Cheap parking in Madrid: where to park in Madrid?

Où se garer à Madrid

Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a sunny break in the Spanish capital? For a stress-free stay, here are all the tips you need to know to discover Madrid by car and easily find parking in Madrid.

With 3.4 million inhabitants, Madrid is Spain’s most populous city. Close to the Guadarrama mountain range, the city has a lot going for it: a lively nightlife that delights all party-goers, astonishing art galleries, elegant architecture, a booming flamenco and jazz scene, tasty and fragrant gastronomy and a population that has mastered the Spanish art of living to perfection. Madrid is sure to leave you with fond memories.

But parking in the Spanish capital can quickly become a real ordeal: with few spaces available in the center, time-limited parking and overpriced parking lots, you can lose a lot of time and money. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you find cheap parking in Madrid.

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Parking in Madrid: public parking

As in many metropolises, Madrid has a SER program – Regulated Parking Service – which regulates and controls parking in the Spanish capital. It offers two types of spaces: the green zone, which allows residents to park in their neighborhoods for an unlimited time, and non-residents to park for up to 2 hours, and the blue zone, which allows users to park for up to 4 hours.

As for rates, they vary according to the zone, but also according to your vehicle: you’ll get a 20% reduction if you have a hybrid vehicle, and a 20% increase if you have a pre-1997 petrol car or a pre-2001 diesel. Expect to pay around €2.55 for 2 hours in a blue zone and €1.80 for 1 hour in a green zone.

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Où se garer à Madrid

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Free parking in Madrid

There are some great deals to be had in Madrid, and not the least of them: you’ll be able to find some free tickets! However, you’ll have to stray a long way from the city center to find these rare gems. Fortunately, these areas have excellent public transport links to the center of Madrid. The banks of the Rio Manzanares, just a stone’s throw from the Casa de Campo, have a few free parking spaces, as do the Chamartin area and the Ciudad Universitaria.

What’s more, you can park for free in Madrid outside the SER’s opening hours: you can park at night, on weekends – Saturdays from 3pm and Sundays – or every afternoon in August.

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Cheap parking in Madrid: covered parking lots

There are over a hundred parking lots in Madrid, so it’s hard to know which are the best deals in the Spanish capital and which will ruin you more than anything else. Fortunately, Generation Voyage has managed to find a few cheap parking lots in Madrid.

Located in the city center, 100 meters from Plaça Lavapiés, the Primavera parking lot offers the very attractive rate of €20 for 24 hours, compared with €30 for a day in this area. Another inexpensive parking lot located a 15-minute walk from the San Andrés church and the gardens of the Osuna palace, DM Latina offers very economical rates: €14.95 for a day, €25.56 for two days and €38 for three days. If you only want to park for a few hours, that’s also possible: count €1.95 per hour, €5 for 3 hours and €7 for 5 hours.

Just a stone’s throw from Atocha station, the Garaje VIP Atocha is also a great value: €16 day pass, €33 weekend pass and €11 night pass.

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Parking in Madrid: underground parking lots

One of the best ways to find a parking space in Madrid is to take a look at the underground parking lots. There are over a hundred in the city. You can park your car for a whole day for between €27 and €31 per 24 hours. If you’d like to park in an underground parking lot for a few hours, that’s perfectly possible, and the price will be estimated by fraction: count around €0.15 per minute if you’re staying from 31 to 120 minutes, and €0.20 per minute if you’re staying from 121 to 720 minutes.

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