Free & Paid Parking in Brighton

Brighton is a popular seaside resort city just 42 miles south of London. The 300,000 strong population is bolstered in the holiday seasons by a booming tourist industry consisting of approximately 9.5 million visitors every year. Brighton has long been known for its famous Palace Pier, beautiful beaches, and thriving arts scene. It’s also considered one of Britain’s happiest places to live, as well as its status as the most LGBT friendly city. Brighton is the hometown or chosen place to live for many well-known names like musicians Fatboy Slim and Nick Cave, authors Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, and even YouTube personalities such as Jacksepticeye and Pewdiepie.

Because of the city’s popularity and proximity to the capital, parking has become a major issue. Compounded by a 2-mile square restricted parking zone at the city centre, parking has become more and more difficult and costly. Central car parks average at £4 for just one hour! However, it’s still possible to find free parking options in Brighton, if you know where to look.

On this page, we’ve gathered the best free parking options in Brighton. For a quick look, refer to the interactive map below. Read on for more information about other free options. You could end up saving over £30 a day!

Free Parking in Brighton

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Free Car Parks in Brighton
  • Asda, Brighton Marina BN2 5UT – 3 hours maximum stay
  • Brighton Marina BN2 5UT – 4 hours maximum stay
  • Pavilion Retail Park BN2 3QA – 2 hours maximum stay, customers only
  • Tesco Hove BN3 2DL – 3 hours maximum stay

Free Parking Zones in Brighton

Brighton is split into Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). These are used to make it easier for residents and workers to find parking near their houses or places of work. CPZs operate during particular hours, which are specified on signs near the roads in the zone – during these hours, no parking is allowed unless you hold a valid permit.

Outside of the operating hours, however, anyone can park in these areas for free – this is particularly useful if you require overnight or weekend parking. There may still be a time limit outside of the permitted hours, so remember to check the signs.

Zone A: Preston Park – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone B: Coldean –  All day, every day (except for match or event days)

Zone C: Queens Park – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone D: Moulsecoombe – All day, every day (except for match or event days)

Zone E: Preston Park Station North – Mon-Fri nights 8pm-9am, all day on Sat & Sun

Zone F: Fiveways & Balfour Road – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone G: Hollinbury Road/Ditchling Gardens – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone H: Kemp Town & Hospital – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone I: Craven Vale – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone J: Preston Circus – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone K: Preston Village – Mon-Fri nights 8pm-9am, all day Sat & Sun

Zone L: West Hove – Every day from 12pm-6pm and every night from 7pm-11am

Zone M: Brunswick & Adelaide – Every night from 6pm-9am

Zone N: Central Hove – Every night 8pm-9am

Zone O: Goldsmid – Mon-Sat nights 8pm-9am, all day Sun

Zone P: Hove Park – Mon-Fri from 10am-1pm and from 2pm-9am, all day Sat & Sun

Zone Q: Prestonville – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone R: Westbourne – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone S: Elm Grove & Hanover – Mon-Fri from 12pm-6pm and from 7pm-11am, all day Sat & Sun

Zone T: Hove station – Every day from 8pm-9am

Zone U: Coombe Road – Mon-Fri from 11am-5pm and from 6pm-10am, all day Sat & Sun

Zone V: Elm Grove & Hanover – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone W: Wish Road – Every day from 11am-7pm and every night from 8pm-10am

Zone Y: Central Brighton North – Every night from 8pm-9am

Zone Z: Central Brighton South – Every night from 8pm-9am

Note that it may take some time to find a space in these zones, with no guarantee that you’ll get one. There is also the option to buy a visitor permit (link) if you need to park during controlled hours.

Residential Streets

An option that you might consider is parking on a residential street and walking to the town centre. Usually the downside to this is not knowing which streets you can park in, if you’re not familiar with a place. We’ve gathered all of Brighton’s residential streets with free parking opportunities in the list below, including postcodes and the distance they are from the seafront (specifically the Palace Pier). The list is divided into the directions you may approach Brighton from, to make it easier for you to find the streets most convenient to you.

Be sure to observe the usual rules for parking on residential streets – don’t park over driveways or on double yellow lines, keep noise to a minimum (particularly in the evening), and double check for signage stating when and where you’re allowed to park, if any.

North Brighton

If you’re approaching Brighton from a northerly direction, including visitors from London, these are the most convenient streets to try to park in. A walk from this direction down to the seafront will take you past The Level park and Valley Gardens, the famous Lanes shopping district, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, and the Royal Pavilion before you even get to the beach!

