Complete Guide to Parking at PortMiami

Parking at PortMiami

All you need to know about parking at or near PortMiami!

There are three PortMiami parking options to consider:

  • Parking ship-side
  • Parking off-site
  • Parking in hotel lots

PortMiami Parking Ship-side

Costs are $22 per night for normal vehicles.

Take a ticket upon entry and pay as you exit the lots – advance booking not available nor needed. Handicapped parking is available – but note FREE disabled parking rules are strict and you need to talk to a parking agent as you enter (find him/her in the booth of the exit lane)

Oversized vehicles (requiring larger parking spaces or exceeding the height of the parking garages) cost $44 per day.

The general idea is to drive up to the Terminal entrance, then drop your luggage (and passengers if you choose) with the baggage agents and proceed to park after which you rejoin the rest of your party.

Pros and Cons

You’ve driven far and the temperature is a blistering 90 degrees! Your family is a bit tired and you have more luggage than expected. It is extremely convenient to just drive up to your cruise terminal, hand your luggage to the attendant and have your family wait in the shade while you go and park in the shaded parking garage.  No waiting in the heat for crowded shuttles that are running late and no endless driving around the cruise terminals while dropping other passengers – all the while hoping no-one takes your luggage by mistake from the trailer behind!

After your cruise your family may be sunburned, tired of crowds and everyone just want to get home. While other passengers are waiting for shuttle buses, you just walk out to your vehicle (hopefully parked in a garage out of the sun), pick your family and luggage and drive home.

  • The benefits are convenience, less frustration and parking in a shaded garage (depending on your cruise terminal). 
  • The obvious drawback is cost. But consider this – many cruisers try to save money by parking off-site. They can save up 50% for the duration (do not forget about tips). Then they get frustrated with the off-site shuttle buses and end up calling taxis and pay $18 or more each way (tips included) – thereby negating a slice of their savings especially for short cruises!

TIP – Even if you are budget-minded, our advice is to park ship-side for 3 or 4 night cruises and off-site for longer cruises. 

Parking Directions

Signs will direct you to your parking lot as you approach the cruise terminals. Most parking garages/lots are directly across the terminals. With so much construction going on, there are parking shuttles between a few of the garages/terminals.

  • Terminal A – Parking garage is part of the terminal. Porters will handle your luggage soon after you enter.
  • Terminal B – Under construction. Currently sharing parking and check-in with Terminal C
  • Terminal C – Parking garage (6-levels) across the road. The surface lot is under construction and may be opened any time.
  • Terminal D – Parking garage (4-levels) across the road. A small surface lot is next door.
  • Terminal E – Large surface lot across the street
  • Terminal F – no garage or lot
  • Terminal G – Parking garage (4-levels) is connected to the terminal via a walkway on level 3.
PortMiami - Terminal A Parking
PortMiami – Terminal A Parking
Parking at Terminal A
PortMiami - Terminal C Parking
PortMiami – Terminal C Parking
Parking Terminal D
Parking Terminal D
PortMiami - Terminal E Parking
PortMiami – Terminal E Parking
Terminals B and C Parking
PortMiami - Terminal G Parking
PortMiami – Terminal G Parking

PortMiami Off-site Parking

An internet search shows many off-site parking lots with a 15-minute drive from the Port. But buyer beware!

It is tough to recommend any but perhaps four are worth your consideration.

While vehicles are generally safe, online reviews reveal slow shuttle services, no customer service and unfriendly or unhelpful drivers. As a result passengers often end up calling an Uber or taxi when they get frustrated with waiting. It is best to add $25 or so to your parking budget in order to compare costs with shipside parking.

Also know taxes and services fees are not shown online until you check out! So be wary of low online ads!

ISSUE – There seems to be a process whereby someone with a van mamages to secure parking spaces in garages and lots around the city. Then they rent those spaces to airport or cruise passengers. You call the shuttle upon arrival then they show up after some time!  Unfortunately these agreements seem to perish after a while and clients are moved to different lots than advertised.

This is why we stick to the four companies mentioned. At least they have a permanent set up (or so it seems).

MAP of Parking Locations

Look for the parking lots on this map! 

Parking Rate Comparison

Here are typical SEVEN NIGHT (8 days) pre-booked cruise parking rates in December 2018 BUT please get accurate quotes for your own dates! Competition dictates frequent rate changes!

And do pre-book online – you may pay more if you just show up at the lots.

Ship-side parking for 8 days = $154

(click on the names for pictures and links)

Safe Cruise Parking – The area looks very shady but the open surface lot has high walls and is gated. $88

Safe Cruise Parking - Miami
Safe Cruise Parking – Miami

Premier Cruise Parking – A nice area. In the MET3 parking garage (Whole Foods). $90

Premier Cruise Parking - Miami
Premier Cruise Parking – Miami

Miami Port Parking – A parking garage in an OK area. $120.

