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Where to Find Free Parking in San Jose

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:

  1. An understanding of where those spots exist. (Check out this free map!)
  2. 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.
Parking HolidayDate
New Year’s DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King Jr. DayThird Monday in January
President’s DayThird Monday in February
Cesar Chavez DayMarch 31
Memorial DayLast Monday in May
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor DayFirst Monday in September
Columbus DaySecond Monday in October
Veteran’s DayNovember 11
Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November
Black FridayDay after Thanksgiving
Christmas EveDecember 24
Christmas DayDecember 25
New Year’s EveDecember 31

View Map of San Jose Free Parking

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