Parking can be a real pain in the backside! Don’t let searching for spaces get you down. We’ve reviewed the UK’s best parking apps to make your day out trouble-free.
Appy Parking – Free
Founded in 2013 in London, Appy Parking grew out of Yellow Line Parking, an app originally created to help Londoners make the most of roadside parking and find the best spaces without having to use big commercial parking centres.
Whether you’re looking for electric charging stations or motorbike bays, this app has you covered with its easy-to-use colour-coded maps. Features include real-time availability and price comparison. As well as this, it lists all the parking rules for each space with the times that you’ll no longer have to pay to park – a bonus feature for drivers.
Recently, they’ve also added ‘Daily Cheapest and Nearest Petrol Prices’ to the app which we expect to be a hit among motorists. At the moment, the app’s only downside is it doesn’t cover the whole country, just London and 11 of the UK’s biggest cities. But, there are clearly plans to extend its reach and it’s still a great parking app that will save you a lot of time and money.
Parkopedia – Free – £1.69
Parkopedia is the world’s largest parking app and has been on the market since 2007. The experts behind this app clearly know what they’re doing with endorsements from the likes of Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Peugeot, TomTom, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen, to name just a few!
The app offers a pre-booking service, real-time availability (similar to Appy Parking) and the option to pay for parking through your mobile. Unlike Appy Parking though, its search results include a wide variety of parking options such as commercial car parks, private lets and roadside bays. To use some of the features on this app you’ll need to pay for the upgrade, but if you’re looking for a comprehensive service, then it might be worth the money.
AA Parking App – £1.99
The AA Parking App was introduced by the breakdown specialists back in 2010. Its database is actually powered by Parkopedia but it displays the information differently and it doesn’t include certain features like paying within the app. Don’t let the price put you off, the AA’s app is easier to use than many of its rivals and a great way to compare prices all in one place. This is the kind of app that your grandparents could use as easily as your 10-year-old son – simple yet effective.
JustPark – Free
JustPark has been on the market since 2006 and it’s a bit like Airbnb for parking spaces, but better. The app is great for privately let spots and garages but not so good for commercial car parks. It lists prices in a similar way to the other parking apps, but with JustPark you can actually book specific parking places in advance and pay for them within the app. They claim to be 70% cheaper than on-street parking and have spaces in lots of popular areas across the UK such as Wembley Stadium, Glasgow Airport and Leeds city centre. While they might not be able to give you as many options as some other parking apps on the markets, they’ve clearly covered a lot of tricky locations. Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
NCP Parking App – Free
National Car Parks (NCP) released an app to help drivers find spaces in their nearest parking centres in 2011. Obviously, it’s only useful if you’re looking to park in one of their commercial car parks, but as the UK’s ‘number one car park operator’ they have lots to choose from.
The app can give you directions to the most convenient car park nearby, as well as showing you prices and availability. A cool feature that makes this app interesting is you can record your car’s location once you’ve parked and then it will give you walking directions to help you find it when you return. This app isn’t going to be the best way to find cheap parking, but it’s an easy way to find the nearest car park, especially if you’re new to the area and not happy with parking on the roadside.
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