I have a rented car and I want to go to London on Sunday. I really don't want to drive on those crowded streets, so I just want to park somewhere outside of London Center and than take public transportation. Also, I hope to avoid paying that congestion tax.

So, what do you recommend? I'm coming from Dartford.

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    Are you open to traveling by train? Dartford appears to have a railway station with a large parking lot and frequent direct trains into London. Jul 1, 2019 at 12:18
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    This does not compute. According to the question you want to park the car somewhere outside London and then take public transportation. According to your comment here you have decided not to go by public transportation and take the car instead because that "will be more flexible". If so, what is your question? Make up your mind! Jul 1, 2019 at 13:13
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    @DragosMorar Which is more comfortable is a matter of personal preference. You will probably save money going by car, depending on what parking costs you in London vs at Dartford station. As far as time and flexibility are concerned, train is under an hour to Charing Cross, which is a major bus hub, and the Sunday service is about once every 10 to 15 minutes. Jul 1, 2019 at 13:14
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    There is also a contradiction between "Some kind of road trip" and "I really don't want to drive on those crowded streets." Jul 1, 2019 at 13:19
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    @HenningMakholm I think the OP is hoping to find cheap parking somewhere much closer to the center of London than Dartford with good public transit into the center. Jul 1, 2019 at 13:20

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Dartford is already practically in London; you are unlikely to get anywhere much nearer. Trains from there go directly to Charing Cross, London Bridge and Victoria, which are right in the centre of town.


https://www.ncp.co.uk/parking-solutions/london-underground-car-parks/ lists all car parks at London Underground stations, from where you can continue into London by Tube.

I don't know how busy these car parks typically are, but North Greenwich looks like the biggest one at a south-east London Tube station, and according to this page it'll cost £7.50 to park there all day on a Sunday.


Mostly, there is no free parking zone in London and most of the parking spaces are paid. There are many private agencies that provide parking facilities and charge some money.

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