How to Save Money on Parking in New York City

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••• NYC Parking Spots. Copyright: Phil Dolby, Flickr, (CC BY 2.0)

Parking in New York City (NYC) can be expensive. Luckily, there are a number of ways to save money when parking your car in New York City. Here are a few tips for best parking in NYC and ways to save money on overnight parking:

NYC Parking Tips

  • Start at with your hotel - If you’re staying overnight, check the hotel’s parking rate. They are usually competitive, and can even be cheaper than other alternatives—but not always!
  • Consider on-street parking - While finding an open parking space may not be easy, they are very economical if you do. You can also find NYC meters that accept credit cards and review parking rules using NYC's web application for on-street parking. If you're lucky enough to find a parking space, you can move around the city via the subway or buses.
  • Use a mobile parking application - Consider trying a mobile phone application such as Best Parking to locate parking spots, garages and even bike racks. The application (for the iPhone and Android cell phones) provide a fast, fully-functional scrolling map that highlights city parking regulations, garage prices and times, and even shows which on-street parking spots are about to become legal (for example, a delivery space after 7 p.m.). Another great option for business travelers to use when looking for parking in New York City is ParkWhiz. Parkwhiz has an online NYC parking map with rate and lots of reviews of parking facilities. Highly recommended.
  • Check the websites of parking garages - A number of the main parking garage systems offer discounts to travelers or reserve a space in advance. SP Plus's website provides a steeply discounted flat-fee Web coupon, good for specific dates, hours and garages. Icon is another parking lot system with many web discounts. (Last time I checked they had a $10 coupon for up to 10 hours of theater parking near Broadway!)
  • Sign up for a loyalty program - If you’re traveling to NYC for frequent business, consider a monthly parking pass and customer loyalty program. Some parking garage systems offers steep discounts for monthly pass holders. For example, ICON parking runs a loyalty program that gives drivers 50% off every rate at every ICON garage every day. That’s a hard deal to beat.
  • Look for competitive parking websites - I like NYC.bestparking.com, which provides an interactive website shows parking rates from multiple companies. BestParking provides a map that shows parking locations and highlights which ones will provide reservations and/or guaranteed rates. Pre-reserved spaces are generally cheaper than the drive-up rates.

Additional Tips

  • Reserve a parking rate online for the best rate.
  • Make a backup reservation (usually no credit card is required) in case you don’t like the looks of your first choice.
  • Prices can very by just a few blocks. Use an interactive map like BestParking’s or ParkWhiz to locate nearby, but less expensive, parking garages.