Parking Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of parking Downtown?
Rates for parking spaces Downtown vary. Each parking machine will show you an hourly rate, or if you prefer to pre-plan your stay, you can check the City of Edmonton website for rates (click here).
Where can I find a place to park?
Downtown offers many parking facilities from outdoor street parking with the EPark system, to open-air parkades, and of course, heated parkades and underground parking facilities that allow you access to shopping and other services without ever going outside. With more than 45,000 parking stalls downtown, parking is easily accessible to everyone going almost anywhere in the downtown core. Check out the links below to make finding a parking spot downtown even easier.
How do I use the EPark machines?
For information about the ePark system, how to use it and where the parking zones are, follow this link to the City of Edmonton website: click here.
How can I avoid getting a parking ticket?
You never have to get a parking ticket. If you are unsure about the amount of time you will require for shopping or running errands you should choose a location with a pay on exit option such as a location with an attendant. As well, Imperial Parking offers a "Pay by Phone" option at most of their meter locations. The "Pay by Phone" option charges the same rates as the meter rates for each individual location and allows you to add time from your cellular phone if you are running late.
Why do parking rates vary?
Parking rates are determined by supply and demand. A strong demand for a specific parking lot - perhaps due to convenience of location or a lot that provides heat in the winter - will increase the value of that parking lot along with the rates.
Why is parking downtown so expensive?
Surprisingly, the cost of parking in Edmonton is an incredible bargain compared to a majority of other major Canadian cities. Low rates in Edmonton can be found throughout downtown, whereas in most other cities low rates are only found on the fringes of downtown.