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San Francisco Parking Garages

List of Garages, Rates & Tips for SF Street Parking

It is tough to find a parking spot for your car in the city, so you will want to have some good places in mind before you arrive. Discover information on San Francisco parking garages and other tips for driving your car in SF.

Below you will find details on garage locations, prices, and hours, as well as other tips for parking in downtown, Union Square, Civic Center, and other popular SF neighborhoods.

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Prepare yourself for the cost of bringing your car in the city. The cost for each option is included with the descriptions below, but I want to forewarn you that it is expensive. If you decide to park on the street instead, scroll down to the bottom for a few tips on street parking and current meter rates.

Union Square

Many people driving into the city look for San Francisco parking garages in Union Square. Hourly rates vary based on what time you enter the garage, and each garage has a daily maximum flat rate.

Most garages below offer $2 off your total when you enter before 8:30am and stay at least 3 hours, or when you stay at least 3 hours and exit after 6:30pm.

Sutter-Stockton Garage

  • Location: 444 Stockton Street
  • Size: Huge garage with almost 1,900 parking spots
  • Perfect for: Anyone shopping in Union Square, Chinatown, or the Financial District
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Height clearance: 6'5"
  • Hourly rate: $1 from 12am - 9am, $3 from 9am - noon, $4.50 from noon - 3pm, $3 from 3pm - 6pm, and $1.50 from 6pm - 12am (On Sundays, each hourly rate is $1 cheaper)
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $36 ($18 on Sundays)

Union Square Garage

  • Location: 333 Post Street
  • Size: Large garage with 985 spaces, goes underground about four stories
  • Perfect for: Those looking for a San Francisco parking garage near the stores in Union Square
  • Access: Enter from either Post or Geary Streets
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hourly rate: $2.50 from 12am - 9am, $3 from 9am - noon, $6 from noon - 3pm, $4 from 3pm - 6pm, and $2 from 6pm - 12am
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $36

Ellis and O’Farrell Garage

  • Location: 123 O'Farrell Street
  • Size: Large garage with 925 spaces
  • Perfect for: Anyone going shopping or to the theater
  • Access: Entrances from both O’Farrell (6'2" clearance) and Ellis Streets (8'2" clearance)
  • Hours: Opens every day at 5:30am; closes at 1am Sunday - Thursday and 2am Friday - Saturday
  • Hourly rate: $2 from 12am - 9am, $2.50 from 9am - noon, $3.50 from noon - 6pm, and $1.50 from 6pm - 12am.
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $36
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $19 when you enter before 8:30am and exit before close

Options in Downtown San Francisco

There are some other San Francisco parking garages for those wanting to find something in a different part of downtown San Francisco.

Fifth and Mission / Yerba Buena Garage

  • Location: 833 Mission Street
  • Size: Huge garage with 2585 spaces, occupies roughly one full square block, with signs on each floor telling you where spots are available
  • Great for: Visitors to the SF MOMA, Jewish Contemporary Museum, or other San Francisco museums in the SOMA District
  • Also great for: Those going to the Metreon or Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Access: You can enter from either Minna Street (6'8" clearance) or Mission Street (7'2" clearance)
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hourly rate: $2 from 12am - 9am, $3 from 9am - noon, $3.50 from noon - 6pm, and $1.50 from 6pm - 12am
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $34

St. Mary's Square Garage

  • Location: 433 Kearny Street
  • Size: Medium-sized garage with 639 spaces
  • Great for: Anyone looking for a San Francisco parking garage in the Financial District or Chinatown
  • Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Hourly rate: $3 from 12am - 9am, $4 from 9am - noon, $4.50 from noon - 3pm, $3.50 from 3pm - 6pm, and $1 from 6pm - 12am (On weekends, each hourly rate is $1.50 cheaper between 9am and 6pm)
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $23 when you enter before 8:30am and exit before midnight
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $39

The Mission, Nob Hill & North Beach San Francisco Garages

Polk-Bush Garage

  • Location: 1399 Bush Street
  • Size: Small garage with 129 spaces
  • Great for: Those visiting Civic Center or Nob Hill
  • Hourly rate: $2.50
  • Hours: Open Monday - Thursday from 7am - 10pm, Friday from 7am - 2:30am, Saturday from 8am - 2:30am, and Sunday 9am - 10pm
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $25
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $16 when you enter before 9am and exit before 7pm
  • Overnight discount: Flat rate of $6 when you enter after 9pm and exit by 9am (weekdays) or 10am (weekends) the next day

Mission-Bartlett Garage

  • Location: 3255 21st Street
  • Size: Smaller garage with 350 spacessan francisco parking garages misison district
  • Great for: Visiting the Mission District
  • Access: You can enter from either Mission or Bartlett Street (6'6" clearance)
  • Hours: Open Monday - Thursday from 7am - midnight, Friday from 7am - 2:30am, Saturday from 8am - 2:30am, and Sunday 8am - midnight
  • Hourly rate: $1.50 from 12am - 9am, $2.50 from 9am - noon, $5 from noon - 3pm, $2.50 from 3pm - 6pm, and $4.50 from 6pm - 12am
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $25

Mission-Otis Garage

  • Location: 1660 Mission Street
  • Size: Very small garage with only 58 spaces
  • Great for: An alternative option when the other Mission District garage is busy (this one has shorter hours of operation and higher hourly rates than the other)
  • Hours: Open Monday - Friday from 7am - 6pm
  • Rate: Every 30 minutes costs $3
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $22

North Beach Garage

  • Location: 735 Vallejo Street
  • Size: Smaller garage with 203 spaces
  • Great for: Those visiting the North Beach San Francisco area
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hourly rate: $3.50
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $30
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $16 when you enter before 10am and exit before 7pm

More San Francisco Parking Garages: Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39

There are several parking options if you are visiting Fisherman's Wharf or Pier 39, or are heading over to Alcatraz Island for the day.

