edinburgh cheap parking, where ?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
haven't been to edinburgh for years, mainly because last time we were robbed parking the car at the castle. now we need to collect visas and i was interested if anybody knows of anywhere within a bus ride to the centre other than the park and ride parks, which are too far away?
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  • La-CaraLa-Cara Forumite
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    I think you could park at The Gyle or Ocean Terminal shopping centres for free then get the bus into city centre from there for £1.20. Or try to find a train station that has a free car park, Musselburgh and Wallyford both have them, takes 5-10 mins to get to Waverley.
  • scotsbobscotsbob Forumite
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    For free parking in Edinburgh, or any other location in the UK, you can use this website

    http://www.freeparkingspace.co.uk/
  • alanrowellalanrowell Forumite
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    Plenty of free on-street parking - but not in the centre.

    And rather than use the likes of the Gyle where they do get sniffy if you stay too long why not use one of the several park & rides around Edinburgh

    http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory/2/park_and_rides
  • sickersicker Forumite
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    Bridge Street, Portobello.
    Always plenty room in free car park except summer.
    10 minutes by 26 bus to Edinburgh centre.
  • The park and ride next to the airport has free parking and you just need to buy your bus ticket into the city. Have used a few times and there is a good service, clean waiting room with toilets. Think the return fare is around £3.00
  • alanrowellalanrowell Forumite
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    Think the return fare is around £3.00
    That's the cost of an adult day ticket on Lothian Buses. The fare is £1.20 for any single bus journey whether you go one stop or 100 stops.

    It also means it's pointless hunting around for sidestreet parking or at shopping centres as the cost for the bus is going to be the same.
  • I've just moved to the area and I am really struggling to get my bearings/figure out parking. Does anyone know any parking nearer to the city centre coming from Comiston? Really need to take the car ideally. The ones I have found online near the city centre are really expensive.
  • geewhizgeewhiz Forumite
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    SaverKate wrote: »
    I've just moved to the area and I am really struggling to get my bearings/figure out parking. Does anyone know any parking nearer to the city centre coming from Comiston? Really need to take the car ideally. The ones I have found online near the city centre are really expensive.

    Would really need to know where you are going and on what days to give you any ideas or you can check out the parking zone maps on the council website
  • SaverKate wrote: »
    I've just moved to the area and I am really struggling to get my bearings/figure out parking. Does anyone know any parking nearer to the city centre coming from Comiston? Really need to take the car ideally. The ones I have found online near the city centre are really expensive.

    Nope - Comiston is the end of the free parking (during the working week) coming in from that side of town, I park there and get the bus on up.
  • Ah. I really need to take the car. It is only a couple of times a week but I'm heading to Princes Street or thereabouts and parking up for around 5-6 hours. Some of the car park charges are way out of my budget as well, so I was hoping there might be somewhere to park that would be a bit cheaper. The castle street one will be £12.50 a visit, which is really way more than I can afford on a regular basis.

    Not sure if it is just me not really knowing the area but so far I'm finding parking in Edinburgh a bit of a challenge (maybe that's just because I don't have much money, mind) but I've lived in a couple of cities and it is certainly feeling more of an issue here, at least for me.
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