Capital Region Chamber


Parking in downtown Albany, NY is easier than you think. Whether you are in Downtown for an evening out of fun or closing a business deal, there is a spot for your vehicle.


NEW - July 2015 | Free Night and Weekend Parking in Downtown Albany

On-street Parking

  • Payment at meters within the Downtown Albany BID District will now be free starting at 5:00 PM instead of 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Street parking will remain free on Saturdays and Sundays in the BID. Because of the new fees, an estimated 420 street parking spots can be used free of charge beginning at 5:00 PM on weekdays.
  • Meter rates remain the same for the first two hours during the day. In hours three to five, the meter increases 50 cents per hour. In hours six through nine, parking goes up $1 per hour.

Off-street APA Garage Parking

  • Previously at Albany Parking Authority's (APA) three Downtown garages, it cost $2 to park starting at 6:00 PM on weeknights and $5 per day on weekends. Now, parking at all three APA garages will be free from 5:00 PM to midnight, Monday through Friday.
  • Free weekend parking will be provided at the Riverfront Garage, located at Columbia and Water, which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The three Downtown APA parking garages include 2,600 parking spots.
  • The other two APA garages—the Green-Hudson Garage, located at Hudson Avenue and Green Street and the Quackenbush Garage, located on Orange Street between Broadway and Water Street—are not accessible on weekends. In October 2015, the Green-Hudson Garage is scheduled to be open 24/7, and will provide free weekend parking.

Through a partnership with First Niagara Bank and the Palace Theatre, free parking also is available at the Quackenbush Garage for Palace Theatre events. The facility stays open for two hours after Palace events so patrons can enjoy Albany’s nightlife.

The evening and weekend free parking rates do not apply during special events Downtown, when special rates are in effect. Specific information related to upcoming events, garage availability, and pricing can be found on the APA’s website at

Learn more about how:

·         How to arrive to downtown Albany / which exit to take to find parking

·         Parking in Downtown 24 hours / 7 days a week

·         Other parking garages and parking lots in Downtown

·         Parking your vehicle on the street

·         Albany Parking Authority Parking for Events

·         Business incentive for monthly parking 

·         Valet parking and parking your bicycle 


Looking for parking for an event? Learn more about Albany Parking Authority Event Parking


Have a question or suggestion? Please contact us and let us know.


Photographer: Julia Zave