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Old 09-22-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Default Cheap Parking Methods / Locations

I'm a little confused on how parking works in philadelphia especially considering that the parking garages have no problem charging so much. Are there cheap or even free places to park in philadelphia? I'd like to visit downtown more often but the price of parking makes it become a choice of only dire necessity etc.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Forget parking. Take Septa.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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This site may help - Philadelphia Parking Search Engine - Find Daily & Monthly Parking I agree about SEPTA though, a one day Independence Pass is reasonably priced and includes not only the train to take you into the city but any public transportation once you get there. This includes the Phlash bus which runs Fri - Sunday. SEPTA | One-Day Individual & Family Independence Pass
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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The one day pass says it is $11 and for two people it would still be cheaper to pay for parking...

Thanks for the daily and monthly parking link!
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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"Cheap" and "parking" is a contradiction in terms in Center City.

Free parking ... Well, that's just not done.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Many people park in areas where parking is free and then just jump on a bus that will bring them into Center City. This includes shopping centers with big free lots. Just for example you could park all day in one of the supermarket lots at the west end of Oregon Ave (Acme, Shoprite etc) and for the price of a token ride the 17 bus to and through CC.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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I just moved back to the city, Rittenhouse area, and am brining my car this time. I am in the process of getting my tags changed to PA so I can get a permit, but until then, I am going to take my chances on the street for a few days. Are there any areas that are less frequented by the parking Nazi's or should I expect a ticket everyday? I will park in the garages as some are pretty cheap $5-9 if you are in after 5 and out by 8 am. I am hoping it is fairly easy to get a parking permit. I have downloaded application and have lease, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I've now found that there are streets you can park for free but I don't think they are in areas close to center city. You might have to park in one of these "remote" locations and take public transportation to your car.

To my understanding the permit is needed to park in areas that have meters. Maybe a good area would be down south broad street in the center of the road? I'm not an expert heh.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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So, if there is no meter, is it assumed that street parking is first come first serve? I have no problem parking beyond South St and walking to my car.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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There is no free parking in Center City, permit or not. If there is a meter you have to pay..... permit or not. Streets further away may have free parking with no meter but they have a time limit. 2 to 4 hours is typical. That's where a permit will allow you to park longer than the stated limit.
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