The Gaslamp Quarter National Historic District is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, California. Our neighborhood is eight blocks long (from Broadway to Harbor Drive) and a little more than two blocks wide (4th, 5th & 6th Avenues) for a total of 16 and one half blocks. The area is best known for our stunning examples of Victorian Architecture and for being a fabulous entertainment destination. There are currently more than 100 diverse restaurants, nightclubs, lounges and live music venues. We have another 70 shops, boutiques and personal service providers. There are more than 20 hotels directly adjacent to the neighborhood and we are directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres.
From I-5 South
Drive past the airport toward the downtown San Diego skyline. Take the Front Street/Civic Center exit. Continue down Front Street twelve blocks to Market St and turn left (east). The intersection of 5th and Market is the center of the Gaslamp Quarter.
From I-5 North
In Downtown San Diego, take the 6th Ave. exit. Go left (south) on 6th Ave. In nine blocks you will cross Broadway to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at it’s northern end.
From Highway 94 West
The highway ends and becomes F Street in Downtown San Diego. Continue west down F Street twelve blocks to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at Sixth Ave from the east.
From Highway 163 South
Drive south through Balboa Park and the highway becomes 10th Ave. Continue south on 10th Ave six blocks to F Street. Turn right (west) on F Street and go four blocks to enter the Gaslamp at 6th Ave at it’s northern end.
The Gaslamp Quarter is one of Southern California’s most popular destinations. This makes free parking rare but reasonably priced parking is normally available and easy to access, if you know where to look. Understanding our network is the key to saving time and money.
The National Historic District sees the most visitors on nights and weekends and during special events like festivals, conventions and Major League Baseball games. We have a combination of metered street parking, garages and surface lots in and around the district.
Note that a majority of our traffic grid contains numbered streets that run North/South (4th, 5th and 6th Ave) and alphabet based streets that run East/West (E Street, F Street, G Street, Market Street, Island Ave., J Street, K Street and L Street).
Metered Street Parking
Spots are limited but inexpensive. 2014 rates are $1.25 per hour. They all accept coins and some also accept credit cards. Currently parking meters are enforced from 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday – Saturday. There is no enforcement on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (San Diego Municipal Code, Section 86.01).
“Park-it-on-Market” and the “6th & K Parkade”
Both of these community garages are directly adjacent to the Gaslamp. They both have multiple entry points and require cash for payment upon exit. They have different rates for daytime parking (hourly) vs. events and evening parking (flat rate). Parkers that stay past 6:00pm pay the daytime hourly plus the night flat rate. Parkers that stay past 3:00am pay the flat rate plus daily hourly rate. Event Rates are good for 12 hours from the time of entry, after which regular public parking rates apply. They do not offer in-and-out privileges unless you contract with them for a monthly permit and they offer a variety of permit options. Both structures are run by Ace Parking under contract by Civic San Diego. Due to fluctuation in pricing we do not publish prices, but you may call Ace Parking at (619) 233-6624 or find more information at ParkDowntownSD.com.
Westfield Horton Plaza
Our neighbors at Westfield Horton Plaza offers free parking for up to one (1) hour available Monday through Sunday from 5:00am to 8:00pm when you get your parking ticket stamped at self-service validation kiosks located inside Horton Plaza. The parking validation system ends at 8:00pm, and standard parking rates will apply after hours and if you exceed the one hour maximum. Westfield Horton Plaza’s parking is managed by Ace Parking. Call Manager for specifics (619) 233-1491 or visit Westfield.com.
There are many surface lots that surround the Gaslamp Quarter. Some have active attendants on duty that will collect payment as you enter and some use automated attendants that will accept your credit card in return for a voucher you leave on your dash. Rates vary based on season, ball games and special events. A quick review of the Gaslamp Parking Map will help you determine which areas are closer to your destination but keep in mind that Gaslamp was designed with blocks that are smaller than many other communities and we also have a collection gorgeous historic buildings and world class people watching to view while you stroll through the neighborhood. A few blocks on our wide brick sidewalks should be a pleasure.
Partial List of Adjacent Surface Lots:
6th & J Street (Entrance is just past Island Ave on the right)
7th & Market /SE (From 7th Ave., North from J St./Enter on the right)
7th & Market /NE (Turn north up 7th Ave from Market St/enter on right)
1st & J Street – (Multiple entrances – 1st Ave, 2nd Ave and Island Ave)
4th Ave, south of J St. – (Enter on right, after Cost Plus World Market)
6th Ave, south of Broadway – (Entrance on right)
6th Ave, south of E St – (Entrance on right)
7th Ave, south of E St – (Entrance on left)
Many of our popular locations work with local parking service providers to offer you the convenience of Valet parking. Look for their set-ups, placed out front, along our main streets and pull into their loading zones for service. Pricing and hours vary significantly. Note the time that the valet operation closes and instructions for late retrieval before you head off.
HOTEL, OFFICE & RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
There are several area buildings that have additional inventory available.
Gaslamp City Square > 4th Ave – South of Island
7th Ave, north of E Street > Two big structures on either side of this block are convenient for locations in the Northern portion of the Gaslamp Quarter
5th Ave, north of Broadway > Across the street from the House of Blues, enter on the left side.
The San Diego Convention Center > Pricing is reduced when there is no Convention or Special event utilizing their space and it is very close to the South end of Gaslamp & our iconic archway.
Hotels > Most of the large hotels in Gaslamp have parking resources that utilize a valet to place you in their garage or conveniently off-site. If you find yourself in the situation where you are willing to pay a bit more for the convenience, it is good to know about these resources too.
Hotel Locations with Valet Service
Andaz San Diego – Hyatt Hotels
Courtyard by Marriott
Gaslamp Plaza Suites
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Horton Grand Hotel
Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp / Convention Center
Omni San Diego Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
Se San Diego
The Keating Hotel
The US Grant, San Diego
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter San Diego
Wyndham Harbour Lights
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
You can ride the San Diego Bus or Trolley to the Gaslamp Quarter
The Trolley runs from the Mexican border, South Bay, East County, Old Town and Mission Valley. Ride the Orange Line to the Gaslamp Quarter Station at the south end of Fifth Avenue or get off at the 5th Avenue Station and walk one block south on C Street. Buses take a variety of routes.
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Park & Ride
San Diego Transit system provides many great locations for you to park your car and ride into downtown via bus or trolley. Check their website for specifics.