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San Francisco Parking

San Francisco parking is very difficult and expensive. Most hotels charge extra for San Francisco parking. Street parking is as easy to find as winning the lottery. The city owns a few very high tech lots near busy areas such as Union Square which are not too bad. Before renting a car for your trip, you should strongly consider investing your $40/day in taxicabs. Taxi's don't have to park and save you a lot of stress. Basically, the only good thing about having a car in San Francisco is travel to outlying areas such as Napa and Monterry. Within the city, it is highly counterproductive. Nonetheless, here are some San Francisco parking garages which may be of use to car owners.

San Francisco Parking Garages

Allright San Francisco Parking
on Broadway, near Columbus Ave. $2 per 20min., max. $14. Open M-Tu 8am-10pm, W-Th 8am-11pm, F 8am-2am, Sa 10am-2am, Su 11am-10pm.

Chinatown North Beach Public Parking
on Kearny Ave., between Washington and Jackson St. $20 per day. After 4pm $8 flat rate, Sa-Su $10. Open M-F 7am-9pm, Sa-Su 9am-9pm. V, MC, AmEx, D.

Civic Center Garage
355 McAllister St. (415-863-1537). First 4 hrs. $1.50; $2 each additional hour. Open M-Th, 6am-12:30am, F 6am-1am, Sa 8am-1am, Su8am-midnight.

Ellis-O'Farrell Garage
123 O'Farrell St. (415-986-4800). $1 first hr., $2 each additional hr.; 6am-6pm $10; 6pm-6am $5. Open daily 5:30am-1am.

Embarcadero Center Garage
(415-772-0670), in the Embarcadero Ctr. $2.55 per 20min., max. $27. Open 24hr.

5th and Mission Yerba Buena Garage
833 Mission St. (415-982-8522). 1hr. $2, 2hr. $3, then $2 per hr. up to 4hr., $3 per hr. up to 7 hr., and $18 for 7-24hr. Open 24hr.

Fisherman's Wharf Parking
665 Beach St. (415-673-5197). $1.50 per 20 min. $4.50 per hr., max. 12hr. Open daily 8am-11pm.

Hilton Garage
(415-771-1400, ask for garage), on Ellis St., between Mason and Taylor St. $10 per hr., max. $30. Open 24hr.

Kearny Sq. Garage
733 Kearny St. (415-982-6353). $2 per hr. for 1st hr., $1-3 per hr. for each additional hr. Open 24hr.

Public Parking
on Green St., between Columbus and Powell Ave. $2 per 20min., $20 max. for 12hr.; after 6pm $15 flat rate. Parking attendant on duty 8:30am-1am.

Sutter-Stockton Garage
(415-982-8370), at Sutter and Stockton St. $2 per hr. up to 5hr.; $11 for 6hr.; $15 for 7hr. Open 24hr.

Union Square Garage
333 Post St. (415-397-0631). $1 per hr.; $25 per day. Open 24hr.

Union Street Plaza Garage
2001 Union St. (415-567-7357), at Buchanan St. $3 per 30min., $18 for 12hr., $25 for 24hr. Open M-Tu 7am-midnight, W-F 7am-2am, Sa 10am-2am, Su 10am-midnight.

San Francisco hotels

The Argent Hotel San Francisco Argonaut Hotel Chancellor Hotel on Union Square Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport Commodore Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel Hotel Cosmo, A Kimpton Boutique Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf Dakota Hotel Hotel Diva Embassy Hotel