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The Ultimate Guide To Cheapest Parking In Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut (All-Day Free Parking Included)

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Who says parking in town has to be expensive? We reveal some of our best-kept secret parking spots in Orchard where you can park your car for cheap (and even free) at all hours of the week. 

Drivers, do you find yourself Googling “cheap parking at Orchard”? We’ve been there. Most Singaporeans, like us, get excited over free parking. It’s not that we can’t afford it, but owning a car isn’t exactly the cheapest thing in Singapore. So we’d want to save as much as we can on parking fees, especially when we head to town. 

The parking charges in Orchard, as we all know, can get crazy expensive, costing up to S$7 an hour (ahem, Hilton Hotel). But because we’re all about being frugal, here is a list of places with cheap and/or free parking in the Orchard Road/ Dhoby Ghaut area. 

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Weekdays before 5/6pm

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
The Cathay8am to 9.59am: S$1.40 per 30 minutes10am to 5.59pm: S$1.40 per hour
Plaza Singapura12am to 5.59pm: S$1.60 for first hour, S$0.50 for every subsequent 15 minutes
Far East Plaza8am to 5pm: S$1.61 for first hour, S$1.07 for every subsequent 30 minutes or part thereof
The Heeren8am to 11pm: S$1.61 per 30 minutes
Lucky PlazaS$1.93 for the first hour, S$1.28 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Shaw House3am to 6.01pm: S$2 for first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
The Centrepoint7am to 5pm: S$2 for first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
*SCAPE7am to 4.59pm: S$2.05 per hour
Wisma Atria7am to 5pm: S$2.50 for the first hour, S$1.20 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Orchard Central12am to 5.59pm: S$3.10 for the first hour and a half, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Weekdays after 5/6pm (S$4 or less per entry)

This is the best time to head to Orchard for some dinner and shopping, as most car parks kick in “per entry” fees after 5/6pm. Alternatively, if you’re there for only a short while, there are roadside street parking lots that are relatively affordable as well. 

Shaw House and International Building parking both have a per entry cost of S$4 from 6pm onwards and both buildings are well within the Orchard area. The most worthwhile would be parking at ION Orchard, which costs S$3 per entry after 5pm up till 11.59pm. 

If you’re planning to head to Dhoby Ghaut, the cheapest parking would be inside Plaza Singapura itself as it only costs S$3 per entry after 6pm. 

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
The Cathay6pm to 7.59am: S$3 per entry 
Wisma Atria5pm to 7am: S$3.50 per entry
Forum the Shopping Mall5pm to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Singapore Shopping Centre8.01pm to 8am: S$3 per entry
Far East Shopping Centre6pm to 12am: S$3.50 per entry12am to 8am: S$5 per entry
Shaw House6pm to 3am: S$4 per entry
International Building6pm to 7am: S$4 per entry
Plaza Singapura6pm to 11.59pm (Mon to Thurs): S$3 per entry
6pm to 2.59pm (Fri and eve of PH): S$3 per entry
ION Orchard5pm to 11.59pm (Mon to Thurs): S$3 per entry12am to 7.59am (Mon to Thurs): S$1.07 per hour
6pm to 11.59pm (Fri to Sun and PH): S$3.74 per entry12am to 7.59am (Fri to Sun and PH): S$1.07 per hour
The Heeren8am to 11pm: S$1.61 per 30 minutes
The Centrepoint5pm to 7am: S$2 for the first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent hour
Liat Towers6pm to 10.59pm: S$1.10 per 30 minutes11pm to 6.29am: S$0.90 per 30 minutes
Street parking at Penang Road5pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes
Street parking at Angullia Park5pm to 10.30pm: S$0.80 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutesCapped at S$5.60

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Saturdays before 5/6pm

As expected, you’ll have to shell out even more for weekend parking in town. If you’re looking to park there for around three hours on a Saturday, the cheapest and most convenient location to park will be at The Cathay at Dhoby Ghaut, at S$1.40 per hour. 

If you are looking to park within the Orchard area, Shaw House has the cheapest parking available at S$2 for the first hour and S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes. 

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
The Cathay8am to 5.59pm: S$1.40 per hour 
Shaw House3am to 6.01pm: S$2.00 for first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Wisma Atria7am to 5pm: S$2.40 for the first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Forum the Shopping Mall6am to 5pm: S$2.60 for first hour, S$1.40 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Liat Towers6.30am to 5.59pm: S$1.50 per 30 minutes
Far East Shopping Centre8am to 6pm: S$3 for first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Plaza Singapura3am to 5.59pm: S$3 for first two hours, S$0.50 for every subsequent 15 minutes
Street parking at Penang Road7am to 5pm: S$1.20 per 30 minutes
Street parking at Angullia Park7am to 11am: S$1.30 per 30 minutes11am to 5pm: S$1.50 per 30 minutes

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Saturdays after 5/6pm

Unlike weekdays, Saturday nights tend to see fewer places imposing “per entry” charges, since that’s when most people are out and about. However, there are still a handful of places that do offer per entry parking rates, and the cheapest would be at, again, The Cathay and Plaza Singapura. The only downside is that you may have to walk quite a distance to popular hangouts like Somerset and ION Orchard. But hey, that’s the price you have to pay if you want to save on parking.

