The UK’s most and least expensive cities for parking have been revealed, highlighting the huge divide between some of the country’s biggest urban centres.
Five most expensive cities
London – £3.90 per hour
Oxford – £3 per hour
Brighton & Hove – £2.55 per hour
Edinburgh – £2.20 per hour
Leeds – £2.05 per hour
London, unsurprisingly, came out worst in the study of parking charges, with drivers in the capital forking out nearly three times the national average.
But it was bad news for motorists in Edinburgh, Leeds, Brighton and Oxford as well, as the survey found they too face astronomical rates to park.
Across the UK, the average cost of parking in an off-street car park is £1.10 per hour while on-street parking costs £1.65 per hour. In London, however it’s £3 and £4.80 respectively.
Oxford, the country’s next most expensive city matched the capital for off-street costs but on-street was substantially less, at £3. Brighton & Hove rounded out the top three with costs of £1.50 and £3.60.
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Five cheapest cities
Newry – 50p per hour
Salford- 50p per hour
Bradford – 55p per hour
Lisburn – 55p per hour
Worcester – 65p per hour
At the other end of the table, drivers in Northern Ireland enjoy some of the lowest parking rates around, with Newry ranking as the nation’s cheapest place to park at 40p and 60p per hour for car park and on-street parking. Lisburn (30/80p) and Belfast (30p/£1.20) were also among the cheapest 10 cities.
The data was revealed in a study of council data by apartment specialists Citybase and shows that prices vary from as little as 30p per hour up to £4.80. The difference between the highest and lowest averages – taken over all kinds of parking – was a staggering £3.40 per hour.