Best Cruise Parking - Miami
Best Cruise Parking – Miami

Pros and Cons

The benefit is cheaper parking if you are budget-minded.

The drawbacks are plenty

  • The lots are often not as secure as promised and only as good as the least trusted employee. Do you keep your car keys?
  • The rates you see advertised are rarely the amount you pay! You have to complete the booking forms or call to get the actual costs (with service fees and taxes added). And you have to consider tipping the shuttle driver.
  • Rates for the same lot varies at times because of booking agents! You can shop around to find the lowest price but it is best to book direct! For example – Parkjockey,  Instapark
  • Shuttles often get delayed due to unforeseen problems (such as slow passengers) and wait times between shuttles are increased
  • Shuttles are packed (especially on the return trips from the cruise ships)
  • Watch your luggage while passengers unload! It is very possible for someone to mistakenly grab the wrong bag while in a hurry at the cruise terminal. You will not know about this until you reach your own stop, creating a huge problem!
  • Shuttles make multiple stops – sometimes including a drop at the airport on the way to the cruise terminal! If your ship is number 6 on the drop-off list it will not be a fast transfer!
  • Frustration do set in and many passengers simply call taxis (especially after the cruise while fighting the crowds at the ship). After tipping the shuttle and taxi drivers, their savings are diminished.

TIP – If you are budget-minded, our advice is to park ship-side for 3 or 4 night cruises and off-site for longer cruises. 

PortMiami Parking at Hotels

There is no consistent advice that can be shared because the options vary greatly depending on your booking. Some hotels do not allow parking while you are cruising while others have different rules/rates depending on how you booked.

You have a few options: Book direct with the hotel. Our hotel section list all the popular hotels with parking/shuttle/review information.

  • Book via an online hotel booking agency but these are best for room-only bookings. Trivago is an excellent source for price comparison. There are other favorites like ValueTrips and Priceline 
  • Book with specialist sites that offer packages to include breakfast, parking and shuttles (for example). Stay123, ParkSleepFly

Pros and Cons

The benefit is obviously peace of mind and the ease of simply booking a hotel package with everything included. Sometimes it is cheaper too.

The drawbacks are:

  • Hotel shuttles are often subcontracted to local transportation companies and quality of vehicles/service vary.
  • Many hotels offer free airport shuttles but port shuttles cost extra.
  • Hotel shuttles to the Port often run on a limited fixed schedule – say 10am and 11am. They do not run non-stop so plan accordingly! If you get frustrated with waiting then calling a taxi will negate your package savings
  • Hotel cruise shuttles make various stops (including the airport at times). If your stop is number 6 then you will get a tour of the Port!
  • Watch your luggage while passengers unload! It is very possible for someone to mistakenly grab the wrong bag while in a hurry at the cruise terminal. You will not know about this until you reach your own stop, creating a huge problem!
  • The wait times for hotel shuttles from the ship back to the hotel at the end of the cruise can be frustratingly long! Many passengers simply hail taxis. Keep this in mind before paying upfront for return hotel shuttles.

Cruise Lines

This information is valid for:

Carnival Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean

Holland America

Princess Cruises

and others

Parking at Port Canaveral for Cruise – Carnival Cruise Lines

Here are your parking options for driving yourself to Port Canaveral for your Carnival Cruise!

  • Park at the Carnival Cruise Terminal
  • Park at an off-site lot near Port Canaveral and use their shuttle
  • Park at your hotel
  • Do not park – book a one-way rental car instead of driving your own vehicle

Carnival Cruise Ships Sailing from Port Canaveral

  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Radiance
  • Carnival Magic
  • Carnival Breeze
  • Carnival Mardi Gras

Directions to the Cruise Terminals

Please look at our interactive Google Maps for accurate directions!

Park at the Carnival Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral

Carnival cruise ships normally dock at cruise terminals A-5 and A-6, located on the North side of the Port, and cruise terminal B-3 to the south (Mardi Gras ship).

Carnival at Port Canaveral Terminals
Carnival at Port Canaveral Terminals A-5, A-6 and B-3
Carnival at Port Canaveral Terminal A-6
Carnival at Port Canaveral Terminals A-5 and A-6

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-5.

  • By car you enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • Level 1 of the parking garage is connected to the cruise terminal via a covered pedestrian bridge.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you take a ticket. You pay after your cruise. Visit a pay kiosk before you enter the parking garage after your cruise (attendants available).
Terminal5-Parking-Flow
Terminal 5-Parking-Flow

You drive up and into the garage drop off area and drop your luggage in front of the entrance (you hand your luggage to handlers). Then you drive out and back into the garage – this time to the first level where you take a ticket. There are 3 parking levels (top level is open surface).

You then take stairs or elevator down to the pedestrian bridge (level 1) and enter the main building where you clear security, etc.

