Guide to Parking at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Parking is the last major pre-convention hurdle for attendees leading up to San Diego Comic-Con. Whether you’re a local resident or not staying at a downtown hotel, where you park is very important.

Ace Parking (who owns most of the parking in Downtown San Diego) moved to a lottery based system three years ago, and while exact details about their sale for 2018 are yet to be announced, they will indeed be selling pre-paid parking spaces again.

However, for those who don’t want to wait — ABM Parking is currently selling pre-paid parking for several lots, available Wednesday through Sunday (though not all lots are available each day). Prices range from $10-$30 on Sunday, and the closest parking appears to be at Horton Plaza. However, if you don’t mind a short walk in exchange for getting your parking now, it’s certainly worth investigating. Also, a pro tip: After you click on the day you want, if you click to zoom out on the map, other options appear.

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Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.
  • maxhdrm

    I love pre-purchase parking but I wouldn’t call this the LAST major hurdle. Booking a place actually is. The previous pre-sale was for the outlining hotels not for anything near or in the Gaslamp district. That’s still to come and typically around February. Although NOTHING about this registration process has been typical. I love the parkwiz app for ABM and it’s easier to get in and out of ABM parking most of the time and so much cheaper. Of course the caveat with ABM is that the price tends to go up the closer it gets to the convention. Pre-sale can be a lower price point. I like the closeness of ACE but their parking is outrageous in the greater sense when you think that all you’re doing is parking your car and leaving it all day.

  • maxhdrm

    The other caveat is that if you book this early, your entry time is really late (9:30am) so sometimes it best to wait a bit longer. I prefer 24hr parking garages or ones that allow for early entry like 6:30am. ACE also controls most of them near the gaslamp district and ABM is on the outer rim. I parked at both companies last year so when you first arrive ABM isn’t that bad of a walk from say Horton Plaza but by the last day, getting an ACE on imperial was a blessing.

  • Anthony Matulin

    I’ve always had luck with pulling up on Wednesday & getting parking without the presale but this year I’d like to try pre-sale. Question though, If I purchase parking at the same lot for all days (Wednesday – Sunday), do you have to pull your car out at 2AM & return at 6AM? I can’t imagine thats the case but just want to make sure. Thanks