Prices in central York are high regardless of where you park. The following prices are as 2013.
The Esplanade Car Park on Leeman Road is £2.10 per hour between 8:00am & 6:00pm, a flat rate of £2 up to midnight and free between midnight and 8:00am.
You can park in the Marygate car park, just across the river from the Esplanade and you can cross the river by the railway bridge and walk to the station in about 8 minutes from the car park. You are much more likely to find a space there than in the Esplanade car park and the cost is the same or a little cheaper as both of them are York City Council’s car parks.
Top tip – you can park and pay, using your credit card, by phone. Call the number displayed on the pay and display board. They text you when your parking is about to run out and you can top it up without incurring a penalty.