Parking meters have 3-hour or 24-minute(loading area) limits. Most meters accept coins AND credit cards, or pay using the parking app.
All meter time limits will be in effect and users will not be allowed to pay beyond the time limit posted. Parking costs:
$1/hour on 2nd through 4th between B St. and ECR; along B Street between 2nd & 4th Ellsworth and San Mateo Drive between 2nd and 4th(orange).
All other meter parking is $.50/hour(green). Street meter parking parameters are 9th Avenue, El Camino Real, Tilton Avenue and Delaware Street.
Street parking beyond the parameter is limited to 2-hours but is at no charge 3 blocks west of ECR, south of 9th Avenue, north of Tilton Avenue, east of Delaware Street. Please note, certain streets beyond these boundaries have no-cost time limits so please take note of posted signs.
Free street parking can be found around central park near 7th street, just ensure you check the street signs.
There’s also garage parking.(sorted by shortest walk time)
Central Garage Link(This is arguably the closest, but probably the busiest)
Tennis Court Garage on 5th @ San Mateo Ave. Link
Monthly Parking(for tribals)
If you want to park for free, and you’re ok with a 9 minute(0.4) mile walk(or a 3 minute scooter ride! 🙂 : You can park on the street in front of DROdio’s house. The address is 611 Capistrano Way, San Mateo, CA 94402. Part of the street requires permits, but the rest does not. Here’s a map — the“green” part is OK to park on; the“red” part is not:
Another parking option is this location: 30 E 3rd Ave to 406 E 5th Ave
They accept credit cards and our gusto commuter benefit card. It’s only 25cents an hour $2.50 for the whole day.
Once you have created your account apply for a new permit
Choose which garage you want to park in, I recommend picking more than one as some garages have a longer wait time. That way if you don’t get the garage you want right away you can still get a parking spot and then change to your preferred garage once your application clears.