Driving in Toronto can be is a nightmare. If there’s one thing more frustrating than the traffic congestion, though, it’s the parking. Whether it’s the exorbitant parking lot rates, the constant feeding of the meter, or the hunt for a spot where you can store your wheels overnight, Toronto’s parking woes are plentiful. Here are a few tips and tricks to easy(ish) parking in Toronto…
There are a few apps that will decrease the pain of finding a spot around town. Toronto Parking amalgamates all the Green P parking lots in the city on a Google Maps backdrop and will let you know the rates, locations, and daily maximums. It’s available for iOS and Android.
Toronto Parking Finder Lite is another free app that focuses on street parking and public lots. Drop a pin at your destination and it will give you the breakdown of streets with both free and metered parking in the vicinity. It’s only on Android and has a paid version as well.
Need an app that will take you beyond the confines of our city? Best Parking will help you find the most affordable parking garages and lots in 105 cities and 115 airports throughout North America. In Toronto they can find you full-day parking rates (9am to 6pm) from as low as $8. Available on iOS and Android.
If you’re looking ahead of time, jump on to Parking Republic and see if there’s any free parking around your destination by postal code. Best Parking has a nice map view that includes dollar amounts. Parkopedia only deals within a small segment of downtown, but its interface is sectioned off according to cost of the parking zone.
Of course, most of downtown is permit parking only past 12:01am, and even unmarked streets will start ticketing after 2:30am. If you’re planning on parking overnight, don’t leave it up to chance – temporary parking permits start at $9.72 for 24 hours and can last a week for as low as $22.77.
What are some of your tips and tricks for hassle-free parking in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.