Parking in Philadelphia
Where and how to stash your car while exploring the city
Philadelphia, one of the country’s most walkable cities, is incredibly easy to navigate either by foot or by public transportation. This just leaves the question: where to park the car?
Garages vs. On-Street Parking
Philadelphia has more than 7,000 metered spots throughout the city, perfect if you only plan to park for an hour or two. Meters in the downtown area cost $2/hour. If you plan to spend the day wandering, finding a reasonably priced garage will save you from over-spending on meters — not to mention getting a parking ticket.
Buy Smart Cards Online
If you’ve decided to go the street-parking route, buy yourself a Smart Card, which allows you to feed the meter without a pocket full of quarters. The cards are available in $10, $20 and $50 denominations.
Looking for a place to park that won’t break the vacation budget? Check out our Parking Deals page. It is an exhaustive list of every parking discount and deal in the city (you’ll even find some free lots on that list!).
Hotel Packages With Free Hotel Parking
Staying overnight? We have a number of hotel packages that come with free hotel parking, including our famous Philly Overnight Hotel Package. Click here for more info on the Philly Overnight Hotel Package. Or click here to see a list of all hotel packages that come with free hotel parking.
The PPA is in the process of eliminating coin-operated meters and moving to a kiosk system. These kiosks accept a variety of payment methods (including credit cards) and issue a printed ticket you place inside your windshield. Some neighborhoods have already switched over, so make sure to read the signs carefully prior to leaving your car.
Parking for Scooters and Motorcycles
In the central part of the city, from Twelfth to Twentieth streets and from Parkway to Locust Streets, there are specific, metered parking spaces allotted for scooters and motorcycles. They are placed at the end the blocks and clearly painted to line up on an angle.
Outside of this zone, scooters are permitted to be chained to the bicycle racks, but may not be chained to parking meters or sign poles. For example, they must be within the area between the wall and where the steps reach the sidewalk.
Need to pick someone up at the airport or park while you’re away for the weekend? Click here for information about parking at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Some Philly neighborhoods offer permit parking for area residents. Visitors are allowed to park on these streets for up to two hours but will be ticketed if they go longer than that. Please read the street signs carefully before leaving your car.
Cost Per Drive
Curious how much your trek to Philadelphia will cost? Check out Cost2Drive’s calculator, which allows you to see approximately how much your drive will impact your budget.
Use Public Transit
Philadelphia is expertly served by public transportation, so another good option is to leave your car at the hotel once you arrive. Click here for more information about taking SEPTA. For a general summary of how to get around Philadelphia, click here.