If you’re planning on visiting Gibraltar and going by car, keep reading because in this article we lay out all the options, for parking inside and outside of Gibraltar, so they’re plain to see, which will help you decide where to leave your car!
For parking outside of Gibraltar, you have two options: park in La Línea de la Concepción in the limited blue area, or park in one of the car parks right on the Gibraltar border and leave your worries behind. If you go for one of these car parks, it only takes a few minutes to walk to the border, and all of them are safe and monitored. So, if it were up to us, we would choose one of them over the blue area street parking.
To explain the La Línea de la Concepción blue area in greater detail; it runs Monday-Friday from 09:00-18:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-14:00. During these times, you can park for up to 6 hours. Sundays are free and there’s no time limit on parking. Please be aware that there are different rates for cars and vans: prices for tourists start at €1.30 for 60 minutes and go up to €6.35 for 6 hours. Vans must pay between €2.60 for 60 minutes and €12.70 for 6 hours. Of course, the street parking isn’t monitored, so if you are in town for a few days, we recommend booking a car park with Parclick in advance and leaving your car in one of our monitored car parks in La Línea de la Concepción.
Once you’ve entered Gibraltar, you have 3 options for parking this time: street parking, municipal parking areas or car parks. Street parking in the territory of Gibraltar is like gold-dust and mostly reserved for residents anyway. This is the one option we really advise against because you’ll spend a lot of time driving around and could quite easily be treated to a good old-fashioned clamping if you get it wrong! Or worse, it could get towed. Parking in one of the municipal parking areas of Gibraltar isn’t a bad idea, although they’re usually pretty full. What makes them rather peculiar is that there are both free spots (painted white) and paid spots (painted blue) in the same car park, although all of them are outdoor and unmonitored, so safe they are not. The blue spots have a time limit, while the white spots last for all eternity. The price of the blue spots is £1.00/hour, or €1.20/hour. The parking metres accept pound coins as well as euros, with an exchange rate of 1 pound = 1.20 euros.
If your goal is to visit Gibraltar and go up the Rock, you can park in La Línea de la Concepción and enter Gibraltar on your own two feet, as it’s only 14 minutes’ walk on a completely flat route from the border until the Grand Casemates Square and the start of Gibraltar’s Main Street. Then, from the border until the Rock cable car station, it’s only another half an hour, enjoying some beautiful seaside views and you’re there! However, if your objectives include going up the Rock with your own car, visiting Europa Point, stocking up on “duty free” products or refuelling at a better price than the mainland, then we need to find you somewhere inside the belly of the beast! The main issue with travelling by car is the queues on the way in and out, which can take over an hour. As a general rule, peak times for weekdays are 08:00-10:00 for entering and 16:00-19:00 for exiting.
Plan your visit to Gibraltar ahead of time and book your parking spot now with Parclick!