St. Augustine is becoming more popular every year. With its Nights of Lights spectacle, its many rotating festival and events, growing musical culture, and distinct historical ambiance, the city is one of the most incredible places to see.
It is not without a small problem, and this is parking. The city is a bit too small for its seasonal car traffic, leading to a number of parking concerns you should be prepared for.
Thankfully, below is your handy guide to everything you need to know about parking in St. Augustine. Parking in the St. Augustine Historic District is manageable with the right information. Come down to the heart of the city to see its many incredible historic attractions and sites.
Free Parking Availability
Firstly, where is the free parking? There’s really only one main area for parking that is completely free all hours of the day, and that is north of Castillo Drive on San Marco Ave. Parking on the side street is free, but you will have to walk about a half-mile to get to the beginning of St. George St and the main historic district.
Parking Lots in the City
Thankfully, you can find a variety of parking lots throughout the ancient city. All pay station lots have a limit of four hours. Additional time may be purchased at some lots. These are covered below.
- Castillo de San Marcos: 1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Cathedral Place: 48 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Charlotte Street: 88 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
- Lightner Museum: 75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Toques Place: 2-98 Toques Pl, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
- Hot Shot Bakery Area: 47 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
You can also find independent parking lot areas throughout the city. These are areas not specifically covered and monitored by the city. They are typically restaurants offering public parking at a cost or independently monitored lots, where costs and security may vary. Some of these lots include:
- The Corazon Cinema and Café: 36 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Cathedral St Lot: 63-99 Cathedral Pl, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
- Bank of America: 60 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32084
These are just a few local business lots with public parking available. If you are going to eat at a specific diner, you can call the restaurant to inquire about parking details, costs, and more. They may be able to waive fees if you dine at their establishment or offer additional parking guidance.
Parking meters are available through many of the side streets of downtown St. Augustine. You can find a meter at just about any side street location leading to St. George St. or branching off of it. These include Cathedral, Orange, Hypolita, and more. Parking meters can be found on A1A along the inlet, which runs parallel to St. George St.
Parking meters are $2.50 per hour. Cards are accepted at each meter. Typically, you can pay specifically at the meter for parking, but some meter areas may have a designated pay station within five cars where you pay and print our your parking card, which should be left on the dashboard.
The biggest parking deck or garage is located on the corner of Castillo and Cordova. Its address is 1 Cordova St, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The lot is open 24 hours and can house thousands of vehicles for the day.
The lot is a convenient place to park, with camera monitoring and close proximity to downtown. It is $15 per vehicle, per entry. You can obtain a ParkNow pass for your family vacation to receive a rate of $3 total for parking here, plus additional parking benefits and discounts elsewhere. Meter parking is $0.50 per hour with the ParkNow card.
Call (904) 484-5160 for further details on the parking garage or receiving ParkNow.
St. Augustine is currently working on building two additional parking structures by King Street. These additions will dramatically improve parking conditions, with an available shuttle bringing people from the US 1 and King Street garages to downtown St. Augustine.
Trolleys and Other Driving Alternatives
The city of St. Augustine knows that its streets can be hard to navigate and parking is sometimes challenging during peak seasons. Thankfully, the city has accommodated multiple alternatives to driving.
Two main trolley providers offer easy access throughout the town, running from 8 a.m. to about 5 p.m. These are St. Augustine Trolleys and the Red Train. Both offer educational city tours as you jump on and off.
Trolley passes can be purchased for the day at a number of stations throughout the city. St. Augustine Trolleys offers a large parking area at the Old Jail (167 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084) for free, with trolley pick-ups at the location.
Visitors can even get around by scooter if they see fit. Scooter rentals are available at St. Augustine Bike Rentals (125 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084). They can be rented by the hour or day.
Better Information For A Better Vacation
If you find the right St. Augustine accommodations, you can avoid some parking concerns by timing your ventures into downtown St. Augustine for when traffic is light. Thankfully, you have our details above to help guide your hand through our rambunctious and thrilling historic city.
Call 1-877-542-2488 for any questions at all about our resort accommodations, or call 1-800-398-5980 for general information about St. Augustine.