A comprehensive guide to parking garages in Cambridge

It's never easy to find a place to park. Here's a guide to make it a little easier (and maybe even cheaper, too).

People wait for traffic along Massachusetts Avenue to pass at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 2, 2016.
People wait for traffic to pass along Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square in June 2016. –Carolyn Bick

Parking in Boston is tough. But finding a spot across the river in Cambridge — with its tight streets and densely populated neighborhoods — could arguably be tougher. Cambridge is also known for strictly enforcing parking regulations, which netted the city more than $10 million in parking tickets last year.

That’s why, when it comes to finding a parking spot in Cambridge, you might want to look for a garage. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 13 garages all over Cambridge with details on location, size, convenience, and price, so you can be prepared the next time you’re trying to find a spot in town.

East Cambridge/Kendall/MIT:

Advertisement

Garage: Kendall Square Parking
Location: 350 Kendall St.
Rates:
0-30 minutes: $6
30-60 minutes: $11
1 hour – 2 hours: $14
2 hours – 4 hours: $18
4 hours – 10 hours: $23
10 hours – 24 hours: $35
Deals: Early bird special, evening rates, weekend/holiday rates, monthly rates, validation with stamp.

Garage: CambridgeSide
Location: 88 First St.
Rates:
0-1 hour: $3
1 hour – 2 hours: $4
2 hours – 3 hours: $6
3 hours – 4 hours: $8
4 hours – 5 hours: $10
5 hours – 6 hours: $15
6 hours – 12 hours: $25
12 hours – 24 hours: $30
Deals: Validation (under three hours, only applies to The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, and World of Beer).

Garage: Kendall Square Parking
Blue Garage: 290 Binney St.
Green Garage: 90 Broadway St.
Yellow Garage: 77 Ames St.
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: $7
30 – 60 minutes: $15
1 hour – 3 hours: $31
3 hours – 24 hours: $42
Deals: Evening rates, weekend rates, holiday rates; discount validation rates (Green garage only, validation from Legal Sea Foods only).

Garage: First Street Garage
Location: First Street
Rates:
0 – 1 hour: $2
Over 1 hour: $2 per hour
9 hours – 24 hours: $20
Deals: Night and weekend rates. Reduced fares for Cambridge residents.

Central Square:

Garage: Franklin St. Garage
Location: 55 Franklin St.
Rates:
0 – 1 hour: $12
1 hour – 3 hours: $20
3 hours – 12 hours: $30
12 hour – 24 hours: $35
Deals: Evenings rates and special event rates.

Garage: Green Street Garage
Location: 260 Green St.
Rates:
0 – 1 hour: $2 (hourly)
12 hours: $20
24 hours: $22
Deals: Evening (in after 6 p.m., out by 7 a.m.): $9; Weekend (Sat. 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 12 a.m.-7 a.m.) 0 – 1 hour: $2 (hourly); 24 hours: $13.

Advertisement

Garage: Erie St. Garage
Location: 47 Erie St.
Rates:
0 – 1 hour: $10
1 hour – 2 hours: $14
2 hours – 3 hours: $17
3 hour – 4 hours: $20
4 hours – 12 hours: $22
12 hours – 24 hours: $28

Harvard Square:

Harvard Square —Google Maps

Garage: Harvard Square Parking Garage
Location: 65 John F. Kennedy St., Harvard Square
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: $6
30 – 60 minutes: $12
60 – 90 minutes: $16
90 minutes – 2 hours: $20
2 hours – 2.5 hours: $24
2.5 hours – 3 hours: $28
3 hours – 6 hours: $30
6 hours – 12 hours: $32
12 hours – 24 hours: $36
Deals: Evening rates, Sunday rates, validation from local vendors.

Garage: Charles Square Garage
Location: One Bennet St., Harvard Square
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: $6
30 – 60 minutes: $12
60 – 90 minutes: $17
90 minutes – 2 hours: $22
2 hours – 3 hours: $30
3 hours – 6 hours: $33
6 hours – 12 hours: $35
12 hours – 24 hours: $40
Deals: Monthly rates, student rates, nightly rates; coupons at this link.

Garage: University Place Garage
Location: 45 University Road, Harvard Square
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: $6
30 – 60 minutes: $12
60 – 90 minutes: $16
90 minutes – 2 hours: $21
2 hours – 24 hours: $30
Deals: Nightly rates, weekend rates, monthly validation rates, monthly student rates.

Garage: Propark Holyoke Garage
Location: 1350 Massachusetts Ave.
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: $7
30 – 60 minutes: $12
1 hour – 2 hours: $21
12 hours (out by 6 p.m.): $25
24 hours (out by 5 a.m.): $30
Deals: Early bird specials, monthly rates, validation from local businesses.

West Cambridge

Bike trail near Alewife MBTA station garage. —Google Maps

Garage: Alewife MBTA Garage
Location: 35 Cambridgepark Drive
Rates:
Daily Fee (M-F): $9
Daily Rate (weekend): $3
(Prices are for up to 14 hours, after which $15 fixed rate)
Deals: Monthly passes through MBTA

Garage: Mount Auburn East Garage
Location: 330 Mount Auburn St.
Rates:
0 – 30 minutes: Free
30 – 60 minutes: $4
1 hour – 1.5 hours: $5
1.5 hours – 2 hours: $6
2 hours – 2.5 hours: $5
2.5 hours – 3 hours: $8
3 hours – 5 hours: $9
5 hours – 7 hours: $15
7 hours – 12 hours: $30
12 hours – 24 hours: $40
Deals: All hospital visitors over 3 hours pay a flat rate of $8. Discount parking ticket books are available.