Stars & Lifestyle

Parking in L.A.

Having a car in L.A. is indispensable. But when it comes down to parking, you sometimes wish you could just magically crumple it to a size as big as a smartphone to put it in your carry-on bag.

Parking in L.A. is very stressful. First of all American parking signs are so ambiguous and hard to understand. Second you never really know for sure if you are okay with parking at a certain spot even if the signs don’t say anything that would prohibit it.

If you have an appointment or an audition you should always leave some extra time for traffic and parking. You can be lucky and just find a spot right away or you might drive around trying to find one for half an hour (depending on which part of the city you are in).

There are a lot of parking lots that will charge you up to 10-12$ per day which sometimes might be a good deal, but most of the time it’s better to just look out for a street parking spots. Some streets have meters. Usually you pay around 0,50-1$ per hour and you may park there up to 2, 4 or 6 hours depending on the sign. At many streets you can park free on weekends and after a certain time (mostly 6-7 pm).

But be careful and always read everything on the signs. Some may say you can park overnight but have a little addendum (in a much smaller font) saying that you can’t park here from 6-8 am on Tuesdays because of street cleaning. Guess, who got his first ticket because of that?…

At some places you also get towed at a certain time. So be careful, take your time and read everything on the signs! It will save you a lot of money.

Another good option is to plan ahead:

There is a great website that shows you the best parking opportunities in the area you want to go to. What I like about this site is that it also shows you how much you’ll pay for parking at the various areas. Check it out and good luck with finding your next spot!


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