San Jose is one of California’s most vibrant cities and in many ways the epicenter of Silicon Valley. With so many people searching for parking, you need a few tricks up your sleeve to find the best (free) parking spots.
To find those free street parking spots, here is what you need:
- An understanding of where those spots exist. (Check out this free map!)
- Familiarity with San Jose parking rules so you’ll know that free spot is actually free.
Map of Free Parking in San Jose
Type any address and use the time filters on the map below to find a free parking spot in San Jose. The free map updates in real-time, so simply type in the address you’re parking near and the time of day to find free parking near you.
Rules for free parking in San Jose:
- Free parking near Interstate 280: After 6pm on weekdays, as well as Saturday and Sunday all day, parking is free at the South First Area (SoFa) lot under Interstate 280.
- Free parking at the City Hall Employee Garage: Fourth and St. John Garage allows free public parking weekdays from 6-10PM, and on weekends from 6 AM– 10 PM.
- Free parking for low emissions vehicles: If you drive a vehicle that qualifies for the California Air Resources Board Green or White State of California Carpool lane sticker, you could score free parking at meters and certain garages.
- Free parking for business owners: If you sign a new business lease downtown, the city will award you free parking. Existing business owners can get half-price parking for up to two years at participating city lots and garages.
- Parking Holidays: San Jose offers free parking on the following holidays.
|New Year’s Day||January 1|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||Third Monday in January|
|President’s Day||Third Monday in February|
|Cesar Chavez Day||March 31|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September|
|Columbus Day||Second Monday in October|
|Veteran’s Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Fourth Thursday in November|
|Black Friday||Day after Thanksgiving|
|Christmas Eve||December 24|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|New Year’s Eve||December 31|