Driving & Parking In Savannah

Parking In Downtown Savannah

Savannah often suffers from congestion, especially during peak vacation seasons and on weekends, and parking can be difficult to find.

It is usually easiest to find a space in one of the several parking garages (some of which are 24 hour) or located across Savannah’s Historic District (see map). There are five city-owned parking garages and also six city-owned parking lots in downtown Savannah. There are also several privately-owned parking garages and lots. Otherwise, you can to try to find a metered on-street parking spot (this can be difficult, especially at busy periods).

If you use one of the parking garages on the border of the Historic District, you can ride Savannah’s free shuttle to get downtown. The shuttle circuits the Historic District, connecting with parking garages, the Visitor Centers on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Ellis Square, and various attractions and points of interest.

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Parking Charges & Visitor Parking Passes

Most weekday parking in Savannah carries a charge (see overview of where you can park for free). The cheapest way to park in Savannah’s Historic District if you are staying for all or most of the day is usually to get a Visitor Parking Pass. The pass allows unlimited parking in city-owned lots, garages and metered spaces (it cannot be used in privately-owned lots or garages). If you are visiting over the weekend, however, free parking is often available and you may not need to get a pass.

A one-day pass is $8, a two-day pass is $14. Passes can be bought from the Visitor Center at 301 Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard and from Mobility & Parking Services at 100 East Bryan Street. See this page for more details.

Alternatively, you can pay by the hour or day in any of the garages or lots, or on-street. Rates vary from $0.30-$2.00 per hour, with $1 per hour being usual. The Whitaker Street Garage (closest for Ellis Square, City Market, River Street and Bull Street), charges $2 per hour, with a daily maximum charge of $16. Discount rates apply for evenings and weekends in most parking garages, and higher rates are usually charged during special events.

Rates in privately-owned parking garages and lots vary, but expect to pay around $10 per day. Visitor Parking Passes are not valid in private garages or lots.

Many hotels and B&Bs offer guest parking. In some cases a charge will apply. If you are staying fairly near a 24-hour public parking garage, a Visitor Parking Pass or the full-day rate at the garage may be a cheaper option.

Free parking is available outside of the parking-charge enforcement hours and on weekends in on-street spaces and in most city lots.

On-street parking

Available across the Historic District. Charges and stay times vary according to location. Can be cheaper than using a lot or garage, but will often be much harder to find a suitable space, especially during the peak tourist seasons and special events.

  • Maximum parking time from 30 minutes to 10 hours, depending on location.
  • Charges range from $0.30 to $1 per hour, depending on location. Charges apply Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
  • Weekends, and also from 5pm in the afternoon until 8am the following morning, on-street parking is free.

Parking garages

Bryan Street Parking Garage, 100 East Bryan Street. City-owned, 497 spaces, 24hr. Monday-Friday, 5am-5pm, $1 per hour; Monday-Thursday, 5pm-5am, $2 flat rate; Friday, 5pm-5am, $5 flat rate; Saturday, $5 flat rate; Sunday, $3 flat rate. Special event parking $5-$20 per day. North-center of the Historic District, near to River Street, Bull Street, Ellis Square. More details or see on map.

State Street Parking Garage, 100 East State Street. City-owned, 452 spaces, open daily. Monday-Thursday, 5am-1am and open continuously from 5am Friday to 1am Sunday. Monday-Friday, 5am-5pm, $1 per hour; Monday-Friday, 5pm-1am, $2 flat rate; weekend $3 flat rate. Special event parking $5-$20 per day. North-central Historic District, near to River Street, Bull Street, Colonial Park Cemetery. More details or see on map.

Whitaker Street Parking Garage, 7 Whitaker Street. City-owned, 1065 spaces, 24hr. $2 per hour, maximum daily rate $16. Special event parking $5-$20 per day. North-central Historic District, near to Ellis Square, City Market, River Street and Bull Street. More details or see on map.

Liberty Street Parking Garage, 401 West Liberty Street. City-owned, 881 spaces, open Monday-Friday, 5am-9pm. Monday-Friday, 5am-5pm, $1 per hour; Monday-Friday night, 5pm-9pm, $2 flat rate. Special event parking $5-$20 per day. Western Historic District, near to Visitors Center and several museums, Civic Center, and south-western squares. More details or see on map.

Robinson Parking Garage, 132 Montgomery Street. City-owned, 520 spaces, open daily. Monday-Thursday, 5am-1am and open continuously from 5am Friday to 1am Sunday. Monday-Friday 5am-5pm, $1 per hour; Monday-Thursday, 5pm-1am, $2 flat rate; Friday, 5pm -5am, $2 flat rate; weekend $3 flat rate. Special event parking $5-$20 per day. North-west Historic District, near to Ellis Square, Civic Center and Telfair Square museums. More details or see on map.

Lincoln Parking Garage, 20 Lincoln Street. Privately-operated (Lincoln Parking Associates), 24hr. $5 for 3 hours, $10 for 8 hours, $20 for 24 hours. North-east Historic District, near to Reynolds Square and Emmet Park. See on map

Manger Garage, 115 East Congress Street. Privately-operated (Lanier Parking), 24hr. $5 per hour, daily maximum $15. Evening rate available Sunday through Thursday, $5 flat charge applies 5pm-5am. North-central Historic District, near to Reynolds Square, Johnson Square and Bay Street. See on map

Parking lots

River Street Parking Lot 1, River Street & Barnard Ramp. City-owned, 29 spaces, parking charges apply Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm. $1 per hour. May close during special events. Northern Historic District, near to River Street and Ellis Square. More details or see on map.

River Street Parking Lot 2, River Street & Barnard Ramp. City-owned, 31 spaces, parking charges apply Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm. $1 per hour. May close during special events. North-western Historic District, near to River Street and Ellis Square. More details or see on map.

River Street Parking Lot 3 River Street & Abercorn Ramp. City-owned, 50 spaces, parking charges apply Monday-Friday, 8am–5pm. $1 per hour. May close during special events. Northern Historic District, near to River Street, River Street Marketplace and Emmet Park. More details or see on map.

Civic Center Parking Lot, Liberty Street off Montgomery Street. City-owned, 225 spaces, parking charges apply Monday-Sunday, 24 hours. $0.30 per hour. May close during special events More details or see on map.

Visitor Center Parking Lot, 301 Martin Luther King Boulevard. City owned, 298 spaces, parking charges apply Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm. First hour free, $1 per hour thereafter. More details or see on map.

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Do I Need A Car To See Savannah?

If you are flying to Savannah and staying in a hotel situated either in or near to downtown, you will most likely not need a car for your vacation.

Driving is rarely the best way to get around Savannah. Traffic is often heavy, parking can be difficult to find, and the one way system and frequent squares add to the challenges of navigating the Historic District, especially during rush hours and the peak tourist seasons.

Most of Savannah’s main sights are located within the central Historic District, and for most people are easily accessible either on foot, using the city’s free downtown shuttle or ordinary city buses, or by taxi.

Taxis and sometimes the city bus services can also get you to the most popular sights (such as Bonaventure Cemetery or Wormsloe Plantation) outside of the Historic District if you decide to visit these.

Even if you are planning to combine your visit to Savannah with a trip to Charleston or to Tybee Island, you can get by if needs be without your own vehicle. The Savannah to Charleston route is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, and Tybee by taxi or airport shuttle. Shuttle services to Hilton Head, somewhat further away than Tybee, are also available.

If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing outside the city, however, or want to visit places such as Georgia’s historic forts or its state parks and wildlife reserves, you will probably need some kind of personal transport.

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