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
Plaza Singapura6pm to 2.59am: S$3 per entry
The Cathay6pm to 7.59am: S$3 per entry
Forum the Shopping Mall5pm to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Wisma Atria5pm to 7am: S$3.50 per entry
Shaw House6.01pm to 3am: S$4 per entry
Far East Shopping Centre6pm to 12am: S$3.50 per entry12am to 8am: S$5 per entry
Liat Towers6pm to 10.59pm: S$1.10 per 30 minutes11pm to 6.29am: S$0.90 per 30 minutesCapped at S$7.20
Street parking at Penang Road5pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: capped at S$5.60
Street parking at Angullia Park5pm to 10.30pm: S$0.80 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutesCapped at S$5.60

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Sundays before 5/6pm

Like parking on Saturdays, Sundays are no different. Assuming that you are there for a short period, street parking at Penang Road and Angullia Park might be your best bet if you are heading to Somerset and ION Orchard respectively. 

The most value-for-money place to park your car the whole day would be Forum the Shopping Mall as they charge only S$3.20 per entry from 6am to 6am the following day on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby Ghaut Parking rates
Forum the Shopping Mall 6am to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Shaw House 3am to 6pm: S$2 for the first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
The Centrepoint 7am to 5pm: S$2 for the first two hours, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
The Cathay 8am to 5.59pm: S$1.40 per hour
Lucky Plaza 7am to 9.59pm: S$1.93 for the first hour, S$1.28 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Liat Towers 6.30am to 10.59pm: S$1.10 per 30 minutes
Singapore Shopping Centre 8.01am to 8pm: S$2.50 for the first hour, S$1.25 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Plaza Singapura 3am to 5.59pm: S$3 for the first two hours, S$0.50 for every subsequent 15 minutes
Street parking at Penang Road 7am to 7pm: S$0.70 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: Charges capped at S$5.60
Street parking at Angullia Park 7am to 11am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes11am to 10.30pm: S$0.80 per 30 minutes

Cheapest parking in Orchard/Dhoby Ghaut: Sundays after 5/6pm (S$4 or less per entry)

Sundays after 5/6pm is probably the cheapest time to park in town. The best place to park while still being in the main Orchard area would be Shaw House at S$4 per entry after 6pm. 

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby Ghaut Parking rates
Plaza Singapura 6pm to 11.59pm: S$3 per entry
The Cathay 6pm to 7.59am: S$3 per entry
Singapore Shopping Centre 8.01pm to 8am: S$3 per entry
Forum the Shopping Mall 6am to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Wisma Atria 5pm to 7am: S$3.50 per entry
Shaw House 6.01pm to 3am: S$4 per entry
Liat Towers 11pm to 6.29am: S$0.90 per 30 minutesCapped at S$7.20
Lucky Plaza 10pm to 6.59am: S$3.38 per entry7am to 6.59am (the next day on PH): S$4 per entry
The Centrepoint 5pm to 7am: S$2 for the first hour, S$1.50 for every subsequent 30 minutes
Street parking at Penang Road 7am to 7pm: S$0.70 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: Charges capped at S$5.60
Street parking at Angullia Park 10.30pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes Capped at $5.60

Free parking in Orchard — ongoing promotion at Takashimaya

Heading to Takashimaya? You’re in luck. From now till 31 July 2021, get two hours of free parking at Ngee Ann City (10am to 10pm daily) with no minimum spend. 

Here’s the best part: The cheapest parking in Orchard Road is… free 24/7

If you’ve scrolled all the way here, congratulations. Here’s my secret to free parking all day, every day in Orchard Road: along the GCBs (Good Class Bungalow) at Jln Kelawar. It’s around a 10-minute walk from ION Orchard, but since it’s free, let’s not complain. 

Should you choose to park there, do always be mindful of and considerate to the residents. 

Free parking after 7pm on weekdays, and all day on Sundays and Public Holidays

  • Single yellow line at Exeter Road (Opp. Singtel building) 

In the case of a single continuous yellow line along the side of a road, you are allowed to park there from 7pm to 7am. On Sundays and Public Holidays, you will be able to park there for the whole day.

