Want to save some serious cash on your cruise? Then it starts with knowing where to park.
Port Everglades has plenty of parking options, all located convenient to the port itself. But that doesn’t mean you’ll pay the same price everywhere. In fact, you could save $100 or more just by picking the right cruise parking. (Planning to stay the night in Fort Lauderdale fore your cruise? You can save money by booking one of these hotels with cruise parking.)
We’ve rounded up your best options — including information about each — below. And for your convenience we’ve also created this easy table to help you make the right parking choice:
Port Everglades Official Parking: The official parking provided by the port is by far the most convenient. There are two main garages. The Northport parking garage has 2,500 spaces and serves cruise terminals 1 and 2. The Midport garage serves terminals 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 29 with 2,000 spots. In addition there are surface lots available at the port with another 1,000 parking spots for other terminals and overflow parking.
What these official parking lots provide in convenience, they make up for with price. Parking fares are $15 per day for a regular car; $19 for oversized vehicles. Keep in mind those rates are likely to give you garage parking, which makes the higher cost a little easier to swallow. As well, you can’t beat the location right next to the cruise terminals.
Cost: $15 per day
Distance: At terminal
Park ‘N Go: Park ‘N Go offers parking just a few blocks from the port, but for much cheaper than you’ll pay at official port parking. If booked online, Park ‘N Go offers a rate of $8 per day plus fees and taxes. That would be a good deal anywhere, but with a parking lot so close to the Port Everglades entrance, that deal is exceptional.
If you decide to use this service, we highly recommend booking online before hand. While the Internet rate is $8 plus tax, the drive-up rate is $12 per day. Park ‘N Go also offers a free shuttle ride to the port.
Cost: $8 per day (plus taxes)
Distance: 4 blocks (free shuttle provided)
Park ‘N Fly: Don’t let the name fool you. Park ‘N Fly offers cruise parking in addition to airport parking. Located across the street from Park ‘N Go, this lot also offers a very convenient location right next to Port Everglades, but you will pay a bit more.
Rates run $14 per day, plus taxes and fees — even if booked online ahead of time. That’s cheaper than the port parking, but we find that price a little steep. If you are worried about the sun, Park ‘N Fly does over some covered parking spots for an additional fee. And as with other lots, they provide a free shuttle to the port.
Cost: $14 per day (plus taxes)
Distance: 4 blocks (free shuttle provided)
Fort Lauderdale Airport Parking: The name is confusing. Fort Lauderdale Airport Parking isn’t official airport parking — it’s an independent lot that also provides cruise parking. Don’t think you’re parking at the airport.
In fact, the lot is pretty small and cars are packed pretty tight. However, it’s hard to beat the $7.00 parking rate (if you’re a first-time parker, website specials have a rate as low as $3.00 per day, however, this appears to be only for airport parkers, not cruisers). If you have an oversized vehicle, we’d recommend trying another lot because of space concerns.
Cost: $7.00 per day
Distance: 15 blocks (free shuttle provided)
FLL Park Safe: Located on the south side of the Fort Lauderdale airport, this parking lot is a bit farther than the rest of the lots we’ve covered. However, it is one of the most well-reviewed cruise parking lots and still plenty close.
Your lowest rates ($9 per day) are available if you prepay and book online ahead of time. Otherwise you will pay a higher rate at the lot. Covered parking is available for an additional $2 per day. A free shuttle to the port is included with your rate.
Cost: $9 per day (plus taxes)
Distance: 3 miles (free shuttle provided)
Park by the Ports: This lot is located south of the airport and cruise port. While it is a little farther from the port than other lots, it is also the cheapest at just $6 per day plus taxes/fees. Rates can vary based on time of year. The free shuttle to the port takes only about 10 minutes. In addition if you have an RV or other oversized vehicle, then Park by the Ports can still accommodate you for a higher price.
Cost: $6 per day (plus taxes)
Distance: 4 miles (free shuttle provided)
Individual Hotels: If you are staying in the Fort Lauderdale area, contact your hotel to see if they will allow you to park your car for the length of your cruise. Many hotels cater to cruisers and have special daily parking rates and free shuttles. Here is a list of hotels in the area with cruise parking.
More on Cruising From Port Everglades
Getting to Port Everglades — Transportation options from airports and the area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Port Everglades Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Port Everglades Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.