City-Owned Parking Facilities

Downtown San Mateo has nine city-owned parking garages and lots available to all downtown patrons. For all parking facilities, parking is FREE on Sundays, City-Designated Holidays, and after 6 p.m. everyday. All garages and lots are closed from 2 - 5 a.m.

Go to the Downtown On-Street Parking page for on-street parking information, motorcycle parking, and pay station instructions.

Select a parking icon on the map or scroll through the list of parking facilities below the map to find parking information for each facility. Some parking facilities offer electric vehicle charging, Pay by Phone, and/or monthly parking permits.

All Parking Facilities

Central Garage

There are multiple entrances to Central Garage. Street level entrances are located on San Mateo Drive, Ellsworth Avenue, and South B Street between Third and Fourth avenues. Upper level entrances are located on San Mateo Drive between Third and Fourth avenues and on Fourth Avenue between Ellsworth Avenue and South B Street. Parking costs $1.25 per hour. Both three-hour and 10-hour spaces are available. 

This parking garage regularly offers:

  • Monthly Parking Permits
  • Electric Vehicle Chargers*
    • Four level 2 chargers are available for $0.25 per kwh
      • Located on the street level between South B Street and Ellsworth Avenue (between Third and Fourth avenues)
      • Chargers are part of the ChargePoint network

* Hourly parking fees are still enforced for vehicle using the electric vehicle chargers

Main Street Garage

The entrance is located on Transit Center Way between Main Street and Railroad Avenue. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Both three-hour and 10-hour spaces are available. This parking garage offers: 

Kinko’s Lot (Fourth and Claremont)

The entrance is located on the south side of Fourth Avenue and on the north side of Fifth Avenue between the railroad tracks and Claremont Street. Parking costs $0.25 per hour. Vehicles may park for up to 10 hours. This parking lot offers:

Second and El Camino Garage

The entrance is located on Second Avenue at El Camino Real. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Both three-hour and 10-hour spaces are available. This parking garage offers:

South Railroad Avenue (Fifth to Ninth avenues, NOT Ravioli House)

Parking spaces on South Railroad Avenue between Fifth to Ninth avenues costs $0.75 per hour. This parking area offers:

Tennis Court Garage (Fifth and Central Park)

The entrance is located on Fifth Avenue between El Camino Real and San Mateo Drive. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Both three-hour and 10-hour spaces are available. This parking garage offers:

Transit Center Garage (First and Main)

The entrance is located off of South B Street near Baldwin Avenue and First Avenue between South B Street and Railroad Avenue. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Vehicles may park for up to 10 hours. This parking garage offers:

  • Monthly Parking Permits
  • Bicycle Lockers           
  • Bicycle Repair Station
    • Located to the left of the surface lot entrance
  • Motorcycle Parking (Free)
    • Located in the basement close to the ramp, against wall facing North
  • Electric Vehicle Chargers*
    • Two DC fast chargers that accommodate both CHAdeMO and SAE
    • Two level 2 chargers
    • Both chargers are part of the nrg EVgo network and their standard network fees apply
    • Located along the driveway off First Avenue, parallel to the Caltrain platform

*Hourly parking fees are still enforced for vehicles using electric vehicle chargers

Workers Resource Lot (Fifth and Claremont)

The entrance is located on the south side of Fifth Avenue between the railroad tracks and Claremont Street. Parking costs $0.25 per hour. Vehicles may park for up to 10 hours. This parking lot offers:

Fourth and B Street Lot

The entrance is located on Fourth Avenue between South B Street and Railroad Avenue. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Vehicles may park for up to three hours.

Fifth and B Street Lot

The entrance is located on South B Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues and on Fifth Avenue between South B Street and Railroad Avenue. Parking costs $0.75 per hour. Vehicles may park for up to three hours.