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. Don’t worry about parking- we’ll help you out!
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. Call Manager for specifics (619) 233-1491 or visit Westfield.com.
To make parking easy and stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow you to search and reserve parking before your trip or on the go. View real-time availability and pricing at convenient locations throughout Gaslamp Quarter. Simply update the calendar to fit your schedule and view parking options.
Once booked, your spot is 100% guaranteed at the selected location. Need assistance? Please give Parking Panda a call at (800) 232-6415 to speak with a helpful representative!