Frequently Asked Questions – Parking:
Where can I park downtown?
Parking downtown includes a multitude of both metered and signed parking. Below is a list of options.
Metered street parking
Parking downtown includes a multitude of both metered and signed parking. Metered parking times range from one to three hours. Rates can be found below. Most meters within the downtown core allow for credit card payments and all still accept coins. We suggest downloading the PayByPhone app to your smartphone to allow for mobile payments and easy ways to extend your time at a meter without having to swipe your card or carry coins! You can quickly register or park without an account. You can find more information: City of Billings Parking Division.
Downtown Parking Meter Rates
First hour – $1.00
Second hour – $1.00
Third hour – $2.00
Some of the metered parking specifications are designated by colored domes atop the meters. For example, green domes signify that a portion of proceeds from that meter will be given to Downtown Billings to be used for various downtown beautification projects, including flower baskets and street decorations.
Metered parking is free after 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the next morning during the workweek, and all day during the weekend!
You can purchase bags of Parking Tokens to be used in any meter from the Downtown Billings Alliance office at 116 N. 29th Street, Suite A. One bag of 40 tokens is $10.00. If you are a DBA Member or a DBA Cardholder, you receive $1.00 off one bag of tokens!
Signed and permit-only parking zones
Posted parking signage around downtown includes two-hour parking, no parking areas, 10-minute parking zones, unloading zones, and 10-hour permit zones.
10-hour permit zones allow monthly permit-holders to park at specific locations downtown without having to plug or monitor a meter. Monthly permits can be purchased at the Downtown Billings Alliance office at 116 N. 29th Street, Suite A, for $25.00. If you are a DBA Member or a DBA Cardholder, you receive $5.00 off a 10-hour permit!
Free two-hour parking, located in certain areas of downtown, becomes unlimited at 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the morning during the workweek, as well as during the weekend, allowing people to park and enjoy downtown. Signed 10-hour permit locations also allow unlimited parking between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the next morning, as well as unlimited parking during the weekend.
The Parking Division enforces all metered parking downtown, as well as Park 1, Park 2, Park 3, and the Empire Garage. You can find more information at their website: City of Billings Parking Division or by calling (406) 657-8412.
Park 1 – 2912 Third Avenue North
Offers monthly rates for roof, covered, and assigned parking spots. Please contact Parking Division at (406) 657-8212 for more information.
Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, Monday through Friday. Parking is free on the weekend.
Park 1 has a sky bridge that connects to the Hart Albin Garage, which is privately owned.
Park 2 – 2651 First Avenue North.
Offers monthly rates for roof, covered, and assigned parking spots. Please contact Parking Division at (406) 657-8279 for more information.
Hourly rates: $1.00 per hour with a daily maximum charge of $8.00
Parking is free after 11:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. the next morning, Monday through Friday. Parking is free on Sunday.
Park 2 is located next to the Wells Fargo building and has two sky bridges connecting it to the Double Tree Hotel and the Grand Building.
Park 3 – 210 North 27th Street (Adjacent to City Hall)
Offers monthly rates for roof and covered parking. Please contact Parking Division at (406) 657-8212 for more information.
Hourly rates: $1.00 per hour with a daily maximum charge of $8.00
Parking is free after 9:00 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. the next morning, Monday through Friday. Parking is free on the weekend.
Park 3 is attached to City Hall and boasts a public mural by artist Terri Porta.
Empire Parking Garage – 11 North Broadway
Offers monthly rates for roof and covered parking. Please contact Parking Division at (406) 657-8279 for more information.
Hourly rates: First hour free! $1.00 per hour with a daily maximum charge of $7.00
The Empire Garage has a sky bridge connecting it to the Northern Hotel and it operates a fully automated gate!
Diamond Parking Service
Diamond Parking Service operates eight parking locations around downtown billings that offer daily and monthly parking options. Please visit their website: Diamond Parking Service for more information. Please note prominently posted signs in each lot that include payment instructions.
Who enforces parking and maintains the meters?
City of Billings Parking Division enforces all parking in downtown Billings, as well as maintaining parking structures and street meters. For more information or questions, please contact Parking Division through their website: City of Billings Parking Division or by calling (406) 657-8412.
If you happen to find a faulty meter, please call Parking Division at (406) 657-8412 and provide them the Location Number and the Stall Number, found just above the digital screen. This will help them accurately locate and troubleshoot any issues.
Where can I find more information?
If you are interested in purchasing parking tokens or a monthly 10-hour permit, please contact the Downtown Billings Alliance for more information. You can stop by our office, located at 116 N. 29th Street, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the workweek. Come say hello!
You can learn more about the PayByPhone app here or download it from your favorite app platform!
You can learn more about the City of Billings Parking Division at their website: City of Billings Parking Division.
What are some alternative modes of transportation?
Did you know that public transportation use saves the equivalent of 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day? Billings MET Transit is proud to provide fixed-route and paratransit bus service to the City of Billings, offering a safe and reliable transportation alternative to reach downtown Billings. When you choose MET for your transportation, you help save the nation’s energy supply, reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and the demand for parking spaces – and you save yourself money and driving hassles!
All MET buses are wheelchair lift-equipped and accessible to all citizens that are unable to use the stairs. Likewise, they are equipped with bike racks for any bike-riding passengers.
The City of Billings MET Transit Downtown Transfer Station is located at 220 N. 25th Street. Bus routes cover about 43.52 square miles of the urbanized areas of the city, serving about 110,000 people. You can find more information, including bus routes and hours of service at their website: MET.
Downtown Billings celebrates the friendly, lively nature of downtown, and looks to increase awareness of both cycling and walking as efficient, effective forms of alternative transportation. With escalating energy costs, walkability and connectivity are increasingly important issues, and Downtown Billings is committed to building an effective downtown infrastructure, well beyond Bike to Work Week. Look for secure bike parking, more bike racks, and bicycle-specific lanes as well as paths that work well with existing roadways and parking facilities.
Real progress has been made in providing bicycle infrastructure on city streets! Commuter routes have been created, making biking safer and more convenient downtown. Recently, in Autumn 2011, 2nd and 3rd Avenue North from 13th Street North to 22nd Street North were converted to 2-way streets with a bike lane on both sides of each street. Billings TrailNet Map.
Free Loan-a-Bike Program
The Loan-A-Bike program makes a bicycle available for use free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Downtown Billings Business Improvement District (BID). This program encourages people to think of bicycles as efficient, practical transportation, as well as recreation or exercise equipment by making available a bicycle, helmet, and lock-free of charge for mid-day downtown errands or simply a breath of fresh air.
All you need to do is stop by the Downtown Billings offices, located at 116 N. 29th Street, Ste. A, during business hours with a photo I.D., credit or debit card, and a few calories to burn. There is no charge for the use of the bike, but an imprint of the card will be taken, and charges will be incurred if the equipment is not returned.
Please contact us with any questions or call our office at (406) 294-5060.