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Train station parking index

Avoiding traffic by taking the train is often an easy choice, with increasing congestion in many of our cities. But if you drive to the station, the parking charges can bite.

We found out which were the cheapest and most expensive train stations for parking, both in the UK and abroad.

A car parking in a bay

Railway fares are a hot topic of conversation in the UK with ticket prices continuously increasing, making it harder to travel by train. However, for those who want to leave their car at the station for the day, the cost can sometimes be even greater. And these additional costs can quickly stack up when you also take into account the likes of fuel and car insurance costs.

So, looking at 30 of the busiest stations in the UK and Europe, we found out which ones charge the most to park for a full day.

Note that all of the figures below refer to parking between the hours of 8am and 8pm on a weekday (but may allow you to park for longer).

 

The UK’s most expensive train station car parks

Infographic showing UK's most expensive train station car parks

1. London Bridge - £34.95

The most expensive station in the UK is London Bridge, where the day rate for anyone staying over 7 hours is just under £35.

This station is one of the oldest in the world, having opened in 1836. While it's the most expensive station to park at, it’s actually only the fourth-busiest station in London.

2. London King’s Cross - £29.95

Next up is another London station, with the cost to park at King’s Cross starting at just under £30 for any stay over 5 hours.

Like London Bridge, the car park at King’s Cross is run by NCP. Also, being situated right in the heart of central London means that it's not just popular with commuters, but tourists visiting the capital.

3. London St Pancras International - £27.70

London St Pancras International is located just a stone’s throw away from King’s Cross and the price to park there is only marginally cheaper, at £27.70. This fee applies to a stay of between 6 and 12 hours.

London St Pancras International seems to be one of the few major stations in the country that runs its own car park.

Rank Station Daily parking cost GBP Daily parking cost USD Daily parking cost EUR
1
London Bridge
£34.95
$45.70
€42.21
2
London King's Cross
£29.95
$39.16
€36.17
3
London St Pancras International
£27.70
$36.22
€33.45
4
London Victoria
£26.00
$34.00
€31.40
4
London Paddington
£26.00
$34.00
€31.40
4
London Waterloo
£26.00
$34.00
€31.40
7
Glasgow Central
£25.95
$33.93
€31.34
8
Reading
£25.00
$32.69
€30.19
8
Gatwick Airport
£25.00
$32.69
€30.19
10
Moorfields
£23.95
$31.32
€28.92
 

The UK’s most expensive train station car parks (outside London)

Infographic showing UK's most expensive train station car parks outside London

1. Glasgow Central - £25.95

With each of the top 7 most expensive train station car parks being found in London, we’ve looked further afield. Glasgow Central comes in on top as the most expensive train station for parking outside London.

Here, parking between 6 and 24 hours costs £25.95. Glasgow Central is the busiest station in Scotland and the station building itself is notable for being a listed building.

2. Reading & Gatwick Airport - £25.00

Two train stations are tied in second, at a cost of £25 each for a day’s worth of parking. Reading is one of the busiest train stations outside of London, with many commuters travelling into the capital passing through it.

Gatwick’s railway station serves the airport, which it is connected to via the Airport Shuttle people mover.

4. Moorfields - £23.95

Next up is Moorfields station in Liverpool, an underground station in the city centre with an NCP car park that costs £23.95 for the day.

This station is one of the busiest on the Merseyrail network and has connections to all other stations on the network.

Rank Station Daily parking cost GBP Daily parking cost USD Daily parking cost EUR
1
Glasgow Central
£25.95
$33.93
€31.34
2
Reading
£25.00
$32.69
€30.19
2
Gatwick Airport
£25.00
$32.69
€30.19
4
Moorfields
£23.95
$31.32
€28.92
5
Edinburgh Waverley
£22.00
$28.77
€26.57
6
Manchester Piccadilly
£21.00
$27.46
€25.36
7
Leeds
£20.00
$26.15
€24.15
7
Sheffield
£20.00
$26.15
€24.15
9
Liverpool Lime Street
£18.70
$24.45
€22.58
10
York
£17.00
$22.23
€20.53
 

The UK’s cheapest train station car parks

Infographic showing UK's cheapest train station car parks

1. Bristol Temple Meads, Chelmsford, Oxford - £7.00

When looking at some of the cheapest stations in the UK, there are 3 that are tied for first place. With a daily charge of just £7.00, Bristol Temple Meads, Chelmsford and Oxford are all named as the cheapest in the UK.

All 3 are found in the south, with Bristol Temple Meads perhaps being the busiest, serving around 2 million passengers a year. Despite being such a major station, Bristol Temple Meads offers a low parking cost in comparison to others.

4. Dartford - £7.30

Marginally more expensive than the 3 stations mentioned above is Dartford, where you’ll pay £7.30 for the daily rate.

This is a major station in the Kent area, especially for those commuting into London, with Charing Cross located about 40 minutes down the line.

5. Coventry - £8.00

The cheapest station parking outside of the south is in Coventry. The station charges £8.00 to park in the nearby Manor House car park for over 6 hours.

Coventry is located on the West Coast Main Line and has links to London Euston and Birmingham, amongst other places.

