Parking Rules & Zones

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Learn where you can find Zipcar Flex and the rules around where you can drop off our cars.

get flexible across the Zipzone

The Zipzone is the blue area on the map where you can find & drop off cars with Zipcar Flex. Always use the app to check the exact operating area and to find your nearest Flex car. Top tip, blue pins for Flex, green for Roundtrip.


One-way trips to and from Heathrow T5 are now available.

Select your trip type

Whether you're reserving with Zipcar Flex or Roundtrip, remember that different parking rules apply when ending your reservation.

Zipcar Flex - perfect for spontaneous one-way trips and drop offs in any approved space within the Zipzone.
Zipcar Roundtrip - they're for longer trips and escapes, and are returned to the same parking bay you pick up from.

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Where can you park when ending your Flex trip?

There are thousands of spaces available, just remember to follow these tips as the rules vary from borough to borough:

Make sure you're in the Zipzone
This is the shaded blue area on the map in the app - you won't be able to end your trip if you're outside it.

Check for approved spaces in the app
Rules are rules and we've detailed which spaces are allowed in each of the boroughs covered by the Zipzone. We've also included examples of the kinds of parking signs you're likely to see. It's important to refer to the rules to avoid being responsible for any parking fines.

Watch out for restrictions
You can also use the app to check which types of parking spaces you're not allowed to park in. Watch out also for restrictions like red routes, double yellow lines and suspended bays!

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 signs for City of Westminster

Ending your trip across the Zipzone

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.

returning your Zipcar Roundtrip vehicle

When you’ve finished your reservation make sure that you return your Zipcar to its dedicated parking bay. During your reservation you are able to park in other areas however if you're stopping over in a car park or space that requires a fee, you're responsible for paying.

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