Questions about parking

Tickets, payments and prices:

Park & Ride:

Concessions/discounts and refunds:

About the car parks:

Other parking questions:

If I park for more than one day do I need to get a new ticket?

No, keep your entry ticket with you and the machine will calculate your payment when you leave.  Please visit a pay station before returning to your vehicle.

Can I reserve a parking space?

No, we don't offer reservations to individual customers.  We offer pre-booked spaces to event organisers only.

Can I pay ahead of time?

You can pay for the time you want to park when you arrive, so you can avoid any queues later when you get back to your vehicle. More details on our Avoid the queue with pre-paid tickets page.

How do I work out how much my stay will cost?

Our pricing structure is available on each car park page. The payment machine will correctly calculate the fee when you insert your ticket as you are ready to leave.

If your stay includes daytime and evening/overnight charges, you must add them together.

How much is it to park overnight?  

We charge an hourly rate for overnight parking, which starts at 5pm. Details of our charging structure are available on each individual car park page.

How much is it to park at the weekend or for the weekend?

We don't have a set weekend rate. We operate a daytime and night time tariff with an hourly rate.  The two fees need to be added together. Details of our pricing structure are available on each individual car park page.

Which is the cheapest multi-storey car park?

Queen Anne Terrace which is situated near Parker's Piece - and is a 15 to 20 minute walk into the centre of the city.

I didn't get a receipt when I parked, can you send me one?

No. If you want a receipt you must request it at the time you pay for your parking. 

Why don't you have information about the Park & Ride sites?

The Park & Ride sites  aren't managed by this council.

For more details about Park & Ride, visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website, email: parkride@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call: 01223 845561.

How much is it to use the Park & Ride sites and buses?

It costs £1 to park on the site for up to 18 hours. It will then cost a set fee to use the buses.

The Park & Ride sites  aren't managed by this council.

For more details about Park & Ride, visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website, email: parkride@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call: 01223 845561.

What are the rules about parking with a Blue Badge in the car park?

We offer three hours free parking in our multi-storey car parks and two hours free in some of our others - find out more on our Free parking for Blue Badge holders page.

Can I buy a season ticket?

Yes. Find out more on our Buy a parking season ticket page.

I’ve been charged twice on my credit card, how do I get a refund?

If payment was made through RingGo, you must contact RingGo in the first instance.  

For all other payments: when payments are authorised they are 'ear-marked' by your bank as pending transactions - but they may not go through as payments. Check with your bank to see if this is a duplicate transaction in the first instance.  

If they confirm it's a final payment which has been duplicated, contact us with the following information:

  • Date and time of payment
  • Car park name
  • Amount and your card number.  (We only require the first 6 digits and the last 4).
  • Copy of full statement (not mini) showing both payments leaving bank account  

We will then investigate and give a refund if a valid duplicated payment has been put through.  Refunds can take up to three weeks depending on your card provider. 

What time do your car parks open?

The majority of our car parks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check each car park page for full details.

Which is the nearest car park to a particular place or destination in the city?

Our multi-storey car parks are all within a 15 to 20 minute walk of the city centre and colleges. Each page provides a link to Google, where you could work out the distance via street view.

lost an item in the car park, do you have it?

Any lost property (found or handed in) is kept at our Grand Arcade control room situated on level minus 1 of the Grand Arcade car park.

Will my vehicle fit in your car park?

The height restriction for most of the multi-storey car parks is 6 feet 6 inches but Queen Anne Terrace is 7 feet.

For example, you can fit a mini-bus in Queen Anne Terrance, but not at our other car parks.

Where can I park a coach?

There is no coach parking in the city centre.  

Coaches may drop off in Queens Road (by the Backs) but must park elsewhere.

Madingley Road Park & Ride site offers a coach park on a first come first served basis. It is £10 for the day. Please note this Park and Ride sites aren't managed by this council, contact Cambridgeshire County Council if you have any questions. Email: parkride@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call: 01223 845561

Where can I park a motorbike?

We offer free parking for motorcycles in Park Street and Queen Anne Terrace multi-storey car parks. There are also several on-street motorcycle parking bays in Cambridge:

  • Boltoph Lane, Chesterton Road, Fitzroy Lane, Free School Lane, King Street, Lensfield Road, Occupation Road, Park Terrace, Silver Street and Trumpington Street.

    We recommend you search via Google for these locations and to get directions.

There is no charge for parking in the on-street bays.

Where can I park a motor home or minibus (high-sided vehicle)?

The height restriction for most of the multi-storey car parks is 6 feet 6 inches except Queen Anne Terrace which is 7 feet.

If your vehicle is higher than 7 feet, you will need to park at the Trumpington Park & Ride site (through a separate entrance). Enter the site at the entrance directly off Hauxton Road, not at the slip road entrance from the M11/A10 direction. From there you will be signposted to the correct gate.

Someone has bumped my car, do you have CCTV?

CCTV is available in certain locations.  We are only able to release CCTV images to either the police or your insurance company.  

Do you have electric charging bays in your car parks?

Yes, find out more on our Recharge your electric car page.

Why is the Grand Arcade car park so expensive?

We set our prices to manage the high demand for car parking in Cambridge, to try to make sure that people who need to use a car can access the city more easily and safely.  

On the whole, our prices are set to discourage all-day parking, and to accommodate the majority of our customers who want to visit for shorter stays of less than four hours.  We would not be able to manage the demand that cheaper car parking would bring to both the city's traffic infrastructure and car parks and consider that it is necessary to impose some sort of restraint on the demand for car access, to protect both the environment and the economic viability of the city centre; and this is reflected in the parking tariff fees.  

For example the charges at the Grafton Centre and Grand Arcade are set to reflect their city centre location but there are alternatives and other methods for getting into Cambridge.  

Signs displaying our tariffs are located at every payment machine as well as the entrances to all our car parks thereby giving you the option to decide whether to continue and park.  If you decide not to park but have already committed to entering the car park, our barrier system allows an immediate exit without charge.  

A cheaper parking option is our Queen Anne Terrace car park near Parker's Piece on the outskirts of town and a 15 to 20 minute walk into the historic centre.

If you wish to visit Cambridge and park all day, we advise you to use the Park and Ride service, of which there are five sites located around the City.  These are well signed from the M11 and approach roads.  Park and Ride is managed by the County Council.

I've received a parking fine, how do I pay it?

Parking fines (PCN) are issued by Cambridgeshire County Council. To pay a fine:

How do I apply for a residential parking permit?

Residents are not permitted car park season tickets.

For information about on-street parking, contact Parking Services at Cambridgeshire County Council:

Where can I park on the street, rather than in your car parks?

For information about on-street parking, contact Parking Services at Cambridgeshire County Council:

How do I apply for a city centre access permit?

These are provided by Cambridgeshire County Council.

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