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Parking In Europe

 

Get a load of this! Cars parked inches apart! This is the way parking is all over Europe’s cities. Space is at a premium so no parking spot is too small…

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In Budapest the view from my friend, E’s, balcony up and down the street in provided ample example of the tight parking…

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This type of parking is prevalent everywhere we went in Europe and cars whiz down narrow alley streets and between cars on narrow streets with inches to spare. We came to the conclusion that they are much better drivers than we are in North America.

 

Often they park halfway onto the sidewalks, or facing the wrong direction between cars…

 

This was one of the smaller trucks that came barreling down the street, just inches away from parked cars and rear-view mirrors. I expected the side of a car to be scraped off at any second…

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Trams are fun to take in Budapest. This one ran down the main street of Terez Krt. to the mall and grand old Railway station in one direction or to the multiple streets busy corner of the Oktogon and Andrassy Ut. in the other direction in less than 5 minutes…

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Watching this guy maneuver out of his parking spot was like watching a worm try to shed its skin… unbelievable….

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Scarcity of parking is nothing new in Europe, but if you’re driving, which we do highly recommend, don’t stay in big cities, or at least don’t stay downtown, and try small towns – the parking will be much easier and the accommodation cheaper too. In fact, in many hotels in the cities, there is no option whatsoever for parking downtown.

 

As if the parking problems are not bad enough, narrow streets are also common. There were times we thought we would lose a side mirror for sure…

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We’ve also mentioned before how difficult it is to get an automatic rental car in Europe. Standard transmissions are, well, “the standard”.  Your best bet to find an automatic is at the airports, not in city centres. 

 

Our view of the street at night in Budapest… kind of pretty….

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7 Responses to Parking In Europe

  1. Wendy says:

    Ok so help me out, the first few pictures of the cars, how in the world can they get out of their spots????!!

    • travellittleknownplaces says:

      Did you watch the little video? It shows how cars get out of their spots… lots of back and forth, back and forth, and cranking the wheel back and forth, back and forth…

  2. This is why I don’t drive! Holy smokes. Thank goodness for public transport!

    • travellittleknownplaces says:

      We have mixed feelings on the public transport – check out articles on our train experiences. We really love the freedom of a car, but dislike the driving and parking in big cities.

  3. Definitely better drivers in Europe. Best to stick to public transportation, even tho less convenient 😉

  4. Wendy says:

    Yes I did see the video but if you look at your first couple pictures there isn’t any wiggle room! That is what I was curious about.

  5. travellittleknownplaces says:

    There is always an “inch” you can’t see. Wiggling back and forth, back and forth, for 15 minutes is not unusual. Or just waiting for someone to move their vehicle first. Crazy huh?

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