What option is best for me?

General Public   |   Businesses / Employees   |   Court Visitors
Tourists   |   Tour Bus Parking

General Public

How long are you coming downtown? If it’s just an hour or two, park at a meter. They’re convenient, and we’re working to make sure there is one spot open on every block. If you’re going to be here for more than a couple hours, park in one of the lots instead of on the street. You’ll save some money and keep those front door spaces open for people making short visits. If you need to park for more than four hours, park in the Church Street West Lot or in the Downtown or Waterfront garages.

General parking map

Downtown Businesses & Employees

If you work regularly downtown, your best parking option is going to be a monthly pass for either the Downtown Garage or one of the discount monthly zones.

Downtown Garage
Downtown Garage monthly passes provide the convenience of parking in the garage without having to pay every time you exit. At $65 per month, the pass is also a great value. You’ll be able to save a lot by getting a pass instead of paying the hourly rate. The pass allows you to come and go as many times as you like every day of the month. Please note—the pass does not guarantee a space is available.

Discount Zones
Portions of the Riley Plaza West and Riley Plaza East parking lots, as well as portions of Holyoke Square, Norman, Dodge, and Congress streets are designated for discount monthly parking passes. Passes are valid Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The pass does not guarantee a space is available in a specific location; however, there are over 150 spaces in the discount zones. This is an amazing value—only $25 for the month.

The Bottom Line
If you park 25 hours a week, instead of parking on Essex Street at a meter, you can save $195 a year by getting a monthly pass to the Downtown Garage. You can save $675 a year by getting a discount monthly pass. And you don’t need to worry about getting a parking ticket, or moving your car during your shift.

Park 40 hours a week? Instead of feeding a meter, you can save $780 a year with a monthly pass to the Downtown Garage or $1,260 with a discount monthly pass. That’s a lot of savings.

Monthly parking map

Court Visitors

The best long-term parking options for court visitors are the Downtown Garage and the Church Street West parking lot. Parking in the Downtown Garage costs $0.75 per hour and payment is made upon exiting. Parking in the Church Street West Lot costs $1.00 per hour. Full payment must be paid at one of the multi-space meters when you walk off the Church Street West Lot.

If you don’t know how long you’re going to be at the court, your best option is to park in the Downtown Garage. You won’t have to worry getting a ticket, and you can stay as long as you want. Plus, it’s less expensive.

If you’re looking to save even more money, you can park at the Waterfront Garage. It is only $0.25 per hour and is just a short ten-minute walk to the court.

For a short stay, the most convenient option will be to park at a meter on Federal, Church, or Lynde streets. The rate is $1.50 per hour. In addition to taking coins, the meters in these locations accept credit cards.

Please note that on-street parking is enforced by block. That means you can’t feed the meter. You’ll have to move your car to a different block, or you’ll run the risk of getting a $25 ticket.

Court parking map

Tourists

We hope you enjoy your visit to Salem! There’s so much to do and see here—we want you to have a great time. And we don’t want you to have a parking ticket when you come back to your car.

One thing to keep in mind—downtown Salem is very compact and super pedestrian friendly. Once you see a public parking lot, you can park and be no more than a 10 to 15 minute walk to the farthest point of interest.

If you think you’re going to be here for more than four hours, park in the Downtown Garage or Waterfront Garage. That way you won’t have to go back to your car or worry about getting a ticket. The Downtown Garage costs $0.75 per hour and payment is made upon exiting. The Waterfront Garage costs $0.25 per hour and payment is made upon exiting.

Another long-term parking option is the Church Street West Lot. This lot costs $1.00 per hour and has multi-space meters. You need to pay when you park for the length of time you’re going to be there. So, you could run the risk of getting a ticket if you stay longer than what you paid for.

Again, if there’s a good chance you’ll be here four hours, park in one of the garages or the Church Street West Lot and don’t worry about a ticket!

Tourist parking map

Tour Bus Parking

Tour bus parking is located in specific spots on Lynde, Essex, Derby, and Congress streets, Washington Square West, and Hawthorne Boulevard. Tour buses must turn off their engines while parked. Tour bus spots are limited to tour buses during the hours posted. The spaces are open to anyone for free parking during other hours.

Parking map for tour buses

City of Salem website