Parking changes in Bratislava’s Old Town

Residential parking cards will be cheaper; paid parking for visitors to the city centre will be extended.

(Source: Sme)

The Old Town borough of Bratislava has the greatest demand for parking in the city. In an attempt to ease parking for residents, members of the local council passed an addendum to the borough's contract with BPS Park, the company that administers parking in the borough, that will reduce the price of parking permits and provide free parking lots for residents and extend the paid parking hours for non-residents. These new conditions will come into force as of December 1, 2019.

“This set of measures is an important element to improve conditions for the parking of residents and visitors to the city centre,” said Peter Poloma, director of BPS Park, as cited by the SITA newswire. “Another planned improvement will be enabling drivers to pay for parking with contactless bank cards beginning this autumn.”

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The price of an annual parking permit for residents will decrease from the current €60 to €39. In this way the borough will adjust its price to the price of the permits that will be valid across Bratislava after the city’s new parking policy becomes effective as of 2021.

Paid parking for visitors to the Old Town will be extended by two hours from the current 8:00-16:00 to 8:00-18:00 during workdays.

Old Town Mayor Zuzana Aufrichtová believes that this change will motivate non-residents to leave paid parking earlier.

The third change is the allocation of 10 percent of parking places in the Old Town, about 200 parking lots, to residents only between 17:00 and 24:00.

The BPS Park company has been administering parking in the Old Town on the basis of a contract signed in 2005 which is valid until 2026. Based on this, it administers 2,489 parking places. An additional 600 parking places are administered according to a contract with Bratislava city council.

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