That’s the spot! Where to park in downtown Las Vegas

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Finding a place to park in downtown Las Vegas can be difficult if you don’t know where to look.

The entrance to Binion's self-parking garage

The entrance to Binion's self-parking garage.

In recent years, this area has experienced a dramatic revitalization. Once just an afterthought to visitors who were primarily focused on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown is rapidly becoming a first thought. New life has been breathed into its hotels and casinos. Downtown now boasts numerous museums and attractions as well as vibrant dining, drinking and shopping experiences. There’s even a growing festival scene.

Considering downtown’s surge in popularity, it may feel like parking spaces are scarce. However, the opposite is true. A recent article in the Las Vegas Weekly reports that there are about 20,000 spots available.

What’s hard to score these days is free parking. Plus, with more demand for spots in particularly busy parts of downtown, you may end up circling garages as well as scouring streets only to nab a space that’s nowhere near where you want to be.

We’ll tell you where you can find parking that’s convenient to Fremont Street – especially for accessing Fremont Street Experience, the Fremont East Entertainment District and some other nearby attractions.

Generally speaking, if you’re heading to Fremont Street by car, you’ll have three choices in terms of places to park. You can valet or self-park at one of the area’s 12 hotel and casinos. You can pull into a public-run or privately operated garage or surface lot. Or you may discover a metered spot on the street.

Just be aware that the pricing, policies and operating schedules for all of these are subject to change without notice and may differ during peak periods, holidays and special events.

Hotels and casinos

Binion’s
There is no valet parking at Binion’s. Access to the self-parking garage is off Casino Center Boulevard, between Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue. Everyone is welcome to use this self-parking garage. The cost is $2 for each half hour, up to three hours and then $1 for each additional hour, but if you actively play in the casino or eat at one of Binion’s restaurants, the first three hours are free with validation.

The valet and self-parking garage at the California Hotel & Casino

The valet and self-parking garage at California Hotel & Casino.

California Hotel & Casino
Access to both valet parking and the self-parking garage is off First Street between Ogden and Stewart avenues. The self-parking garage can also be accessed directly from Stewart Avenue near Main Street. Valet parking is only for registered hotel guests and Emerald/Sapphire B Connected players club members. Self-parking is available to everyone and costs a flat rate of $3 on Sundays – Thursdays and $5 on Fridays – Saturdays. Free self-parking with validation is offered to registered hotel guests, Emerald/Sapphire B Connected players club members with IDs and those who gamble or dine at the California, Fremont or Main Street Station hotels.

The D Las Vegas
Both valet parking and self-parking are accessed off Third Street near Carson Avenue. They are free to registered hotel guests. Non-hotel guests can use the self-parking garage for $2 per hour. Comp parking in the garage is also available if you gamble based on your casino play, with up to the first four hours free.

Downtown Grand
Valet parking is available to both registered guests and patrons of the hotel beneath the porte cochere off Fourth Street between Stewart and Ogden avenues. If you use the valet service at Downtown Grand, you can simply send a text whenever you’re ready for your vehicle, and it will be waiting for you by the time you get outside. A self-parking garage for Downtown Grand and the Downtown 3rd corridor is located off Odgen Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets. Registered hotel guests can park here for free. Otherwise the price is $5 for up to two hours, with each additional hour costing $1 (the daily maximum is $9). If you’re patronizing Downtown Grand’s restaurants, wagering in the casino or visiting the restaurants and bars in the Downtown 3rd corridor, the first two hours are free with validation.

El Cortez parking garage

One of El Cortez's two self-parking garages.

El Cortez
Accessed off Sixth Street near Ogden Avenue, valet parking at El Cortez is free and offered to registered hotel guests and those who patronize either the casino or restaurants. El Cortez’s main self-parking garage can be found off Seventh Street near Ogden Avenue. Only registered hotel guests and select Club Cortez players card members can use it. An additional self-parking garage is situated across the street on the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Ogden Avenue. Free to registered hotel guests and select Club Cortez players card members, there’s also no charge to the general public until 5 p.m. A flat-rate fee is collected daily from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. This fee is $5 on Sundays – Thursdays and $10 on Saturdays – Sundays.

Four Queens
Valet parking can be found off Third Street near Carson Avenue. It’s free to registered hotel guests or those who are eating, seeing a show or gambling at the resort – otherwise there is a $3 flat-rate charge to use the service. The Four Queens’ self-parking garage can be accessed off Carson Avenue between Third Street and Casino Center Boulevard. It’s free to registered hotel guests. For everyone else, rates are $2 for each half hour up to three hours, and then $1 for each additional hour, with the daily maximum topping out at $16. Those who patronize the Four Queens may qualify for a reduced rate on self-parking with validation.

