Indianapolis Parking Meters

With the exception of free spaces, parking meters offer the most affordable parking option in Indianapolis. Here's everything you need to know about them:

  • In the downtown core area, along Massachusetts Avenue and in Broad Ripple, the days and hours of meter operation are Monday through Saturday from 7AM to 11PM. The rate for these meters is $1.50 per hour.
  • The days and hours of operation for areas downtown outside of the core are Monday through Saturday from 7AM to 11PM. The hours in residential areas are Monday through Saturday from 7AM to 11PM. The rate for both of these meter areas is $1.00 per hour.
  • Following is a reminder of the free parking holidays outlined by City ordinance: New Year's Day; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Presidents Day; Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas day. 
    (NOTE: Free parking holidays are posted on the lower right section of each pay box, and every meter is programmed to prevent payment and display a message that payment is not needed on these free parking holidays.)
  • Most parking meters now accept credit cards including MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
  • Many meters accept payment for a maximum of two hours, but some now allow up to four hours of parking. (In other words, use caution when you press the "max" button.)
  • Plan ahead for covered meters. Before and during major events, some metered spaces will not be available for parking. Don't risk getting towed.
  • Finally, make sure your tires are within one-foot of the curb. Our parking enforcement folks have been known to pull out measuring tape!
Want more information on parking in downtown Indianapolis? Check here.

Post updated August 2019