Parking in Reykjavik Made Simple: Tips and Tricks for a Hassle-free Experience
Are you planning to rent a car during your visit but feeling uncertain about where to park and how much it might cost? Fear not, as we've compiled some helpful tips to streamline your parking experience in Reykjavik. Additionally, for those staying at any of the Center Hotels properties, we have included specific information about parking options at each location.
For detailed insights into parking areas and prices, you can easily access the necessary information via this link.
Not to worry, the payment process at the parking meters accepts both cash and card, providing a hassle-free experience.To simplify the process further, we suggest downloading the convenient parking apps, EasyPark or Parka.is, especially if you have access to data on your phone during your visit. These apps enable you to manage your parking transactions seamlessly. Keep track of your current zone and the corresponding parking fees with just a few taps.
In the event that guest parking spots are occupied at the Center Hotels, you can utilize the available street parking in the vicinity. However, it's important to note that certain street parking areas may require payment during specific hours. From Monday to Friday, parking fees apply from 09:00 to 21:00 (9 am to 9 pm), and on weekends, including Sundays, from 10:00 to 21:00 (10 am to 9 pm).
Reykjavik is divided into four distinct parking zones, each designated by specific P-signs mounted on lamp posts throughout the city. Ensure you're familiar with the zone you're in to avoid any parking complications. Notably, the P1 zone allows a maximum parking duration of three hours. However, holders of a disabled blue badge are entitled to free street parking, irrespective of the designated purpose of the parking zone. Fortunately, the maximum time restriction in the P1 fee zone doesn't apply to them. For more information on parking zones you can click here.
For your reference, here are the designated charging hours for each parking zone:
P1, P2: Monday-Saturday 09:00-21:00; Sunday 10:00-16:00
P3: Monday-Friday 09:00-18:00
P4: Monday-Friday 8:00-16:00
Furthermore, here's an overview of the parking costs for each zone:
P1: 600 ISK per hour
P2: 220 ISK per hour
P3: 220 ISK for the first two hours, followed by 65 ISK per subsequent hour
P4: 220 ISK per hour
Additionally, all parking garages operate seven days a week from 7 am to midnight, charging approximately 260 ISK for the first hour and roughly 130 ISK for every subsequent hour. Please note that this information may be subject to change without Center Hotels' knowledge, as it is not a service directly provided by us. Upon your arrival, our front desk staff can provide recommendations on parking and guide you to nearby free parking spots. In the event of receiving a parking ticket, please be aware that settlement can only be made at the bank, which is open from Monday to Friday. Moreover, downtown Reykjavik hosts several parking garages that require payment 24/7. For more information on these parking garages, please refer to this link.
Below are the parking recommendations for each Center Hotel.
Has complimentary guest parking at the back of our hotel. You will find it marked with the "Parking Guest Only" sign in front of each spot. They can provide you with a sign at check in that you will need to fill up with the license plate number and put it on display inside the car.
Laugavegur provides parking, the parking spaces are located right behind the building. Please note that we only have very few spots available. They are free of charge for all our hotel guests. If the parking lots are full upon your arrival, then you will need to pay for street parking or parking lots.
Center hotels Skjaldbreið and Klöpp do not have its own parking area. In the city center of Reykjavik you have two options for parking: you can park your car in spots available on the street or you can park in a parking garage.
Be advised: The street in front of Center hotels Skjaldbreið (Laugavegur) is pedestrianized, and closed to regular vehicle traffic from Vatnsstígur to Ingólfsstræti (the hotel is in the middle of this area).
Center Hotels Klöpp recommends guests to park on P2 or P3 which are in the streets towards Skúlagata.
The closest parking garage to Center Hotels Skjaldbreið and Klöpp is called Traðarkot and it is located at Hverfisgata 20.
PLEASE NOTE, the gates to the garages are locked from midnight to 7am every day. Please keep this in mind if you might need to leave on the hours of the gates being closed, as there is no way of taking your car out.
Our boutique hotel does not have any parking as part of the property however, there are different street parking areas downtown. You will find signs specifying the area you are in: P1, P2, P3 and P4. P1 is the area around the main shopping street (where our hotel is located) and it would be the most expensive one. However, you will find P2 and P3 already a few streets away. P4 is quite limited. There are also some free parking areas not very far from where they are, for example next to Hallgrímskirkja, the iconic church in the city centre.
Thingholt Apartments provides parking and these spaces are located right behind the building. Please note that we only have four parking spaces hence this is on a first come first serve basis. Reservation cannot be made for the parking spots. These parking spaces are free of charge for the Thingholt Apartment guests. If the parking lots are full upon your arrival, then you will need to pay for street parking or parking lots close to the hotel.
Provides parking and the parking spaces are located right behind the building. Please note that they only have a few spaces available. They are free of charge for all hotel guests. If the parking lots are full upon your arrival, then you will need to pay for parking next to the hotel.
Plaza located next to Ingólfstorg square does not have guest parking spaces as part of the hotel but there are plenty of street parking and parking lots available close by. P1 is the area around the main shopping street (where our hotel is located) and it would be the most expensive one. However, you will find P2 on the streets behind the hotel for example Mjóstræti and Bárugata, P3 is a few streets away. P4 is quite limited. There are also some free parking areas not very far from where we are, for example, next to Hallgrímskirkja, the iconic church in the city centre. There are also parking garages located underneath the town hall (Ráðhúsið), Vesturgata and Hafnartorg.
There is no hotel parking but there is a free parking lot just down the street from our hotel. You can click here to see the map. If the free parking is full, there is also paid parking available which is indicated by a parking street sign (i.e. P1, P2, P3, or P4.), informing you of the parking zone in which you are parked.
Please note that parking on the street directly in front of the hotel is not allowed.
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