Many drivers from outside the capital associate Madrid with paying to park. Yes, it is true that parking meters give a lot of trouble, but parking for free in Madrid is not impossible. There are several areas near the city center where we can park at zero cost. Another option is to take into account the hours of the parking meters; or a car with a ZERO sticker.
Currently there are in Madrid traffic and parking restrictions vehicular. On the one hand, we have the Special Protection Low Emissions Zones (ZBEDEP) in the Central District and Plaza Elíptica. To these is added from 2022 the prohibition of circulation and parking for polluting vehicles inside the M-30.
From January 1, 2022, all those vehicles without a label cannot pass the M-30. Therefore, they can’t park inside this perí eithersubway. They are diesel registered before 2006 and gasoline before 2000. Vehicles with an environmental label cannot park on the street, in any of the ZBEDEPs. TO (no badge), B. or C.
The B. and C yes they can park in public car parks within the ZBEDEP. On the other hand, vehicles with distinctive ECHO can park for two hours on the street. They also have a bonus at the parking meters. Vehicles with sticker ZERO can park free and without limits. In this article you have all the information for cars and motorcycles.
We have already seen the parking bans that currently exist in the capital. Now let’s see what options we have for park free. We assume that you do not want to leave a fortune, so we are going to tell you which are the best neighborhoods to leave your vehicle and we are going to suggest some places to park for free in Madrid.
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The blue, green and orange zones: free at certain times
The different neighborhoods of Madrid have parking spaces on the street that are delimited by lines of different colors. You should know that when you see White lines, you can park completely free. In this case, there is no regulated parking. Instead, look closely when you see blue, green, or orange lines.
The blue Zone It costs €1.10/hour (€1.20/hour in ZBE). When the SER is in operation, you can only park for a maximum of four hours. For its part, the green area it amounts to €2.05/hour (€2.35/hour in ZBE) for being residents. With the SER in operation, you can park for two hours (except residents with a card). A novelty are the high turnover areas.
In the Low Emission Zones (ZBE) the blue and green zones are more expensive.
You will differentiate them by being delimited with blue and white lines. The price of this service is 2.05 euros and parking can only be done for 45 minutes. Something different happens in the Long Stay Areas (€0.50/hour) and Health Establishments (€0.60/hour). Delimited by orange and blue lines, they allow parking for up to 12 and 4 hours, respectively.
However, you don’t always have to pay to park in these areas. Outside the hours of the Regulated Parking Service, parking in these areas is free. The SER operating hours are as follows:
- Monday to Friday, except holidays: from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturdays: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Month of August (Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays): from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- On December 24 and 31: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sundays and holidays: No service.
Vehicles that do not pay in the SER
- Two and three wheel vehicles
- Transport of people with reduced mobility with authorization.
- Ambulances and health care vehicles (SAMUR, Social Security or Red Cross)
- Taxi in service.
- Those parked in areas reserved for their category or activity.
- Public service rental vehicles with driver.
- Diplomatic vehicles accredited in Spain.
- Vehicles classified as «ZERO emissions».
- Urban mobility vehicles.
- Property of municipal public employees during the exercise of their functions (authorization issued by the Madrid City Council).
Where to park for free in Madrid always?
If you want to park for free in Madrid, you should know that you can do it at all neighborhoods outside the perimeter of the M-30. It is where the Regulated Parking Zone ends and the lines on the ground turn white. Of course, you should know that the closer that neighborhood is to the center of the city, the more difficult it will be to park.
The most advisable thing is that you choose your final destination and look at the metro map to see which neighborhood outside the perimeter of the M-30 has a direct line. A good option are park and ride. These are some of the most popular:
- Our Lady of Remembrance
- The tables
- Field of Nations
- Saint Eugenie
- Vallecas-Sierra de Guadalupe
- killer whales
- October 12 °
- Alcocer Bridge
- Colonia Garden
- University City
Parking for free in Madrid: the trick to go to the airport
It is no secret that parking at Barajas airport is really expensive. Even if we opt for long stay parking. However, there is a very interesting trick to go to the airport at a reasonable price. It’s as simple as park in a neighborhood a bit further from the airport and take public transporteither the subway or a bus.
Especially interesting are the Lines 200 and 101 of the EMT. The first goes from Avenida de América to all the terminals, passing through the Puente de la GEA and Canillejas. The second leaves from Canillejas and goes through all the terminals. Both have a cost of only 1.50 euros. Think that the Express to the airport has a cost of 3 euros.
If you ride a motorcycle, you should know that you can park for free at the Madrid airport and at the Atocha train station. You can park your motorcycle at all terminals. As for the Atocha station, you can park in the outdoor car park, in the lower part of the station. It is free, but has no surveillance.