Terminal 5 parking walkway and Terminal Entrance
Terminal 5 parking walkway and Terminal Entrance. Walkway is to the left and the escalators to the terminal is to the right.

In the meantime, the luggage handlers will have placed your luggage onto the conveyor to the ship via x-ray security.

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-6.

  • By car you enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal! You have to make your way down to ground level via the stairs or elevators. The terminal is about 100 yards away via a semi-covered walkway.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you take a ticket. You pay after your cruise. Visit a pay kiosk before you enter the parking garage after your cruise (attendants available).
Terminals 5 and 6-Directions
Terminal A-6: Directions
Terminal 6 Directions
Terminal A-6: Alternate Route if the terminals are not busy

Follow the road signs to Terminals 5 and 6. Turn right and keep right while following the signs to Terminal 6.

Terminal A-6 Approach
Terminal A-6 Approach. Look for the sign to the right! Terminal 6 parking garage is ahead. Terminal 5 is to the left.
Terminal A-6 Approach
Terminal A-6 Approach – Note the parking garage entrance to the left! Go straight if you want to drop luggage first.
Terminal A-6 Approach
Terminal A-6 Approach to the drop off area

You can either drive into the garage (with your luggage) or drive up around the garage to the drop off area (as shown) and drop your luggage in front of the entrance (you hand your luggage to handlers). Then you drive out and make two left turns into the garage – take a ticket as you enter. There are 3 parking levels (top level is open surface).

You then take stairs or elevator down to the ground level and walk along the walkway to the main building where you clear security, etc. Luggage handlers will meet you as soon as you exit the parking garage.

Carnival Cruise Line Terminals
Carnival Cruise Line at Terminal 6. View from the parking garage area. Note the partially covered pedestrian walkway.

Luggage handlers will place your luggage onto the conveyors to the ship via x-ray security.

Terminal 6 parking - Pay Station
Terminal 6 parking – Pay Station after your cruise

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal B-3 (Carnival Mardi Gras).

(These notes will be available when the terminal opens in late 2020)

Port Canaveral Terminal 3 Plan
Port Canaveral Terminal 8-3

Parking Rates 

Parking is $17.00 per day (Vehicles & RVs), including day of arrival and day of departure. 

Cruise Duration                 
3 day cruise (3 nights/4 days)                  $ 68 USD
4 day cruise (4 nights/5 days)                  $ 85 USD
7 day cruise (7 nights/8 days)                  $136 USD

*Rates are subject to change without notice. Contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831 for the latest information.

Acceptable Payment Methods

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards

Disabled Parking

DISABLED PARKING spaces are available, and the fee is waived for vehicles transporting certain persons who have disabilities and ONE of these:

  • Have special equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls for use by a disabled person 
  • Display a Florida Toll Exemption Permit as explained in s. 316.1964, Florida Statutes
  • Display a Florida Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued under s. 320.084; s. 320.0842; or s. 320.0845, Florida Statutes.

Parking agents will not grant parking waivers for any other reason than the ones listed above. 

Park at an Off-Site Lot near Port Canaveral and use their Shuttle

To save money when parking during your Carnival cruise, there are seven off-site parking lots to choose from.

Imagine paying as little as $40 for a 7 night cruise versus $136!

Here is a comparison of the off-site parking lots. Note the rate comparison for a 7 night Carnival Caribbean Cruise:

Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral
Off-site Cruise Parking near Port Canaveral for Carnival Cruise Lines (Click to Enlarge)

For more information please read Parking at Port Canaveral.

Park at your hotel

Most hotels in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach offer Park & Cruise packages (port shuttles included) for Carnival cruises.

Please read our Hotel Section for more information.

Do not park – book a one-way rental car

Depending on where you are driving from, it may cost less to simply rent a car then drop it before cruising! At the end of your cruise, you book another one-way vehicle back home!

Here are the car rental agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to/from the Carnival cruise terminals.

Car Rentals Port Canaveral
Car Rentals Agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to Carnival Cruise Lines (Click to Enlarge)

For more information, please read Car Rental at Port Canaveral.

Parking at Port Canaveral for Cruise – Royal Caribbean

Here are your options for Parking at Port Canaveral for your Royal Caribbean Cruise!

  • Park at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal
  • Park at an off-site lot near Port Canaveral and use their shuttle
  • Park at your hotel
  • Do not drive and park – book a one-way rental car

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Sailing from Port Canaveral

  • Mariner of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas

Park at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral

Royal Caribbean cruise ships normally dock at cruise terminal B-1, located on the South side of the Port.

Port Canaveral Terminals
Port Canaveral Terminals – Royal Caribbean is at Terminal B-1
Port Canaveral Terminal B-1
Royal Caribbean at Port Canaveral Terminal B-1

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal B-1.

