Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 5 August 2020

The most expensive cities for parking in the world revealed: Dubai named one of the cheapest

The emirate was the eighth cheapest city for parking of the 65 major cities surveyed

Dubai has been named one of the most affordable cities for parking in the world. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Dubai has been named one of the most affordable cities for parking in the world. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Dubai has been named one of the most affordable cities for parking in the world.

In the newly released 2020 Parking Price Index, which looks at the average cost of parking in major cities around the world, Dubai came out as the eighth cheapest, ranking 68.6 per cent below the median cost of parking around the globe.

The study, published by UK car maintenance service Fixter, looked at the average cost to park at airports, shopping centres, stadiums, city halls and on-street.

It found that in Dubai, the average cost of an hour’s parking at the city’s airports was $1.36 (Dh5), $2.72 (Dh10) for shopping centres, $1.09 (Dh4) for on-street and $0.54 (Dh2) for city halls, while stadium parking in the emirate was free.

The figures put Dubai at number 58 out of the 65 cities surveyed.

The 10 most expensive cities for parking versus the least. Fixter
The 10 most expensive cities for parking versus the least. Courtesy Fixter

New York came in as the most expensive city in the world for parking, with the average cost sitting at 354.75 per cent above average.

The cost of an hour’s parking at a shopping centre in the city was $30, while parking at a stadium costs an average of $33.

Boston came in next, with prices costing 282.85 per cent above average, while Sydney was the third most expensive, charging 210.98 per cent more.

London, Brisbane, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Washington made up the top 10, showing the US to be the country with the overall highest cost of parking in the world.

At the opposite end of the scale, Delhi had the lowest cost of parking of the 65 cities included in the study, with prices falling more than 80 per cent below the average cost.

An hour’s parking at the city’s airports costs an average of $2.10, while a car park in a shopping district costs $0.28. It should be noted, however, that the cost of on-street parking was not available.

Buenos Aires was a very close second, with the average cost falling 79.96 per cent below average.

Cape Town, Mumbai, Beijing, Shanghai and Mexico City came in just below Dubai. Singapore and Bogota made up the top 10 cheapest places.

Updated: July 23, 2020 12:45 PM

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