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Parking in Downtown Tucson

Downtown Tucson Parking: Plenty of Street & Garage Options

WITH MORE THAN 9,000 public parking spaces in garages and lots and more than 1,800 metered spaces on streets, parking in the Downtown Tucson area is easy. Metered and hourly garage parking is more affordable than in almost any U.S. city, and the metered street parking is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.


On-street metered parking spaces in the Downtown Core, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, and Mercado District areas range from half-hour to 6-hour limits. All meters charge $1/hour and are enforced Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Pay by coin, with debit/credit card, or download and use the GoTucson Parking mobile app to pay for parking and extend parking sessions remotely.


24/7 Garages

The following parking garages are open 24 hours/7 days a week:

Centro Garage - 345 E. Congress St.

Pennington Street Garage - 110 E. Pennington St.

City/State Garage - 498 W. Congress St.

Depot Plaza Garage - 45 N. 5th Ave.

La Placita Garage - 211 S. Church Ave.

Library Garage - 45 W. Alameda St.

Open Mon.–Fri., 5:45 a.m.–9 p.m. | Sat., 7:45 a.m.–6 p.m. | Sun., noon–6 p.m.

University of Arizona Garages

Serving the campus and Main Gate Square:

check for hours:

Main Gate Garage - 615 E. 2nd St.

Tyndall Ave. Garage - 880 E. 4th St.


Tucson’s bus system, Sun Tran, operates 40 fixed routes throughout the area, and its routes converge at Ronstadt Transit Center downtown. On-board payment can be paid through the GoTucson Transit mobile app, or visitors can pick up a SunGo card and load it with value. The all-day SunGo ticket can be purchased for $4, is transferable to the Sun Link Streetcar, and can be purchased at Ronstadt Transit Center, at area Fry’s Food Stores, or at


The Streetcar connects visitors with four business districts, the University of Arizona, and several Tucson neighborhoods. Running four miles from the Mercado San Agustín on the west side of I-10, across the Downtown Core, along Fourth Avenue, and through Main Gate Square to the University of Arizona, the streetcar is an easy and fun way to see the city center. Buy an all-day pass for $4.50 at the ticket vending machine at any of the 23 streetcar stops, or use the free GoTucson Transit mobile app to purchase a one-way fare, the all-day pass, or a 30-day pass. Payments are not accepted on the streetcars.


When it’s gem show time in Tucson, park at a Park Tucson garage or at a special Gem Show parking hub, then catch the free GemRide shuttles to 40 shows around the city. Find out where to park and catch GemRide, January 27–February 11, 2018, at


You can download the GoTucson Parking mobile app for free from your app store. Use it to pay for metered parking and the app will send you alerts when your time is about to expire, allowing you to extend your time remotely by smartphone, rather than racing back to feed the meter.


Download the free GoTucson Transit mobile app to purchase fares for Sun Link Streetcar and Sun Tran bus. The GoTucson apps are also available online without a smartphone, at, or by phone at 520-441-3752.


There are numerous designated parking spaces throughout the Downtown area, on-street and in lots and garages. Parking meters at on-street disabled spaces require payment. A disabled placard must be displayed on the vehicle.


Look for turquoise and blue parking meters in the downtown area. These credit-card-enabled smart meters collect donations for the Tucson Change Movement, which helps homeless citizens get back on their feet.

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