Hollingdean Road BN2 4AA, 1.6 miles

Riley Road BN2 4AG, 1.7 miles

Upper Hollingdean Road BN1 7GA, 1.7 miles

Davey Drive BN1 7BF, 1.8 miles

Ewhurst Road BN2 4AL, 1.8 miles

Mafeking Road BN2 4EL, 1.8 miles

Roedale Road BN1 7GD, 1.8 miles

Dewe Road BN2 4BE, 1.9 miles

Dudley Road BN1 7GL, 1.9 miles

Hollingdean Terrace BN1 7HB, 1.9 miles

Horton Road BN1 7EG, 1.9 miles

Kimberley Road BN2 4EP, 2 miles

Ladysmith Road BN2 4EH, 2 miles

Milner Road BN2 4BR, 2 miles

Redvers Road BN2 4BG, 2 miles

Gordon Road BN1 6PE, 2.1 miles

Harrington Villas BN1 6RG, 2.1 miles

Herbert Road BN1 6PB, 2.1 miles

Bates Road BN1 6PF, 2.2 miles

Loder Road BN1 6PL, 2.2 miles

Brentwood Road BN1 7ES, 2.3 miles

The Avenue BN2 4FA, 2.5 miles

North West Brighton

Coming into Brighton from the west of the country, or a north-westerly direction, means that this group of streets are the most convenient to get to. A walk from here to the Palace Pier will take you past places including the Booth Natural History Museum, Dyke Road Park and Hove Green, The Lanes, the Royal Pavilion and the Old Steine Gardens.

Preston Drove BN1 6FJ, 2 miles

Bavant Road BN1 6RD, 2.2 miles

Knoyle Road BN1 6RB, 2.2 miles

Cornwall Gardens BN1 6RJ, 2.3 miles

The Paddock BN3 6LT, 2.3 miles

Bishops Road BN3 6PN, 2.4 miles

The Droveway BN3 7QA, 2.5 miles

Elms Lea Avenue BN1 6UG, 2.5 miles

Fairlie Gardens BN1 6PY, 2.5 miles

Hazeldene Meads BN1 5LR, 2.5 miles

Hove Park Way BN3 6PW, 2.5 miles

Surrenden Road BN1 6PA, 2.5 miles

Varndean Road BN1 6RR, 2.5 miles

Withdean Avenue BN1 5BL, 2.5 miles

East Brighton

Coming in from the east and parking there is the way to get closer to the sea. You can take a walk through town, past the Secret Garden and the Flea Market, or take the scenic route via the marina and along the beach.

Manor Close BN2 5EG, 1.5 miles

Manor Hill BN2 5EL, 1.5 miles

Manor Crescent BN2 5EJ, 1.6 miles

Flimwell Close BN2 5GJ, 1.7 miles

Henfield Close BN2 5GN, 1.7 miles

Marlow Road BN2 5NB, 1.7 miles

Peel Road BN2 5ND, 1.7 miles

Reading Road BN2 5NE, 1.7 miles

Cliff Road BN2 5RD, 1.8 miles

Wadhurst Rise BN2 5PW, 1.8 miles

Chiddingly Close BN2 5GE, 1.9 miles

The Cliff BN2 5RE, 1.9 miles

Findon Road BN2 5LP, 1.9 miles

Whitehawk Crescent BN2 5FD, 1.9 miles

Roedean Way BN2 5RJ, 2.2 miles

Free parking in Brighton does still come at a cost – time and effort. It can take a lot of time to find a spot and you may have to walk a while to get to your destination, which can be difficult for families with small children or disabled and elderly people.

Cheapest Parking Options in Brighton

If you’d rather have convenience of being a bit nearer to the sights and attractions of Brighton, or save time finding a space, you can pay for parking – but it can get steep very quickly. We’ve compiled the cheapest car parks here, including postcodes, in order of distance from the city centre:

Churchill Square Shopping Centre BN1 2RG – £4 for 2 hours (there is also an evening tariff after 6pm, which is £4)

Ship Street BN1 1AE – £6 for 2 hours

Metropole BN1 2FD – £5 for 2 hours

Morrisons BN2 1RE – £3 for 2 hours

High Street BN2 1RG – £4.20 to 2 hours

Brighton Station BN1 4DJ – £2.70 for 2 hours

London Road BN1 4GE – £4.50 for 2 hours

Vantage Point BN1 4GY – £3.40 for 2 hours

Norton Road BN3 3BE – £2.80 for 2 hours

King Alfred BN3 2WW – £3.50 for 2 hours

Black Rock BN2 1DZ – £2.80 for 2 hours

East Brighton Hospital BN2 3EW – £2.50 for 2 hours

Free and Paid Parking Near Popular Brighton Locations

Free & Paid Parking Near Booth Museum of Natural History

Free & Paid Parking Near Brighton Train Station

Free & Paid Parking Near The Lanes & Brighton's Shopping Quarter

Conclusion

Driving to Brighton doesn’t need to break the bank. With the information we’ve provided, and a bit of pre-planning, you can find free parking spaces around the city. The money you save can then be used for the many sights and attractions this vibrant city has to offer.