Parking can be a right nightmare – as any city driver will tell you, knowing where the best places to park without having to be a permit holder or pay and display can be a godsend. However, if you’re new to a city you won’t know this valuable information – that’s why there are some handy apps out there to help you find the right places to park, or discover some new ones.

And if you’re forgetful, or faced with parking in one of those infernal multistoreys that are designed like a labyrinth, there are plenty of car finder apps out there to help you get reunited with your car. Here’s our selection of the best ones available at the moment.

Park Up

Simply put in a place of interest and an interactive map will tell you where the best places to park are, with an extensive list of pay and display prices, times and even whether the city will clamp you or not. Cities covered include London and some suburbs, Glasgow, Brighton, Newcastle, Cambridge and Manchester, plus more.

Honk

This handy app lets you set a timer to warn you of how many minutes of parking you have left, and it will also direct you back to where your car was parked using GPS mapping. In addition to this, the app helps locate cash machines, petrol stations and other amenities for when you’re on the go.

ParkMe Parking

Using real time data, this app will tell you how full some multistoreys and car parks are, plus a parking timer to give you a warning of when you’re nearly out of time. It will also calculate the approximate cost of parking in your chosen location – handy if you’ve not got enough money for the meter!

ParkingAid

Simple to use, ParkingAid lets you quickly and conveniently place where you’ve parked on a map powered by GPS. If it’s off a little, you can readjust the marker with ease. Plus, when it comes to returning to your car you can do it in several ways, either by using step-by-step directions, the heads-up display on a map, or by using the video camera on your phone to have the directions displayed to you in real time.

AirportParking

Covering both USA and UK airports, this handy app is really convenient for finding last-minute car parking at the airport, as well as purchasing your parking through it. It conveniently displays where you car park will be, lets you reserve a space and then gives you driving directions. Once there, it also informs you of how long you have to wait for the next shuttle to the airport.

Nosey Parker

Another car park database, Nosey Parker has over 14,000 car parks in the UK on its app, listing 5,000 free spaces too. A distinctive feature of this app is that you can filter your results to only show disabled spaces, those that have got safer parking awards, parent and toddler spaces or machines that accept credit cards.