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The quest for cheap parking

The quest for cheap parking
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:56:41 AM »
This last year I refused to pay over 20$ a day for parking and parked at Marta. Is there any parking downtown that is reasonably priced. As much as they charge for 4-5 days my car should get an oil change and detailing. I would prefer a deck..not a surface lot. Going to pick up my car at Marta is a hassle. You experts on here have any hidden tricks?
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Offline Eric_dsm

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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 02:37:04 PM »
http://www.atlantadowntown.com/guide/getting-around/parking
The rates can vary dramatically within a couple of blocks. I have a favorite surface lot that's close that isn't too bad ($7-$10 depending on the day). I'm selfishly not going to say which one to try to avoid having everyone try to crowd into my lot. :)

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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2016, 12:45:52 AM »
My husband always parks our car at the airport ($7-9 a day) and rides the Marta back in. It eats up a little time but we save a ton of money.
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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 07:50:12 PM »
I was thinking about taking uber in and out.  This is my first year so I am still trying to figure it out.

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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 10:39:49 PM »
Doesn't uber (and lyft, too, i would imagine) do demand pricing? I suspect they'd crank the prices starting thursday afternoon and keep them up until monday morning.
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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2017, 12:35:36 AM »
I am sure they do, why not!  If a shirt is $60, why not jack up the prices on that too!  I need to look into some options then.  Maybe MARTA

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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2017, 10:15:39 AM »
MARTA parking at the Lindberg station is an excellent option.  It's only a few stops north on the MARTA and easy to get to.  It is a garage and is attended 24/7.  We usually park at the hotel for the first night (to unload in more than one trip) and then drop the car first thing the next morning. We typically pick up the car the morning we plan to leave (we leave Tuesday morning so there's no major concerns about traffic or parking availability) and pay an hourly rate at our hotel (we stay at the Hilton).

Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2017, 11:45:46 AM »
The Awesome ZAN said this on Facebook

Thanks for the question. That has previously been discussed on the podcast and the conclusion was that there is no cheap parking downtown. It is a very busy holiday weekend and the cost of parking reflects this. MARTA is the best deal. www.itsmarta.com - find the nearest stop on your way in that has long term parking available and it will cost about $8-$10 per day. That is the best deal. Downtown/hotel parking starts at $25-$30 per day or more. Self park is cheaper than valet.

If you want to reserve a spot there are various parking apps you can use. You can search this group for the word "parking" to see past threads on this very popular topic. https://www.facebook.com/.../dragonconroomsgroup/search/...
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Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2017, 10:32:15 PM »
We have breeze cards for MARTA, saved from past years, and we just reload them every year for the weekend. If you have a weekend pass you can ride the Marta as many times as you want for whatever period of time you paid for. Its usually $20 for the whole weekend, if you already have a breeze card, and $23 if you have to buy a breeze card also. :)

Re: The quest for cheap parking
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2017, 02:34:13 PM »
We have breeze cards for MARTA, saved from past years, and we just reload them every year for the weekend. If you have a weekend pass you can ride the Marta as many times as you want for whatever period of time you paid for. Its usually $20 for the whole weekend, if you already have a breeze card, and $23 if you have to buy a breeze card also. :)

Some thoughts. As mentioned above, Labor Day weekend is incredibly busy so cheap parking is almost impossible to find. Beyond DC you have the 2 kickoff classic football games - Alabama vs Florida State on Saturday evening and Georgia Tech vs Tennessee on Monday evening.

Be aware that parallel spots are free on Sunday and Monday if you can find one. Not many of them so they go fast.

A note on the Breeze cards. They went to the newer silver Breeze cards this year and the blue ones will no longer work as of July 1, 2017. So if you have old blue cards you will have to get new silver ones at the MARTA stations when you come.