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.
New Gdansk parking regulations
On Monday 29th of June 2020 Gdansk Parking Zone changed. 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. So if you have been to Gdansk before, remember to follow the new rules.
Parking Zone in Gdansk
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.
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, you may also look for other short-time parking. Gdansk Old Town has a couple of possibilities. After the change in Gdansk parking zones, the cheapest option is to park a car in Gdansk Forum Shopping Mall. Here the first 30 minutes are free, then you need to pay 3 PLN for the next 30 minutes, 5 PLN for the second and third hour and then 4 PLN for every hour. However, it is very probable they will change rates soon so check their website for any update.
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 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.
Temporarily free parking in Gdansk – very close to the Old Town
The great news this year is, that the city has built new parking close to the city centre, but until now hasn’t equipped it with parking meters. This means it is officially free to park there. It is located opposite Gdansk Srodmiescie train station, and, to be specific, here.
Other free parking places in Gdansk
One place where you may look for a free parking in Gdansk is a car park in 3 Maja street, opposite to Forum Shopping mall, next to Santander Bank. Its capacity is about 60-70 cars, but during the day it’s usually full. But after 4-5 pm you have a chance of leaving your car here. You could also 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 the 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.