Are you planning to visit Antwerp, go shopping, buy a diamond or just visit a friend? Finding free or cheap parking in Antwerp is not easy.
Indeed, parking in Antwerp can quickly become very expensive if you are not careful where you park or if you are not aware of the parking regulations.
Hereunder we give you the best parking tips for free or cheaper parking in Antwerp. Jump to the section you are interested in to save money and time !
- General parking rules in Antwerp - How to find free or cheaper parking
- Parking cheaper with day tickets in Antwerp
- Low emission zone in the center of Antwerp
- Park for free in the Park & Ride parkings of Antwerp
- Park for free along Antwerp's quayside
- Park at the Meir - Park cheaper when you go shopping in Antwerp
- Park at Antwerp Central Station
- Free parking at Het Zuid - Antwerpen
- Park cheaper at the ZOO of Antwerp
General parking rules in Antwerpen - How to find free or cheaper parking
Parking in the center of Antwerp is very expensive, even for just a couple of hours.
You have to pay in the red, orange and yellow streets displayed on the map.
Hours and fares depend on the parking zone that you are in. You can find more info on the interactive map above.
To park cheaper try and park in the yellow zones (cheapest paid on-street parking) or the orange zones (normal fares) that are cheaper than the red zones (most expensive paid on-street parking). Note however that parking in these zones is free during 10 minutes but don't forget to take your parking ticket !
To park for free, park in the streets displayed in green.
You could also park in the blue parking zones. You are allowed to park for free for a period of maximum 2 hours from Mondays until Sundays from 9h to 18h. Note that a parking disc is mandatory.
You can't find a parking spot in free parking areas? Pay your on-street parking with the Seety app! The only app with no transaction kosts in Antwerp. Payment available as from the 17th of July 2020 in Antwerp!
Clic here for more detailed info over parking rules and prices in Antwerp.
Parking cheaper with day tickets in Antwerp
In some streets you can park with a day ticket for 5€. A day ticket is much cheaper compared to the usual parking rate.
Find these streets on the interactive parking map of Antwerp. They are represented in orange (orange, orange with dotted line, dark orange and dark orange with dotted line).
Download the app to have all the information with you everywhere and to pay easily. The cheapest parking rate will be taken into account and no transaction costs will be charged! Payment available from 17 July 2020 in Antwerp!
These day tickets are very interesting if you go to the Antwerp Zoo and want to park nearby.
Low emission zone in the center of Antwerp
If you plan to go by car to Antwerp, you should know that since February 1st 2017, the city is a low emission zone.
This means that the city refrains the most polluting vehicles from entering the center of the city.
Go on this website to check whether your car is allowed to enter the city center.
Your car does not satisfy low emission conditions? No problem! You can always buy a LEZ Day Pass for 35€. Beware that those passes can only be bought 8 times per year.
❗ A LEZ Day Pass does not replace a parking ticket ! You still got to buy one.
If you want to read more about this, you can visit Antwerp’s website on the low emission zone.
If you want to read more click here.
Park for free in the Park & Ride parkings of Antwerp
In most cases, you’ll have to pay to park in Antwerp’s streets.
However, not too far away from the city center, there are some large parking areas where you can leave your car for free and without any time limit. Those zones are called P+R parking. Entirely free with no parking limitation.
From there you can easily move around by walking, bike, bus or tram. Pretty neat, right?
Here are the three P+R parking to go when you want to go to the city center:
- P+R Linkeroever(10 min from ‘Meir’) Blancefloerlaan 1 (2 en 3), 2050 Antwerp
From there you can take the tram line number 3 (Zwijndrecht — Merksem) or 5 (Linkeroever — Wijnegem) if you want to get off at Groenplaats, Meir or Astrid. You can also take tram line number 9 (Linkeroever — Eksterlaar) en 15 (Linkeroever — Boechout) and get off at Groenplaats, Meir of Diamant.
- P+R Keizershoek (26 min from ‘Meir’) Bredabaan, 2170 Merksem (adresse gps: Fortsteenweg Merksem)
Take tram line number 2 (Merksem — Hoboken) or tram line number 3 (Merksem — Zwijndrecht) and get off at Astrid, Opera, Meir of Groenplaats. Or take bus number 640 and get off at F. Rooseveltplaats.
- P+R Melsele (25 min from ‘Meir’) Vendoorn 1, 9120 Melsele
Take tram line number 3 (Merksem — Zwijndrecht) to get you at Groenplaats, Meir, Opera or Astrid.
Park for free along Antwerp's quayside
Looking for a free parking space not too far from the centre of Antwerp? Park along the quays ! They are only 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Meir.
View the location of this parking on the interactive parking map of Antwerp :
Park at the Meir - Park cheaper when you go shopping in Antwerp
De Meir is the shopping boulevard of Antwerp, perfect for a day of shopping !
The cheapest parking near the Meir is the Horta - Interparking - 5€ for 2 hours.
This parking is also a cheap parking alternative if you wish to visit the Rubenshuis.
Street parking in Antwerp will cost you just as much for 2 hours (in the red parking zones on the map). Pay without extra parking costs or find a cheaper parking zone close to the Meir thanks to the interactive parking map of Seety. Payment available from 17 July 2020 in Antwerp!
If you wish to park for free not far from the Meir, you can park for free along the quays, as previously mentioned, but a little further away.
Park at Antwerp Central Station
Looking for cheap parking near the impressive Station of Antwerp Central ?
Free parking unfortunately does not exist, but there are cheaper alternatives.
When it comes to street parking, orange dotted lines in the vicinity of Carnotstraat are cheaper than the red ones near the station.
There are also public parkings where you can park :
- Centraal Kievit P1 - NMBS - Cheaper - 4,26€ for 2 hours.
- Breidel - Antwerpse Parkings - Central location - 5€ for 2 hours.
These parkings are also a good alternative if you wish to park close to the Diamond District of Antwerp.
Find the cheapest parking zones thanks to the interactive parking card and pay with Seety! You pay no transaction costs! Payment available from 17 July 2020 in Antwerp!
Free parking at Het Zuid - Antwerp
Het Zuid is a very attractive district in Antwerp, especially for art lovers where you will find the M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp, the FOMU - Fotomuseum and the KMSKA - Museum of Fine Arts.
Luckily you can park for free in Het Zuid along the Ledeganckkaai. It is only 10 minutes from Het Zuid.
You can also park for free in Het Zuid along Sint-Michielskaai which is also 10 min walking distance.
Is there no free parking in the free parking zones? Pay easily with Seety (0 transaction costs) or find other free parking zones close by. Payment available from 17 July 2020 in Antwerp!
Park cheaper at the ZOO of Antwerp
The ZOO of Antwerp is certainly something to do with your kids.
There are several alternatives to park cheaper close to the ZOO.
If you wish to park in a parking, there is a special rate for visitors to the ZOO in the parking Station ZOO - Indigo - you pay 6€ per day.
Cheap street parking is also possible, with a day ticket of 5€, in all orange colored zones on the parking ticket below:
More info about cheap parking with day tickets in Antwerp here.
Easily pay in the paid parking zones with Seety (0 transaction fees) or easily find free or discounted parking zones. Payment available from 17 July 2020 in Antwerp!
We hope this article will help you spare money and time searching for your ideal parking in Antwerp.