If you’re taking a cruise from Seattle, the best option is to have someone drop you off at the port. It’s faster, cheaper, and more convenient than having to park. We know, however, that’s not an option for everyone and thousands of people drive to the port every week to set sail
That means you’ll need a place to park your car. With the cruise ports located near downtown Seattle, there aren’t many parking options for you to choose from. (Seattle park & cruise hotels do offer more choices.)
The lack of competition combined with expensive real estate mean that parking prices are some of the highest in the country. For example, you can spend $27 per day for Seattle cruise parking. That’s more expensive than popular ports like Miami, Port Canaveral, and others.
Still you do have some options to choose from, including traditional lots located near the port, Seattle hotels with free parking, and airport parking.
Below, we cover all your options of where to park for a Seattle cruise.
Official Parking for Port of Seattle (Pier 66 and Pier 91)
The Port of Seattle works with a third-party company to provide parking for cruises from Pier 66 and Pier 91.
Republic Parking Northwest
This is the main parking service for the port and the one linked to by the port’s official website. Republic Parking Northwest offers two different parking areas. It has a large lot across the Magnolia Bridge from Pier 91 and a parking garage across Alaskan Way from Pier 66.
Parking costs $24 per day at Pier 66 for regular cars & trucks under 6’6″. Parking costs $27 per day for regular cars/trucks at Pier 91. With both lots you can get a discount of $1 per day if you book online ahead of time. This also reserves your spot.
Oversize vehicles cost $50 per day, but will have to park at the Pier 91 parking lot. RV parking costs $50 per day and is also at Pier 91 (you will get a taxi voucher back to Pier 66 if sailing from there). If arriving with an RV, you must reserve online ahead of time to guarantee your space.
Both lots offer 24/7 patrolling security and free shuttle service for you and your bags to the port. There are handicap-accessible parking spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
As for payment, you can book and pay online ahead of time. At the pier, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.
- Cost: $24 per day (Pier 66) | $27 per day (Pier 91)
- Address: 9 Wall Street, Seattle WA, 98121 (Pier 66) | 2420 21st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119 (Pier 91)
- Website: https://www.cruiseseattleparking.com
Independent Parking Lots
This lot is located just slightly north of Pier 91, within the confines of a National Guard armory base. Despite its location near this cruise terminal, it serves as parking for both Pier 91 and Pier 66. It’s located about two miles from Pier 66.
Parking costs about $22.50 per day ($157 for a 7-day cruise). This makes it convenient in having one price no matter which cruise port you will sail from. There is also free shuttle that will drop you and your luggage off at the port of your choice. Space can be limited, so it’s suggested you make reservations online ahead of time.
Limited oversize vehicle parking is available.
If headed on a 14-day Alaskan cruise, this is one of your best options. The lot charges $200 for two weeks, or only about $14 per day. That’s a significant discount to parking at the official port parking lots.
- Cost: ~$22.50 per day
- Address: 1601 West Armory Way, Seattle, WA 98119
- Website: https://www.seattlecruiseparking.com
Airport Parking Lots for a Cruise
If you’re like us, you might be surprised at the extra expense of parking your car while you cruise, especially when airport parking is considerably cheaper. We’ve found several airport lots that charge as little as $6-8 per day near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
It’s tempting to consider these lots as a way to save some cash, but keep in mind the distance between the airport and the cruise port. Any money saved on parking will likely be eaten up by the cost of commuting to your ship. For reference, a Lyft ride from the airport to the cruise port runs about $40 each way or $80 roundtrip.
Hotels with Cruise Parking
If you are staying in the area, contact your hotel to see if they will allow you to park your car for the length of your cruise. Sometimes you can stay only a single night and be allowed to park for free — or at a discount — for the length of your trip. Fortunately, there are a number of hotels with parking packages, located both near the airport and near the cruise ports.
We have a full list of Seattle hotels with cruise parking here, as well as some suggestions below.
Hampton Inn Seattle-Downtown
The Hampton Inn is located in downtown and offers $15 a night parking during your cruise when you stay with them for a night. In addition, there is an $8 per person cruise shuttle to the port. At this location you are literally a couple of blocks from the Space Needle, putting you right in the heart of everything to do.
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Seattle
Also located in the middle of everything, this hotel is just minutes from the ports. The Four Points offers the “Escape! Transportation Package” that includes a night’s stay, 7 days parking, breakfast, and a one-way transfer to the pier for two people. We found that package rates run about $80 higher than regular rates, providing a cheaper deal than parking at the port.
For a full list of options, see our page here.
Map of Seattle Parking Lot Options
The map below shows the traditional parking lots near cruise terminal. Below, we have more details on each option.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there anywhere to park for free for my cruise?
Seattle is one of the hottest real estate markets and the ports also sit in a highly developed area. That means available space for parking is at a premium. The only way we know to find free parking is to stay at a hotel that will allow you to leave your car during your cruise. There are a number of hotels with cruise parking, but keep in mind that many will at least charge a small fee to park during your stay.
Are there parking discounts for disabled or veteran cruise passengers?
Ports in Florida and Texas often offer discounts to disabled passengers or veterans. Unfortunately, we have not seen this sort of discount offered in Seattle. It may come in the future but isn’t available now.
Is my car going to be secure?
While there’s always risk in leaving your car unattended anywhere, the lots mentioned above have secured parking with security and/or fencing. We have not heard of passengers having issues with leaving their during their trips.
More on Cruising From Seattle
Getting to the Port of Seattle — Transportation options from airports and the Seattle area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.
Seattle Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.