Conclusion: cheapest parking in Orchard Road/Dhoby Ghaut

Cheapest parking in Orchard Road/Dhoby Ghaut on weekdays

Weekdays before 5/6pm, if there for around an hour: The Cathay, S$1.40 per 30 minutes (8am to 9.59am), S$1.40 per hour (10am to 5.59pm)

Weekdays before 5/6pm, many hours: The Cathay, S$1.40 per 30 minutes (8am to 9.59am), S$1.40 per hour (10am to 5.59pm)

Weekdays after 5/6pm, if there for around an hour: 

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
Street parking at Penang Road5pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes
Street parking at Angullia Park5pm to 10.30pm: S$0.80 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutesCapped at S$5.60

Weekdays after 5/6pm, many hours:

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
The Cathay6pm to 7.59am: S$3 per entry 
Forum the Shopping Mall5pm to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Singapore Shopping Centre8.01pm to 8am: S$3 per entry
Plaza Singapura 6pm to 11.59pm (Mon to Thurs): S$3 per entry
ION Orchard5pm to 11.59pm (Mon to Thurs): S$3 per entry

Cheapest parking in Orchard Road/Dhoby Ghaut on weekends and Public holidays

Saturdays before 5/6pm, if there for around an hour: The Cathay, S$1.40 per hour

Saturdays before 5/6pm, many hours: The Cathay, S$1.40 per hour

Saturdays after 5/6pm, if there for around an hour: 

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
Street parking at Penang Road5pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutes
Street parking at Angullia Park5pm to 10.30pm: S$0.80 per 30 minutes10.30pm to 7am: S$0.70 per 30 minutesCapped at S$5.60

Saturdays after 5/6pm, many hours:

Where to park in Orchard/ Dhoby GhautParking rates
Plaza Singapura6pm to 2.59am: S$3 per entry
Forum the Shopping Mall5pm to 6am: S$3.20 per entry
Wisma Atria5pm to 7am: S$3.50 per entry

Sundays after 5/6pm, if there for around an hour: Street parking at Penang Road, S$0.70 per 30 minutes.

Sundays after 5/6pm, many hours: Plaza Singapura, The Cathay and Singapore Shopping Centre have a per entry fee of S$3.

Parking mobile apps and websites to help you save time and money

Besides the aforementioned parking spots, there are a few other ways that you can find cheap parking locations in Singapore at the tip of your fingers (literally), and all you need to do is download a few mobile apps:

Carparkwhere.com

The developers had one main goal: provide a free service that helps drivers find the cheapest and nearest parking spots in Singapore. From shopping malls to URA car parks to even HDB car parks, carparkwhere searches the rates of these car parks and also lot availability so you never have to worry if you will have to waste time in the car park waiting. They also take away the math by calculating your potential final fee when you key in the period of time that you are going to be parking there.

SGCarMart’s Carpark Rates 

The app with over 700 car parks listed, SGCarMart’s Carpark Rates app allows you to search for parking spots based on GPS location or by building name. In addition, you can also check lot availability in real-time (so that you don’t enter a car park that is already full), and the app is frequently updated with the latest car park rates. 

OneService 

Yes, it is that app you use to report municipal issues that happen within your neighbourhood. But that’s not all it does, the OneService app is also filled with handy information about public car parks. From location to parking rates, availability and operating hours, this app makes finding cheap parking spots a breeze. 

Parking.sg 

Gone are the days where you pay for parking at public car parks with a physical coupon. In today’s digital world, all you need is the Parking.sg app. This convenient app gives you information regarding car park rates, allows you to pay for parking by the minute, get notifications before your parking session expires, extend parking sessions, get refunds if your parking session ends earlier than expected, and more. 

Other parking hacks to help you save more

1. Head out after 6pm and park at car parks that charge per entry 

If you’re heading out for an entire day or spending a couple of hours at a particular location, the best way to save is to find a car park that changes per entry instead of per hour. Typically, you can find per-entry parking options at office buildings or at smaller shopping malls after office hours or on weekends. 

2. Check out the malls’ parking rebates

Malls such as ION Orchard have parking rebates that allow you to save on parking if you spend in their malls. This could be great for those who are looking to splurge as Singapore slowly reopens its economy.

With Phase 3 Heightened Alert in full swing, malls are also offering free parking. Ngee Ann City is now offering 2 hours of free parking with no minimum spend. 

3. Charge your parking to a credit card

Besides the convenience and flexibility, Parking.sg also allows you to make payments digitally. This means that you can tag your preferred air miles or cashback credit card to your account for payment to make your money work harder for you. 

Charge your car park fees to the right credit card and earn cashback, air miles and points that go into offsetting your car park fees, car insurance or even petrol. Simply use our credit card comparison tool to find the best credit card deals within minutes, and apply for one through us to get rewarded with cash and prizes*.

*Rewards may change at any time. Terms and conditions apply.

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By Kendra Tan
Avid promo code hunter and haggler. Kendra doesn’t like paying full price for anything. She’s the best person to bring along if you’re travelling on a budget. Have an interesting story to tell? E-mail me at kendra.tan@singsaver.com.sg