BART parking is only available to round-trip BART riders.
BART now offers contactless daily fee parking payment through the Official BART App systemwide, its most significant parking payment modernization effort to date. The feature is a great way to avoid touching surfaces and waiting in line.
The app is the easiest way to pay for the daily fee. Other options if you do not have a permit purchased in advance, include cash or a BART paper ticket that is used to enter the fare gates (please note, many stations no longer sell paper tickets). You can not use Clipper to pay for parking without setting up EZ rider in advance. Full details below.
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.
Daily Fee Parking via Official BART App: Information
Carpool to BART Program: Information
- 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
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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. After a 5-station pilot in March 2020, BART sped up efforts to bring the daily fee parking payment through the Official BART App to all stations in the system.
The Official BART App is available on Apple iOS phones and Android phones. Please click below to download the app on your smartphone:
The app also offers parking payment for Early Bird Express 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)
- Before heading towards the station entrance, 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.
- After paying for the spot via the app, you must enter the fare gates with your Clipper card within the time limit the app provides. Make sure the faregate reads the card and displays OK and the Clipper card used is registered in the app profile.
Rules and what you need to know:
You must use the Clipper card registered in your parking account to enter the fare gates after the payment has been made to validate the payment and ensure only BART riders are parking in our lots.
BART will block accounts after receiving warnings of users that are not tagging their Clipper cards when entering the fare gates after the payment has been made via the app. This step also prevents fare evasion.
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.
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 automatically load $25 each time the balance drops below $5. After a period of time, the app will average your usage to set the wallet amount moving forward. BART may, in the future, add a small convenience fee to single payments made through the app, pending a decision from the Board of Directors.
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, EZ rider, or the same blue ticket you entered with.
I forgot to pay for parking before I entered the system, can I pay through the app now?
No, you must pay for parking through the app before you tag your Clipper card at the faregates. This is an important step to ensure only BART riders are parking in our lots. We also don’t allow this option because a citation may have already been issued by the time you remember you didn’t pay.
Can I purchase a single day reserved permit through the app?
No, not at this time. We are working on developing this functionality.
Do you have a question about your wallet or single payment? Did you pay for parking twice?
Please contact BART Customer Service via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your payments for parking.
Questions About Warnings
What prompts a warning?
- When someone enters the faregate before app payment (e.g. they forgot to pay and paid while inside the paid area, on the train, or later that day)
- When someone enters the wrong Clipper number when creating their profile (the system will not show the user tagged their Clipper as required)
- When someone uses a Clipper that was not added to their profile in advance (e.g. user lost or misplaced their Clipper or has multiple Clipper cards and used a Clipper card not entered in their app profile)
I tagged into the fare gate with my Clipper card but I got a warning saying I didn’t. What can I do?
Be sure that you tagged in using the same Clipper card number you registered in your profile on the BART app. If the Clipper card number on file does not match the number you tagged into the faregates with, you will receive a warning.
Also, ensure the faregate reads your card and displays OK. Passing through too quickly and not ensuring the faregate displays OK will lead to a warning. If there is any doubt, see a Station Agent and ask them to check if you properly tagged in.
BART will block parking accounts after issuing a set number of warnings.
I got distracted and wasn’t able to enter the station within the time limit, I got a warning- what can I do?
You must tag your Clipper card within the designated time limit displayed in the app after you have paid for your parking spot, using the same Clipper number you have in your profile on the app. BART requires this step to ensure only BART riders are parking in our lots. BART will block parking accounts after issuing a set number of warnings.
My parking account was blocked, what can I do?
BART blocks accounts after issuing warnings to those not following the program rules. If your mobile account has been blocked, you will need to pay for parking inside the BART station, either with cash or blue ticket at the addfare machines or through the EZ rider program.
If you feel your account was blocked in error, please contact BART Customer Services at email@example.com or 510-464-7134.
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.
I bought a group BART ticket using the BART to Airport app, can I use the official app to pay for carpool parking?
Unfortunately, you can’t because of our requirement to use Clipper to enter the fare gates. You will need to use another option to pay for parking.
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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.
There are 3 ways to pay for parking.
1. EZ Rider Parking Linked to Your Clipper Card
Using a Clipper card makes you eligible for EZ Rider Parking on days you ride BART. Just 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
A. 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.
3. BART Blue Ticket (Only in-station option if you don't have cash or an EZ rider account)
Purchase a BART blue ticket.
