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Bellmore, New York
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Downtown Parking

First, what is the cost to park downtown? We'll be visiting mid-week, September 18th.

Is it fairly easy to find parking after Labor day?

The Custom House parking location seems to be the most central. We wanted to walk along Wharf Street, Fore Street, check out Standard bakery on Commercial, hop the ferry to Peak's, maybe Flatbread Co........ Would that be the best place to park?

Maine
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1. Re: Downtown Parking

It's fairly easy to find parking any time of the year. Portland is not Chicago or New York City...really!

Parking on street at a meter is $1/hr with a two hour limit. There are also non-metered spots which have a 2 hour limit (look carefully at the signs...some are only 15 minutes). On street parking enforcement is fairly strict so don't think you can park all day at a meter and keep pumping quarters in. You'll get caught and get a $15 ticket.

There are some spaces right in the heart of the Old Port where they have gotten rid of the meters and have central pay boxes, which take credit cards. Same price, $1/hr with two hour max. Pay and put the receipt on your dashboard.

All of the Old Port is very compact and really, if you park in any of the city lots, you'll be in close walking distance to everything else. The garage at Casco Bay Lines tends to be full much of the time (because people park there and don't take their cars on the island). But there are other lots nearby: Custom House or the one at India and Fore Street, tend to have plenty of room. There are also garages at Fore Street and Temple Street that would not be long walks to all the places you have mentioned. I haven't parked in a garage in a while so not sure of the price...maybe $2/hr? Not outrageously expensive.

There are private lots where the owners put out signs for parking. Before blithely driving in, ask what the price is. $5 for a day, an hour? Some might be good deals but some might be a rip-off. Ask and don't be shy about backing out and finding another place to park. Really, even at the height of the summer I have never had to search for more than 3-5 minutes to find a parking place.

Enjoy!

Bellmore, New York
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2. Re: Downtown Parking

Guess it is not NYC! An evening of dinner/theater in Manhattan can easily cost $40 to park........however.....there are coupons that hardly anyone uses........Icon Parking has hundreds of garages all over the city and coupon deals for each one.....just go to their website if you are planning a NYC trip.

Thanks for the Portland Parking info!

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3. Re: Downtown Parking

I think Custom House garage is $3.50 first hour and $2.50 each additional hour. Many of the shops in the Old Port will stamp your ticket. Each stamp gives an hour of free parking.

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4. Re: Downtown Parking

You can park for free if you can find a spot up towards Monjoy Hill behind the Shipyard Brewery. Take a left off of Fore street onto Mountfort street. From the bottom of the hill to the cemetery there are free spots. Only restriction is no overnight parking from monday night at midnight to tueasday morning(street cleaning). Or continue along Fore street past Mountfort and take the next lkeft on Waterville street, then a quick left onto Adams st. Same restrictions. Both are easy walks to the waterfront or almost anywhere in old port.If you ecide to go this route be sure to read the signs carefully.

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