There are many ways to get to Downtown Santa Barbara (by train, by bus) so many people can leave their cars at home – or not! If you choose to drive to Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara operates an ever-so-convenient downtown parking system. In addition to providing many 75-minute time-limited on-street parking spaces, the City also offers 3,230 parking spaces with a low hourly fee, located throughout Downtown Santa Barbara in garages and surface parking lots. Best of all, the first 75 minutes are free, courtesy of the nearby downtown businesses! So wherever you are going, there’s a convenient and affordable place to park and walk nearby. In fact, it’s easy to park once and enjoy the urban walkability of Downtown Santa Barbara.

View Santa Barbara Real Time Parking Information.


Zipcars live in Santa Barbara!

A car-lite lifestyle is possible in Santa Barbara.  Global car sharing leader Zipcar enables families and travelers to enjoy mobility without the hassles & waste of car ownership. Whether you’re a 2-car family looking to become a 1-car family, a local student who doesn’t own a vehicle, a small business who looking to avoid purchasing a delivery vehicle or a visitor arriving by plane, train or bus, Zipcar is a great compliment to a multi-modal lifestyle. If you’re car-less, car-lite, traveling, or just need a different kind of vehicle for the trip, Zipcar enables a simple and responsible living.

How does it work?

Zipcar operates in the downtown region & at local universities, allowing approved members to book a vehicle by the hour or day for ~$10/hour or $80/day including gas, insurance, and 180 miles of daily driving. Join online or by downloading the Zipcar app to receive a membership card in the mail prior to booking Zipcars in Santa Barbar or around the world. Enjoy your #ziptrip? Say hello on Twitter or Instagram! Learn more and become a member at

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