Bear in mind, that on 29th of June 2020 Gdansk changes parking zones and rates. So if you plan to come to Gdansk on 29th of July 2020 or after that date, look for the updated information on Gdansk parking at the end of this article.
Where to park a car in Gdansk
Although we recommend that you use public transport or Gdansk public bike system while moving around Gdansk, sometimes one just to need to use his own car. If so, you need to know where to park a car in Gdansk and how much parking in Gdansk costs.
Parking Zone in Gdansk
The parking zone in Gdansk covers most of the touristic areas. This includes the Main Town, the Old Town but also Oliwa and Wrzeszcz. Having parked in that area, you are supposed to pay for leaving your car there. Look for the nearby parking machine, where you can pay with cash (PLN only) or card. The rate is 3,3 PLN for the first hour, 3,9 PLN for the second, 4,6 PLN for the third hour and then again 3,3 PLN/hour. You only need to pay Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 17.00, except for Glowne Miasto (EG parking zone), where you need to pay Monday to Friday between 9 and 20.00.
If you pay with cash, you just need to put in the amount for the desired time. When you pay with the card, you first need to set the time you want to leave your car for. Then pay by touching or inserting your card. When you receive the ticket, you need to put it inside your car in a visible place. Failing to do so, or failing to renew your ticket if you overstay, may result in obtaining a fine. It might be around 100 PLN which you need to pay in the city guards’ office.
Don’t try to leave your car where it’s forbidden or on the pavement, as city guards are very efficient in finding those cars. They will give you a fine, and they may also block your car – to unblock it you need to pay a visit to the city guards office and pay a fine there.
Other paid car parks in Gdansk
Except for the Parking Zone, there are also some short-time parking in Gdansk. The biggest one is located in the Forum Shopping Mall. It is free for the first hour, but then you need to pay. The rate is 3 PLN for the second and third hour, then 4 PLN for the fourth and fifth hour and 8 PLN for each following hour.
There are also some parking places close to Supermarkets (Lidl, Biedronka). Those are dedicated to clients and usually, the first hour is free, but then the price for the next hours is very high.
Free parking in Gdansk
Outside the city centre, there are some places where you might park your car for free. One of them is Dlugie Ogrody, where you may be almost 100% sure that you’ll find a place to leave your car.
New Gdansk parking regulations
On Monday 29th of June 2020 Gdansk Parking Zone changes. Starting from that day, the city centre will be covered by two parking zones: red and blue. Another important change is, that now you need to enter plates number in the parking machine.
New Gdansk parking zones
Red Parking Zone in Gdansk covers most of the city centre, including Dlugie Ogrody Street, where parking was free for a long time. In this area, you need to pay for parking every day from 9 am to 8 pm. The rates are significantly higher, as now the first hours costs 5,5 PLN, second hour 6,6 PLN, third 7,9 PLN, ad every following hour costs 5,5 PLN.
Blue Zone covers the area north of the city centre, more or less between European Solidarity Centre and Second World War museum, Wrzeszcz district and Jelitkowo. Here the first hours costs 3,9 PLN, second hour 4,6 PLN, third 5,5 PLN, ad every following hour costs 3,9 PLN. You only need to pay here Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (on public holidays it’s free).
There is also Green Parking Zone, but it’s outside the city centre. However, it covers most of the Oliwa district, so if you plan to go there, be prepared to pay. The rates are like in Blue Zone, but you only need to pay 9 am to 3 pm.
As you can see, in terms of parking Gdansk has changed completely. This is another way of deterring cars from flooding the city centre. We will see is citizens will accept that change.
Cheap parking in Gdansk
After this change in Gdansk parking zones, the cheapest option is parking in Gdansk Forum. Here the first hour is free, then you need to pay 4 PLN for each hour until 5th hour, and then 8 PLN for every hour. However, it is very probable they will change rates soon so check their website for any update.
Free Parking Gdansk
As Gdansk Parking Zones now cover a much bigger area, it will be harder to find free parking in Gdansk. But there are still some places where you may look for a free parking slot. You could try the area south of Podwale Przedmiejskie street – but as now it is a parking zone too (though you don’t need to pay here) you may only park car in the marked areas. There are also some parking slots along Kartuska Street, but it is a bit far and you may need to take a tram or bus from here.
If you want to avoid parking fees, it seems that the best way is to use public transport.