Parking Overview

Most BART stations offer parking facilities for daily commuters, airport travelers, and everyone in between. Click on the options below to see which is right for you:

Parking Options by Station

BART now offers contactless daily fee parking payment through the Official BART App systemwide. The feature is a great way to avoid touching surfaces and waiting in line. 

Other options include paying with cash at the station (no credit cards), purchasing a reserved parking permit in advance from Select-a-spot (printing required), or using Clipper by setting up an EZ rider account in advance.  Full details below.

Reserved parking (formerly known as permit parking) is now offered through the official BART app at the Warm Springs and Rockridge stations. The remainder of stations will be offered on the app later in the year.

As of October 13, 2020, paper tickets are no longer accepted for parking payment in the BART District. Even if you have an old paper ticket with value on it, the parking payment machines will not take a paper ticket for payment.

Parking at Berryessa/North San Jose and Milpitas stations are managed by VTA and are not part of BART’s parking program. Details on how to pay at these stations.

Quick Links

Parking Rules, Terms and Conditions

Daily Fee Parking via Official BART App:   Information

Daily Fee Parking via EZ Rider or cash:   Information   |   EZ Rider Information & Account

Reserved Parking – BART Official App:  Information

Reserved Parking – Select-a-Spot:   Information   |   Reservations

Carpool to BART Program:   Information

Electric Vehicle Parking Permits:   Information

Non-BART Parking: Information

Other BART Parking Policies

  • 24-hour weekday time limit
  • Extended Weekend Parking
  • Oversized Vehicle Restrictions
  • Motorcycle Parking
  • Parking Holidays
  • Parking Fee Increases
  • Parking Lot Estimated Fill Times
  • Paying for Parking with Pre-tax Benefits

Parking Options by Type

Daily Fee Parking – Official BART App

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BART is now offering daily fee parking payment through the Official BART App at all stations in the system. As part of BART's 15-step Welcome Back plan as the Bay Area reopens, BART accelerated deployment of this feature to all stations to provide a contactless form of parking payment. 

The Official BART App is available on Apple iOS phones and Android phones. 

Download the App:

Official BART App on Apple App Store
Official BART App on Google Play Store

The app also offers parking payment for Non-BART Parking riders and carpoolers at select stations.

How to use the app to pay for daily fee:

Before you go to park:

  • Download the official BART app, if you already have the app, make sure it is the latest version
  • Create a profile and enter a Clipper card number (multiple Clipper cards can be added) and a parking payment method (credit card, debit card, Venmo or PayPal account). Users can also create a digital wallet which will deduct parking fees from the balance and automatically load $25 each time the balance drops below $5. Be sure to enter the Clipper card number accurately.

Once at the station to park:

  • Park in the daily fee section (or the permit section after 10am)
  • Open the official BART app, select parking and follow the prompts to select the station and enter the parking stall number
  • Select payment method and complete the purchase.

Rules and what you need to know:

You may pay for parking either ten minutes before or after entering the faregates. Use the Clipper card registered in your parking account to enter the fare gates to show you are a BART rider. If you delay payment, a citation may already have been issued by the time you remember you didn't pay.

BART employee pass, LEO pass, and Airport Employee Pass holders will be able to use the app with their BART Smart Card number registered in the app profile.

FAQs

Can I use a paper ticket to enter and still pay for parking with the app?

No, a BART magstripe ticket can’t be used to enter.  You must use a Clipper card to enter and the card number must be entered in your app profile.  The Clipper card does not need to be officially registered via clippercard.com.

How do I pay?  

Pay within the app using a credit card, debit card, Venmo, or PayPal.  You may choose between paying individually for each parking transaction or creating a wallet which will deduct parking fees from your balance. The wallet will load a minimum of $25 each time the balance drops below $5.  If you typically buy more than $25 worth of parking a month, the load amount will automatically increase to reflect your typical spending.  If you do not wish to use the wallet, please pay using the "single payment" option.  

What if I don’t have a smart phone? 

You need a smart phone to pay by app. For those without access to a smart phone, you can still pay for parking inside the station using cash or EZ rider.

I forgot to pay for parking before I entered the system, can I pay through the app now? 

You must pay up to ten minutes after you enter the faregates. Be sure to pay promptly to avoid a citation.

Can I purchase a single day reserved permit through the app?

Reserved parking (single/multi day and monthly) can be purchased on the app at the Warm Springs and Rockridge stations, and will be available at all stations within the next few months.

Do you have a question about your wallet or single payment? Did you pay for parking twice?

Please contact BART Customer Service via webcustomerservices@bart.gov if you have any questions about your payments for parking.

Payment Questions

I previously had EZ Rider set up to pay for parking, is EZ Rider still an option?

Yes, the EZ Rider program is still an option at this time. The new parking payment feature on the Official BART App has some advantages, such as not requiring a parking hangtag.

