9am (2024 pricing), you may want to save money by parking for free when you visit Manchester Arndale.

You can park for free near Manchester Arndale on the following streets:

  • Cecil Street – 35 minute walk
  • Denmark Road – 35 minute walk
  • Acomb Street – 35 minute walk

Free parking at Manchester park and ride sites

If you don’t fancy a long walk, but still want to take advantage of free parking when visiting Manchester Arndale, you can use one of the convenient park and ride (tram) stations that offer free parking.

If you park at a tram station in Zone 2, you will pay just £4.30 for a return ticket to Manchester Piccadilly station which is a short 2 minute walk to Manchester Arndale.

The following tram stations are located in Zone 2:

  • Crumspall park and ride
  • Ladywell park and ride
  • Parkway park and ride

If you’re coming in from outside Manchester, you might find it easier to park at a tram station in Zone 3 where parking is free, such as:

  • Prestwich
  • Oldham Mumps
  • Heaton Park
  • Hollinwood
  • The Trafford Centre

A day ticket from Zone 3 into Manchester Piccadilly costs £6.10 per adult, so might be a cheaper option if you are travelling alone.