getting in to a zipcar

Zipcar Parking

Zipcar gives you access to over 3,000 cars and vans, so it's importnat ot know how and where to park them wherever you are.
getting in to a zipcar

Zipcar Parking Rules

The rule ares simple, during your reservation you need to ensure you pay for parking as if it were your own vehicle. If you're ending your trip you will need to return your Roundtrip vehicle to the designated bay you picked it up from or for Flex you need to ensure you're parked in an approved bay in line with London borough you end your trip in. 

Parking a Roundtrip Vehicle

Roundtrip vehicles need to be returned to their designated Car Club Bay, where you started the journey, at the end of your reservation. Information detailing the location of the bay can be found in your reservation confirmation email. If there are any changes to the bay, these will be detailed in the email. If the designated Car Club Bay is taken or blocked, please call us as soon as you can on 0333 240 9000 so we can guide you to park in a safe bay. Blocked bays are out of Zipcar’s control, however, we always do our best to assist and guide our members should this circumstance arise. You will not be able to park your own personal vehicle in the Car Club Bay during your reservation.

Parking a Flex car

Flex vehicles do not need to be returned to a designated bay, pretty cool eh! They do, however, need to be parked in an approved parking bay within the Zipzone. The rules vary by location so it’s important to plan your journey and know which borough you’ll be ending your trip.

Parking in the city of westminster

The rules are a little different in this Central London borough, so please be extra mindful when ending your trip

Shared Use bays - You can park in these spaces during your reservation or when ending your trip, but it's important to make sure the permissions are combined and for Resident Permit Holders or Pay by Phone. 

Pay by Phone bays - Great news, you can park in these spaces during or at the end of Flex trip. 

Resident & Dual Use bays - You are not allowed to use either types of parking space at any time during your Flex reservation.  You can quickly distinguish the Dual Use bays because permissions change depending on time of day.

Parking rules for ending your trip vary borough by borough, so please use the approved parking section in the app, shown below, to check you're using a legal bay.

Pay & Display or Pay by Phone bays - Just like in Westminster, you can also use these spaces in the listed boroughs. 

Resident Permit Holders only - If you see a sign like this, you'll be okay to park in almost all of the Zipzone boroughs.

Shared Use for Permit Holders or Pay & Display - Always check the wording, but if it's either permit holders and then pay at machine or pay by phone, you're fine to use these spaces in the following boroughs.


Parking during your reservation

During your reservation, you can park the vehicle as if it were your own. Ensure that wherever you are, you are parked legally and take the keys with you to lock and unlock.




Approved Flex Parking in Hackney

When ending your Flex trip, the car needs to be parked in accordance to the below guidelines and within the Zipzone (the blue shaded area on the map shown in the app's reservation screen). 


zipcar hackney flex parking

    Other places you can't park Flex cars

    When you end your Flex trip, you cannot park in any of the following bays:

    Car Club Only bays (these are for Roundtrip cars)

    Disabled Bays

    Suspended Bays 

    Bays with an upcoming suspension 

    Loading Bays

    Restricted Bays (these are marked as having hourly or daily restrictions) 

    Business Permit Holders Bays  

    Yellow lines, red routes, junction boxed, zig-zag lines, pedestrian crossings and all other nationally restricted areas

    Housing Estates and Private Roads/Lands and Private Car Parks. 

    Any location on the Transport for London (TFL) Road Network. That's essentially any major A-roads in and out of London.

    Parking sections in Part-Time bus lanes

    Selected streets or areas as defined by the borough council

    It's very important you check the type of bay you are parking in at the end of your trip. You will be liable for any fines or impounding charges caused by the improper parking of a Flex car.