For riders who wish to close their EZ Rider account and start using the Official BART App parking payment, you can start the process by accessing your BART EZ Rider Parking Account on the EZ Rider website and click on "close your account". It will then ask you to indicate the reason why you want to close your account. Please make sure your credit/debit card is current as the refund will be credited to the credit/debit card on file. The remaining balance on your account will be refunded to the credit / debit card on file within 24 - 48 hours once we receive the request.

I previously had EZ Rider set up to pay for parking but want to use the new app payment feature instead, how can I get a refund?

Full information on getting a refund from your EZ rider account can be found here (second to last question in the FAQ).

Why can’t I use Clipper to pay for parking within the app?

Clipper is a regional transit card managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and does not support BART parking payment.

My company pays for parking through commuter checks, can I use those to pay?

You can use any commuter benefits debit/credit card with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express logo to pay for parking.  Paper checks are not accepted.

If you are using a commuter benefits debit/credit card, please check that your funds are designated for parking and not transit. IRS regulations require that commuter benefits funds designated for transit must be used to pay for transit and not parking, and vice versa. Please notify your benefit administrator and specify the amount to be allocated for parking, otherwise you will get a denial from the commuter benefits debit/credit card.

Daily Fee Parking – EZ Rider or cash

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Daily Fee Parking is available on a first-come/first-served basis. You need to pay a daily fee to park at BART stations. The fee varies by station and are posted at each station. Daily fee parkers may park in the designated "Fee" area of a station, where fees are required Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you arrive after 3pm and leave before 4am, parking is free.

BART customers using the ADA accessible parking spaces are also required to pay the established parking fees at times when those fees are in effect.

Carpooling to BART? Check out our Carpool to BART Program with easy app payment. 

To park in the "Permit" area of a parking lot, you need to have purchased in advance a Single Day, Monthly, or Airport/Long-Term permit. Your receipt from your daily fee parking payment does not qualify as a permit. Parking spaces in designated Permit areas become available to the general public at 10am on a first come/first served basis, although you still must pay the daily fee for the station.

Pay for the daily parking fee inside the faregates of the station, before boarding BART.  You must be a roundtrip BART rider in order to park at a BART parking facility.

For those who do not want to use the BART app to pay for parking there are two options. 

1. EZ Rider Parking Linked to Your Clipper Card

Set up an EZ Rider Parking account with a credit/debit card and your Clipper card serial number at the BART parking website called "EZ Rider" at https://ezrider.bart.gov/ezrider/. Once you register, you will receive a hang tag, which you display in your car. To pay for parking, simply tag your Clipper card at a Parking Validation Machine after entering the fare gates. This deducts the daily fee charge from your EZ Rider Parking account only on the days that you park and tag the validation machine.

2. Cash Payment (no credit card)

A. Park and remember your stall number. Proceed through the fare gates and go to addfare/parking validation machine.
B. Enter your stall number.
C. Insert your cash.
D. Take your receipt from the bottom tray of the parking validation machine.

As of October 13, 2020, paper tickets are no longer accepted for parking payment in the BART District. Even if you have an old paper ticket with value on it, the parking payment machines will not take a paper ticket for payment.

BART's Reserved Permit Parking Program

BART offers several reserved parking options at most of its BART stations that have parking facilities.  Please visit www.Select-a-Spot.com to reserve a parking spot.  This website is operated by BART's parking permit vendor, ImPark.

Reserved Parking – Official BART App

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Reserved/ “Permit” parking is available at all BART stations with parking except Glen Park, Pittsburg Center, Milpitas, and Berryessa.  Reserved parking is typically better-located and provides a guaranteed spot until 10am on weekdays in the Permit areas of the station.  After 10am, any unoccupied spaces become "Fee" spaces and are open to the public on a first come/first served basis. 

Reserved parking may be purchased for a single day, multiple days (for airport/long term parking), or on a monthly basis.   

Reserved parking is now offered through the BART Official app at the Warm Springs and Rockridge stations, and all other stations will follow later in the year.

For all other stations, visit the Select a Spot website to view prices and purchase Reserved parking.

Warm Springs & Rockridge Stations:  Purchase reserved parking on the app by downloading the BART Official app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.   You will be prompted to create a user account and to enter one or more license plate numbers and payment methods (we accept debit card, credit card, PayPal, and Venmo).  Select to purchase either monthly reserved parking or single/multi-day reserved parking  (airport/long term parking is now called single/multi-day).  When you arrive at BART, park in the Reserved area.  There is no need to print anything in advance or display anything inside your car. 

Full FAQs for Reserved parking on the Official app are available here.

Reserved Parking – Select-a-Spot

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Reserved/ “Permit” parking is available at all BART stations with parking except Glen Park, Pittsburg Center, Milpitas, and Berryessa. Reserved parking is typically better-located and provides a guaranteed spot until 10am on weekdays in the Permit areas of the station.  After 10am, any unoccupied spaces become "Fee" spaces and are open to the public on a first come/first served basis. 

