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Parking in Columbus

Stephany Renfrow Columbus Leave a Comment

To park or not to park. There is no question.


Parking, especially in the downtown Columbus area, can be a real headache. There’s always construction going on lately as High Street undergoes its renovations. Plus, it’s crowded in general. Columbus is now the 14th largest city in the United States, and the 2nd largest city in the Midwest after Chicago (we’ve even outgrown Indianapolis). Add to that a National Geographic article published last year naming Columbus a must-visit city, and the traffic congestion is sure to expand with our population size. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of all the traffic in any given city is due to drivers looking for parking spots.

Not only that, but you’ve got to pay, and that can really add up. Between meters, garages, and any tickets and fines you may receive, the privilege of parking your car downtown is definitely going to cost you.

Fortunately, thanks to technology, parking in Columbus is now a whole lot easier—and cheaper.

Did you know that you can reserve parking or that you can pay on your phone? Well, you totally can, and it’s awesome!

Here are some apps that are about to blow your mind.


Parkmobile is a free parking app that is about to make your downtown driving a whole lot easier. It allows you to quickly locate, reserve, or pay for parking using your smartphone. You can even sync your PayPal account with Parkmobile and pay that way. Finding a parking spot in Columbus is super easy!

Download the Parkmobile app for Android

Download the Parkmobile app for IOS


ParkMe is another super cool app, available to download on both Android and IOS devices. It will transform the way you locate, pay, and ultimately park almost anywhere in the city. While it offers many of the same features as Parkmobile, with ParkMe you can create your own maps, set up monthly parking, and locate street parking (Parkmobile is limited to specific lots).

Download the ParkMe app for Android

Download the ParkMe app for IOS


BestParking is one of the top-rated parking apps, with over 850,000 users monthly, and it can find the absolute best spot for you in Columbus. It not only finds the most convenient parking for wherever you are, but it sorts available spaces by price, saving you time and money. We like the sound of that!

Download the BestParking app for Android

Download the BestParking app for IOS

Parking Panda

ParkingPanda: Buckeye fans will love this one. This app offers similar features to the others on this list, but what sets it apart is the company’s partnerships with a variety of sports leagues and stadiums. Once you reserve your spot, it’s yours, no matter when you show up to the game. Anyone who has struggled to find parking within walking distance to the Shoe knows what a big deal this is! ParkingPanda helps you find the best parking for specific events in Columbus. Also, you can earn free parking with their referral program.

Download the ParkingPanda app for Android

Download the ParkingPanda app for IOS

Spend less time driving around and more time enjoying your destination. Happy parking, Columbus!

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