Tourist Attraction Parking

When visiting tourist attractions like historic landmarks, theme parks, or natural wonders, a lot of planning is involved. However, parking arrangements are one of the most important things to plan for, to ensure a hassle-free experience.

So, which of the world’s most popular tourist attractions are the best for parking? To find out, we’ve analysed some iconic attractions on their parking cost, spaces, reviews, distance to car parks, distance to the airport and local car hire costs.

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Which tourist attractions have the best parking?


St Paul’s Cathedral

London, United Kingdom

St Paul’s Cathedral, London, has ranked first as the attraction with the best parking, scoring 7.36 out of 10. The cathedral benefits from the fact that it has 0 bad reviews about its parking and is affordable and easy to get to from the nearest airport. It’s only a 6-minute walk from the closest car park too.

Parking score:

7.36 /10


Dubai Mall

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates has the second-best tourist attraction parking, scoring 7.07 out of 10. The mall has over 10,000 parking spaces, all completely free to park at, although that’s set to change later this year, in the “third quarter of 2024”. Car hire costs at Dubai International Airport average £11 a day for the cheapest category.

Parking score:

7.07 /10


CN Tower

Toronto, Canada

Third place goes to the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, with a score of 6.78 out of 10. The tower is just under a mile from the city’s Billy Bishop Airport and has over 6,700 parking spaces within a 10-minute walk. The nearest car park is just 6 minutes away from the attraction.

Parking score:

6.78 /10
KEY: Walking distance to the nearest car park (mins) Parking spaces within a 10-minute walk Local currency GBP Distance to the closest airport by road (miles) Cheapest average daily car hire 1-star reviews that mention parking Parking score /10

Average 3-hour parking cost




Which attraction is closest to a car park?

Niagara Falls

United States/Canada

Though lots of famous tourist attractions don’t have on-site parking, of those that do, some are a fair distance from the attraction itself. However, at Niagara Falls, the Visitor Center and entrance to the park on the US side are just a 1-minute walk from the falls themselves.

Walking distance to the nearest car park:

1 minute

Which attraction has the most parking spaces?


United States

Parking availability can be difficult at popular attractions and those in city centres. Disneyland in Anaheim has 3 parking areas, 2 of which are within walking distance, although tram services are available, too. The Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structures have 10,000 and 5,500 spaces, respectively.

Parking spaces within a 10-minute walk:


Which attraction is the cheapest to park at?

Dubai Mall

United Arab Emirates

The only attraction on our list where all car parks within a 10-minute walk are free is the Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping centres. The mall has over 10,000 covered parking spaces across 3 multi-story areas, each currently free to customers. However, this is due to change soon, with fee collection starting at the Mall in late 2024.

Average 3-hour parking cost:


Which attraction is closest to the airport?

CN Tower


If you plan to hire a car and drive from the airport, you often face a relatively long journey. But if you’re arriving at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ahead of a trip to the CN Tower, you’re in luck, as it’s just a 1 mile drive.

Distance to the closest airport:

1 mile

Where is the cheapest car hire?

Windsor Castle & Pompeii

United Kingdom & Italy

Car hire costs can vary considerably, but if you’re happy to go with an economy model, 2 airports stand out as having low averages. At Heathrow and Naples International Airport, the average hire costs for the cheapest models are just £7 a day. Ideal if you’re planning to drive to Windsor Castle or the ancient city of Pompeii.

Cheapest average car hire:

£7 a day

Where has the worst parking?

Griffith Observatory

United States

Finally, we looked at some of the worst reviews for each attraction and counted how many featured negative reviews about parking. The parking arrangements at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles have the worst reviews, with almost 1 in every 5 one-star reviews mentioning parking. The observatory is known for being challenging to park at especially during peak times such as weekends and holidays.

1 star reviews that mention parking:



The data used in our study is accurate as of April 2024.

A list of popular tourist attractions was created using lists from Home Exchange, Wikipedia and PlanetWare.

Each was then analysed using the factors below, with a normalised score out of ten given for each before an average of these was taken. All data is accurate as of April 2024.

Walking distance to the nearest car park

Sourced using Parkopedia.

Parking spaces within a ten-minute walk

Sourced using Parkopedia.

Distance to the closest airport by road

Calculated using Google Maps, taking the shortest possible route.

Cheapest average daily car hire

The average daily car hire cost from the closest airport was sourced from Kayak on April 23rd 2024, taking the cheapest available category.

Cheapest average daily car hire

For each attraction, we took the number of one-star reviews from Tripadvisor. We then calculated the percentage that included the word “parking” to show the percentage of bad reviews referencing parking.

The date that Dubai Mall is set to charge for parking was taken from The National News.

Average three-hour parking cost

Sourced using the website of the car park provider or Parkopedia in instances where information was unavailable from individual sites. For this factor, as well as the distance to the closest car park and the number of spaces, the following criteria were used:

  • Only car parks within a ten-minute walk, according to Parkopedia, were considered. Attractions that didn’t have a car park within ten minutes were excluded.
  • For each, we looked at the cost to park between 12 pm and 3 pm on a midweek afternoon.
  • Car parks that can only be used by customers were only included if they were part of the attraction itself. For example, a car park at a nearby supermarket or hotel open only customers or guests would not be considered.
  • Valet car parks were included.
  • Prices for a small/medium-sized car were used.

Prices were converted to Pound sterling using XE on April 23rd, 2024.