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Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios has two levels to it – the Lower Lot and the Upper Lot.

The two-level hillside-built Universal Studios park has four escalators connecting the Lower to the Upper Lot.

The central parking place is at the main entrance on the Upper Lot.

Valet parking is available for a fee, although self-parking is complimentary.

If you’re driving an electric car, you can also park and charge it at any of the Universal Studios Hollywood lots.

General Parking

General Parking
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General parking is the simplest and least expensive option at Universal Studios Hollywood.

It’s the option that visitors choose for parking the most.

The four parking structures at Universal – Frankenstein garage, Jurassic parking garage, ET parking garage, and Curious George parking garage are used for general parking. 

Frankenstein Garage is also where you can get Uber and Lyft pickup and drop off.

These structures are named after popular movies and characters.

The Woody Woodpecker lot is typically used for preferred and upfront parking but is occasionally used for general parking.

You won’t need to decide which parking garage is the best; the staff members will direct you to one when you arrive.

General parking cost: $30 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm

If you are based in the US or Canada, we recommend the Universal Studios Hollywood tickets for hassle-free entry to the theme park.

Preferred Parking

With Universal Studios preferred parking, you can avoid climbing stairs and navigating the garage.

You can do this by parking on the main parking floor in a designated space that is usually close to CityWalk’s entrance and easy to find.

On average, preferred parking at Universal Studios will save you about 5 minutes of walking time, but preferred parking is more expensive than general parking.

The key distinctions between general and preferred parking are cost and closeness to Universal Studios Hollywood’s entrance.

Preferred parking cost: $50 before 5 pm and $20 after 5 pm

Front Gate Parking

The front gate parking will save you much time walking because you can park at Universal Studios’ front gate.

The front gate parking is only a few steps from the security checkpoint and a few seconds separate from the entrance to Universal Studios.

Since you’ll be on your feet most of the day, front-gate parking is for you if you want to reach your destination with little to no walking.

Even though front gate parking is more expensive than preferred parking, the benefit of being close to Universal Studios Hollywood’s entrance is incomparably valuable to many guests.

Unlike general and preferred parking, front gate parking has a set rate for the entire day.

Front gate parking cost: $70

Opening Hours

Parking lots at Universal Studios Hollywood open about 30 minutes before the park opens

The park hours are around 9 am to 6 pm, with longer hours during the holiday season.

Where are the parking garages?

At Universal Studios Hollywood, each parking garage bears the name of a well-known Universal film or franchise. 

The various parking levels (general, preferred, front gate, and valet) are then represented by each of these garages.

Parking TypeLocationTime to reach the park
General ParkingE.T.Garage20-minutes walk
General ParkingCurious George Garage15-minutes walk
Preferred ParkingFrankenstein Garage5-minutes walk
Front Gate ParkingEntrance of Universal Studios Hollywood1-minute walk
Valet ParkingJurassic Park Garage10-minutes walk

How Much is Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood?

How much is Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood
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There are two ways in which you can park at Universal Studios Hollywood. 

You can buy parking online or at the toll plaza when you arrive. 

If you buy parking online, just print your receipt and show it at the entrance gate for faster entry.

The self- and valet-parking charges are as follows.

Self-Parking

Type of parkingTimePrice (per vehicle)
General Before 5 pm$30
General  After 5 pm$10
Preferred Before 5 pm$50
Preferred After 5 pm$20
Front gate All hours$70

The number of general parking is limited. Parking fees could change without notice.

Valet Parking

Universal Studios Hollywood
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The valet parking fee per vehicle for the first 2 hours is $25, and after 2 hours is $45.

There are valet parking services from CityWalk full-service restaurants with validation.

They cost 

  • $10 for upto 2.5 hours
  • $15 for 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • $45 after 3.5 hours.

Refer to the Universal Studios Driving Direction page to learn general directions to the park.

Discounts and Free Parking 

Universal Studios Hollywood occasionally offers parking discounts.

Currently, you can get discounted parking for just $5 if you watch a movie at Universal Cinema at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. 

Simply show your General Parking receipt at the Universal Cinema ticket window to avail of this offer. 

Remember, it’s only valid for one use and can’t be combined with other discounts.

There are two other ways to get free parking.

VIP Experience

You get free valet parking if you can afford to get a VIP experience at Universal Studios Hollywood.

A Universal Hollywood VIP tour also offers other exclusive facilities like a guided tour, access to a VIP lounge lunch, off-limit areas, and complimentary valet parking. 

Annual Passes

If you visit the theme park multiple times a year, getting an annual pass is another option to get free parking at Universal Hollywood. 

With a revamped Annual Pass program, Universal Studios Hollywood now offers two passes with free parking. 

Among the four pass types, the Gold and Platinum Annual Passes provide complimentary General Parking before 6 pm. 

While the Gold Pass has blackout dates, the Platinum Pass offers unlimited access. 

Both passes come with additional perks like discounts on food, beverages, and merchandise, as well as the option for FlexPay installment payments. 

You can also look for special deals and savings, often available online or at the front gate.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

If you’re driving an electric car and want to park and charge it at Universal Studios Hollywood, the following locations provide electric charging stations:

  • Frankenstein Garage: 4 ports (Level 2 and Level 7)
  • Jurassic Parking Garage: 8 ports (Level 1 and B1M)
  • ET Garage: 16 ports (Level B1)
  • Woody Woodpecker Lot: 1 port (near Front Gate Parking)
  • Curious George Garage: 2 ports (Level 1)

The cost of charging is around $0.40/kWh.

Parking Outside Universal Studios Hollywood

If you want to avoid the high parking cost at Universal Studios Hollywood, consider alternative options. 

Parking at North Hollywood Station, Universal City Station or nearby neighborhoods can save you money, with rates as low as $3 per day. 

Alternatively, select hotels near the park offer free parking and shuttle services for added convenience.

FAQ

How much does Universal Studios charge for car parking?

The parking price at Universal Studios Hollywood depends on your parking type.

There is no free parking at Universal Studios Hollywood. The least expensive option is general parking, which is $30 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. 

Preferred parking, where you can park closer to the theme park entrance, costs $50 and $20 before and after 5 pm, respectively.

If you want to park even closer, you can choose Front Gate parking for $70.

For free parking before 6 pm, you can buy a Gold or Platinum Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Pass.

What is the best place to park at Universal Hollywood?

If you want to park closer to the theme park, you must choose preferred parking at the Frankenstein Garage, which is a five-minute walk to the entry gate.

You can also park at the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Remember, the closer you park, the higher you will have to pay. 

How many cars can park at Universal Hollywood?

The eight-level tall new parking lot, E.T. The garage has a capacity of housing around 5,000 cars.

Combined with the earlier parking spaces, Universal Hollywood can accommodate nearly 25,000 cars. 

Is Handicap Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood free?

Handicap parking is available at Universal Studios Hollywood for $30 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm on level 3. 

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