How to Find Parking in Nob Hill

Last Updated: July 28, 2016


In This Guide

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know regarding parking in Nob Hill, a small neighborhood within San Francisco. These pointers include:


About Nob Hill

Nob Hill is one of the oldest neighborhood in the entire city. San Francisco is a city broken down into “44 hills”, and Nob Hill is one of the first. Until 1850, it went by the name California Hill, due to California Street running down it’s eastern side. Nob Hill itself is located in the northeastern corridor of the city, just south of Broadway street and north of Pine Street. It’s a manageable walk to the more popular tourist attractions in SF like Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, and as it is a bit off from the water, prices are usually less expensive. Of course, with that being said, there are still plenty of parking opportunities here as well as historic sights and sounds to see without venturing closer towards the water.

So, before you hop in the car and decide to check out Nob Hill (or just use it as your parking base), make sure to read through the parking guide so you have a better understanding of what to prepare for and what likely will be waiting for you on your trip.


Things to Know Before Heading Out

Nob Hill is not a large community. In fact, it is on the smaller side when it comes to San Francisco. With that being said, there are still a large number of parking opportunities available. Some street parking is available but extremely difficult to come by. Also, when parking, it is important to keep in mind the close proximity some of these parking structures are to major tourist destinations, which will increase the rates.

Sunday parking is difficult here, so it might be best to avoid the neighborhood while parking. Additionally, many of the parking lots have valet offerings. With that said, as it is an upper class community, valet services are typically exceptional, so parking in such a location is more than fine, no matter the style of vehicle.

Find more on general parking information for all of San Francisco, like the color curb program, how to retrieve a towed car, and of course, how to park on a hill.


Best Places to Park

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Best Parking Spots:

The St Francis Memorial Hospital Garage at 1234 Pine St stands out. Even though it’s towards the southern border of the community, it is centrally located. It is also far enough away from attractions it doesn’t push the price up as much, while still remaining in easy walking distance. It has multiple levels and it is easy to access, so this by far is the best place to park in Nob Hill.

The 750 Bush Street Garage at 750 Bush St is a great option as well. It’s a valet-style garage instead of a self-park option. It is also located right in the southeastern corner of the neighborhood. It is easy to access just about anywhere within the community and even neighboring communities. The service staff is well rated, so for individuals who want a quality valet parking option, this is the way to go.


Nob Hill Parking Lots and Garages

View the map below or directly on Google for a list of off-street parking lots and garages in Nob Hill.

Brocklebank Garage Valet
1040 Sacramento St

1045 California St. – Crocker Garage Valet
1045 California St

1051 Taylor St. – Grace Cathedral Garage
1051 Taylor St

  • Known For: Being the primary parking option for visitors to the Grace Cathedral Church
  • Tips:
    • Skip this garage on Sunday. During mass, and there are several throughout the day, it is extremely busy.
    • The Grace Cathedral Garage is one of the most expensive in the neighborhood. It is also best to avoid this lot in the evening as well.
    • Guests attending a show at the Masonic Temple (which is next to the Grace Cathedral) often park here.
    • For anyone who wants to park here, it is best to arrive early in the morning (7 am or earlier).

1101 California St. – Masonic Center Garage
1101 California St

1391 Bush St – LAZ Garage
1391 Bush St

1725 Sacramento St Garage
1725 Sacramento St

1776 Sacramento St Garage
1776 Sacramento St

  • Known For: Located right on the western border of the neighborhood, it gives easy access to the 101. Additionally, there are not many other parking options next to it, so for guests on the west side of the community or who don’t want to park right next to one of the major tourist destinations in the neighborhood, this is a great location as well.

Lombardi Sport Parking Garage – 1965 Polk St. – (1600 Jackson Garage)
1965 Polk St

Nob Hill Garage – Valet
875 California St

750 Bush Street Garage – City Park
750 Bush St

Fairmont Hotel Garage
815 Powell St

St Francis Memorial Hospital Garage
1234 Pine St


Top Parking Tips for Nob Hill

  • Be ready to park on a hill
  • With abundant free parking, it’s tempting to commit to staying put and “Feeding the Meter,” or adding more time after the posted time limit. You can still get a ticket for this! You must move your car at least one block (1/10th of a mile or about 500 feet) to avoid a ticket for an expired meter


Street Parking in Nob Hill

Best Bets for Street Parking




Although Polk St is metered parking, this is a great street to find an open street parking spot in Nob Hill.


The odds are slim, but there is a long stretch of un-metered street parking here where you might get lucky.


Nob Hill Parking Meter Locations and Rate Areas


Metered street parking is available in Nob Hill. 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.

Nob Hill is mostly parking meter free, save for the two blocks on the west border (Red: “Area 3” in the map), and California St between Powell and Mason (Green: “Area 2”).

  • Red: “Area 3” – meters enforced between 8/9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, $.25 – $2 per hour; limit 1 hour to unlimited
  • Green: “Area 2” – meters enforced between 7AM-6PM Mon-Sat, $1-$3 per hour; limit 1-4 hours

See meter locations and rate areas for all of San Francisco on the city’s website.


Paying for Metered Parking in Nob Hill

Like all parking meters in San Francisco, parking meters in Nob Hill accept coins, credit cards, PaybyPhone, and pre-paid SFMTA Parking Cards. Read more about the street meter payment options.


Nob Hill Residential Parking Zone


The western edge (west of Polk St) is in Residential Permit Parking Zone G (green),  while the rest is Zone C (yellow).

Parkers without this permit are allowed 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 Nob Hill

Most of Nob Hill is free street parking with the exception of the far west side, and a small stretch on California St. Note that time limits during certain hours apply, and overnight parkers must move their vehicles before residential restriction hours apply.


Nob Hill 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.
  • – 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.



Nob Hill is made up of a rather interesting combination of home owners and working professionals. It brings together upper-class families, a strong population of Chinese immigrants and even young professionals moving in. The name itself of Nob comes from a British slang meaning “noble”, which is why there is a strong upper class population here (and has been since just after the neighborhood’s creation in the 1850s). While the neighborhood isn’t a major tourist draw, nor is it a large neighborhood, there are still a few attractions to consider.

Grace Cathedral: If there is one thing this cathedral, which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of California, does, it is stand out. It is really as old as the neighborhood itself, dating back to 1849 (during the California Gold Rush – the San Francisco 49ers are named after it). The Cathedral notes that parking can be tricky, and recommends first trying the Cathedral Garage.

Masonic Center: While it may seem odd to place Grace Cathedral and the Nob Hill Masonic Center across the street from one another, that is exactly what takes place here. Constructed just over 100 years after Grace Cathedral, visitors can take in some of the beautiful artwork on display, both around the building and inside. Concerts are performed here, ranging from major acts to up and comers. Either way, it is a beautiful facility to take in. The Masonic Center has it’s own garage or recommends checking out the Grace Cathedral garage.