  • You enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal. It is a very short walk (covered) from the garage.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you pay at the machines (attendants available).
Terminal 1-parking plan
Royal Caribbean – Port Canaveral Terminal B-1-parking plan

You drive up and into the garage drop off area and drop your luggage in front of the entrance (you hand your luggage to handlers). Then you drive out and back into the garage – this time to the first level where you pay at the entrance (attendants are available to assist you). You continue to drive higher until you find a place to park.

You then take the stairs or elevator down to the terminal entrance (where you dropped your luggage) and enter the main building where you clear security, etc.

In the meantime, the luggage handlers will have placed your luggage onto the conveyor from where it travels to the ship via x-ray security.

Parking Rates 

Parking is $17.00 per day (Vehicles & RVs), including day of arrival and day of departure. 

Cruise Duration                 
3 day cruise (3 nights/4 days)                  $ 68 USD
4 day cruise (4 nights/5 days)                  $ 85 USD
7 day cruise (7 nights/8 days)                  $136 USD

*Rates are subject to change without notice. Contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831 for the latest information.

Acceptable Payment Methods

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards

Disabled Parking

DISABLED PARKING spaces are available, and the fee is waived for vehicles transporting certain persons who have disabilities and ONE of these:

  • Have special equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls for use by a disabled person 
  • Display a Florida Toll Exemption Permit as explained in s. 316.1964, Florida Statutes
  • Display a Florida Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued under s. 320.084; s. 320.0842; or s. 320.0845, Florida Statutes.

Parking agents will not grant parking waivers for any other reason than the ones listed above. 

Directions to Royal Caribbean at Terminal B-1

Please read our Orientation Page with clear Google Maps.

Park at an Off-Site Lot near Port Canaveral and use their Shuttle

To save money when parking during your Royal Caribbean cruise, there are seven off-site parking lots to choose from.

Imagine paying as little as $40 for a 7 night cruise versus $136!

Here is a comparison of the off-site parking lots. Note the rate comparison for a 7 night Royal Caribbean Cruise:

Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral
Off-site Cruise Parking near Port Canaveral for Royal Caribbean Cruises (Click to Enlarge)

For more information please read Parking at Port Canaveral.

Park at your hotel

Most hotels in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach offer Park & Cruise packages (port shuttles included) for Royal Caribbean cruises.

Please read our Hotel Section for more information.

Do not drive and park – book a one-way rental car

Depending on where you are driving from, it may cost less to simply rent a car then drop it before cruising! At the end of your cruise, you book another one-way vehicle back home!

Here are the car rental agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to/from the Royal Caribbean cruise terminal.

Car Rentals Port Canaveral
Car Rentals Agencies near Port Canaveral with FREE shuttles to Royal Caribbean (Click to Enlarge)

For more information, please read Car Rental at Port Canaveral.

Cheapest Cruise Parking – Port Canaveral – 2020

Cheapest Cruise Parking near Port Canaveral in 2020

Are you looking for the cheapest cruise parking near Port Canaveral in 2020?

Consider a 7-night cruise for two people

The very convenient ship-side parking garages at Port Canaveral will cost you $17 x 8 days = $136.

Fortunately you can save money by parking off-site or even at your hotel if the Snooze and Cruise Package is any good!

Unfortunately, the savings are often not that great because some off-site lots are not cheap. Expect to pay between $90 and $95 at the most popular lots. You can read more on our dedicated page for Port Canaveral Parking.

Are there cheaper parking options?

Yes! But where to park depends on the number of people in your party.

With two people you pay only $40 at GoPort

What is the catch?

None when only 2 people! You park in their lot, lock your car, hop on their shuttle and arrive at your ship!

Sure, if you are driving north from the Port then you will be going the wrong way for 6 miles (since the lot is on A1A in Cocoa Beach) but this is just a minor inconvenience.

When more than 2 people you have to compare costs more carefully because you pay per person and not per car at this lot.

Where is this lot?

Under 6 miles from Port Canaveral and less than 15 minutes by shuttle.

Please find the location on our Port Canaveral Map.

Do I keep my car keys?

Yes

Is the parking secure?

The lot is not fenced but there are security cameras from the nearby hotel

How often does the shuttle run to the Port and Back?

You pick one of 3 departure times from the lot during booking. The return shuttles will be waiting when you disembark and run until all passengers have retrieved their vehicles.

Beachline-GoPortCanaveral-Park
Beachline-GoPort-Park

Do I need to Book or can I just Show Up?

The lot is not large and does fill up so we recommend you book online as early as you can and pick a shuttle time.

We have 6 guests in one car. Will I pay more?

Yes, it will cost $65. You pay for the number of people and not the number of days. You may want to look at other options on our page – Port Canaveral Parking.

Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral
Off-site Cruise Parking Port Canaveral