Valet parking at the Fremont Hotel & Casino

Valet parking at the Fremont Hotel & Casino.

Fremont Hotel & Casino
This resort does not have a self-parking garage – only valet parking is available. Valet parking can be accessed off Casino Center Boulevard between Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue. It’s free, but only registered hotel guests are guaranteed a spot. The public is welcome to valet park at the Fremont on a space available basis, which means you may be turned away during peak periods and special events.

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Golden Gate offers a limited valet service that is free to registered hotel guests as well as to those who patronize the resort and get validation. Valet parking can be found at the porte cochere located off Main Street, just south of Fremont Street. A small self-parking surface lot is situated nearby on the corner of Main Street and Carson Avenue. Free to registered hotel guests, it otherwise costs $1 per hour. Club 1906 players card holders may qualify for four hours free with play and validation.

Golden Gate's self-parking lot

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino's self-parking lot.

Golden Nugget
Valet parking can be found in two different areas at Golden Nugget – near the main entrance off Casino Center Boulevard and at the Rush Tower off Carson Avenue near First Street. Valet parking is free to everyone, but may be restricted to registered hotel guests during special events or holidays. A self-parking garage is located off First Street near Bridger Avenue. It’s also complimentary to registered hotel guests. Anyone patronizing Golden Nugget can park there and get three hours for free with validation – otherwise the cost is $2 per hour.

Las Vegas Club
Valet parking is not available at the Las Vegas Club. Everyone is welcome to use the self-parking garage, which can be found on the corner of First Street and Ogden Avenue. A flat rate for a 24-hour period is charged: $5 on Sundays – Thursdays and $10 on Fridays – Saturdays.

A surface parking lot at Main Street Station

A large surface parking lot at Main Street Station.

Main Street Station
Valet parking is offered off Main Street, between Ogden and Stewart avenues and is free to hotel guests or anyone patronizing the resort. There is a self-parking garage on Main Street, just north of Stewart Avenue, as well as a large self-parking lot that can be accessed off Stewart Avenue at First Street. There is a flat-rate cost at both of these: $3 on Sundays – Thursdays and $5 on Fridays – Saturdays. Parking is free in these areas to registered hotel guests and Emerald/Sapphire B Connected players club members with ID. It is also free with validation to those who are gambling in the casino or eating at any of Main Street Station’s restaurants.

Plaza Las Vegas
The valet service and the self-parking garage can be accessed off Main Street and Carson Avenue. A surface lot for self-parking is also available off Main Street at Bridger Avenue. Both valet parking and self-parking are included as part of the resort fee for registered hotel guests. The Plaza charges a $5 flat rate for self-parking to non-hotel guests, however this fee is refundable with casino or restaurant validation. Royal Reward players club members may also qualify for free valet and self-parking.

Public-run or privately owned garages and surface lots

Gold Spike Public Parking Lot

A public parking lot near Gold Spike.

City of Las Vegas
There are several parking lots in the Fremont Street vicinity operated by the City of Las Vegas. For example, there is one on the southeast corner of Carson Avenue and Fourth Street that has 107 spaces. The cost is $3 per hour on Mondays – Fridays until 6 p.m., otherwise there is a flat rate of $7.50 charged for parking after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays – Sundays. The City of Las Vegas also operates a 76-space parking lot near the Gold Spike, which is situated on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden Avenue. You can access it off Ogden Avenue or from the alley behind 7-Eleven. On weekdays until 6 p.m., the cost is $2 per hour with a $10 daily maximum. On evenings after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays and Sundays, a flat rate of $7.50 is charged to park here.

Douglas Parking
This 56-space privately owned parking lot is located off Fourth Street near Carson Avenue. A flat rate of $5 is charged for up to 12 hours.

El Cortez
In addition to its valet service and self-parking garages, El Cortez operates a metered lot. Located adjacent to Downtown Container Park on the southwest corner of Fremont and Seventh streets, it has 42 spaces. The cost for parking is $2 per hour, with a maximum stay of six hours.

Fremont Street Experience parking garage

The five-story parking garage for Fremont Street Experience.

