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Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

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Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

What will be cheapest: finding a parking meter near the Space Needle or parking in a garage (if a garage, which side of the Seattle Center would be the cheapest)? We'll be arriving about 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday and leaving about 1 p.m. Is there a time limit on how many hours at a time you can pay for at the meters and what would be the meter cost?

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1. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

Surface lots are generally cheaper than garages. I would just drive around and compare prices--they all have signs showing the rates.

You can only park for 2 hours at metered spots and it's $1.50 per hour.

If you have more time than money, then you could park for free in an unmetered spot to the west of Seattle Center and down the hill for 2 hours, then go back out and move your car to another spot for another 2 hours (they mark your tires so I wouldn't recommend leaving your car for more than 2 hours even in an unmetered area).

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2. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

The Seattle Center has several pay lots nearby, plus a lot of private lots are close. Here's a link to the Seattle Center parking website:

seattlecenter.com/transportation/parking.asp

Street parking is usually cheaper than lot/garage parking, but you may be able to find an all-day rate for less than what it would cost for metered street parking. The downside of metered or free 2-hour street parking is that you'd have to move your car every 2 hours.

You could figure on spending an extra few minutes driving around on the west & east sides of the Seattle Center and see if you spot a good street parking space. That also would allow you to compare prices at parking lots/garages. The lots/garages generally post signs out front and prices can vary a lot. Also be sure to read the small print because some offer "all day specials", but there is a minimum time you have to stay, otherwise you are charged a much higher hourly rate.

In general, there is quite a bit of parking available around the Seattle Center and that area is far enough away from the main part of downtown that the lots/garages are well below capacity during the weekdays.

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3. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

Oops - I meant drive around on the west and NORTH sides of Seattle Center to see if you can find street parking.

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4. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

I don't know how many are in your group, but the Seattle Center Parking lot on 5th Ave N, at Republican offers a discount for carpools of 3 or more. That lot is convenient and close to EMP, Space Needle, Science Center & Center House.

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5. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

Street parking is only 2 hours at a time, so probably will not be convenient for your plans.

If you could get to the city a tiny bit earlier, many paid lots have an "early bird special" for between $7-9 for the day, but you have to be in before 9:00am.

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6. Re: Metered vs. garage parking by Seattle Center

Thanks for the good advice. Any suggestions on where to park by Pike Place Market from about 11:30 am to 8:30 pm when we'll be finishing a cruise to Blake Island? I know the free bus stops running before then. We'll be going to PPM, then the Underground Tour, then Pier 55 and it would be nice to park somewhere where we could walk to all 3 locations.

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