Liverpool Cruise Parking Guide

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Liverpool Cruise Terminal is conveniently located at Liverpool Docks, close to Liverpool city centre. Despite the central location, it’s possible (and not too expensive) to park within walking distance of Liverpool cruise port.

That said, there may be times when it’s better to park a little further away and take a shuttle bus. Alternatively, if you wish to enjoy a night in Liverpool before your cruise, you may wish to search for hotels near Liverpool cruise terminal that have cruise and parking deals.

In this guide to Liverpool cruise parking, I’ll go over all of the options, so that you can decide which is the best car park to choose for your cruise from Liverpool.

Where do the cruise ships dock in Liverpool?

Liverpool Cruise Terminal is located on Prince’s Dock in the River Mersey. The cruise terminal is almost adjacent to the Liver Building, which you’ll recognise from the Liver bird statues that sit on the top.

Liver Building
The Liver Building viewed from the top deck of a cruise ship in Liverpool

The cruise terminal is the small building with the white roof, in the bottom right of the photo above. Yes, it’s really small!

Liverpool cruise port address: Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Gate, 2 Princes Parade, Liverpool L3 1DL

The small size of Liverpool Cruise Terminal means that it is usually only smaller cruise ships that depart from Liverpool. I boarded Scarlet Lady in Liverpool, which is a 2,770-passenger ship, and it took several hours to get everyone on board, despite the ship not being full to capacity.

Where to check in at Liverpool cruise port

In summer 2021, some larger ships will be departing from Liverpool, including MSC Virtuosa and Disney Magic. Check-in may be processed at a different building nearby, such as the Crowne Plaza Hotel or the Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, so you’ll want to pay close attention to your cruise documents to see exactly where you need to go.

For Disney cruises departing from Liverpool, check-in and luggage drop is at the M&S Bank Arena. There is then a five-minute complimentary coach ride to the ship.

The best cruise parking in Liverpool

When it comes to choosing where to park in Liverpool for a cruise, you have three main options:

  1. Park nearby and walk to the port
  2. Park further away and take a shuttle bus or taxi to the port
  3. Stay at a nearby hotel and leave your car there

Which is the best will depend on your budget, how long your cruise is and your mobility requirements.

1. Liverpool cruise terminal parking

Parking near your cruise ship in Liverpool means that you can walk from your car, straight to the bag drop area.

Whether you’ll be checking in at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, the M&S Bank Arena or elsewhere in Liverpool, the easiest way to find cruise parking that’s just a short walk from your check-in location is to use the Your Parking Space website.

I’ve booked my most recent Liverpool cruise parking with this website. I found it to be incredibly easy to use and I got a great price at just £19 for 3 days.

How to find the nearest car parks with Your Parking Space

1. Go to yourparkingspace.co.uk

Your Parking Space website Liverpool cruise parking

2. Do a search

  • Select ‘Hourly’
  • Enter ‘Cruise Liverpool’ or ‘M&S Bank Arena’ depending on where you will check-in
  • Select your dates and times
  • Hit ‘Search’.

3. Use the map to find the nearest car parks

4. Take a closer look

  • The blue flag is your destination
  • Zoom in and out
  • Check prices
  • Check the description and reviews

5. Choose and book your parking

  • Enter your vehicle registration and payment info
  • Your booking details and entry instructions will be sent via email and text message

Tip for choosing a car park: Your Parking Space shows all kinds of pre-bookable car parking facilities, including secure car parks, on-street parking and parking space hire on private driveways. Secure car parks are generally the best choice.

Find more car parking with Just Park

Just Park is a website that is very similar to Your Parking Space. It works in exactly the same way but often has different car parking spaces.

To find the cheapest and nearest car parking to Tilbury Cruise Terminal, it’s a good idea to check both Just Park and Your Parking Space.

I sometimes find that the same car park is listed on both sites, but is cheaper on one of them.

The closest car parks to Liverpool Cruise Terminal:

  1. Capital Car Park – 5-minute walk to Liverpool Cruise Terminal
  2. Hampton by Hilton Hotel – 5-minute walk to check-in at M&S Bank Arena
  3. Kings Dock (no pre-booking) – 5-minute walk to check-in at M&S Bank Arena

2. Liverpool park and ride

Sometimes, the cheapest option can be to park your car a mile or two from the cruise port, and take a shuttle bus or taxi.

Car park and shuttle bus – CPS

You can book your parking with Cruise & Passenger Services (CPS) if you’re cruising with:

  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Fred. Olsen
  • MSC Cruises
  • Tradewinds Voyages

The official car parking partner for these cruise lines, CPS has a secure car park which is located a ten-minute bus ride from the cruise terminal.

CPS asks drivers to drop off passengers and luggage at the baggage drop area at Liverpool Cruise Terminal before proceeding to the car park. After parking your vehicle, you will then take a shuttle bus back to the cruise terminal.

Disabled drivers can opt for valet parking at no extra cost. If you have a blue badge, you can simply drive to the cruise terminal and a member of staff will drive your car to the car park for you.

You can pre-book CPS parking here. It usually costs more than the nearby car parks and you’ll need to allow time for the shuttle bus, but this is a good option for anyone who has a car parking voucher as part of their cruise booking.

Car park and taxi – King Park

Many cruisers recommend King Park as a cheap option for parking in Liverpool. This short and long stay car park costs just £20 for two to five days and £25 for seven days.

The car park has CCTV and good lighting in the evening. An Uber from King Park to Liverpool Cruise Terminal costs about £9 and a taxi will cost a little more.

It’s not possible to pre-book parking at King Park. however, the car park is very large and is rarely full to capacity.

3. Liverpool hotels with cruise parking

There are several hotels in Liverpool that offer parking for cruise passengers.

If you intend on driving for more than a couple of hours to reach Liverpool, it can be a good idea to drive the night before and enjoy a hotel stay before your cruise. When pre-arranged, you can leave your car in the hotel car park for the duration of your cruise.

There are currently no ‘Stay, Park and Cruise’ deals advertised. However, it’s worth contacting the hotels as they will be able to advise whether they have parking available for your dates.

Hotels with parking near Liverpool cruise port:

  1. Crowne Plaza – 0.1 miles from Liverpool Cruise Terminal
  2. Liverpool Mariott – 0.8 miles from Liverpool Cruise Terminal
  3. Hampton by Hilton – 0.9 miles from Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Crowne Plaza Liverpool
Photo credit: Rept0n1x, CC BY-SA 3.0

Where is the best place to park in Liverpool for a cruise?

The best place to park in Liverpool for a cruise is the Capital Car Park as this is just a five-minute walk from Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

However, if you need to check in at the M&S Arena before your cruise from Liverpool, a better option would be to park beneath the Hampton by Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel, as this is closer.

For week-long cruises, it can be cheaper to park a little further away and take a taxi or shuttle bus. Alternatively, you may be able to secure a Liverpool hotel and cruise parking deal by calling hotels directly to enquire.

For my upcoming Disney cruise, I have booked parking at the Hampton by Hilton for £19 for three days. I also have a cruise on MSC Virtuosa from Liverpool. Once I know where check-in is located for this cruise, I will search for the best parking deals using the Your Parking Space website.

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