Owning a car comes with all sorts of costs such as car insurance premiums, ERP charges and of course, parking fees. But parking doesn’t always have to cost a bomb.
Plus, as shopping malls offer free parking to attract customers during the current Covid-19 outbreak, you have more places to park at cheap prices, or even for free.
Free Parking During Covid-19
Most shopping centres are offering free parking during lunch or dinner time to attract people to patronise F&B outlets in their malls because only essential services are open until the end of the circuit breaker period.
But the free parking rates may even extend beyond June 1. Here are all the shopping malls offering free parking in Singapore:
But if you’re looking for places to go outside of the free parking hours stated, there are also some places with really cheap parking rates. Let’s look at 15 cheapest parking spots in Singapore
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Cheap Parking in Orchard Road
Far East Plaza Parking Rates
Far East Plaza offers one of the cheapest parking rates in Orchard Road. Weekday parking costs $1.61 for the first hour, and $1.07 for every subsequent half an hour or part thereof. After 5pm, it is $3.53 per entry.
Shopping on Sundays and public holidays? The rate is simply $4.07 for the first 3 hours or part thereof, and then $1.07 for subsequent half an hour or part thereof.
Cheap Parking in CBD and South
Marina Square Parking Rates (From 22 February 2020)
Marina Square has always been known for relatively cheap parking. Before 22 February 2020, their regular parking rates were $2.20 for the first 2 hours and $1.10 for every subsequent half an hour for weekdays. Weekday evenings only costed $2.20 per entry.
Now, from 22 February 2020, there is a promotion on their parking fees until further notice. If you’re there to take away lunch or dinner between 12pm to 2pm or 5pm to 2am, you get free parking. Otherwise, it is $1.10 per hour or part thereof on weekdays or $1.20 per hour or part thereof on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Parking in downtown doesn’t get cheaper than that!
Covid-19 period free parking: 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 2am daily
Shaw Towers Parking Rates
Another great place to park if you’re heading in the Suntec and South Beach area is Shaw Towers. Parking costs only $1.07 for the first hour and $1.07 for every subsequent half an hour. From 5pm to 12am, it is $2.20 per entry, whereas for Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, it is a flat and simple $2.14 per entry.
Clarke Quay Parking Rates
At Clarke Quay, you can park starting from $1.28 for the first hour and $0.43 for every 15 minutes subsequently. The mall along Singapore River houses Haidilao Hot Pot, Harry’s Bar and Violet Oon Satay Bar and Grill among other bars and restaurants. If you’re looking to get lunch in the area during weekdays, you can also benefit from free parking between 12.30pm to 1.29pm.
Bugis+ Parking Rates
Hanging out in the vicinity of Bugis? Then go to Bugis+ for cheap parking. It starts from $1.28 for the first hour, and $0.54 for every 15 minutes thereafter. The evening rate from Monday and Thursday between 6pm and 7.59am the next morning is $3.21 per entry. For Friday, it is $3.21 for the first two hours and $0.54 for subsequent 15 minutes.
Saturday and Sunday rates are the same as Friday evening’s — $3.21 for the first two hours and $0.54 for every 15 minutes subsequently.
After 6pm (Mon to Thu), and 6pm to 8pm (Fri, Sat, Sun & PH)
Vivocity Parking Rates
Down in the South, Vivocity is not just a place to pass by on the way to Sentosa. It is filled with great shops and F&B options. Apart from a cinema, they also have large kids’ playgrounds so there are endless things to do there.
The best part is, the parking is cheap! At $1.20 for the first hour and $0.60 for every subsequent 30 minutes on weekdays before 6pm and affordable rates of $2 to $3 per entry at peak periods, it’s a place where you definitely can go and spend lots of time, without worrying about the time.
Do note that the multi-storey carpark is closed until further notice, but you can still park at the basement carpark via the entrance along Harbourfront Walk.
Cheap Parking in Central, North, and Northeast
Next to Kovan MRT Station, Heartland Mall is a suburban mall catered to locals, and its parking rates are one of the cheapest, even among suburban malls. It’s $1 per hour from 7am to 10.30pm, which is basically the whole day. Get out there before the clock strikes 10.30pm, though, as it is $2 per hour, which is pretty steep for the location.
Hougang Green Shopping Mall
Hougang Green Shopping Mall is another mall in the heartlands, filled with tuition centres, salons and various shops. It also has a Pet Lovers Centre and a coffeeshop. Parking here is even cheaper than Heartland Mall in the evenings, including weekends, since it is only $1.20 per entry.
Mustafa Centre on Syed Alwi Road is a 24-hour shopping mall with an eclectic mix of everything, from groceries to electronics to Rolex watches. Recently, there was a Covid-19 cluster at Mustafa Centre and the mall was closed for disinfection for two weeks. It is gradually being opened now so just check before you go and take the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask and distance from crowds.
One great thing about Mustafa Centre is that the first hour of parking is free, so if you just want to grab something quick, you can zip in and out of there for free. It is $1 for every subsequent 30 minutes thereafter.
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Cheap Parking in the East
IKEA is known for Swedish meatballs, DIY furniture and free parking! The one at Alexandra offers free parking for paying customers, but the one at Tampines offers free parking from 7am to 11pm. So take your time to window shop and have some meatballs and choose your furniture, there’s no rush!