Downtown parking guide in Columbus, Ohio

CBUS public parking | Photo via CBUStoday team

CBUS public parking | Photo via CBUStoday team

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Finding a parking spot in CBUS can be stressful. We know all too well the struggle of parking in Columbus (and maybe the struggle of getting towed four times) so we’ve learned a thing or two about navigating the parking scene.

Downtown parking quick facts

  • There are 18,000 parking spots in downtown Columbus
  • You have the option to prepay for parking online ahead of an event to secure your spot and simplify the process

Downtown street parking

  • The ParkColumbus mobile app is available to use for street parking (both downtown and in the Short North) + you can add time to your meter right from your phone
  • Metered spots can also be paid with coins or credit card (but most have a two-hour limit)
  • Metered spots are free on Sundays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. + all city-recognized holidays

Downtown parking garages

Arena District Parking Map | Photo via Arena District Downtown Columbus

Arena District Parking Map | Photo via Arena District Downtown Columbus

Dos and don’ts

  • Do pay attention to signs in private lots — most require a permit and violators will be towed — City Editor Hanna may have been one of those violators
  • Do pay attention to street signs indicating street sweeping — all cars parked during street sweeping hours will be towed
  • Don’t lose your parking ticket given to you after parking in a garage
  • Don’t park within 15 ft of a fire hydrantthe City of Columbus also got City Editor Hanna on that one
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