ParkBoston – Boston Parking 4+

A Smarter Way to Park

City of Boston

    • Free



The ParkBoston app, powered by ParkMobile, gives you a smarter way to park in Boston. Easily pay for on-street and off-street parking right from your mobile device. You can use the ParkBoston app in over 500 other cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and more.

Why Use the ParkBoston app?
•    Skip the meter and easily pay for parking from your mobile device
•    Extend your parking duration remotely from the app
•    Get alerts so you know when your parking session is going to expire 
•    Use ParkMobile in over 3000 locations coast-to-coast including venues, airports, and universities
•    Use the GPS feature to find the closest ParkBoston spots

How to Set Up Your Account
•    Download the ParkBoston app and create an account with your email address and password
•    Enter your license plate number and the state where your vehicle is registered
•    Add your method of payment and start using the ParkBoston app

How It Works:
On-Street and Off-Street Parking: 
•    Enter the zone number on the posted signs and stickers around the parking spot
•    Select the amount of time you want to park and confirm your information
•    Touch the “Start Parking” button to begin your parking session
•    Extend time in the app if you are running late

App Features
•    Customizable notifications delivered via email, text, and/or app
•    Save your favorite parking locations for next time
•    Store up to five cars in your account
•    “Find your car” feature directs you back to the location where you parked
•    Multiple payment methods available

About ParkMobile
ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of parking payment solutions in the United States, helping over 35 million people easily find, reserve, and pay for parking from their mobile devices.

Looking for Help?
At ParkMobile, we’re serious about customer service. We process over 350,000 parking transactions every day and we know that every now and then, something might go wrong. If you have an issue, we will do everything we can to make it right. Our customer service is 24/7/365. If you need help, here’s how to get in touch with us:
Online Help Center:
Video Tutorials:

What’s New

Version 9.18.3

The Park Boston app is now powered by ParkMobile!

Setup your new account to start parking and take advantage of the following features:

* Flexible account sign in. You can choose to setup your new account with an email and password or quickly create an account with Google or Apple sign in.

* Pay with your preferred option. The new app enables you to pay for parking with your desired card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or ParkMobile Wallet.

* View parking in and around Boston. Use the parking map to see which parking zones are closest to your current location or future destination.

* Save your favorite zones. Quickly park again in zones you frequent by adding them to your favorites.

Ratings and Reviews

Alan the Piano Tech ,

Good but one major flaw

I have been using this app nearly daily since I got it, and by and large it's pretty great. I have yet to have any functionality issues, which is pretty impressive. The one issue I have is worthy of my two-star ding, and it is this: the ten-minutes warning is a rather loud and realistic sounding car horn. If you *use* your phone for, oh, say, anything at all that requires the speakers, it will be loud enough to make you jump out of your skin. If you're in your car already and using the phone through your cars soeakers, it's downright dangerous! You can turn the reminder off completely, but it uses the system volume, and you cannot make the sound anything other than the device on your car designed to warn others of danger. Idiotic! Since my complaints about this have gone unnoticed apparently for months, and I've grown to despise the app despite the fact that it would be five star material without this unforgivable flaw, I have downgraded my rating from three to one star.

MPrytunes ,

Needs better instructions

Was visiting Boston from NC. Upon parking I downloaded the app, and entered plate #, parking zone, etc., and paid. I entered my plate number as it is on my plate, with a dash. Very convenient and easy to use. To my dismay, I came back to $40 ticket. I parked elsewhere later that evening, and another $40 ticket! I parked the next day, and luckily did not get a ticket, but apparently just got lucky that no parking enforcement came by that day. I called to dispute the tickets upon returning home and was told I shouldn’t have entered the dash. Seems like it should have been an instant dismissal for such a simple “error”, but it had to be reviewed. A week or so later, I received a letter regarding each violation. One was dismissed and one wasn’t!! I called again and was told they will only dismiss one mistake (which isn’t really a mistake as there is a dash in my plate #). What time consuming nonsense for all involved just for including the dash in my plate number! App developers, unless you are trying to take advantage of unsuspecting out-of-towners, please provide instructions in the app to not include spacers or dashes, or whatever else will cause a problem.

beach.bum ,

Convenient app but could use some usability upgrades

I use this app frequently because I live in back bay and can’t always find resident parking. It’s convenient and great because I want all quarters to do my laundry ;) I like the recent history, I like the reminder.

A couple recommendations from an avid user to make this app better:
1. A map so you can remember where you parked / see which zone to use if you parked overnight and and want to pay to park in the morning but don’t want to leave bed quite yet (my zone starts at 8am and one Saturday’s I like to read in bed with coffee in the morning).
2. It takes a lot of clicks. Login. Zone entry. Car selection. Payment type. Payment method. Confirmation. I use this for my main car 99% of the time, have always paid with the same card. I wish it defaulted to my main car, my usual payment method and type, left the zone free to enter, and confirmed there, rather than asking each time if I want to pay using credit/debit or parking card, then asking which card, then needing to confirm I actually want to pay. I defaulted to auto login which helped, but I want one or two clicks please. I’ve forgotten to confirm a couple times and been lucky, but I know that won’t always be the case!
3. I wish the recent history allowed for 4 or 5 recent zones. I park on my block and get them confused sometimes and have to go back into my email to figure out which zone is which street and which side of the street in the morning.


App Privacy

The developer, City of Boston, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Financial Info
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Other Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • User Content
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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