Insider’s Guide

Did you know the City of San Jose offers a variety of FREE and discounted parking options downtown?

  • Businesses that sign new leases downtown can receive FREE parking, while current businesses extending leases can get half-price parking for up to two years at participating parking facilities.
  • South First Area (SoFA) Lot at South First Street under Interstate 280 is FREE after
    6 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Fourth and St. John Garage (City Hall employee garage) provides FREE public parking weekdays from 6-10 pm, and on weekends from 6 am – 10 pm.
  • Consumer purchasing low-emissions vehicles may receive FREE parking.

One of the best ways to receive FREE parking is to go to Participating Businesses and get your Parking Validated, good for up to two hours free during the day and more in the evening and on weekends.