Parking in Edinburgh can be challenging, so we have researched some options for you.
First, the good news.
You can park on the street for free after 6:30pm each night until 8:30am, Monday to Saturday.
And the bad news….after those times it’s expensive and a hassle.
Edinburgh has been divided into zones by the council, and the on street parking prices are dependent on the zones. The council has a FAQ page here.
We are in the “Central Controlled Parking Zone”, and parking here is controlled from 08.30 to 18.30 Monday to Saturday. The cost to park is £2.20 per hour, and the maximum time you can park in any bay is 4 hours. What is interesting, however, is that if you buy a ticket after 18.30, then the time you purchase will be for the next day. So, if you park at 7pm in the evening, and pay £6.60, you will be able to stay until 11.30am the next morning. If you park at 18.30 Saturday night, you should be fine until 8.30am Monday morning, or later if you pay. The closest on street parking near us Melville Street.
Melville St - The closest place to park on the street near the hostel.
For cheaper parking, you can continue down Queensferry Rd.
If you travel about 1km away, the parking becomes cheaper, £1.40 per hour.
If you travel about 2km down the road, then the parking is free.
A bus back, should you require it, (Route 41 from Queensferry Rd) will be £1.20 each way, and it stops outside our front door.
To use the machines, you need to insert coins and press the green button, then display the ticket on your window.
Naturally, you must always check the signs wherever you want to park. Do not park on double yellow lines, resident permit bays or in disabled bays. Some information about parking rules can be found here.