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Toledo Spain Parking: A Helpful Illustrated Guide

Planning your trip to Toledo, a parking lot can be more than simply just a place to leave your car. A parking space is also the setting off point for your adventure.

Depending on where you park, you can see and experience completely different perspectives of the local life in Toledo Spain. 

Let’s take a look at where to park in Toledo Spain, the advantages, and disadvantages of each, and different things you can experience by using these parking lots as your starting off point.

Toledo Spain Free Public Parking

Toledo has several public areas where you can park your vehicle for free. The free areas to park are:

  • The Safont parking lot
  • The Azarquiel parking lot
  • The Toletvm (Toletum) parking lot
  • The Santa Teresa parking lot

The Safont parking lot

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Where is it located?

Located in front of the bus station, it is a very convenient area for tourists to park because of its proximity to the Casco Historico (Historic District).  

How do I get from the Safont parking lot to the historic district?

By walking

From the Safont parking lot, you can easily access the east escalators that will transport you uphill and into the Casco Historico and near Plaza de Zocodover.

By parking in this lot and using the escalators, you can be inside the historic city center of Toledo in less than 20 minutes. 

By taxi or local bus

If walking from the Safont parking lot is not an option, you can always opt to take a taxi or a local bus to the Historic District. 

To learn more about how to take a taxi or bus, check out my Guide to Using Public Transportation in Toledo.

The Azarquiel parking lot

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This free public parking lot is located across the Tagus river from the historic area (Casco Historico) of Toledo Spain. It’s roughly a 20-minute walk from this parking lot to the Casco Historico.

You will find many photographic opportunities during your walk to the historic area, such as the always impressive Alcazar, the medieval Alcantara Bridge. and the often overlooked Castle of San Servando.

The disadvantage of this parking lot is it fills up pretty fast. Because of the fact it is free, and it is close to the AVE train station, the local residents who work in Madrid park their cars here and take the AVE to work. Local residents who work inside the historic district also park here as well.

If walking from the Azarquiel parking lot is not an option, you can always opt to take a taxi or a local bus to the Historic District. 

To learn more about how to take a taxi or bus, check out my Guide to Using Public Transportation in Toledo.

The Toletvm (Toletum) parking lot

The Toletvm parking lot (officially once known as the Centro de Recepción de Turistas) is a very convenient free parking option if you are driving from Madrid to Toledo.

Where is it located?

It is located next to Av. de Madrid, which is the main route into Toledo from the north.

When driving into Toledo, continue on Av. de Madrid until you arrive at the roundabout where the sculpture of King Alfonso VI is on horseback and continue around the roundabout, and the Toletvm parking lot will be on your right.

How do I get from the Toletvm parking lot to the historic district?

By walking

The walk to Plaza de Zocodover from this parking lot is slightly longer, about 25 minutes.

By taxi or local bus

If walking from the Toletvm parking lot is not an option, you can always opt to take a taxi or a local bus to the Historic District. 

To learn more about how to take a taxi or bus, check out my Guide to Using Public Transportation in Toledo.

Advantage of the Toletvm parking lot

From this parking lot, the walk to the historic district is slightly longer, however, parking here you will have the opportunity to see and experience more of the local life as you walk toward the Casco Historico.

This is actually my favorite and most recommended walk into the ancient city of Toledo.

Stop along many of the local bars and restaurants and enjoy a meal like the locals do.

You will also walk by the Plaza de Toros, the court building of Toledo, the Hospital de Tavera, the Parque de Vega, and pass thru the Puerta de Bisagra as you enter into the Casco Historico.

Disadvantage of the Toletvm parking lot

Like everything in life, this parking lot does have its disadvantages.

Because it is free, and its proximity to the court building of Toledo as well as two high schools (with 3500 students) this parking lot can fill up fast.

The Santa Teresa parking lot

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The Santa Teresa parking lot (Aparcamiento de Tierra de Santa Teresa) is a very large free parking lot located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Toledo.

