Sydney CBD Parking

How to find cheap parking in the city

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We know how difficult it can be to find parking in the city. Oscar lets you book affordable parking in advance.

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Enter your destination and search for the date and time you need. Select and book the option that works best for you!
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Once you’ve booked, you’ll see further information about the parking space and get navigated to the spot!

Sydney CBD parking information

Sydney CBD parking is not easy to find. With so many landmarks and attractions, such as the Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Rocks, it’s bustling with tourists and visitors 7 days a week. Then add the half a million people commuting into Sydney CBD each day for work.
Getting to and around the CBD is best via public transport, but if you can’t avoid driving to Sydney CBD, then keep reading for the best and cheapest places to park.

On-street parking

Street parking in the CBD is very hard to find, with most curbs reserved for loading zones during the week, otherwise strict time limits are applied, e.g. a maximum of 1 hour of parking.

Parking inspectors are rife in the area, so be wary of overstaying or parking illegally ($35 million dollars of fines are issued in Sydney CBD each year, Yikes!)

On-street parking rates: $7.20 per hour (Mon – Fri 8am -6pm) for 2 hours maximum.
Off-peak parking rates: $3.90 per hour at all other times for 4 hours maximum.

The City of Sydney has a map of the pricing of parking meters (see here.)

Off-street parking

There are car parks around which charge exorbitant prices of up to $80 per day. We think these prices are obscene, so we’ve been on a mission to bring you the best parking deals around the CBD up to 75% cheaper parking than the traditional car parks around.

These prices can only be booked through Share with Oscar:
– Kent Street (behind the George Street Event Cinema) for just $25 per day (24 hours)(Book here)
– George Street, Railway Square (near central station) at the Mercure Hotel for just $30 per day (24 hours)(Book here)
– Darlinghurst / Surry Hills parking on Riley Street (just 100m from Oxford Street), at the Cambridge Hotel for just $5/hr or $30 per day (Book here)

Free parking

There is no free parking in Sydney CBD, however, the City of Sydney have introduced a free 15 minute parking in some areas. Find these streets here.

Look out for the signage outlining this option. You will still need to get a ticket and place it on your dashboard ‘1/4 P free with ticket’. Of course, if you need to stay longer than 15 minutes you will need to put some money in the metre.

You can also grab 2 hours of free parking at Broadway shopping centre, and then prices go up from here.

Public transport

Multiple train stops and buses that run in and throughout the Sydney City, as well as light rails and ferries.

Nearby attractions

The Domain, Westfield Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay, MCA, Royal Botanic Gardens, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hyde Park, ANZAC War Memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral, The Star Casino, Martin Place, The Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Barangaroo, China Town, Kings Cross.

Other information

Sydney CBD parking prices drop quite significantly on weekends, and evenings with off-peak rates starting from $15 overnight if entered after 5pm in the major car parks.
For further information, check out our blog on how to find affordable parking in the CBD for every type of situation.

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