Parking & Getting Around

The best way to see Cape May is to walk through town. But before you can hit the streets, you need to get out of your car. This page contains information on parking in Cape May, including parking meters and accessible parking.

Parking in Cape May

During the summer, finding parking places in Cape May can be a challenge. There's heavy traffic in the center of town and limited spaces available. The majority of parking spaces in this area are metered. The good news is that no matter where you park in Cape May, you're probably not more than a 20-minute walk to the center of town.

  • When are the parking meters active?

    Meters in the Washington Street Mall area, on Carpenters Lane, Lyle Lane, and Mansion Street are in effect from April 1st – December 31st from 10am to 10pm. Parking in this area is restricted to three hours.

    For all other streets (including the beach front), parking meters are in effect every day from May 1 – October 31 from 10am to 10pm.

  • How much do parking meters cost? Do I need quarters?

    To the best of our knowledge, with the following exceptions, all Cape May meters cost $1.00 an hour from 10am to 10pm. Standalone meters accept quarters and work with the Parkmobile app (see below). Multi-meters accept dollar bills, credit cards, and work with the Parkmobile app. The City provides a five-minute grace period on meters before they issue tickets.

    The following streets are $2.00 an hour (starting May 14, 2019):
    • Carpenters Lane
    • Congress Place
    • Congress Street
    • Decatur Street
    • Jackson Street Parking Lot
    • Jackson Street
    • Lyle Lane
    • Mansion Street
    • Ocean Street
    • Perry Street
    • South Lafayette Street
    • 600 block of Washington Street
    • 500 block of Hughes Street
    • 500 block of Columbia Street
    Metered Parking 10am to 5pm ($1.00 an hour)
    • East of Philadelphia Avenue on Beach Avenue
    Metered Parking 10am to 6pm ($1.00 an hour)
    • 1st Avenue
    • 2nd Avenue
    • Broadway
    • Grant Street
    • Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Patterson Avenue
  • Where can I park for free?

    During the summer months, free parking is offered in the Cape May Elementary School lot on Lafayette Street (at the Madison Street intersection). When school is in session, free parking is available Saturday and Sunday only. Parking is free until 11pm. Overnight parking in the school lot is not permitted.

    There are also free parking spaces on many side streets throughout town. These typically fill up early in the morning, but if you don't mind driving around, you can find occasional spaces open during the day.

    All parking is free in West Cape May. If you don't mind a short walk, you can park on any of the shady side streets and save some money.

  • What about parking lots and flat-rate parking?

    Parking is available in the lot at Washington Commons, where Acme grocery store is located, for an hourly rate. The Washington Commons lot closes at 11pm and is not intended for overnight parking. During the winter months, this parking lot does not charge.

    Parking in the Bank Street Lot is by permit only in-season (dates are posted on the sign). Don't risk it without a pass. You'll get a ticket.

    In the evenings, several businesses offer parking spaces for a flat fee (usually between $7 and $10). While this isn't necessarily more economical, it can be less of a headache.

  • Will I be able to park at my accommodation?

    Due to the historic nature of the town, not all Cape May accommodations are able to offer on-site parking (cars weren't around when some of them were built). Always ask your accommodation about parking. Many have parking permits for lots around Cape May or they may offer valet parking. In some cases, you're on your own and must find parking for the duration of your stay. In this case, we recommend finding a free spot early in the morning, parking your car, and only moving it if absolutely necessary. Parking in West Cape May is a great option if you don't mind a short walk!

  • Is there free accessible parking? (Yes)

    There are accessible parking spaces available throughout Cape May. The use of these spaces is restricted to persons with a disability who properly display a wheelchair symbol license plate, disability placard, or parking permit issued by the State of New Jersey, any other state/district/territory of the United States, or Canada. The person must be the driver OR passenger of the vehicle. [NJ.S.A. 39:4­ 205]

    In Cape May City, persons with a disability with proper signage on their vehicles are exempt from parking meter fees. Here's the information straight out of the city code:

    Cape May City Code
    Chapter 7 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
    7-51.6 Exemptions from parking meter fees.

    Handicapped persons shall mean a person as defined in N.J.S.A. 39:4-204. Handicapped persons properly displaying a special license plate or placard or parking permit issued by the State of New Jersey under N.J.S.A. 39:4-205 or any other state, district or territory of the United States, or by Canada in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.5 shall not be required to pay parking meter fees.

    A. Display of placard or wheelchair symbol license plate. The windshield placard must be clearly visible through the front windshield of the vehicle. The wheelchair symbol license plate must be attached to the rear and front (rear only for states or districts which only issue one (1) license plate) of the vehicle for which the same are issued in a manner that they can be clearly and plainly seen.

    B. Limits of applicability. Exemption from parking meter fees shall only apply to a vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate when the handicapped person to whom the same is issued is the driver or passenger.

    C. Time Limit. Any vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate may only remain parked in one (1) location for up to twenty-four (24) hours. Any vehicle remaining in one (1) location in excess of twenty-four (24) hours is subject to penalties.

    You can't leave the car at the meter for your whole vacation. Any vehicle properly displaying a placard and/or wheelchair license plate may only remain parked in one location for up to 24 hours. Any vehicle remaining in one location in excess of 24 hours is subject to penalties (N.1.S.A. 39:4-207.5).

    Parking in accessible spaces without special vehicle identification is prohibited by the state. You will be fined.

  • Where can I park my RV/camper in Cape May?

    We asked the Cape May City Police if it's legal to park a recreational vehicle (RV) or a camper within Cape May City limits. Here is the city policy on parking an RV in Cape May:

    • RVs are not allowed on Beach Avenue or near the Washington Street Mall
    • RVs may be parked 2 or more blocks from the beach in a residential area as long as they are legally parked
    • Absolutely no camping (sleeping, eating, watching TV) is permitted in a parked RV within Cape May City

    If you plan to be in Cape May for the weekend with your camper or RV, we recommend reserving a space at a local campground.


    Wondering where you can park a charter bus? See our Group Tours page.

Parkmobile App

Cape May's parking meters work with the Parkmobile App, which allows you to pay by smartphone and keep an eye on your meter from the beach. The Parkmobile app is available in the App Store, on Google Play, and in the Windows Store.

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Getting Around

Free Jitney Service

During the summer, Cape May City offers free Jitney service on two routes through town. Jitneys hold 13 passengers, are ADA compliant, have air conditioning, and run on natural gas.

Schedule

May 27 - June 12, 2022

Weekends only. Fridays from 4-10pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 10pm.

June 17 - September 5, 2022

Daily from 11am to 10pm

September 5-25, 2022

Weekends only. Fridays from 4-10pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 10pm.

 

Beach Avenue Route

Hours: 4pm to 10pm

Where it stops: Runs along Beach Avenue

Around Town Route

Hours: 1pm to 10pm

Where it stops: Convention Hall, Washington Street Mall, the Welcome Center, