Park a Car in Cambridge

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation

Whether you live in Cambridge or are just visiting, you may need to park a car. This page provides information about the different types of parking available in Cambridge.

Get a Parking Permit

Most residential streets are designated “Parking by Permit Only." To park in these areas, you must have a permit.

Pay or Dispute a Parking Ticket

There are multiple ways to pay a parking ticket. If you believe the ticket is invalid, you may submit a dispute.

Get the Street Cleaning Schedule

DPW mechanically sweeps each street once a month, April through December. You must move your car to avoid ticketing and towing.

Look for a Towed Vehicle

If you believe that your vehicle was towed, use our Towed Vehicle Lookup to get more information.

Request a Disability Parking Space

If you have a disability placard or plate, you may request a disability parking space in front of your home.

Visit the Snow Center

When a snow emergency is declared, a number of garages around Cambridge offer reduced rate parking.

Parking Meters, Garages, and Lots

The information below is about City-owned parking meters, our two parking garages, and nine parking lots.

EV Charging Station IconEach garage or lot marked with [EV] has two dedicated parking spaces and one charging station that can charge two cars with a level 2 charge at the same time. City owned stations charge a rate of $0.189 per kWh drawn and $0.15 per hour. Learn more about electric vehicles in Cambridge.

Parking Meters

General

In locations with parking meters, there are signs which indicate:

  • the dates and times that the meter is in effect, and
  • the maximum allowable time limit that you may park at the meter.

When in a location that has metered parking and during a time when the meter is in effect, you must:

  • comply with all other regulations, including street sweeping and temporary parking restrictions,
  • pay the meter via U.S. quarters or the Passport Parking App,
  • leave the area once you've reached the posted time limit. You may not move your car to a new space or pay more money to get additional time.

Payment Details

When parking in metered locations, note:

  • payments are not required on Sundays and Commonwealth of Massachusetts holidays,
  • no payment is required for vehicles that have a visible disability plate or placard,
  • there is a $0.50 fee for each transaction made via Passport Parking, and
  • a web-based version of Passport Parking is also available,

Broken Meters

You may not park at a broken meter without paying. If you believe that a meter is broken, you must pay via the Passport Parking App or park at another meter.

Understanding When Meters are In Effect

Signs at meters that say "Except" during certain hours and days, mean that the meters and the maximum time limit are not in effect on those days or during those times. For example, a sign that says "2-HR Parking, 8AM - 6PM, Except Sat & Sun" means:

  • you must pay to park there Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.,
  • you may only park for up to two hours.

Outside of the posted time, you may park for more than two hours and you do not have to pay the meter. Other signs (e.g., street sweeping) may require you to move your vehicle. Otherwise, if you have a Resident Parking Permit, you may park for the the entire time that the meters are not in effect. If you do not have a Resident Permit, you are still required to move your vehicle every 24 hours.

Parking Lots

Payment Methods

Lot 12: You may pay with quarters.

All other lots: You may pay via the Passport Parking App*, or use a pay station to pay with quarters or most major debit or credit cards. The pay stations are pay-by-plate, which means that you can pay and go. You do not need to display a receipt in your window.

*There is a $0.50 fee for each transaction made via Passport Parking. A web-based version of Passport Parking is also available.

Parking Rates and Time Limits

Payments are required Monday - Saturday, except for holidays, during the hours listed below. No payment is required for vehicles that have a visible disability plate or placard.

You may only park in the lot for the posted amount of time (2 hours or 4 hours). If your vehicle is parked in a lot for longer than the posted time limit, we will issue a ticket for an overtime violation. You may not move to a new space to get additional time.

Harvard Square - Lot 2

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 2-hour maximum | $3.00 per hour
  • 06:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $3.00 per hour

Central Square - Lot 4 and Lot 5 [EV]

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 2-hour maximum | $1.25 per hour
  • 06:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $2.00 per hour

Central Square - Lot 6

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $1.25 per hour
  • 06:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $2.00 per hour

Pleasant and Green Streets - Lot 8 [EV] and Lot 9 [EV]

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 2-hour maximum | $1.25 per hour
  • 06:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $2.00 per hour

Windsor Street at Cambridge Street - Lot 11

  • 08:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 2-hour maximum | $1.25 per hour
  • Note: Cambridge residents with Resident Parking Permits do not have to pay for parking after 6:00 p.m. in this lot.