The most convenient parking is the Pier 39 Garage, which is located directly across the street from the Entrance Plaza.

  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hourly rate: $9 on weekdays (with a daily max of $45) and $10 on weekends (with a daily max of $50)
  • Validation: Restaurant patrons who dine at one of Pier 39's full-service restaurants receive one hour free validation at lunch and two hours free validation after 6pm for dinner
  • Height clearance: 6' 8". If your vehicle is taller than this, you’ll want to look around for street parking.

There are several lots for those visiting Alcatraz Island for the day. The Alcatraz Island ferries leave from Pier 33. You’ll find one parking lot located just across the street on the Embarcadero at Bay Street.

If that one is full, there is a larger parking garage just a couple blocks away at 80 Francisco Street (at Kearny). You can find out more about these parking lots and other Alcatraz information on the Visit Alcatraz - Tips for Your Trip page.

Options for Civic Center and Hayes Valley

Civic Center

  • Location: 355 McAllister Street, underground
  • Size: Large garage with 843 spaces
  • Great for: Those visiting the Asian Art Museum, City Hall, or other attractions in this neighborhood
  • Other: Very safe with security camera
  • Hours: Open weekdays from 6am - midnight, Saturday from 8am - midnight, and Sunday from 9am - 10pm
  • Hourly rate: $1 from 12am - 9am, $4.50 from 9am - noon, $5.50 from noon - 3pm, $2 from 3pm - 6pm, and $1 from 6pm - 12am
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $29
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $18 when you enter before 8:30am and exit before closing

Performing Arts Garage

  • Location: 360 Grove Street
  • Size: Medium-sized garage with 598 spaces
  • Great for: Those visiting Hayes Valley or going to a performing arts show (ballet, opera, or symphony)
  • Other: Easy to spot because there are dancing murals on the garage done by Josef Norris
  • Safety: Security camera coverage and well lit
  • Access: Entrance in the middle of the block on Grove Street with height clearance of 5'9"
  • Hours: Open weekdays 6am - midnight, closed weekends unless an event is scheduled
  • Special hours: For performances, the garage is open 3 hours before and 2 hours after each show, so if you have dinner reservations, you’ll want to make sure you are back at the garage before it closes
  • Hourly rate: $1 from 12am - 9am, $3 from 9am - noon, $4.50 from noon - 3pm, $2 from 3pm - 6pm, and $1 from 6pm - 12am
  • Daily maximum or lost ticket: $22
  • Weekday Early Bird discount: Flat rate of $14 when you enter before 8:30am and exit before closing

Tips to Park on the Street in San Francisco

If you don’t want to park in one of the San Francisco parking garages, you can also look for a spot on the street. However, the cost to park in the street is often just as much as the garages during the day, and for a limited amount of time.

Parking Meters

Most meters have a two-hour time limit. They can be paid by coin, phone, or credit card.

Meter rates vary by zone, with downtown and Fisherman's Wharf being the most expensive. Most are between $2.00 and $3.50 per hour.

With new "smart" technology, there are some SFpark areas based on demand, where rates incrementally adjust by quarter and can range from $0.50 to $6.25 per hour.

Hours of operation for most meters are 9am - 6pm Monday - Saturday. The meters in Fisherman's Wharf run from 7am - 7pm daily. Some of the meters in the busier areas and the Port of San Francisco run until 10 or 11pm.

Most meters are NOT in effect on Sundays, except in the Fisherman's Wharf area, the Embarcadero, off-street parking lots, and the Special Events Area near AT&T Park.

All metered spots are free on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

After you park, always read the meter to confirm days and hours of operation, time limits, and rates.

Other Street Parking

If you find a parking spot on the street that is not metered, check to see if the curb is painted, and look for signs posted about time limits and street sweeping hours.

Here are some other street parking guidelines:

  • Red curb means no parking at anytime
  • Green curb is for short term parking only, usually around 10 minutes
  • Yellow curbs are loading and unloading zones for commercial vehicles
  • White is passenger pick up and drop off only, with a time limit of around 5 minutes
  • Blue is handicapped parking only with a valid permit

Your best bet for parking in San Francisco is to choose one of the San Francisco parking garages. Overall, parking in the city is pretty expensive unless you are lucky enough to get a decent spot on the street.

If you don't want to hassle with driving and using one of the San Francisco parking garages, you can also take public transportation or one of the San Francisco taxis. Both options make it pretty easy to get around the city.

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