parking in san francisco

The Ultimate Guide to Parking in San Francisco

Looking for parking in San Francisco? This parking guide will tell you everything you need to know.


San Francisco is a lively town with a rich culture, bustling tech scene, and a range of sights and attractions. It also has plenty of affordable parking options! Here at SpotHero, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about San Francisco parking.


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Looking for some recommendations for parking in San Francisco? Below you’ll find our top tips and tricks to make parking in San Francisco a little easier:


Table of Contents

Parking in San Francisco Near Top Attractions

San Francisco Airport Parking

San Francisco Stadium Parking

San Francisco Metered Parking

San Francisco Residential Parking

How To Avoid Parking Tickets in San Francisco


Parking in San Francisco Near Top Attractions

From the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco has no shortage of things to do around town. Here are some affordable parking spots near San Francisco’s best attractions.


Pier 39 Parking

If you’re a shopper, Pier 39 is a great place to spend some time in San Francisco. One top location to park in Pier 39 is at Triangle Lot at Fisherman’s Wharf:


30 Jefferson St. – Triangle Lot at Fisherman’s Wharf

3-minute walk to Pier 39

Parking rates: starting at $18

Check out other parking options for Pier 39 here.


The Exploratorium Museum Parking

The Exploratorium is San Francisco’s premier art and science museum, and visitors can discover incredible artifacts during their visit. One of the most population location to park near the Exploratorium is at the Big Triangle Lot:


1010 Front St. – Big Triangle Lot

5-minute walk to the Exploratorium

Parking rates: starting at $10

Explore more options for Exploratorium parking here.


Chinatown Parking

chinatown parking


Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood for authentic Chinese culture and cuisine. One of the most popular locations to park near Chinatown in San Francisco is at 650 California Garage:


725 Sacramento St. – Valet (650 California Garage)

4-minute walk to Chinatown

Parking rates: starting at $12

Explore more affordable Chinatown parking options here.


Golden Gate Bridge Parking

Parking near the Golden Gate Bridge can be a challenge. Our recommendation? Bike the bridge. Park near Fisherman’s Wharf and rent a bike at one of the many bike rental shops in the area. A top parking location to consider is 2800 Taylor St.


2800 Taylor St. Triangle Lot at Fisherman’s Wharf

2-minute walk to Fisherman’s Wharf

Parking rates: starting at $12

If you want to park and walk, check out parking options near Golden Gate Bridge here.


Fisherman’s Wharf Parking

From Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! to the Aquarium of The Bay, you’re sure to have an eventful day at Fisherman’s Wharf. A top location to park near Fisherman’s Wharf is the Triangle Lot at Fisherman’s Wharf.


2800 Taylor St. Triangle Lot at Fisherman’s Wharf

2-minute walk to Fisherman’s Wharf

Parking rates: starting at $12

For more Fisherman’s Wharf parking, click here.


Haight Ashbury parking

Haight-Ashbury Parking

Known for its local music and being one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, you can’t miss a stop in Haight-Ashbury. Looking for parking nearby? Check out this spot on Post St:


2355 Post St. – Valet-Assist Lot

1.4 miles away from Haight-Ashbury

Parking rates: starting at $10

For more Haight-Ashbury parking options, click here.


Looking for more parking recommendations near popular destinations? Check out this round-up of parking options near 10 top San Francisco attractions.


San Francisco Airport Parking

San Francisco International Airport parking options are plentiful, ranging from short-term & long-term parking to hotel parking to off-airport parking. With SpotHero, parking is an affordable and convenient option that’s worth exploring if you’re flying out of SFO.

Looking for more info? Check out this SFO parking guide, which includes rates, reservations, maps and more.


San Francisco Stadium Parking

AT&T Park Parking

If you’re looking to see a San Francisco Giants game or your favorite artist in concert, there are plenty of affordable parking spots near AT&T Park. One top parking location is the garage at 136 Townsend St.:


136 Townsend St. – Garage

8-minute walk to AT&T Park

Parking rate: starting at $35

Note: Event rates subject to change

Want to explore more parking options? Check out this post on affordable parking near AT&T Park.


Levi’s Stadium Parking

Over in Santa Clara, SpotHero offers parking near Levi’s Stadium for San Francisco 49ers games, concerts, and other special events held at the first-class venue.


2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara Marriott – Garage

Less than a mile walk to Levi’s Stadium

Parking rate: $30 for self park, $35 for valet

Note: Event rates subject to change


San Francisco Metered Parking

San Francisco has tons of metered street parking, but it is important to follow the rules of the meter and the specific street where you are parking. More information on paying for meters and street metered parking rules can be found here.


San Francisco Residential Parking

Residential parking is available within the city limits of San Francisco; however, you must obtain a specific parking permit in order to do so. To learn more about the residential parking opportunities, check out this helpful post here.


Explore the residential parking permit area map here.


How To Avoid Parking Tickets in San Francisco

  • Always look out for signage about parking restrictions when parking on the street. Restrictions typically have to do with weather, time limits, and street cleaning.
  • The two main reasons street parking may not be permitted are street cleanings and construction. Many blocks have specific days and hours that parking is not permitted, based on when street cleanings are scheduled. Keep an eye out for signage indicating these restricted signs.
  • Know when to not park on the street. Sometimes, knowing when to opt for off-street parking can save you a lot of pain and frustration. During major events or when traveling to a dense area, for example, off-street parking is not only the easier, but the more affordable choice. Consider finding and reserving off-street parking in advance for optimal convenience.

For more tips to avoid parking tickets, click here.


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