Reserved parking may be purchased for a single day, multiple days (for airport/long term parking), or on a monthly basis.   

Reserved parking is now offered through the BART Official app at the Warm Springs and Rockridge stations, and all other stations will follow later in the year.

For all other stations, visit the Select a Spot website to view prices and purchase Reserved parking.

Full FAQs for Reserved parking on the Official app are available here.

Other BART Parking Policies

24-Hour Weekday Time Limit

There is a 24-hour weekday time limit on parking in all BART lots (See Airport/Long Term Parking for an exception to this rule). Vehicles left in BART parking facilities for more than 24 hours will be subject to fine.

Extended Weekend Parking

At all BART parking facilities, the 24 hour rule for leaving your vehicle is waived during and throughout weekends and BART designated holidays, excluding those fees that are detailed within the APLT Airport / Long Term parking reservation policy. This means you may leave your vehicle at a BART parking facility during and throughout the weekends and the BART designated holidays continuously and payment of parking fees is not required for these days. (Parking at the Milpitas and Berryessa stations is managed by the Valley Transportation Authority and have different parking rules. Please check their website for details.) Payment is required for any normal operating days either following or preceding the BART designated Holiday, Saturday or Sunday.

Oversized Vehicle Restrictions

Vehicles or combinations of vehicles that exceed 6.5 feet in width, or 19 feet in length or 3 tons in weight may not be driven through, left standing or parked in any BART parking facility. Vehicles found in violation of the size restrictions may be cited or towed.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles may park free of charge in designated motorcycle parking areas.  If you park in a numbered stall in the daily fee area, the parking fee is required from 4am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Parking Holidays

Parking permit & fee requirements are not enforced in station parking facilities on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (Observed on Monday July 5th in 2021)
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas  (Observed on Friday, December 24th in 2021)

If New Year's Day or Christmas fall on a Sunday, then the following Monday (December 26 and January 2) will be considered a parking holiday. Airport/long term parking permit reservations that include a holiday are excluded.

Electric Vehicle Parking Permits Update – Warm Springs/South Fremont Station

BART offers 22 Level 2 electric vehicle ChargePoint charging stations at the Warm Springs station as part of a pilot project. The cost to charge is $0.13/kWh 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays).

Parking payment is required Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 3:00 pm. Parking payment is not required on weekends and holidays. 

  • 12 spaces will be available as Single Day Reserved parking ($6.00 per day) and 3 spaces are available to monthly permit holders. To purchase, download the BART Official app and select Reserved -> single/multi day parking at Warm Springs Station. EV reserved parking permits purchased through Select-a-Spot will be honored until June 1st, 2021.  
  • 24 spaces are available for Daily Fee parking on a first-come first-serve basis ($3 per day).
  • 3 ADA spaces are available for Daily Fee parking on a first-come first-serve basis ($3 per day).

Beginning June 1st, all EV spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use of an EV space while not actively charging may result in a fine. If you have additional questions or comments on the EV pilot program, please email BARTEVPilot@bart.gov.

Electric Vehicle Parking Permits – Lafayette Station

Three Level 2 "Greenlots" electric vehicle charging stations are availableat the Lafayette Station B and C parking lots. The cost is $0.26/kWh plus a $0.50 transaction fee 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays). Use of an EV space while not actively charging may result in a fine. 

Parking payment is required Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 3:00 pm. Parking payment is not required on weekends and holidays. Permits/fees for parking your EV will be as follows:

  • 3 spaces will be available as Single Day Reserved parking ($6 per day) in Parking Lot C under the solar canopy and island nearest the stairway to Parking Lot B and the station entrance. Go to select-a-spot and purchase permits and a printed permit must be displayed on your EV dashboard.
  • 1 space is available for Daily Fee parking on a first-come first-serve basis ($3 per day) in Parking Lot B in the first row of parking outside the station entrance. This space is nearest the driving aisle and is furthest to the left when approaching the station entrance.

See Lafayette Station page to download a PDF copy fo the Lafayette Parking map below:

Lafayette parking map

If you have additional questions or comments on the EV pilot program, please email BARTEVPilot@bart.gov.

Non-BART Parking

Those parking at BART in the early morning (between 3:30 and 5:30 am) and catching connecting Early Bird Express bus service may pay for BART parking with the BART Official app before the station opens. Use the BART Official App's "Non-BART" parking option. 

Parking Fee Increases

BART's policy is to adjust rates every 6 months by $0.50 if a facility is over 95% occupied, up to a $3 daily fee maximum (except West Oakland). DUE TO COVID-19, THIS POLICY IS ON-HOLD 

Commuter Benefits

You may be able to save on parking by enrolling in a pre-tax commuter benefits program.   Ask your employer if they offer this benefit.  To use your parking commuter benefits to purchase BART parking, you will need to obtain a benefits debit card from a commuter benefits provider such as Health Equity/WageWorks or Edenred, or you may pay out of pocket and request reimbursement.