Parking Meters

General Hours of Operation

  • Parking meters are in operation Monday through Saturday, 8AM - 8PM.

  • Residents must deposit enough money to legally park for up to 2 hours maximum.


  • $1.25 per hour or $0.25 for 12 minutes.

  • Boston Meter Cards can be used exclusively for payment at the more than 7,000 single-space meters in Boston.

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  • City of Boston parking meters are free on Sundays and legal holidays and no time limit is enforced.  All other parking regulations, including rush hour restrictions at meters, remain in effect. It is important to note that this applies only to the day that the actual holiday falls on, not to the day that offices may be closed in celebration of the holiday.  For example, if New Year's Day is Saturday but offices are closed on Friday in recognition of the holiday, parking meters will be in operation on Friday but not on Saturday.

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  • It is highly recommended that residents always check the signage posted around meters carefully to assure they procure no additional fees.

Single Space Meter (100)Single Space Meters

Single space meters are located near the City's most popular shopping, business, and entertainment areas such as Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, and Downtown Crossing.

To ensure proper use of these meters, motorists should follow these instructions:

  • Feed quarters into your meter for up to 2 hours maximum based on the length of time you plan on being parked, or

  • If available, pay via your Boston Meter Card:

  • Return to your vehicle before the time expires.

Pay By Space Meters (100)IPS Credit Card Meters

Cambridge Street, Union Street, New Chardon Street, and Devonshire Street were chosen as the first pilot program areas to be tested wtih this technology.

  • These meters will accept quarters, MasterCard and VISA Debit/Credit cards.

  • Feed the meter for up to 2 hours maximum time limit.

  • Return to your vehicle before the time expires.

Pay and Display Meters

Pay and display meters are battery operated and recharged by solar power, these meters provide instructions in both English and Spanish.

Much like the pay by space meters, pay and display meters accept MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards, dollar bills, and quarters. In addition, the pay and display meter does provide the driver with a receipt. This receipt is necessary to display information that will be used by Parking Enforcement Officers to determine if a vehicle is parked in violation of the parking regulations. The receipt may also be used as proof of payment in the event that a driver wishes to appeal a ticket. In addition, the motorist may use it as a record for business purposes.

To ensure proper use of these meters, motorists using pay and display meters should follow the following instructions:

  • Walk to the parking meter. An arrow on a nearby sign will point the way.

  • Following instructions on the parking meter, pay for the time that you need to park. The parking meter accepts quarters and single dollar bills.

  • Your receipt is coated with an adhesive. Take your receipt from the parking meter and stick it on the inside of your vehicle's curbside window.

  • Return to your vehicle before the time expires.

Online Services


  • Free Holiday Parking

    The City of Boston will be offering two hours of free parking at the City’s parking meters on the following six days this holiday season.
    Friday, November 28
    Saturday, November 29
    Saturday, December 6
    Saturday, December 13
    Saturday, December 20
    While payment at meters will not be required on these six days, the time limit on the meters will be in effect and enforced in order to give as many visitors as possible a chance to take advantage of this opportunity. Parking at the vast majority of Boston’s parking meters is limited to two hours. However, at parking meters where the time limit is four hours, vehicles may park for free for up to four hours on these six days.

  • BTD Announces Boston Meter Cards Program

    Boston Transportation Department is implementing a new parking meter payment program that allows the use of pre-paid parking meter cards at single space parking meters throughout the city. The cards can be purchased online or in person at the Office of the Parking Clerk at City Hall or the City Tow Lot (200 Frontage Road).

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