Sydney CBD Parking

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Sydney CBD parking information

Sydney CBD parking is not easy to find. With so many landmarks and attractions, such as the Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Rocks, it’s bustling with tourists and visitors 7 days a week. Then add the half a million people commuting into Sydney CBD each day for work. Getting to and around the CBD is best via public transport, but if you can’t avoid driving to Sydney CBD, then keep reading for the best and cheapest places to park.
On-street parking
Street parking in the CBD is very hard to find, with most curbs reserved for loading zones during the week, otherwise strict time limits are applied, e.g. a maximum of 1 hour of parking. Parking inspectors are rife in the area, so be wary of overstaying or parking illegally ($35 million dollars of fines are issued in Sydney CBD each year, Yikes!) On-street parking rates: $7.20 per hour (Mon – Fri 8am -6pm) for 2 hours maximum. Off-peak parking rates: $3.90 per hour at all other times for 4 hours maximum. The City of Sydney has a map of the pricing of parking meters.
Off-street parking
There are car parks around which charge exorbitant prices of up to $80 per day. We think these prices are obscene, so we’ve been on a mission to bring you the best parking deals around the CBD up to 75% cheaper parking than the traditional car parks around. These prices can only be booked through Share with Oscar:

Parking near Town Hall

  • Pitt St Mall parking on Pitt St near Town Hall Station and George St available for $20/day or $17/day on weekends (Book here)
  • St James Parking on Castlereagh St near David Jones and Hyde Park available for $20/day flat rate or $22/day on weekends (Book here)
  • World Square parking on Cunningham St for an unbeatable price of $5/hour or $30/day (Book here)
  • Townhall Station Parking on Kent St (behind George St Event Cinemas) for just $28 for 24 hours (Book here)
  • QVB Parking on Clarence St for just $20/day (Book here)

  • Parking near Darling Harbour and Barangaroo

  • King St Wharf Parking on Shelley St for just $20/day or $25/day on weekends (Book here)
  • Barangaroo Parking on Kent St for a flat rate of $20/day (Book here)
  • Darling Harbour Parking on Sussex St for an unbeatable price of for just $15/day or $12 on weekends or after 5pm (Book here)

  • Parking near Wynyard and Circular Quay

  • Wynyard parking on Pitt Street or Bond Street from $35/day or $22 for entry after 5pm or on weekends (Book here)
  • Martin Place parking on Elizabeth Street for $33 per day, $15 for entry after 5pm or $18 on weekends (Book here)
  • The Rocks / Circular Quay parking (just behind Harrington St) for just $7.50 per hour or $45 per day (Book here)

  • Parking near Central

  • Central / Chippendale parking on George Street, Railway Square (near central station) at the Mercure Hotel for just $5.75/hour or $34.50 per day (Book here)
  • Ultimo parking just behind UTS and Tafe for a flat rate of $20 a day (Book here)
  • Broadway parking opposite Boradway Shopping Centre and University of Sydney for just $15 a day (Book here)

  • Parking near Surry Hills and Darlinghurst

  • Surry Hills parking on Holt Street $43/day, $11 for entry after 5pm and $16 on weekends (Book here)
  • Darlinghurst parking on Riley Street (just 100m from Oxford Street), at the Cambridge Hotel for just $5/hr or $30 per day (Book here)

  • For more of Sydney’s best parking deals, click here.
    Free parking
    There is limited free parking in the City, but you may be able to score free parking if you plan ahead. Spot Parking have mapped out all the streets in the city with free and paid metered parking so check out their map before you head out. If you just need to somewhere to stop your car, the City of Sydney have introduced free 15 minute parking in some areas. Find these streets here. Look out for the signage outlining this option. You will still need to get a ticket and place it on your dashboard ‘1/4 P free with ticket’. Of course, if you need to stay longer than 15 minutes you will need to put some money in the metre. You can also grab 2 hours of free parking at Broadway shopping centre, and then prices go up from here.
    Public transport
    Multiple train stops and buses that run in and throughout the Sydney City, as well as light rails and ferries.
    Nearby attractions
    The Domain, Westfield Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay, MCA, Royal Botanic Gardens, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hyde Park, ANZAC War Memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral, The Star Casino, Martin Place, The Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Barangaroo, Chinatown, World Square, Capitol Threatre, Capitol Square, Central Station.
    Other information
    Sydney CBD parking prices drop quite significantly on weekends, and evenings with off-peak rates starting from $15 overnight if entered after 5pm in the major car parks. For further information, check out our blog on how to find affordable parking in the CBD for every type of situation.

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