Macarelli Way - Lot 12 [EV]

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $0.50 per hour

Springfield Street - Lot 14

  • 08:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m. | 2-hour maximum | $1.25 per hour
  • 06:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | 4-hour maximum | $2.00 per hour

Parking Holidays (Lots and Meters)

Payments are not required at City of Cambridge parking meters and parking meter pay stations on the following Commonwealth of Massachusetts holidays. Payments are required in Garages everyday of the year except December 25.

  • New Year's Day - January 1
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday in January
  • Presidents' Day - Third Monday in February
  • Patriots' Day - Third Monday in April 
  • Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
  • Juneteenth - July 19
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - First Monday in September
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day - Second Monday in October
  • Veterans Day - November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

Under state law, all holidays falling on Sunday are observed on Monday.

First Street Garage

General Information

  • [EV] You may charge an electric vehicle in this garage.
  • Entrance: Across from 10 Spring St, Cambridge, MA; Height clearance: 7 feet 3 inches
  • You may pay with cash or major debit or credit cards. Partial hours are rounded up to the next whole hour. If you lose your ticket, you must show identification and pay the maximum day rate ($30.00) in order to exit the garage.
  • The garage is open 24/7. The business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may contact the garage office at 617-349-4754.
  • The garage is owned by the City of Cambridge and operated by Republic Parking Systems.

Day Rate

  • up to 1 hour - $4.00
  • 1-2 hours - $6.00
  • 2-3 hours - $8.00
  • 3-4 hours - $10.00
  • 4-5 hours - $12.00
  • 5-6 hours - $14.00
  • 6-7 hours - $16.00
  • 7-8 hours - $19.00
  • 8-9 hours - $22.00
  • 9-24 hours - $30.00

Night and Weekend Rate

  • Nights enter after 5:00 p.m. and exit by 6:00 a.m., all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Up to 2 hours - $2.00 per hour
  • 2-24 hours - $5.00

Reduced Fee Monthly Parking for Residents

Cambridge residents may apply for monthly parking at the First Street Garage.

Monthly Parking Application

Fees

  • One-time fee for access card - $10.00 (replacement fee: $10.00)
  • May through November - $100.00 per month
  • December through April - $50.00 per month
  • Residents impacted by the ongoing construction of Gore St may request approval for a year-round $50.00 per month rate

Eligibility

In order to be eligible you must:

  • Have a current Resident parking Permit
  • Pay all outstanding parking tickets

Rules

  • The monthly payment is due before the first of the month. Failure to pay or late payment will result in the access card being disabled, and you will be responsible for paying the full garage daily maximum rate for each day your vehicle is parked in the garage after the first of the month.
  • Vehicles cannot be left in the garage for more than one week without exiting the garage.
  • Requests for parking in the garage longer than a week must be submitted in writing including the reason, duration, and emergency contact information.
  • You are responsible for making sure your vehicle is in safe condition and is not a hazard to other users of the garage (e.g., not leaking fluids, and not unable to be driven).
  • You are responsible for all items left in your vehicle.
  • Your vehicle must have a valid, up-to-date inspection sticker, registration, and resident parking permit.
  • If you do not comply with the rules, your vehicle will considered an abandoned vehicle (G.L. c.90 Sec22B) and towed at your expense.

Green Street Garage

General Information

  • Entrance: 260 Green St, Cambridge, MA; Height clearance: 6 feet 8 inches
  • You may pay with cash or major debit or credit cards. Partial hours are rounded up to the next whole hour. If you lose your ticket, you must show identification and pay the maximum day rate ($30.00) in order to exit the garage.
  • The garage is open 24/7. The business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may contact the garage office at 617-349-4758.
  • The garage is owned by the City of Cambridge and operated by Republic Parking Systems.

Day Rate

  • up to 1 hour - $4.00
  • 1-2 hours - $8.00
  • 2-3 hours - $10.00
  • 3-4 hours - $12.00
  • 4-5 hours - $16.00
  • 5-8 hours - $18.00
  • 8-9 hours - $20.00
  • 9-12 hours - $22.00
  • 12-24 hours - $30.00

Night Rate

  • Enter after 6:00 p.m. and exit by 7:00 a.m.
  • Up to 4 hours - $2.00 per hour
  • Over 4 hours - $9.00

Weekend Rate

  • 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday
  • Up to 6 hours - $2.00 per hour
  • 6 to 24 hours - $13.00

Public Parking Map

The Public Parking Map includes information about location and other key details about our parking meters, lots, garages, and disability parking spaces in commercial areas.

View the Public Parking Map

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