A. Proceed through the fare gates and go to addfare/parking validation machine inside the paid area. You must enter the fare gate using the BART blue ticket (not Clipper).
B. Insert your blue BART ticket. The total value required on that ticket prior to entering must be at least the minimum ride's fare from that location plus the daily parking fee in effect.
C. Enter your stall number.
D. Take your receipt from the bottom tray of the parking validation machine.
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.
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Monthly Reserved Permit Parking is available at most BART stations that offer parking. Permits are station-specific and cost between $30 and $115.50 per month (subject to change). This permit allows riders the ability to park within a designated reserved "Permit" parking area close to the station Monday through Friday until 10 a.m. After 10am, any unoccupied spaces become "Fee" spaces and are open to the public on a first come/first served basis.
Buy your Monthly Reserved Permit online now at Select-a-Spot, which offers an easy, convenient and secure way to purchase permits with a credit card. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
All patrons are required to display a valid parking permit through the front windshield of the vehicle with the permit facing outward and clearly displaying the permit number.
Failure to display a valid permit may result in a citation.
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BART offers Single Day Reserved Permit Parking at many stations. This permit allows riders to purchase a reserved permit for single days and park in the "Permit" Reserved area. Your reservation is for arrival before 10 am.
You will be required to printout a single day permit for each day of your reservation and display the permit through the front windshield of the vehicle with the permit facing outward and clearly displaying the permit number. Failure to display a valid permit may result in a citation. The cost of single day reserved parking varies by station and you can make a reservation as late as just before you need to use it. Buy your Single Day Reserved Permit online now at Select-a-Spot.
Carpooling to BART? Check out our Carpool to BART Program with easy app payment.
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(APLT) Airport / Long Term – (APLT) Airport / Long Term Program permits can be purchased for periods of up to 30 days. These permits allow you to park in the station's "Permit" reserved area up until 10 am Monday through Friday. After 10:00 am this "Permit" reserved area is open to the general public and any remaining spaces may fill up fast. So if you have an Airport/Long Term parking reservation, it is important to arrive at a station either before 10am or at a time when parking spaces are available (generally weekends and evenings.)
Customers who purchase a long term parking permit may park in the station's permit/reserved or other areas that are non-restricted. This is the only permit that allows parking in excess of 24 consecutive hours and is subject to parking charges for weekends and holiday periods depending upon the start date and end date of the reservation and is as further explained below.
You will be required to printout your (APLT) Airport / Long Term permit for your reservation and display the permit through the front windshield of the vehicle with the permit facing outward and clearly displaying the permit number. Failure to display a valid permit may result in a citation. For security purposes, these permits will only display the date of the first day of the permit reservation and enforcement officers will verify the permit duration electronically. Buy your (APLT) Airport/Long Term Reserved Permit online now at Select-a-Spot.
(APLT) Airport / Long Term Weekend and BART designated Holiday Exception:
(APLT) Airport / Long Term reservations beginning and ending on any weekday and spanning a BART designated Holiday, Saturday or Sunday are subject to (APLT) / Long Term parking charges throughout the on-line reservation including the BART designated Holiday, Saturday or Sunday covered throughout the reservation period. (APLT) Airport / Long Term reservations beginning or ending on a BART designated Holiday, a Saturday or Sunday are not charged for parking on that BART designated Holiday, Saturday or Sunday. (APLT) Airport / Long Term permits are not available for purchase at any of the BART stations and can only be purchased online prior to arriving at the station.
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. 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.
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.
“Excluding” APLT Airport / Long Term Parking Permit reservations, parking permit & fee requirements are not enforced in station parking facilities on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Veterans Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (Observed on Friday, July 3rd in 2020)
- Labor Day
Electric Vehicle Parking Permits Update – Warm Springs/South Fremont Station
BART’s Warm Springs Station Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Pilot program includes 22 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. Effective October 15, 2018, use of the electricity to charge your vehicle will cost $0.13/kWh 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays). Please pay for the electricity through the ChargePoint charging station. Vehicles must be plugged in to use these parking spaces.
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 for parking your EV will be as follows:
- 12 spaces will be available as Single Day Reserved parking ($6.00 per day). Go to select-a-spot to purchase permits and a printed permit must be displayed on your EV dashboard.