Fremont Street Experience
You can enter this red and white five-story parking garage off Fourth Street near Carson Avenue. The cost is $2 per hour, with a daily maximum of $10. Early birds, who arrive between 6 and 9 a.m., can pay $3 to park here until 6 p.m. Validation is offered at participating casinos and will be deducted automatically from your total at the pay station.

LAZ Parking
Located on the northeast corner of Ogden Avenue and Casino Center Boulevard, just a block north from the heart of Fremont Street Experience, this small parking lot has only 15 spots. Rates are $5 for up to two hours, $8 for up to four hours, $10 for up to eight hours and $20 for up to 24 hours.

Neonopolis
Now operated by the City of Las Vegas, parking here is easy and affordable. You can access this underground garage on Fourth Street between Fremont Street and Ogden Avenue. The first hour is free. Each additional hour costs $1, with $5 being the daily maximum for stays of up to 24 hours.

Ron’s Downtown Parking
Located on the northeast corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, this small parking lot has 24 spots. Open 24/7, there’s a flat-rate charge of $20 to park here.

Street-side parking near Binion's

Street-side parking near Binion's.

Street-side parking

Parking meters are positioned along the streets directly parallel to Fremont Street (including Ogden, Carson and Bridger avenues) and perpendicular to it (i.e., First through Ninth streets). Operated by the City of Las Vegas, they are typically enforced either from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Mondays – Saturdays. However, some meters do run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays or for 24-hour periods, seven days a week. Rates vary by location, but are generally $1 per hour with a two-hour maximum. No payment is required after 6 p.m. or on Sundays and holidays. Cash is not accepted at these meters. You can pay with a major credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). For a map of the parking meter zones as well as a chart detailing the minimum/daily maximum pricing, click here.

Tips and advice

Don’t forget to tip. Valet parking at most of the hotels in downtown is free, but common practice is to give attendants between $2 and $5 when they return with your car, more if you have a special request like leaving the car close to the entrance.

Utilize free parking if you can. At most of the hotels in downtown, if you eat in a restaurant, gamble in the casino or see a show, you can typically self-park for two to four hours with no charge. In the garage at Neonopolis, your first hour is complimentary. As long as you arrive at El Cortez’s self-parking garage before 5 p.m., you won’t have to pay a fee. In addition, many of the metered street-side parking spaces are free after either 6 or 8 p.m. and all day on Sundays and holidays.

Pay for parking, but pay less. If you plan to spend four or more hours in downtown, choosing a facility that offers a flat rate is likely to be more affordable than paying by the hour. This will also save you the hassle of having to return and move your car or top up meter if you exceed the daily maximum.

Be alert while driving. There are a few one-way streets in downtown, so pay attention to traffic signs. Many of the areas around Fremont Street are also pedestrian heavy, so maintain a safe speed and look carefully before turning or driving through crosswalks.

The underground parking garage at Neonopolis

The underground parking garage at Neonopolis.

The best places to park if youre going to…

•  The Mob Museum – Limited parking is available on a first-come basis in a lot right next to The Mob Museum for $5. Additional parking may be found within a short walking distance of the museum at Binion’s, the Downtown 3rd corridor or Neonopolis.

•  Bars and events (like Life Is Beautiful and the Great Festival of Beer) in the Fremont East Entertainment District – The Fremont Street Experience and Neonopolis garages are ideally situated for accessing the bars in the Fremont East Entertainment District and the east end of Fremont Street Experience.

•  Downtown Container Park – In addition to street parking, try El Cortez’s self-parking garage or adjacent public parking lot. The Fremont Street Experience and Neonopolis garages are only a short stroll away too.

•  SlotZilla – The Fremont Street Experience garage is the closest one to downtown’s new zip line experience. The garages at Neonopolis and The D Las Vegas are also just a short walk away.

El Cortez's public parking lot near Downtown Container Park

Public parking near Downtown Container Park.

•  The heart of Fremont Street Experience – Valet and self-parking garages at Four Queens, Golden Nugget, Fremont and Binion’s will put you right in the middle of all the action underneath the bright lights of the Viva Vision canopy.

•  The west end of Fremont Street Experience – Head to the Las Vegas Club, Plaza or Golden Gate to check out the westernmost section of this five-block attraction.

These are just of few of the places we recommend for convenient parking in the Fremont Street vicinity. We know you probably have some tips and tricks when it comes to parking in downtown Las Vegas as well – so please share them with us in the comments below.

Renee LiButti

I’m Renée LiButti, a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – nightclubs, pool clubs and gaming – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.

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