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San Francisco Parking Garages

List of Garages, Rates & Tips for SF Street Parking

Discover information on San Francisco parking garages and other tips for driving your car in SF.

It is tough to find a spot for your car in the city, so you will want to know some great places to park before you arrive. Here you will find gargage locations, prices, hours and other tips for downtown, Union Square, the Civic Center and a few of the other popular SF neighborhoods.

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Prepare yourself also 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 forwarn you that they are 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 are looking for San Francisco parking garages in Union Square. Hourly rates here vary based on the time you are in the garage. Each one also has a daily maximum, which is reached after

Sutter-Stockton Garage
444 Stockton Street

  • Perfect for anyone shopping in Union Square, Chinatown or the Financial District
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Offers almost 1,900 parking spots
  • Pay by credit card or cash
  • Height Clearance 6'5"
Hourly Daily

12:00 AM – 9:00 AM: $1.00 Per hour

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: $3.00 Per hour

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: $4.00 Per hour

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: $3.00 Per hour

6:00 PM – 12:00 AM: $1.00 Per hour

Sunday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM: $1.00 Off Per hour

Mon-Fri: Enter before 8:30am (stay at least 3 hours): $2.00 Off total

Mon-Fri: Exit after 6:30pm (stay at least 3 hours): $2.00 Off total

Daily Maximum / Lost Ticket: $34.00 Flat rate

Sunday Daily Max / Lost Ticket: $18.00 Flat rate

Motorcycle: $7.00 Flat rate

Union Square

  • Great San Francisco parking garages option for those shopping in Union Square
  • Located at 333 Post Street
  • Another large garage with 985 spaces
  • Underground lot that goes down about four stories
  • Enter from either Post or Geary Streets
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Starts at $3.50 an hour for the first three hours, $4 an hour after the third hour
  • $34 max per day or for a lost ticket

Ellis and O’Farrell

  • Located at 123 O'Farrell Street
  • Large garage with 925 spaces
  • Great for those going to the theater
  • Entrances off both O’Farrell and Ellis Streets
  • Two blocks from Union Square, great place to park for shopping
  • Open Sunday-Thursday: 5:30am-1:00am and Friday and Saturday: 5:30am-2:00am
  • Rates start at $3.50 an hour, daily maximum or lost ticket is $38

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 in the SOMA Neighborhood

  • Great for those going to the SF MOMA, Jewish Contemporary Museum or other San Francisco museums in SOMA
  • Also great for those going to the Metreon or Yerba Buena Gardens
  • Located at 833 Mission Street
  • Roughly one full block and is bordered by Minna, Mission, 4th and 5th Streets
  • You can enter from both Minna and Mission Streets
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Rates start at $3.50 an hour, $32 for 12 – 24 hours and for lost tickets
  • Huge garage that has signs on each floor telling you where sports are available

St. Mary's Square

  • Great San Francisco parking garage option for those visiting the Financial District
  • Located at 433 Kearny Street
  • Fairly large garage with 639 spaces
  • Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Cost is $3.50 per 30 minutes, $32 max rate per day, evenings after 5pm $7 flat rate
  • Weekend rates are a little cheaper and start at $4 an hour and $7 max rate per day

The Mission, Nob Hill & North Beach San Francisco Garages


  • Great option for those visiting Nob Hill
  • Located at 1399 Bush Street
  • Smaller garage with 129 spaces
  • Cost is $2 per hour, $18 for a 12-hour max, $20 for a 24-hour max, evenings after 6pm and leaving before closing $2 per hour and $8 max
  • Not open 24 hours, closes around 9 or 10 most night, check the signs for specifics for the day you are there


  • One of two options if you are visiting the Mission District San Francisco
  • Located at 1660 Mission Street
  • Smaller garage with only 59 spacessan francisco parking garages misison district
  • Fees start at $2.50 per hour, $22 maximum daily rate (or lost ticket)
  • This garage also closes at night, so check the signs to confirm hours for the day you park here


  • Second option if you are visiting the Mission District
  • It has two official addresses: 3255 21st Street or 90 Bartlett Street
  • You can enter from either location
  • Little larger than the other Mission Garage with 350 spaces
  • Parking rates start at $2 per hour, $18 maximum or lost ticket fee
  • This garage is also not open 24 hours, so check the signs for hours

North Beach

  • Great garage for those visiting the North Beach San Francisco area
  • Located at 735 Vallejo Street
  • Medium sized garage with 203 spaces
  • Fees start at $3 per hour, $27 max per day
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

More San Francisco Parking Garages: Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39

There are several options if you are visiting Fishermans Wharf, Pier 39 or heading over to Alcatraz Island for the day. The most convenient for Pier 39 is the PIER 39 Garage which is located directly across the street from the Entrance Plaza.

  • The PIER 39 Garage is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • 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 6 pm for dinner.
  • The PIER 39 Garage clearance is 6 ft. 8 inches high. 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 another one at 80 Francisco Street, the cross street is Kearny Street.

This is a larger parking garage and is just a couple of blocks away. 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

  • Located in the Civic Center and great for those visiting the Asian Art Museum, City Hall or other locations in this neighborhood
  • Garage is located at 355 McAllister Street
  • Large garage with 843 spaces
  • Garage is located underground
  • Security camera coverage throughout and it’s well lit so it’s a safe garage to use
  • Open Mon – Fri from 6 am to Midnight, Saturday from 8 am to 12 am and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm
  • Pricing starts at $3.00 an hour, $24 max for 12 hours, $30 max for 24 hours

Performing Arts Garage

  • This a great option for those visiting Hayes Valley or going to a performing arts show (ballet, opera or the symphony)
  • Located at 360 Grove Street
  • Easy to spot because there are dancing murals on the garage done by Josef Norris
  • Medium sized garage with 618 spaces
  • Security camera coverage, it’s also well lit
  • Standard hours for the garage are: Mon - Thurs: 7am to 10pm and Fri:  7am to Midnight
  • Open during the week and on weekends when there is a performing arts show (ballet, opera and symphony)
  • For performances, the garage is open three hours before and two hours after each show
  • If you have dinner reservations, you’ll want to make sure you are back at the garage before the garage closes
  • Prices start at $2.50 an hour, $27 for a maximum daily charge or for a lost ticket
  • Entrance to the garage is in the middle of the block on Grove Street

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 still costly during the day. Here are the hourly rates for street parking for the different SF neighborhoods:

  • Downtown $3.50
  • Downtown Periphery $3
  • All other areas $2
  • Fisherman's Wharf $3

Most meters are in effect from 7 am to 6 pm every day. They offer two hours of parking (although the city is testing two hours of parking in some neighborhoods). The meters in Fisherman's Wharf run from 7am to 7pm daily. Some of the meters in the busier areas run until 9pm.

Most meters are also now in effect on Sundays. They are not checked on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

After parking, you can check the information on the meter to confirm the hours you’ll need to pay to park in that spot.

Here are also 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 commercial vehicles loading and unloading zones
  • White is passenger pick up and drop off only with a parking 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 in 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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