Cheap and Free Parking in Brisbane CBD
Whether it’s for a shopping trip, an outing to the City Botanic Gardens or Roma Street Parklands, beach fun at South Bank or visiting a gallery or museum, it’s always fun to head into Brisbane city. However, the price of parking often puts families off. The good news is that there are actually some very reasonable parking options available, if you just know where to look! These Brisbane cheap parking options make it easier than ever to visit the Brisbane CBD – with or without the kids.
Search for the Best Brisbane Parking Rates
Developed by Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Parking Guide is an online guide featuring all of Brisbane’s car park operators, so that drivers can search for and find the best deals on parking in Brisbane.
On the site, you can find a wealth of information on parking in the city, including:
- Parking stations (BCC and private car parks)
- Street parking
- Airport parking
- Hospital parking
- Park ’n’ Rides
- Resident Parking
It also has a section on parking deals here, for the CBD, City fringe, Fortitude Valley, South Bank and Sports and Events, as well as Early Bird deals.
Brisbane City Council Car Parks
Brisbane City Council has two car parks in the Brisbane CBD — at King George Square and Wickham Terrace. Both are multi-level car parks that have extended operating hours throughout the year, including public holidays and some special events.
These car parks often have amazing special offers (subject to availability), such as:
- FREE 15 minute parking
- $5 per day weekend parking
- $5 evening parking
You can find out more about the car parking special offers here.
Wilson Parking has several cap parks in Brisbane CBD. You can search for the best prices at convenient locations at wilsonparking.com.au.
Secure Parking locations in Brisbane’s CBD
For parking in the CBD, Fortitude Valley, Milton and Spring Hill, you can book a parking space online with Secure-a-Spot and they offer up to 60% off the normal parking rates. Visit secureparking.com.au for further details. Also check your RACQ membership as they sometimes offer discount codes.
Myer Centre Car Park
Open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the Myer Centre Car Park is as convenient as it gets for city centre parking. It also has great rates if you book online. Visit myercentrecarpark.com.au for all rates and to book online.
Park ’n’ Ride
For a great option to save money on parking in Brisbane, you could make use of the extensive Park ’n’ Ride system. This allows you to drive to a TransLink car park next to a public transport stop, where you can park your car then take public transport to your final destination. This is not only a cheaper option but it also convenient, better for the environment and fun for kids!
You can find a list of Park ’n’ Rides around Brisbane at visitbrisbane.com.au. You can also visit translink.com.au to search for those closest to you, as well as use Journey Planner to plan your travel route and times, to make sure you get to your nearest car park in time for your public transport.
Free Parking in Brisbane CBD
There is no free parking in the Brisbane CBD as it is part of the Brisbane Central Traffic Area. There are some parking hacks used by locals to get into the CBD quickly and cost free.
- Park around Kangaroo Point and jump onto the free city hopper boat for an easy and picteresque ride across the river to the city
- Park around Sydney Street in New Farm and take a city ferry to the city
- Park in the side streets in West End and take a city glider into the city
Street Parking in Brisbane
Street parking can often work out cheaper than using a car park, but spots can be a challenge to find in the city. Parking in the Brisbane Central Traffic Area is permitted for a maximum of two hours in unsigned streets, unless there are signs or parking meters stating otherwise.
Where there are meters, prices are usually per hour according to zone (e.g. $1.60/hour in Zone 2). There is also a fee capping system whereby there are maximum charges for spots that allow more than four hours of parking (e.g. Zone 1 is capped at $10 weekdays and $6 weekends). For full details of the parking meters and rates in Brisbane, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au.
To download a Parking in Brisbane Guide you can find a PDF version and a Word version here, along with other useful links and resources, including parking permits, parking rules and more.