How do parking meters work?
Most meters are active Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please make sure to check the hours of operation when you park.
You can only park for two hours, but some meters allow for more time. Please check the meter when you park.
Sundays and City holidays
On Sundays, City holidays, and observed holiday dates, you can park for free, but all other parking regulations are still enforced. On official holiday dates, and on dates where the City observes the holiday, parking meter time limits are also not enforced.For example:
Christmas Day was on a Sunday in 2016. City offices were closed on Monday, December 26, to observe the Christmas holiday. Parking meters were free on both days. We also didn't enforce parking meter time limits on either day.
Paying for parking at a metered spot
Check the signs around the meter to make sure you can use the spot. To avoid getting a ticket, you must return to your car before the time expires on the meter.
You will find options to pay meters with quarters, credit cards, and the ParkBoston app. If a ParkBoston decal is on the meter where you parked, you can use the app.
For Pay and Display meters, you must take the receipt from the meter and place it on the inside of your car's curbside window.
Types of meters in Boston
- These meters are located throughout the City’s most popular shopping, business, and entertainment areas. This includes Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, Back Bay, and the South End.
- All single space meters accept quarters, and debit or credit cards from MasterCard or Visa.
- These battery-operated meters are recharged by solar power and have instructions in both English and Spanish. Pay and Display meters accept quarters and credit or debit cards from Mastercard or Visa.
- Please put the receipt on the inside of your car’s curbside window to show you’ve paid for the spot.