Pre-Pay for Parking

There are several ways to pre-pay for parking at City garages or at on-street parking spaces. See below for those options.

Pre-Paid Scratch-off Tickets


The City of Ithaca has implemented a pilot program for a scratch-off parking program for patrons planning to park on the streets in downtown Ithaca or Collegetown.

Patrons are able to purchase scratch-off cards in a range of denominations (15 min., 30 min., 1 hour, 1.5 hr., 2 hr.) at the following locations in Tompkins County:

  • City Chamberlain’s Office, 108 E. Green Street
  • Greenstar Cooperative, Cayuga Street and Buffalo Street locations
  • Green Street Pharmacy, 131 E. Green Street
  • Ithaca Agway Farm & Home Center, 213 S. Fulton Street
  • Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street
  • The Cat’s Pajamas, 215 N. Cayuga Street (DeWitt Mall)
  • Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. State Street

When you arrive at a metered space in downtown Ithaca or College, just scratch off the time you begin parking on your scratch-off card, hang it from your mirror or place it on your dashboard in clear view, and you’re all set!  Scratch-off cards are purchased for the on-street parking rate of $1.50 per hour.

Note:  The City will continue to honor the 2018 Scratch-Off Cards after December 31, 2018.  

Parkmobile App

DSCF6742An alternative option to paying for on-street parking is to download the Parkmobile app. The Parkmobile app allows drivers to pay for parking with their smartphones, or calling 877-727-5730, meaning you won’t need to pay at a pay station. Parkmobile users may choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. It’s that simple!

Monthly Parking Garage Permits

IMG_1014The parking garages in Downtown Ithaca and Collegetown offer monthly permit passes at several different price points, a great cost-savings measure for downtown and Collegetown employees.