From this parking lot, you will have access to the Casco Historico by either walking up the hill to the Puerta de Bisagra, or by using the west escalators for an easier route into the ancient city.

It will take you about 25 minutes to walk from the Santa Teresa parking lot to Plaza de Zocodover.

Advantage of the Santa Teresa parking lot

One of the benefits of parking in this lot is the Santa Teresa neighborhood is it is full of local shops, restaurants, and bars where you can sample some of the local foods of Toledo and dine with the locals. The Santa Barbara neighborhood of Toledo also contains one the Michelin-starred restaurants of Toledo, the As de Espadas.

Disadvantage of the Santa Teresa parking lot

The drawback to this parking lot, despite its size, is it fills up fast due to it being free, its proximity to the Santa Teresa neighborhood, the Casco Historico, as well as students from UCLM (University of Castilla-LaMancha) parking there.

By taxi or local bus

If walking from the Santa Teresa parking lot is not an option, you can always opt to take a taxi or a local bus to the Historic District. 

To learn more about how to take a taxi or bus, check out my Guide to Using Public Transportation in Toledo.

Parking Garages in Toledo Spain

Parking Garage Locations

Santo Tome Parking Garage

Miradero Parking Garage

If convienance is your main concern, and you don’t mind paying for it, the most convenient place to park is in the big Miradero parking garage at the convention center.

This an exceptional location, right by the Plaza Zocodover, at the very heart of the historical city center of Toledo.

This starting off point is close to all the hotelals, monuments and museums, such as the Alcazar or the Museum of the Army.

It is open 24 hours.

Recaredo Parking Garage

Located next to the northeast escalators to the Casco Antiguo and 100 meters from Puerta Bisagra. A good place to leave the car and get to know the wonderful city of Toledo.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Availability for both cars and motorcycles.

Fees

  • 1 hour 2.oo €
  • 2 hours 3.95 €
  • 3 hours 5.95 €
  • 4 hours 7.90 €
  • 5 hours 9.90 €
  • 24 hours 19.80 €

Corralillo

Located in the Toledo Historic Quarter opposite Alcázar and a short distance from Plaza Zocodover, the Corralillo parking lot is in an excellent location with the added bonus of having shops and restaurants nearby.

Open 24/7. Spaces available for cars and motorcycles.

Fees

1 hour 2.oo €
2 hours 3.95 €
3 hours 5.70 €
4 hours 7.70 €
5 hours 9.65 €
24 hours 19.80 €

Street Parking in Toledo Spain

Street Parking Meter in Toledo Spain

Parking on the street in Toledo (outside the city walls) is an available option if the free parking lots are full and you don’t want to pay to park in one of the parking garages.

Street parking is divided into three different zones.

Each zone is differenciated by the color painted on the pavement according to the type of parking allowed:

Green zone: Residents only (ie. don’t park here)
Blue zone: Paid parking, with a maximum of two hours.

Example of blue zone street parking in Toledo Spain


Orange zone: paid parking, without maximum time.

On-street parking in Toledo Spain is enforced Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5pm to 8pm. On Saturdays parking is enforced from 10am to 2pm. Street parking is free on Saturdays after 2pm, all day on Sundays, and on holidays

If you are parked in a blue zone, you are limited to a maximum stay limit of 2 hours. After your two hours have passed you will have to move your car.

From Monday to Friday:
 – from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 – from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
 Saturdays:
  – from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In the afternoon parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays as well

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Now that you have figured out where to park in Toledo, it’s a great time to decide what you will see and do while you are visiting the city.

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Hotels in Toledo

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Having a city map of Toledo Spain comes in handy while you are planning your trip, and it is even better to have while you are visiting the historic city.

Download a map of Toledo Spain

Click here to visit my map page where you can download a PDF map of Toledo. It is an awesome reference that everyone visiting Toledo Spain should have.