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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Street Parking in San Francisco - How to Pay for Metered Parking

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How to Pay at the Meter

Meters in San Francisco accept multiple forms of payment.  There are two types of meters in San Francisco: the old and new.

Old meters do NOT take credit cards, but new meters do.  You can pay by inserting your credit card directly into a new meter.

Credit Card

Credit Cards accepted by San Francisco Meters


SFMTA Card Looks Like This

SFMTA cards come in $20 and $50 denominations.  These cards are for people who: 
1.  do not want to carry coins
2.  do not have a credit card
3.  often park at old meters that do not accept credit cards

You can purchase SFMTA cards at these locations.  You can buy SFMTA cards online for an extra $2.50 each.


Coins including nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar coins are accepted.


Paying by PayByPhone Costs 45 Cents

You can pay by using the PaybyPhone phone app for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry; or by calling a PaybyPhone's toll free phone number printed on the meter and entering the meter's serial number.  Each transaction costs $0.45.  PaybyPhone is great for adding money without having to go back to the meter.  But remember, each extension costs $0.45.

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