Parking in Princeton

Information on Parking Regulations

Locations, Times and Rates

Payment is required at parking meters and pay stations during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Payment is required all day every day at the 15 minute Wawa meters.
parking rates 2020

Free on street parking on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Parking signage and meter decals using the color coding shown above provide easily seen indicators of the parking time limits to help you plan your parking stay in Princeton. There is no overnight parking on any former Princeton Borough street from 2a-6a. Not all streets have signs noting that.

For longer term parking, consider the Spring Street Garage, privately owned Hulfish or Chambers garage or parking at a Zone 3 meter.

Princeton Parking Map

Payment Methods

The following payment methods are accepted at all single space and pay station metered parking operated by the Municipality of Princeton:

  • Coins-nickles, dimes, quarters and $1 coins
  • Credit cards-Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Debit Cards with the Visa symbol
  • Park Princeton mobile payment app

Parking payment receipts for credit card transactions are available using My Parking Receipt is a convenient website that allows customer to view, download and print their parking receipts for parking sessions paid by credit card at any IPS meter. Visit to get started.

Prepaying at the meters and pay stations:

You may prepay meters and pay stations for the time you need even if you arrive before the meter begins enforcement. Prepayment begins at:

  • 30 minute meters - No Prepay available Monday-Saturday, Prepay is only available Sunday from 9a-1p
  • 3 hour, all day meters and pay stations - 7:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. Sunday
  • Princeton Rail Station and Wawa Meters - no prepayment, operational 24/7

Note that if you prepay, the paid time shown on the meter will include any amount of free time between when you prepay and when the meter begins operation. For example, if a meter begins operation at 9 a.m., and you prepay for one hour at 8 a.m., the meter will show that the meter is paid for two hours. This means that you are paid through 10 a.m. (one free hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a. m. and one paid hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for a total of the two hours shown on the meter)

Parking FAQ's

Princeton's Parking Meter and Mobile Payment Technology

Pay for parking at any of the three hour or all day meter or pay station from the convenience of your phone by using the Park Princeton app. (15 and 30 minute meters are not available using the mobile app) In addition to the ability to pay for your parking with just the click of a button, you can also set up notifications to alert you when your parking session is set to expire. You can also add time to a parking stay if you have not paid up to the maximum allowed time limit and end your parking session early if you return to your car before your time has expired(you will only pay for the time you were parked). The Park Princeton app is free, however there is a $0.25 per-transaction convenience fee when using a credit card to pay or $0.20 transaction convenience fee when using a prefunded wallet. Technical support for the mobile app can be reached at 980-939-0990 or

How to use the Park Princeton app:

  • Download the Park Princeton app from Google Play or the Apple Store
  • Create and verify your account by phone number or email address
  • For a parking meter: Enter your zone number and space number from the Park Princeton sticker on the parking meter. For a pay station: Enter your zone number and your vehicle license plate number.
  • Confirm your zone, space and/or license plate number
  • Enter a credit card for payment
  • Start parking and enjoy Princeton!

My Parking Receipt is a convenient website that allows customer to view, download and print their parking receipts for parking sessions paid by credit card at any IPS meter. (demo video) Visit to get started.

Smart Card Transfer Plan

Smart Card holders have two options for spending down any remaining balances.

Option 1: Cardholders can use the old Smart Cards to pay for parking in the Spring Street garage. Smart Card payments will be accepted indefinitely, until the equipment fails.

Option 2: Cardholders can have their old Smart Card balances transferred to the Park Princeton mobile app. Those wanting their balances transferred should take the following steps:

  1. Download the Park Princeton mobile app and set up a user account, if you do not have one already.
  2. Complete the online application authorizing the balance transfer
  3. Call or email Access Princeton to schedule a time for the transfer. Bring your Smart Card(s) and mobile phone to the Access Princeton office (located in the Clerk's office at 400 Witherspoon) after scheduling a time to come in.

Please call or email Access Princeton to set up a time to transfer balances once you have downloaded the app and completed the application, 609-924-4141.

Tour Bus Parking and Fees:

OMNIBUS Loading/ Unloading / Parking Instructions

July 2019 

Ordinance 2019-29, which regulates loading, unloading and parking activities for omnibus operators visiting Princeton, was adopted by Princeton Council on June 10, 2019.  All parking violations and incidents of traffic obstruction will be enforced by the Princeton Police Department and Princeton Parking Enforcement.  Please follow these guidelines to ensure that your visit to Princeton, New Jersey is safe and enjoyable:

  • All omnibuses shall load and unload using established New Jersey Transit bus stops:
  • The near side of the Palmer Square / Nassau Street (NJ 27) intersection in the westbound direction.
  • In front of Princeton University’s Fitzrandolph Gate at the near side of the Nassau Street (NJ 27) Witherspoon Street intersection in the eastbound direction.
Tour bus drop off/parking
  • All omnibuses shall be loaded and unloaded as quickly as possible and shall not be stopped for more than five minutes in the bus stop.
  • Omnibuses shall park on Alexander Street (west side) in the designated bus parking area while waiting for their passengers.  Payment of $20.00 / hour at machine for up to 3 hours, 7 AM to 8 PM, is required.
  • While parked, omnibuses shall not idle for more than three minutes per NJAC 7:27-14-15.
  • Fines for violating Ordinance 2019-29 shall range from $100.00 to $2,000.00, as determined by the municipal court,and require a court appearance.  
  • Printable version of this information, map and translation in Mandarin Chinese 

Relevant Documents

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