Have you heard? Princeton’s parking got a bit of a makeover. Well, at least the meters did. We’re sharing all updated information below!


Rich in history, artistic culture and upscale dining and shopping, there is a lot to experience in Downtown Princeton! You’ll want to get an up-close look to see it all, which is why we put together a complete list of parking in town, including the secret free parking (ssh!), so you can spend more time enjoying the sights and sounds of this booming urban community instead of looking for that open spot.

Parking Garages

Spring Street Municipal Parking Garage

There is free parking here for the first 30 minutes! The perfect option if you have a quick stop to make nearby. Open 7am - 7pm all week, and it’s centrally located near the library and within a few blocks of many dining and shopping options. This location also offers a dual-port Level II charging station for electric vehicles. 

Hulfish Street Parking Garage

Located in the heart of Downtown Princeton (next to Halo Pub) and offers special rates for weekends and evenings.

Chambers Street Parking Garage

Another option that’s right in Downtown Princeton, but note that there’s no elevator located here. There is, however, an electric charging station near the entrance here for electric cars.

Parking in Palmer Square

Parking Meters

Princeton recently replaced its existing parking meters with new smart stations, which provide more payment options such as coins, credit cards and even mobile payment.

The hours available have also been streamlined and are the same in every metered street and surface lot except for Wawa, which is enforced all day, every day. The hours available are:

Monday - Thursday         9am - 8pm

Friday - Saturday             9am - 9pm

Sunday                            1pm - 8pm

Each timed parking area has a color designating the maximum period of time to park:

Yellow         15-30 minutes       

Green          2 hours

Orange        3 hours

Blue             All day parking

Purple          1-7 day parking by pay station

Payment is now easier and doesn’t require coins to be inserted. You have the option of inserting a credit card or using the Park Princeton App (ParkPrinceton.ppprk.com), which allows you to pay using your phone and get alerted when your parking session is set to expire. Bonus: you can also add more time to your session with the app without having to run out with a pocket full of quarters before the dreaded meter police come a knockin’.

You can view and print parking receipts online by going to MyParkingReceipt.com and entering your credit card, vehicle information and license plate number.

Note: Smart Cards are NO longer compatible with the new parking meters and pay stations. However they are still a valid form of payment at the Spring Street Garage until April 30, 2019.

How to Use Parking Meter

Free Parking

If you don’t mind where you park and are looking to save, you can find various options around town that don’t have meter parking. The lots at Princeton University Chapel and Taplin Auditorium are free after 5pm, and the lot behind Princeton United Methodist Church is free all day. There are some spots on Pine Street as well which are always free, and some Princeton University lots offer free parking during the weekend and after 5pm on weekdays, such as the one located on William Street. 

For those who prefer maps, see below for a full list of streets and parking options!    

Princeton Parking Map