Parking in Galway City
Drivers enjoy abundant parking options in Galway, including disabled accessible spaces. At the street level, the pay and display system is enforced from 08:30 to 18:30 from Monday to Saturday. At all other times, including Sundays and bank holidays, parking is free.
For those who are driving for the first time in Ireland, the pay and display system is easy to decipher. Rates are subject to change over time, but you can check in with the Galway City website for up-to-date information on parking in the city. Initial charges are incurred in 15-minute increments, after which there is an hourly charge. The max-stay rate is incurred at the two-hour mark.
Pay and display machines are on hand in parking areas. They accept coins but do not give change. Some also accept credit cards. Pay for you parking in advance, and the machine will issue a receipt that is displayed inside the vehicle in clear view under the windscreen. Parking spaces are patrolled by enforcers, who generally allow a ten-minute grace period to give drivers a chance to purchase a new ticket.
There are also several public car parks around Galway, including free surface parking in Salthill on the Promenade. Short-term pay parking is available on Bowling Green and Mill Street, with longer-term parking permitted at car parks on College Rode, Dyke road and Gaol Road. In all, just short of 900 public parking spaces are available.
Multi-storey car parks dramatically increase capacity around the city. Facilities at Eyre Square Centre, Fairgreen House, Hynes Yark, Roches Stores, Jury’s and Harbour account for another 2,280 parking spaces.