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 two-year 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, Buffalo Street and College Avenue locations
  • Green Street Pharmacy, 131 E. Green Street
  • Ithaca Agway Farm & Home Center, 213 S. Fulton Street
  • Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street
  • P&C Fresh, 315 Pine Tree Road
  • Tompkins County Office for the Aging, 214 W. State Street
  • Tompkins County Visitor Centers, The Commons and East Shore Drive locations
  • TOPS Friendly Markets, S. Meadow Rd. and Triphammer locations

When you arrive at a metered space in downtown Ithaca or College, just scratch off the amount of time you plan to park 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.

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!

Pre-paid coupons/tickets for Garage Parking

Pre-paid parking coupons (called garage tokens) are sold at the City Chamberlains office in City Hall (108 East Green Street). These parking tokens are accepted in the Seneca Street, Green Street, and Dryden Road garages. Parking tokens can be purchased for $0.65/token; each token is good for one hour of garage parking. This is a cost savings to you of $0.35/hour! Just make sure to insert your parking token at the garage pay machines when you are about to leave!

Monthly Parking Garage Permits

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