Parking in San Francisco
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 29, 2013 12:51 PM Last Post By: KimiH
May 23, 2013 7:17 AM
May 23, 2013 7:50 AM
May 23, 2013 8:39 AM
2HI calls the Fort Mason Hostel, the Fishermans Wharf Hostel. It is the only hostel in SF with free parking.
There are some motels with free parking, but they will be more expensive than a hostel bed.
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May 23, 2013 4:55 PM
May 23, 2013 6:32 PM
4Depending on the shape of your itinerary ... I tend to agree with carracar, that returning the rental car is best, if the San Francisco stay is at the start or end of your trip. If it is midway, then HI Fort Mason (Fisherman's Wharf) would seem the best option, as outlined above - there is quite a lot of parking in that neighbourhood that is free, but also a lot of it is time limited (1-4 hours usually).
If you are going to keep the car (or in fact return it), it is worth getting value from it, and taking some of the 49-Mile Drive - especially out to the beach areas, Golden Gate Park, and other parts that you probably won't choose to do once you are a pedestrian. But being a pedestrian is fine ... you can walk to almost all the places you would wish to see.
May 23, 2013 7:51 PM
May 24, 2013 12:14 PM
May 25, 2013 7:38 AM
7The Point Montara lighthouse hostel has free parking south of SF. Many of the cheaper motels in the city do have free parking but it is first come first served for the limited few spots they have. You need to get there right at checkout and park your car then don't move it for the duration of your stay. I have parked my car at outlying Bart stations which have cheap overnight parking. There are varying rules for weekday versus weekend versus long term parking so read the rules on their website. My brother likes to stay at cheap motels with free parking like motel 6 in Vallejo, and the take the ferry across to the city, though he can get the 1/2 priced ferry tickets cause he is disabled
Edited by: congochris
Edited by: congochris
May 29, 2013 12:51 PM
8I'm not too sure about any good hostels in SF but I do know that finding free parking is very rare in the city. You will most likely have to pay for parking since most free street parking in residential areas is either hard to find or requires parking permits. You can check out this site to find cheap parking lots in the area you will be staying around and calculate your total parking costs as well:
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