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Things to Know Before Heading Out
The Financial District is the most dense area of San Francisco. For visitors, we recommend nabbing an off-street parking spot for your visit to the Financial District. Sites like SpotHero feature off-street parking in the San Francisco Financial District where you can compare and book in advance.
If you decide to make a go at street parking, make sure you keep these things in mind:
Street Parking in San Francisco
- Residential Restrictions: A small portion of the Financial District is within Residential Parking Zone C. Unless you have a permit, you can only park for two hours at a time. Residential zone signs are not prevalent, so check the map below in advance to ensure you don’t accidentally park in a restricted zone.
- San Francisco Rules: For more on the nuances of San Francisco street parking, including info on curb colors and rules, visit the SFMTA site or our parking basics page.
Off-Street Parking in San Francisco
- Don’t Get Shut Out: Verify the operating hours of the garage. Some garages close early.
- Reserve in Advance: It’s wise to reserve parking in advance to guarantee a spot.
Best Places to Park in The Financial District
Best Parking Spot: The Golden Gateway Garage at 250 Clay St stands out for its great location, weekend rate, and and shuttle programs to other neighborhoods.
Financial District Parking Lots and Garages
View the map below or directly on Google for a list of parking options in the Financial District.
111 Battery St
350 Pacific Ave Lot
350 Pacific Ave
750 Front St. – Valet Garage
750 Front St
104 Columbus Ave – Ace Parking Lot
104 Columbus Ave
643 Washington St. – Hilton Garage
643 Washington St
533 Clay St. – Valet (475 Sansome Garage)
533 Clay St
Le Méridien Hotel Garage
451 Clay St
Le Méridien Hotel Parking Valet
425 Clay St
Transamerica Pyramid Parking Garage
600 Montgomery St
Golden Gateway Garage
250 Clay St
650 California St. Garage
743 Sacramento St
550 Kearny Parking Garage
665 Sacramento St
580 California St Garage
580 California St
505 Montgomery St Garage
635 Sacramento St
201 California St Garage – Ampco
201 California St
St. Mary’s Square Garage
433 Kearny St
555 California St Garage
555 California St
235 Pine St Garage
235 Pine St
36 Front St Garage
36 Front St
222 Kearny St Garage
222 Kearny St
333 Bush St Garage
333 Bush St
225 Bush St. – Valet Garage
225 Bush St
Post Montgomery Center Garage
120 Kearny St
225 Bush St. – Valet Garage
225 Bush St
1 Bush St Garage
1 Bush St
Top Financial District Parking Tip
- If you find a metered spot with an hourly rate more than $3 per, you’re typically better off parking in a garage
Street Parking in the San Francisco Financial District
Best Bets for Street Parking
- Northeast Corner – (Front and Broadway)
- Angled Parking on Northeast Washington St (Between Davis and Battery)
- Bush St toward Dragon’s Gate (Bust st, between Grant and Kearny)
Financial District Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas
Metered street parking is available in the Financial District. Restrictions follow the city-wide colored curb system, where painted curb colors align with restrictions during certain times. See the parking basics page for details.
The Financial District has two pricing zones for metered street parking.
- Green: “Area 2” – meters enforced between 7AM-6PM Mon-Sat, $1-$3 per hour; limit 1-4 hours
- Blue: “Area 5” – meters enforced between 7/9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, $.25-$6 per hour; limit 2-unlimited hours
See meter locations and rate areas for all of San Francisco on the city’s website.
Smart Pricing Street Parking in the Financial District
Prices at the meter can fluctuate with demand in the Financial District via San Francisco’s Smart Pricing Program. Nearly all of the Financial District has Smart Pricing. Be prepared for inconsistent meter rates between $.25 and $6 per hour, and limits between two hours and unlimited.
Paying for Metered Parking in the Financial District
Like all parking meters in San Francisco, parking meters in the Financial District accept coins, credit cards, PaybyPhone, and pre-paid SFMTA Parking Cards. Read more about the street meter payment options.
SFMTA cards are available at the following retailers in the Financial District:
Financial District Residential Parking Zone
Four and a half city blocks in the northwest corner of the Financial District are within Residential Permit Parking Zone C.
Parkers without this permit are permitted to park for the posted time limit (typically 2-hours) unless other restrictions apply. You can view the full San Francisco residential permit map here.
Free Street Parking in the Financial District
Free street parking is allowed in the Financial District after 6 PM Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday unless otherwise posted. Vehicles must be moved before meter enforcement hours begin at 7 AM (9AM in some areas). Otherwise, every square inch of the Financial District is a metered parking spot.
Financial District Parking Resources
- Parknav – Helps parkers find the best street parking with real-time predictive data.
- ParkMe – Helps parkers find off- and on-street parking using full-time researchers and a predictive algorithm.
- SFPark.org – City website with live parking availability and pricing.
- SpotHero – Find and reserve parking in advance with this free on-demand parking app.
- Parkopedia – Browse street and off-street parking rates with an interactive map.
Financial District Attractions
- Transamerica Pyramid: San Francisco’s landmark, pyramid-shaped skyscraper, with visitor’s center. There is a private 4-level underground parking garage here, but the nearest public parking options are the 475 Sansome Garage or the 643 Washington St. – Hilton Garage. Street parking may be found to the northeast on Washington Street.
- Hilton San Francisco Financial District: upscale, 27-story hotel. Parking for guests costs $55 per night for self-park and $60 per night for valet. The nearby Portsmouth Square Garage is a great option to compare against these rates.
- Michael Mina: upscale American Restaurant. The restaurant doesn’t offer parking but the 201 California St Garage is a nearby option for diners.
- Rickhouse: after-work hangout with huge menu and great whisky drinks. The 222 Kearny St Garage is good for parking here.