Rank Station Daily parking cost GBP Daily parking cost USD Daily parking cost EUR
1
Bristol Temple Meads
£7.00
$9.15
€8.45
1
Chelmsford
£7.00
$9.15
€8.45
1
Oxford
£7.00
$9.15
€8.45
4
Dartford
£7.30
$9.55
€8.82
5
Coventry
£8.00
$10.46
€9.66
6
Grays
£8.40
$10.98
€10.14
7
Watford Junction
£8.50
$11.12
€10.27
8
Southampton Central
£9.30
$12.16
€11.23
9
Guildford
£11.00
$14.38
€13.28
10
Woking
£12.10
$15.82
€14.61
 

Europe’s most expensive train station car parks

Infographic showing Europe's most expensive train station car parks

1. Amsterdam Centraal - £45.53

Over in mainland Europe, the most expensive of the stations analysed was Amsterdam’s Centraal station, with the maximum daily rate standing at just over £45 (€55).

Parking in the Dutch capital is expensive on the whole, with the local government trying to keep the streets as car-free as possible.

As well as being the biggest station in the Netherlands, Centraal is an important hub for international train travel too.

2. Oslo Central Station - £39.18

In second place is Oslo Central Station, with a maximum daily cost of just under £40 (450 kr).

Norway’s biggest station, Oslo, serves express, regional and local services. The station also houses a large shopping centre which draws even more people to the station car park.

3. Zürich Hauptbahnhof - £36.51

Completing the top 3 is Zürich Hauptbahnhof, which is one of the busiest stations not just in Switzerland but in the world. The station provides services to neighbouring countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria and France.

The station is spread out across multiple levels, connected by underground passages, and the daily parking rate is around £36.50 (CHF45).

Rank Station City Country Daily Parking cost - Local currency Daily parking cost GBP Daily parking cost USD Daily parking cost EUR
1
Amsterdam Centraal
Amsterdam
Netherlands
€55.00
£45.53
$59.54
€55.00
2
Oslo Central Station
Oslo
Norway
450 NOkr
£39.18
$51.23
€47.33
3
Zürich Hauptbahnhof
Zürich
Switzerland
CHF45.00
£36.51
$47.73
€44.10
4
Gare de Lyon
Paris
France
€43.20
£35.76
$46.77
€43.20
5
Nørreport Station
Copenhagen
Denmark
290 DKK kr.
£32.28
$42.20
€38.99
6
Bern
Bern
Switzerland
CHF39.00
£31.64
$41.37
€38.22
7
Gare du Nord
Paris
France
€38.00
£31.46
$41.14
€38.00
8
Helsinki Central Station
Helsinki
Finland
€36.00
£29.80
$38.97
€36.00
9
Gare Montparnasse
Paris
France
€35.00
£28.98
$37.89
€35.00
10
Madrid Atocha
Madrid
Spain
€33.10
£27.40
$35.83
€33.10
 

Europe’s cheapest train station car parks

Infographic showing Europe's cheapest train station car parks

1. Hannover Hauptbahnhof - £5.80

At the other end of the scale, travellers in Hannover can leave their car at the city’s main train station for just £5.80 (€7.00).

An important transport hub, Hannover Hauptbahnhof is used by around 250,000 people a day. It acts as a hub not just for the local region, but with services to Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne and Dortmund.

2. Bologna Centrale, Essen Hauptbahnhof, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen - £8.28

Three stations are tied with a daily cost of €10, 2 in Germany and 1 in Italy. All 3 are major stations within their respective cities, yet offer great value parking compared to the more expensive stations on this list.

For example, to park at each of these stations costs just under 8 times less than at the most expensive station, Amsterdam Centraal.

5. Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof - £10.35

With rail travel being very popular in Germany, another German station comes in third place, with a daily maximum cost of £10.35 (€12.50).

The station is known for its huge 12-storey tower which features a large, rotating Mercedes-Benz sign. This has become one of the city’s landmarks.

Rank Station City Country Daily Parking cost - Local currency Daily parking cost GBP Daily parking cost USD Daily parking cost EUR
1
Hannover Hauptbahnhof
Hannover
Germany
€7.00
£5.80
$7.58
€7.00
2
Bologna Centrale
Bologna
Italy
€10.00
£8.28
$10.83
€10.00
2
Essen Hauptbahnhof
Essen
Germany
€10.00
£8.28
$10.83
€10.00
2
Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
Berlin
Germany
€10.00
£8.28
$10.83
€10.00
5
Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Stuttgart
Germany
€12.50
£10.35
$13.53
€12.50
6
Torino Porta Nuova
Turin
Italy
€18.00
£14.90
$19.49
€18.00
6
Köln Hauptbahnhof
Cologne
Germany
€18.00
£14.90
$19.49
€18.00
7
München Hauptbahnhof
Munich
Germany
€20.00
£16.56
$21.65
€20.00
7
Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof
Düsseldorf
Germany
€20.00
£16.56
$21.65
€20.00
7
Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof
Nuremberg
Germany
€20.00
£16.56
$21.65
€20.00
7
Roma Termini
Rome
Italy
€20.00
£16.56
$21.65
€20.00
 

Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com, comments:

"Whether you are commuting to work, or setting off on an adventure, train stations often offer a range of short and long-term parking facilities. However, the cost to park can vary significantly between different train stations. Daily prices start from as little as £7.00 in Oxford, reaching up to £34.95 at London Bridge for just a 7-hour stay. That's before you've even factored in high rail fare costs!

"To guarantee you get the most affordable deal, make sure you shop around for the best place to park. If you choose to park your car off-site, ensure to check the site's safety and security regulations, such as CCTV offerings. This increases your car’s safety, helping prevent claims for damage which could impact your car insurance quote in future.”

 

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