Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry Paid Parking Program

Parking Fee Effective Monday, February 3, 2014

 

General Information (FAQs)

When (beginning Monday, Feb. 3)
Time
Fee for ALL vehicles
Weekdays (excluding specific holidays noted below)
5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$2.00
Weekdays
After 3 p.m.
No Charge
Weekends
All Day
No Charge
Monthly (Pre-paid)
Valid at all times
$20 per month
  • Parking at Larkspur Ferry Terminal is available for Larkspur Ferry customers for up to a 24-hour period. Vehicles must be moved after 24 hours or they will be subject to fines and/or towing.
  • All parking spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for both daily and monthly parkers. Monthly permit holders are not guaranteed a parking space.
  • All spaces (including HOV, disabled, and motorcycle) are subject to the parking fee. Motorcycles must park in designated motorcycle stalls only. Parking in the Larkspur Ferry Terminal employee lot is not permitted – unauthorized vehicles will be towed.
  • Any vehicle parked in the lot between 5:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. is subject to the parking fee (regardless of what time parking session began).
  • All employer-sponsored parking benefits (for example, WageWorks, Commuter Check, etc.) are accepted. Parking benefits in the form of paper checks or vouchers are accepted only for monthly permit purchases; they are not accepted for daily parking fees. Note: "parking benefits" are different from "transit benefits." Contact your employer for more information.
  • The systems used for daily parking and monthly permits are completely separate.
HOLIDAYS WHEN PARKING FEES DO NOT APPLY: New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4th), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

To Pay Daily Parking Fee

Parking Fee Begins Monday, February 3, 2014

Step 1 - REGISTER: License plate and credit card number are required. Users must accept Parkmobile's Terms and Conditions to use the system for daily parking.

  • Open a "Basic Membership" at www.parkmobile.com
  • Download the free Parkmobile app from your mobile device's app store
  • Call toll-free 877-727-5718. You can open your account using an automated system at no cost or by using a live operator for a one-time fee of $3.50

Step 2 - PARK and PAY: There are three easy ways to pay:

  • Use the mobile app (Note: "time remaining" counts down to 02:59:59pm when a parking fee is no longer required.)
  • Login to your account at www.parkmobile.com
  • Call toll-free 877-727-5718 (available 24/7)

Step 3: Use Parkmobile Zone Number 111.

For more information on paying a daily parking fee:

Daily fee payment methods accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • PayPal
  • Parkmobile Wallet
  • Employer-sponsored parking benefit payments (for example, WageWorks, Commuter Check, etc.). Benefits in the form of paper vouchers and checks are not accepted for daily parking fee. Note: "parking benefits" are different from "transit benefits."

To Purchase a Monthly Permit

Parking Fee Begins Monday, February 3, 2014

Visit the Larkspur Ferry Monthly Permit website to purchase your permit online.

  • Customers must accept Golden Gate Ferry’s Terms and Conditions to purchase a monthly permit.
  • Customers may purchase two monthly permits in advance (current and subsequent months) or may opt to auto renew and/or auto pay their monthly permit. With auto renew, you'll receive an email reminder on the 25th of the month to pay for the next month's permit. With auto pay, you'll automatically be billed on the 25th of the month for the next month's permit.
  • When purchasing a monthly permit for the current month, please be sure to select the current month as the default is always the next month.
  • Monthly permits run for the calendar month. Be sure to select the appropriate month for which you want a permit as the default is always the next month.
  • Customers can register up to five vehicles per permit. One vehicle per permit is valid per day.
  • The system is all electronic - no printing of hardcopy permits or placards is needed.

For more information on purchasing monthly permits:

Monthly permit payment methods accepted:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • Employer parking benefit payments (for example, WageWorks, Commuter Check, etc.). Note: If your employer provides paper vouchers or checks, they must be submitted via mail to pay for your monthly parking permit. Mail paper voucher(s), along with your name, address, email address, and phone number, to GGBHTD, Attn: Ferry Parking, 850 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901. To ensure permits are valid at the beginning of a month, vouchers must be postmarked by the 23rd of the preceding month to allow for processing. Note: "parking benefits" are different from "transit benefits."

Enforcement

The parking fee program begins Monday, February 3, 2014. After this date, the fine for non-payment violation is $45.


For General Information, please read:

Frequently Asked Questions;

Our handy brochure;

Monthly Permit Terms and Conditions;

Daily Parking Terms and Conditions;

Larkspur Ferry Parking Privacy Policy.


Alternatives to Single-occupant Driving to the Larkspur Terminal

The following are alternate ways of getting to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal:

  • The Wave (Route 25) is a free ferry shuttle that operates along Sir Francis Drake Blvd between Fairfax/Manor and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal during the morning and afternoon/evening commute hours. See Route 25 timetables HERE.
  • Bicycles are welcome on board all GGF vessels on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, the Larkspur Terminal has bike parking for up 140 bikes, including 80 secure bike spaces inside the paid waiting area and 60 bike spaces outside the waiting area. For more info, visit our Bikes on Ferry page.
  • Ridesharing matches drivers and riders to share rides and share the cost. It's easy to use. Read more HERE.
  • Carpool spaces at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal are located in Rows F and G and along the inner perimeter lane adjacent to motorcycle parking. A carpool is defined as a driver and at least 1 passenger. These spaces are subject to the parking fee.

Additional Background

The Larkspur Ferry parking fees will assist the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) in covering the cost to maintain the 1808 space lot. The program is anticipated to generate about $400,000 annually.

Alternatives to paid parking include riding the free Wave shuttle bus (Route 25) to/from the Ross Valley, bicycle access with secure, free bicycle parking at the terminal, walking, and drop-off by automobile at the Terminal. Customers may also ride Golden Gate Transit bus service. The District will continue to explore the costs and benefits of all options to expand Larkspur Ferry Terminal parking capacity.

The use of a paid parking program by various transit operators across the nation was noted to highlight the fact that a number of price points are utilized to address the annual costs of maintaining a safe, secure, accessible, and properly functioning facility for those wishing to access commute transit services via automobile. Many comparable transit systems also are accessed with a similar mode split of bicycles, pedestrians, drop-offs, and shuttle bus, which are offered at no cost to the user.

Total Daily Travel Costs to and from Downtown San Francisco
Round Trip Transit Fares + Parking at Transit Stations; Parking fees are daily single-use fees; discounted rates e.g. monthly pass, if available, are not shown.
 
ROUND TRIP
FARE
STATION
PARKING (1)
TOTAL DAILY COST
BART
Pleasant Hill
$10.00
$1.50
$11.50
Walnut Creek
$9.70
$1.50
$11.20
Rockridge or Ashby
$7.10
$1.50
$8.60
Millbrae
$8.60
$1.50
$10.10
CALTRAIN
Burlingame or San Mateo
$9.50
$5.00
$14.50
Menlo Park or Palo Alto
$13.50
$5.00
$18.50
SF BAY FERRIES (WETA)
Vallejo
$26.00
$5.00
$31.00
GOLDEN GATE FERRY
Larkspur Terminal
$12.50
$2.00
$14.50

 

Comparison of Daily Commute Costs via All Modes from Larkspur to San Francisco
Fares and tolls are those offered via Fastrak tm or Clipper tm and are discounted appropriately.
 
BRIDGE
TOLL
DRIVING
COST
ROUND
TRIP FARE
PARKING
COST
TOTAL DAILY
COST
Golden Gate Ferry
--
--
$12.50
$2.00
$14.50
Golden Gate Transit Bus
--
--
$9.20
--
$9.20
Driving to San Francisco
$5.00
$15.00
--
$26.00
$46.00