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Parking & Tram


Parking in Balboa Park lots is free. Park in the Inspiration Point parking lot (on the east side of Park Blvd., between Presidents Way and the Balboa Park Activity Center) for easy access to the heart of Balboa Park via the free tram. There are also numerous smaller lots throughout the Park. 

See Park Map.

Valet parking is available for a small fee in front of The Prado Restaurant at the House of Hospitality. Hours of service are: Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.; Friday from 5:00 p.m. through midnight; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through Midnight; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. There is no valet parking on Mondays.

***VALET LOCATION to temporarily located adjacent to the House of Hospitality ***


The free tram provides access to Balboa Park's museums and attractions. You can park in the Inspiration Point lot and wait at Tram Central, a shady arbor with benches. The tram will deliver you to into the heart of Balboa Park.

Trams pick up from Tram Central every 8-10 minutes (at peak times, 20-40 minutes). Riders may also board at one of the designated pick-up areas around the Park. Make your first stop the Balboa Park Visitors Center (stop 2 after Tram Central) in the House of Hospitality where you can pick up a bi-monthly Events Guide and a detailed map.

Tram operating hours have been extended during the closure of the Alcazar Parking Lot.  Beginning March 30, the Park Tram operating hours will be as follows:

  • Monday  -  9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tuesday  -  9:00am to 10:00pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am to 10:00pm
  • Thursday  -  9:00am to 11:00pm
  • Friday  -  9:00am to 11:00pm
  • Saturday  -  9:00am to 11:00pm
  • Sunday  -  9:00am to 10:00pm

The Balboa Park Tram is provided as a free public service by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.