Best Parking Apps to Save Time and Money
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you probably associate finding a parking spot with some severe headaches. Thankfully, these mobile apps will soon change that, and you might quickly find yourself looking forward to hopping behind the wheel and driving into the city.
While all of the apps on this list are incredible, this one takes the cake, despite sounding more like the name of an annoying little brother from any old sitcom than an indispensable app. This app is highly rated by both users and top publications like Forbes and Mashable, and seamlessly transitions from finding a spot in a crowded lot to finding street parking, thanks to the in-app GPS technology. Only looking to pay cash? Desperate to use your Visa Gift Card? In Parker, you can also filter options by payment type, among other things.
SpotHero’s got discounts? Well, ParkWhiz has even more significant discounts if you book for the month or the season ahead of time, up to 60 percent. It is available in over 300 cities and allows you to sort by whether you are looking for a spot at a specific venue, lot or garage.
If you are more of a garage than a street-side gal, check out this app. In addition to allowing you to comparison shop for spots, SpotHero lets you save up to 50 percent on the perfect place at once of their 4,500 partner garages and lots once you find it. How does SpotHero find those deals? They buy up unsold spots at monthly lots and garages at a discounted rate, and pass some of those savings on to you. If there’s a spot you want to come back to again and again, you can even prepay and reserve it for the future.
Okay, parking nerds: This one is for you. Like the encyclopedia of parking spots that it is, this app features 38,000,000 parking spots in over 75 countries. If you want to be less overwhelmed, you can also search for your current location and see nearby availability, hours and pricing. The only downside is that you ca not pay on the app—but you can indeed be sure that you didn’t miss any parking spot on the way there.
This app is bare-bones. Find a spot through the app, choose the amount of time you would like to stay there/reserve the place for (whether an hour or a month), and pay on the app. Boom! Done.
The best part of BestParking is that once you enter your destination into the app, you can see nearby spots—and comparison shop. Once you have chosen the cheaper (or closer) of the options, you can use the same app to provide you with turn by turn directions. While it started as a small airport parking finder app, today BestParking has over three-quarters of a million users in over 110 U.S. cities.
Credit cards are so 2000s—after you find a spot, this app lets you pay for it using Apple Pay, PayPal, and Venmo.
The built-in timer can be a bit stress-inducing, but the ease of comparison shopping this app lets you access makes it all worth it. Plus despite its jarringness, who actually wants to let the meter expire, anyway? In addition to finding last-minute deals, you can reserve in advance at their partner garages in over 500 cities as well.
This app won’t help you once you stray too far from Terminal A, but if you are looking for a parking spot before your flight out of Canada, the UK or the U.S., this app can hook you up with over 70 percent off at airports around those respective countries.
This app makes it a breeze to find and reserve parking. You will get text alerts when your parking is about to expire, see a map view showing where nearby is available, and you can save your payment info in the app. For the budget-savvy, the app also tracks your parking expenses in a detailed history. This is not just an app for the big city elite: you will find parking through this app in those places, but also in small university towns (Ithaca, New York, anyone?), near sporting arenas, close to transit hubs and by airports.