- 3 spaces are available to existing Monthly Permit holders* who drive and charge their EVs at Warm Springs Station. These spaces can only be used by EVs. All patrons are required to display a valid parking permit through the front windshield of the vehicle with the permit facing outward and clearly displaying the permit number.
- 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).
To read more about the pilot program, please click here. For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the pilot program, please click here . If you have additional questions or comments on the EV pilot program, please email BARTEVPilot@bart.gov.
*NOTE: There are no separate monthly permits for only parking in the EV charging lot. Existing Monthly Reserved permit holders can park in the 3 designated EV charging spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any monthly permit holders found parking in EV charging spaces that are otherwise designated (per the signage in front of each EV charging space) are subject to fines.
Electric Vehicle Parking Permits – Lafayette Station
BART is piloting a second Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging project at Lafayette Station. Three Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations are available for use, located in Parking Lots B and C. Effective May 15, 2019, use of the electricity to chrage your vehicle will cost $0.26/kWh plus a $0.50 transaction fee 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays). Please pay for the electricity through the Greenlots charging station. Vehicles must be plugged in to use these parking spaces.
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 staiwary 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:
If you have additional questions or comments on the EV pilot program, please email BARTEVPilot@bart.gov.
Early Bird Express Parking
Because BART stations shifted to a 5 am opening beginning February 11, 2019, parking during the 4 am hour can not be paid for inside of the stations. To allow Early Bird Express riders to continue to pay for parking between 3:30 am and 5:30 am, BART is offering three different ways to pay for parking.
Official BART app: Once you have parked, use the official BART app to pay for your spot with a credit card, PayPal or Venmo. Users can click on the Parking icon at the bottom of the screen and follow prompts to create a profile and add payment preferences. We recommend creating your profile and payment options in advance, so you won’t need to when you arrive at the station. The parking payment feature only works between 3:30 am and 5:30 am. You will need to update the app to its latest version to see the feature (app users will receive a notice that an update is needed).
Select-a-Spot Single-Day Pass: A single-day pass can be purchased online through www.select-a-spot.com/bart. This option requires you to purchase the single-day pass online and print out and display the pass on the front dashboard of your car, clearly displaying the pass number. You can purchase up to two weeks of passes in advance in one log in session. Park in the fee area, not the permit area.
Hang Tag Single-Day Pass: Purchase one or more pre-printed, single-day, hang tag parking passes in person at the Lake Merritt and Embarcadero Clipper Card Office customer service centers (hours below). Each hangtag is good for one day. You must scratch off the month, date, and year of the date you are parking. Scratching off more than one date will invalidate the pass. The hang tag must be displayed visibly on your rearview mirror or dashboard with the date facing outward. Park in the fee area, not the permit area.
BART Customer Service Center at Lake Merritt Station in Oakland (sales windows are located on the concourse level in both the free and paid areas): Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm.
Clipper Customer Service Center at Embarcadero Station in San Francisco (located on the concourse level): Monday-Friday, 7 am-7 pm; Saturday, 9 am-2 pm.
Cost to Park
The cost to park is the same as before. Clipper cannot be used to pay for parking in the 4 am hour, which means the EZ Rider payment system cannot be used. Information on getting a refund from your EZ rider account can be found here (second to last question in the FAQ).
Where to Park
All three of these options allow you to park in the FEE area of BART stations served by Early Bird Express bus service. Do not park in the PERMIT area. None of these options are considered a permit. There is ample parking in the fee area during the 4 am hour.
Download Early Bird Express parking information.
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).
Parking Lot Estimated Fill Times
Please consult each station page for estimated fill times.
These various agencies offer a means in which you can pay for your parking on a pre-tax basis and each has a slightly different program than the other. In some cases they produce payment on your behalf to the BART parking vendor and in doing so, provide them with the appropriate information for your account to be properly credited. In each of these instances, it is the BART patron who is responsible for ensuring that the correct and proper information is provided to the BART parking vendor to ensure proper credit to your account. The information that should appear on the check making payment on your behalf should include.
Checks must clearly document right on them (If not submitted as a bulk payment) and not as an attachment - the patron (Account Name), parking permit number, Station and license number to ensure proper credit to the account for which they are being submitted. They must also be made payable to Impark.