Every year, millions of visitors travel by car here and navigate around the city without any problems.
There are enough commercial lots in the French Quarter and the CBD to accommodate visitors even during the busiest of times (Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest). Early Bird specials are available at some locations. To prevent any surprises, check times, hourly rates and in-and-out privileges.
Most of the city’s meters accept dollar bills, credit cards and the Parkmobile app. Please read the meters before you park. Parking is prohibited at meters in designated rush hour zones from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. and it can get tricky during parade season. Also know that broken meters are not free passes. They are technically off-limits and could land you a ticket.
Parking is free on meter holidays observed by the City of New Orleans:
Many Downtown businesses and department stores offer free or discounted parking with purchase at nearby lots. You should call the store and ask. Be sure to get your parking stamp, pass or receipt.
If you are looking for a space on the street, READ PARKING SIGNS CAREFULLY. Rules change from neighborhood to neighborhood, and some violations can be quite costly. We have neighborhood-only parking in some places that are designated by signs. In those neighborhoods you can only park for two hours at a time until night.
If your car is towed away, contact the Claiborne Auto Pound at (504) 658-8284.
Parking in Handicap Zones without an official handicapped license plate is illegal. Travelers with legal handicap credentials are permitted to park in metered spaces for free for up to three hours. For questions and parking information, call (504) 658-4020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Central Business District lots offer Park-N-Ride shuttles. Please call for rates and more information.
Fulton Street Garage
901 Convention Center
900 Howard Avenue
Want to secure your parking spot before you arrive? Try these helpful sites.
Use the Parking Panda online platform and mobile app to find, reserve and pay for parking in advance. This mobile reservation service operates in selling reservations for a variety of companies at over 30 locations in New Orleans.
Premium Parking offers online reservations at several locations in the New Orleans Area. To reserve parking, go to www.premiumparking.com/park and click the red pins on the Google Map for your desired location. You then follow the links and instructions.
Louis Armstrong International Airport offers plenty of safe, affordable, covered parking connected directly to the main terminal. For rates and more information, visit: ezparker.com.
General Parking Questions & Parking Enforcement: (504) 658-8200
Administrative Hearing Center: (504) 658-8250
Booting: (504) 565-7451
Towing Information/Auto Pound: (504) 658-8284
Parking Enforcement: (504) 658-8200