One of the most stressful parts about driving is finding a place to park, especially in cities where space is at a premium. With a new generation of parking apps out there, it’s easy to find a parking spot and pay for it before you leave – often at a lower price than if you pulled up and payed at the lot. Some apps help you find real-time street parking, too, and will even pay for the meter so you don’t need quarters.
Check out this list of the best parking apps to help you save money and time.
Airport Parking Reservations
Airport parking is a cost of travel that’s easy to forget to factor into your budget. With Airport Parking Reservations, get a great deal on parking without having to worry about it at the last minute. They manage hotel parking reservations as well, even if you’re not staying overnight. Stay on budget and leave on time by reserving your travel parking ahead of time.
Find available on-street parking and meter rates with Parker, as well as lot and garage spaces as well. Parker can locate EV and ADA parking, too.
Parking Panda can serve all your parking needs, from one day in the city to long-term airport parking. They offer exclusive discounts at lots and garages in 40 cities.
With over 200,000 parking spaces in 15,000 cities worldwide, ParkMe is one of the most comprehensive parking apps. In some cities it can find street parking and shows real-time spots available. They also allows you to reserve garage spots and prepay for them.
ParkMobile boasts a million parking spots across the United States, making it easy to either find real-time street parking or reserve a garage or lot spot in advance.
Parkopedia services 8,000 cities in 75 countries. They find available parking spaces in lots and on the street in real time so you don’t need to drive around searching for a spot. Where available, you can pay for parking in advance and with your mobile phone.
ParkWhiz and Best Parking
Powered by the same entities, ParkWhiz and Best Parking serve several major cities in the United States and Canada and offer prices up to 50% less than paying at the lot. One app may have more parking in your city than the other, so be sure to check them both out.
Find PayByPhone meters in your city and, well, pay for your parking by phone! There’s no need to worry about coins or running back to feed the meter. Pay for your parking through the app and receive an alert when the meter is running out, giving you the chance to either get back to your car or pay for another round of parking.
Use SpotHero to find parking in most major metropolitan areas of the United States. Search for hourly and daily spots and monthly garages. Compare prices within a mile radius of your destination at different times of day so you find the best rate.