Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the busiest areas in San Francisco. This makes parking difficult for anyone who doesn’t know what to look for. To help in your search, we’ve put together this guide, including a list of parking options in Fisherman’s Wharf.
In This Guide
- Things to Know Before Heading Out
- Best Places to Park
- Lots and Garages
- Street Parking
Things to Know Before Heading Out
Fisherman’s Wharf is not only home to Pier 39, a major tourist attraction, but it also borders the Bay, further complicating traffic flow to this area.
We recommend nabbing an off-street parking spot for your visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. Sites like SpotHero feature off-street parking in Fisherman’s Wharf where you can compare and book in advance. There is parking near Pier 39 as well.
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 Fisherman’s Wharf is within Residential Parking Zone A. 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.
- Don’t Overpay: If you are paying more than $3 per hour at a parking meter, you’re better off parking in a garage.
- 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
- Get Validated: If you’re visiting a Fisherman’s Wharf merchant, ask if they validate for your garage.
- Don’t Get Shut Out: Verify the operating hours of the garage. Some Fisherman’s Wharf garages close early.
- Reserve in Advance: Saturdays are especially busy, so it’s wise to reserve parking in advance to guarantee a spot.
Best Places to Park in Fisherman’s Wharf
Best Parking Spot: For its reputation for being clean, safe, inexpensive, and having a great location, we believe Propark Beach & Hyde Garage at 655 Beach St is the overall best place to park in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Beat the Street: Below are the best locations to park by price based on length of time and day.
|Day||Time Period||Parking Type||Best Rate||Where to Park|
|Mon-Sat||0-5mins||Street Parking||Free||White, green, or unpainted curb|
|Mon-Sat||5-<30mins||Street Parking||Free-$6||Green or unpainted curb|
|Mon-Sat||30mins-<2 Hours||Street Parking||$1-$12||Unpainted Curb|
|Mon-Sat||2-<8 Hours||Garage||$10-$20||ABM Cost Plus Garage|
|Mon-Sat||+8 Hours||Garage||$12-$20||Impark Garage|
|Sun||Anytime||Street Parking||Free||Any Barring Other Restrictions|
Fisherman’s Wharf Parking Lots and Garages
View the map below or directly on Google for a list of parking options in Fisherman’s Wharf.
655 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109
2850 Jones Street and 458 Beach St
Top Fisherman’s Wharf Parking Tips
- You can get one hour free validated parking if you park at the Pier 39 Garage at 2 Beach St, and dine among participating restaurants
- You can park like a guest at the Marriott at 1250 Columbus Ave if you book online
Street Parking in Fisherman’s Wharf
Best Bets for Street Parking
- Southeast of Ghirardelli Square – Residential Zone A (Larkin St. between Bay and North Point)
- Beach St (Between Jones and Taylor)
- Pier 39 Wrap-Around: Stockton and North Point
Fisherman’s Wharf Metered Parking Pricing Area Zones
Metered street parking is available in Fisherman’s Wharf. 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.
Fisherman’s Wharf has two pricing zones for metered street parking shown in the map below.
- Brown: “Port of SF” – meters enforced between 7AM-11PM Mon-Sun, $.25 – $3.50 per hour
- Blue: “Area 5” – meters enforced between 7/9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, $.25-$6 per hour
See metered pricing zones for all San Francisco on the city’s website.
Buying Parking Cards in Fisherman’s Wharf
Meters are available not only curbside but inside many of the parking garages and lots. These meters accept credit card and parking card (some accept change, but with the price of most parking it is easier to use a card). There are a few different ways you can purchase parking cards:
- Buy Online. This is an easy option if you are planning your trip in advance. You can buy up to five cards at a max of $200 per order.
- Walgreens: 2801 Jones Street, San Francisco CA 94133.
- SFMTA Bay and Taylor Public Transit Kiosk: Bay at Taylor Street, San Francisco CA 94133
- S & S Grocery: 1461 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
- Best Food Produce: 1262 Stocton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
- Photo Focus: 1100 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Fisherman’s Wharf Residential Parking Zone
The southwest part of Fisherman’s Wharf, and immediately south of Bay St, is in Residential Permit Parking Zone A. 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.
Fisherman’s Wharf Parking Resources
- Parknav – Helps parkers find the best street parking with real-time predictive data.
- 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.
Fisherman’s Wharf Attractions
- Aquarium of the Bay: This is a nonprofit project and the money is used to go towards maintaining the Bay and the surrounding watershed. There are over 30,000 different animals within the eco system and it is a fantastic area to experience some of the local wildlife up close and in person.
- National Liberty Ship Memorial: The SS Jeremiah O’Brian is one of the two fully functioning ships found in the district and first launched during World War II. Located at Pier 45 (it’s hard to miss) the ship is a museum and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places.
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!: This is a fan favorite for individuals young and old. There are three full attractions inside of the museum, where guests can experience some of the truly fascinating and bizzare.