Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Visitor Parking Information



The Office of General Services operates several paid visitor parking areas in and around the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, New York. The list and map below provide detailed information about each lot. For additional information, please contact the OGS Bureau of Parking Management at 518-474-8118 or parking.management@ogs.ny.gov

Visitor Parking Lots

Parking Lot Name Location Hours & Fees (payable on entry)
V-Lot (Visitor's Lot) Located beneath the Empire State Plaza and accessed through I-787 Empire State Plaza exit. Visitors are required to show photo identification upon entry and all vehicles are subject to search by the State Police.
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. - 10:59 a.m. - $10.00
11:00 a.m. - Until Close - $5.00
60 minutes or less, full refund
Weekends & State Holidays*
$5.00 flat charge, pay on entry
Cathedral Lot Located on Madison Avenue between the Cultural Education Center and Albany Cathedral, and within easy walking distance to the Empire State Plaza and New York State Museum.
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. – 9:59 a.m. - $10.00
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - $5.00
No charge for entry after 2:00 p.m.
Weekends & State Holidays*
Lot open, no charge
Madison Avenue Lot Located on Madison Avenue above the Cultural Education Center, and within easy walking distance to the Empire State Plaza and New York State Museum.
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. – 9:59 a.m. - $10.00
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - $5.00
No charge for entry after 2:00 p.m.
Weekends & State Holidays*
Lot open, no charge
Grand Street Surface Lot Located off Grand Street and within short walking distance to the Empire State Plaza and downtown Albany.
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. – 9:59 a.m. - $10.00
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - $5.00
No charge for entry after 2:00 p.m. on non-event days
Weekends & State Holidays*
Lot open, no charge
Elk Street Surface Lot Located on the corner of South Swan and Elk Street, behind One Commerce Plaza.
Monday - Friday
6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - $10.00
No entry between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
No charge for entry after 5:00 p.m.
No double parking after 2:00 p.m.
Weekends & State Holidays*
Lot open, no charge

*All visitor lots are subject to after hour and/or weekend fees for event parking.

Additional paid parking may be available in the following private garages (not managed by OGS):

Bus Parking: McCarty Avenue Lot

There is no bus parking at the Empire State Plaza. The McCarty Avenue Lot, off Thruway Exit 23, reserves parking for buses dropping off groups at the Empire State Plaza. Bus parking is free of charge; reservations are not required.

Contact

OGS Parking Management
Room 144, Concourse
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Tel: 518-474-8118
Fax: 518-474-0111
E-Mail: parking.management@ogs.ny.gov