Cambridge offers travelers and residents alike a wide variety of activities to explore. The good news is that you can find free street parking all over the city. The bad news is a tricky game to play. But don’t worry SpotAngels is here to the rescue 🙂
This guide will grant you Cambridge street parking superhero powers:
The map below will show you all the spots where you can park, their price and how long you can stay without getting a ticket. The map updates in real-time, so simply type in the address you’re parking near, the time you expect to be there, and your duration. The green spots are the ones that are free of charge!
Pro tip: the spots that have a yellow hallo are those where you are more likely to find parking. The information is constantly provided by the SpotAngels community.
You can find below a list of Cambridge most common parking signs
Its purpose is to enable street sweeping. You may not park during the posted hours or you risk a parking ticket and getting your car towed.
Permit required parking:
You may not park in the posted hours here unless you hold a resident permit of the city of Cambridge.
Snow Emergency – No parking:
When a Snow Emergency Parking Ban is declared, you may not park in streets with this sign.
This sign indicates that you may park only for the time limit posted.
You must also pay attention to colored curbs and caps on meters.
Parking Meters w/Red Cap Domes. Parking Meters with Red Cap Domes signify meters that are not in effect due to parking restrictions as posted.
Parking Meters w/Yellow Cap Domes. Parking Meters with Yellow Cap Domes signify meters that are also used as loading zones, as posted.
Yellow curbs or caps indicate that only vehicles registered as commercial vehicles with the state of Massachusetts can park in there at any time.
Noncommercial vehicles can also stop in this zone for no more than three minutes to drop off or pick up a passenger. Those who don’t have any commercial loading business shouldn’t park in the zones during regular business hours. However, you can park there if it’s Saturday, Sunday, or a city holiday. You can also park in commercial loading zones in the evening as long as it’s after 6pm and before 6am in Beacon Hill, Back Bay and other downtown Boston real estate neighborhoods.
If you are a Cambridge resident, you may be eligible for a Resident Parking Permit which allows you to park your vehicle at any location in the City signed “Permit Parking Only.” Permits expire each year on January 31. To get a Resident Parking Permit you must provide proof that you are a Cambridge resident and your vehicle must:
You can apply for a permit here.
Most of Cambridge on street overnight parking is reserved for residents with parking permits, except for commercial areas where there are meters. Meters are valid until 6PM or 8PM and start again early. So you should move your car before the meter hours start.
If you have a visitor permit, you can park within the area designated by the map boundaries on the back of the permit, as opposed to the resident permit, which allows parking anywhere in the city.
During substantial storms, the City may declare a Snow Emergency Parking Ban which prohibits parking on streets signed “No Parking during Snow Emergency” (view interactive map). When a snow emergency is declared, information is made available at 617-349-4700, the City’s homepage and snow center, and on 22-CityView.
You can find below a list of Cambridge most common parking tickets. Make sure to use the SpotAngels parking app when you park. You will receive notifications and text messages to remind you to move your car!
Meter, or Overtime-Time Limit Parking $30.00
Bicycle Lane $50.00
Not in Marked Space, Restricted (No Parking) , Wrong Direction Parking, No Standing Area, or Storage (over 24 hours) $25.00
Over 1 ft. from curb $25.00
Driveway, Alley Obstruction $25.00
Within 20 ft. of Intersection $25.00
Loading Zone $50.00
Bus Stop; Hydrant within 10 ft.; or Fire Lane $100.00
Safety Zone/Island $30.00
Crosswalk or Sidewalk; $40.00
Resident Permit Only $30.00
Street Cleaning $30.00
Snow Emergency $40.00
Cambridge Metered Parking is free during Holidays! Here they are:
|New Year’s Day||Jan 01, 2021|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Jan 18, 2021|
|Presidents’ Day||Feb 15, 2021|
|Patriots’ Day||Apr 19, 2021|
|Memorial Day||May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||Jul 04, 2021|
|Labor Day||Sep 06, 2021|
|Indigenous Peoples’ Day||Oct 11, 2021|
|Veterans Day||Nov 11, 2021|
|Thanksgiving Day||Nov 25, 2021|
|Day After Thanksgiving Day||Nov 26, 2021|
|Christmas Day||Dec 25, 2021|
To know which specific regulations are suspended on these days and find parking on the go, download the SpotAngels app. It is free, the data is constantly updated by the community and it was featured as the best parking app by Apple and Google!