Philadelphia City Parking Guide

Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest cities.  Founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania colony, less than 100 years later, Philadelphia would serve an integral role in the American Revolution.  It was the meeting place for the Founding Fathers and was the city where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written and signed.  It hosted both the First and Second Continental Congresses and served as the temporary capital of the newly formed United States of America from 1790 to 1800 while Washington D.C. was under construction.  The foundation of our government was built in Philadelphia.  Today, Philadelphia is one of America’s largest cities.  It is home to the headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies including Comcast and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems.  Millions of people come to Philadelphia every year to experience the rich history and culture of the City of Brotherly Love...and possibly try a Philly Cheese Steak!   

On Street Parking in Philadelphia

Philadelphia regulates parking meter rates and time limits based on the location of the meter but generally, parking costs between $1 and $2 per hour.  The individual parking meters accept coins only.  In Central City and Universal City, the city has begun using parking payment kiosks, which accept all forms of payment.  The kiosks are parking meters that service more than one space at the same time.  They print out a receipt for you to display on your dashboard.  They often will only allow you to pay from 2 hours of parking and they DO NOT give change so don’t over pay.  For more information about on-street parking, please visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.

Philadelphia police do not miss anything when it comes to parking violations.  If you are still in a space 5 minutes after your time limit is up, you will get a ticket.  Make sure you follow all the rules posted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  Parking Officials and the Police are on duty 24/7 and they will catch you if you break a parking rule.  Here is a summary of Philadelphia parking violations.  If you have more than 3 unpaid tickets, your car could be booted.  The Philadelphia Parking Authority collected over $51 million in fees and tickets in 2012 alone and that number has been rising according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.    Parking is expensive and has many restrictions.  

You need to be very careful when you park on the street. Parking on the street in Philadelphia is risky. In many cases, you may end up circling the streets in search of a spot only to find one that is too far from your desired destination. Below are some of the options Parking Panda offers at Philadelphia’s most popular sites. Reserve parking ahead of time and get the most out of your Philadelphia visit!

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Bella Vista

Bella Vista is a neighborhood located in South Philly, bounded by 6th Street, 11th Street, South Street, and Washington Avenue.  It is a heavily Italian influenced neighborhood.  Popular attractions in Bella Vista include the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Italian Market.  Bella Vista is also known for it’s annual Italian Market Festival and Bella Vista Festa.   

Center City Philadelphia

Center City is a neighborhood located in the heart of Philly.  It is the central business district and is also home to the Independence National Historic Park.  Popular attractions include Philadelphia City Hall, The Liberty Bell, The National Constitution Center, and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.   


Fairmount is a neighborhood located Northern Philadelphia.  It is sometimes called the Art Museum Area due to the fact that the Philadelphia Museum of Art is located in this neighborhood.  Other popular destinations include The Rodin Museum and the Fairmount Art Center.  

Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties is a neighborhood located in the north of the city.  It is a largely residential neighborhood and is home to many young professionals, artists, and students.  It is home to some highly sought-after residential and commercial real estate.  This neighborhood is right on the Delaware River.  

Old City

Old City is located adjacent to Center City and is the area of Philly along the Delaware where William Penn and the other colonists first settled.  Popular attractions include The Betsy Ross House, Independence National Historic Park,The Liberty Bell, Carpenters’ Hall, and America’s oldest continually inhabited street, Elfreth’s Alley.  

Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing is the waterfront area adjacent to Old City.  It is where William Penn landed with the first Pennsylvania settlers in 1682.  Popular attractions include the Independence Seaport Museum and a number of waterfront restaurants.  

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