Places to park in Dublin
There is no free parking in Dublin, but there are more than 10,000 pay spaces awaiting drivers across the city. In the city centre, you are better off finding a place to leave your car and exploring on foot. Repeatedly moving your car takes more time than it is worth, and it will probably turn out being expensive.
In the central district, your best bet for parking will either be the hotel where you are based or a multi-storey car park. The latter are quite convenient, but will probably cost more than the limited street parking drivers find available.
When you do park on the street, you’ll need to make use of Dublin’s pay-and-display system. If a ticketing machine is on site, you can park for a short time on the street. You’ll need to insert coins into the meter, and overstaying your time will promptly result in your vehicle getting clamped. The unclamping fee stings, so be vigilant about feeding meters.
The more than 20 multi-storey car parks are a better bet for Dublin. You’ll find these close to pedestrian areas and shopping centres. Depending on the location and the company that runs them, these may offer hours or daily rates – both in many cases.
Above all, always check the signage when parking your car in Dublin. Bicycle lanes, bus lanes and taxi ranks are strict no-parking zones. A double yellow line along the shoulder indicates no parking any time. A single line allows parking with caveats, so be sure to read the signs before leaving your vehicle. Dublin City Council has posted a succinct explanation about parking in Dublin City on their website. For more information on the various car parks in Dublin, click here.