Many streets in Dublin use a Pay-and-Display parking system. This allows you to park using prepaid tickets for up to 3 hours.
You may also pay for pay and display parking using Parking Tag. To find out more about Parking Tag visit www.parkingtag.ie
Parking Tag is Dublin City Council’s cash-free system for paying for on-street parking in Dublin City. From the 14th August 2013 the system has been expanded and motorists can also now use their Parking Tag to pay for parking in Dun-Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal County Council areas. There is no need to for users to interact with the parking ticket machines. No more fumbling for change, running to and from the meter in the rain or rushing back to get another ticket!
The motorist simply parks in any paid parking space in the city and makes the transaction by a short phone call (local call) or by sending a text message. It’s that easy!
It’s the ideal way to pay for parking when visiting the city centre for business, to shop or for leisure. For instant registration and immediate parking phone the call centre 0818 300 161. Full information on the system is available at www.parkingtag.ie
The Council has also introduced another payment method whereby you can pay for your parking in any Payzone outlet. Most newsagents and convenience stores (over 600 in the Dublin area) are Payzone Outlets. Simply pay at the counter (similar to an M50 toll payment) and walk away. No need to return to your car and put a ticket on it as the system is updated in real time.
Credit/Debit Card payments can also be made at machines on Merrion Square South, Fitzwilliam Square South, Pembroke Street and Hume Street.
Follow these steps
Step 1: Park in a Pay-and-Display parking space
These spaces are indicated on street signs. Do not park in a space reserved for people with disabilities, unless you can display a proper permit
View a list of places in Dublin where you are not allowed to park.
Step 2: Check the hours during which you have to buy a ticket
These are indicated on street signs, e.g. 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Remember, in some areas you have to pay after 7.00pm at night, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays.
Parking is free if:
- You park outside of the indicated hours.
- You park on a day of the year when parking is free
See a list of free-parking days below.
Step 3: Buy a ticket
If you park within the indicated hours, you must
- Buy a ticket from a ticket machine located on the street.
To buy a ticket follow the instructions on the machine. You can pay in cash at the majority of machines. Credit/Debit card payments can also be made at machines on Merrion Square South, Fitzwilliam Square South, Pembroke Street and Hume Street.
- Pay by mobile phone.
To pay by mobile phone, you must first register online with Parking Tag or at 0818 300 161. If you have problems paying by mobile phone you should also contact Parking Tag at that number.
- Pay at the counter of the nearest Payzone outlet
Provide your car registration number and the zone where you parked.
If you park within the indicated hours, you must buy a ticket from a ticket machine. These machines are located on the street.
The cost of tickets is explained below.
Step 4: Place the ticket inside your car
If you have paid at the ticket machine place the ticket on the dashboard, so that it is clearly visible from the outside.
- The maximum allowed parking time is 3 hours.
- You must vacate a parking space after your ticket has expired.
- You must not return to the same street until 1 hour has elapsed.
- If you still have time left on your ticket you can use it elsewhere (provided you do not park in a more expensive zone).
- One hour after paid parking controls end at night, you can buy a ticket for the following morning.
- You are allowed to park in areas with combined Pay & Display and Residential Permit Parking. Parking spaces are not reserved, so you can park anywhere. Find out more about the residential parking scheme.
What to do if the machine is out-of-order
- If the machine is out of order, you must find another machine within the same zone (or a higher tariff zone). If this is not possible, contact us at 01 222 2218.
Note: Machines in clearway areas will not accept payment during the restricted times.
How much to pay
The cost of your ticket depends on the ‘Parking Zone’ you are in. The zone you are in is indicated by a coloured stripe on the streets signs and on the ticket machine.
Costs from December 2008 are as follows:
- Very high demand zone (Yellow): €2.90 per hour
- High demand zone (Red): €2.40 per hour
- High demand zone - Sundays (White): €1.40 per hour on Sunday
- Medium demand zone (Green): €1.60 per hour
- Low demand zone (Orange): €1.00 per hour
- Suburban villages (Blue): 60c per hour
Days with free parking
- St. Patrick’s Day (17th March)
- Easter Sunday and Monday (variable dates)
- May Public Holiday (first Monday in May)
- June Public Holiday (first Monday in June)
- August Public Holiday (first Monday in August)
- October Public Holiday (last Monday in October)
- Christmas Day (25th December)
- St. Stephen’s Day (26th December)
- New Years Day (1st January)