It can be a challenge to park in San Francisco, especially anything close to Downtown. We often get asked asked by our brides and grooms about the best places to park around city hall for their wedding. There are a number of options and I will start with the most simple one:
- The Civic Center Parking Garage. This is probably the most convenient of all of the nearby options at City Hall. There is ample room and the lot rarely fills up. Recently they have raised their pricing so it’s no longer the bargain it once was. However, it is still less expensive than parking downtown and it is walking distance from the the entrance to City Hall. It’s also covered parking which provides an extra level of safety. For more details including parking rates and closing times, click this link: Civic Center Parking
- The War Memorial Opera House Garage. Another nearby option is at the Opera House behind San Francisco city hall off of Van Ness. It may appear to be a little farther away, but in reality it’s about the same distance assuming you use the back entrance to city hall. Just cross Van Ness street and you are there. It also offers covered parking and decent pricing. It’s usually available unless there is a big event going on there (like the opera!). But since most city hall weddings are during the day, you should be able to park here with no problem. Click here for details on Opera House parking.
- Civic Center Street Parking. If you don’t need covered parking, there are quite a few spots on the street around City Hall. The pricing is better but some are limited in time. If you are going to be in the building for less than 2 hours, this might be a good option. Just remember that city hall weddings rarely occur on time so you need to allow some cushion. Its actually quite possible to find spots right across the street from city hall. There is also a nice service available to help you locate and reserve street parking. For more information click here: Reserved Street Parking
- The above options are the most common ways that brides and grooms find parking for their wedding. But there are many other possibilities. This article shows some other great places to park so check it out and happy parking!