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Garages and Lots

Parking downtown evenings and weekends is a breeze, with over 30,000 spaces to choose from. 
$1 Parking for up to 59 minutes is available at these two City of Cincinnati owned garages: 

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  • Garfield Garage - Located at 13 West Ninth Street. Enter from Ninth (westbound) between Vine and Race Streets. $2 maximum on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. 
  • Fountain Square South -  Located at 416 Vine Street. Enter from Vine (northbound) between Fourth and Fifth Streets, under The Westin Hotel. $8 maximum on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.

Click here for a list of several garages and lots with rates ranging from $1 to $7 for the first 2 hours. These garages and lots also have short-term spaces Monday through Friday during the day.

Parking Meters

There are 1,500 parking meters throughout downtown, handy for running quick errands. All downtown meters offer the first 10 minutes free.

As of January 2015, meters are in operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

The parking rate in the Central Business District is $2 per hour in the northwest section, $2.50 in the southwest section, and $2.75 in the eastern section; in Over-the-Rhine the rate is $1.25 per hour in the northern section, and $2.25 in the southern section. To view an interactive parking meter map, click here.

Meters now have a pre-pay feature. If you park at a meter before enforcement hours begin, you can pay in advance with the paid hours beginning once the meter is in effect. This feature is available city-wide.

Meters in the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine now permit payment for extended hours. If you arrive and park at 6:00 p.m. and plan to have dinner and see a show, you can pay for 3 hours of parking to ensure the meter is paid until 9:00 p.m. when meter hours are no longer enforced. 

Credit Card Payment Options: Meters accept credit cards (Visa, MC, AmEx) in addition to coins. Watch the video to find out how the new meters work.

Click here for more information and a video about the new credit card payment options.

Use your Cellphone to Pay Parking Meters

Use your cellphone to pay for parking at more than 4,000 Cincinnati on-street parking meters.  Visit to download the free app. The app, PassportParking Mobile Pay, allows you to pay an on-street parking meter without using coins or swiping your credit card. You can make an initial payment to the meter, extend your parking session (until the maximum allowed), view all mobile parking transactions and receive a reminder 10 minutes before your parking session expires. When using this app, the parking meter will not display the time purchased or remaining. Instead, you can view the time remaining directly on your cellphone. In the event you park at a meter that has time left over from a previous occupant, you should use the pay-by-phone application when the leftover time expires.


Overnight Parking

Please call individual garages to determine rates, which vary based on time of entry and exit. Fountain Square and Fountain Square South (under The Westin Hotel) offer overnight parking. If you have discovered other garages to recommend, let us know.


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