don’t have a driver’s license, but I’ve often witnessed my friends struggling to find a parking spot. Praying to the parking angels, riding shotgun, and cheering them on is not enough to help, unfortunately.
It’s good to know a thing or two about parking in Valencia if you don’t want your car to be towed away, drive around a popular area for two hours or spend a dinner worth of money in an overly-priced parking garage. Yes, it all happened, but it doesn’t have to happen to you.
In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about parking in Valencia, including useful apps.
Free parking zones
Free parking zones are marked with a white line.
It can be difficult to find a spot in popular areas such as El Carmen and Ruzafa, especially on weekends and rainy days. But if you’re willing to drive around for a little while, you might find a good one.
If you’re just going somewhere for the night, you can park for free anywhere you want from 21:00 to 09:00, from Monday to Saturday, so you don’t have to pay attention to the colors of the lines.
The best news: on Sundays, you can park anywhere, all day long. Aren’t Sundays the best anyway?
Sometimes, there are people who point you to a free parking spot. Once you’ve parked, they’ll ask for money. It’s up to you if you want to pay them or not, as it’s not an obligation. We usually give them €1,-
Free parking garages
- Supermarkets like Consum and Mercadona often have free parking garages too. Just make sure you ask for a ticket when you get to the cash register.
- Malls such as Aqua Multiespacio usually have a 24 hour parking garage. Oftentimes, you can enjoy a couple of hours of free parking. Some malls don’t charge anything after lunchtime, on weekends and public holidays. So do check that out.
Paid parking zones
Paid parking zones are marked with a blue line. There is a limited time, you’re usually not allowed to park longer than two hours. The closer you get to the city center, the more you pay.
Private parking garages
The best thing to do if you live in a popular area is to rent a spot in a private parking garage. Prices vary between €80,- and €120,- a month, but it saves you a lot of time and hassle. You can find space to rent on Idealista.
Buy back your time and freedom ;-)
Now that you know a little more about parking in Valencia, you probably want to know where you can find all these spots. I’ve found a really great app called Parkopedia.
They have a huge database of parking garages (free and paid), street and metered parking and private garages around the world. The only thing you have to do is type in your destination and it will show you detailed info, including prices and wheelchair accessibility. Oh, the time and money my friends and I could have saved if we knew this a couple of years ago, ouch!
Another very useful app, especially if you don’t have any cash with you, is Easypark. This app is basically a mobile parking meter. You can find a parking spot, start, stop and extend your parking time through the app. You only pay for the time you use. Sounds fair (and super convenient) to me.
- Never park your car on the zones marked with yellow lines, these are reserved for companies and exits.
- Valencianos like kisses. What does that have to do with parking? Well, don’t be surprised if another car bumps yours a little bit. We call this the Valencian kiss, and yeah, it happens often. It’s really no big deal here, and there’s not much you can do.
- Look out for signs, sometimes you might not be allowed to park on a certain spot because of outdoor markets or roadworks.
- Don’t park your car in a pedestrian street, even when you see other cars there. They will tow your car away, especially if you have a foreign license plate. It happened to a couple of friends and I can tell you: it’s no fun. You have to pay a big fine. So just stick to the rules, there are plenty of other options :-)
- If you’re in a popular area and want to park your car for free, try to park just a little outside of the area. You will often find enough free spots.
If you still struggle with parking, remember: Valencia is definitely paradise by the dashboard light ;-)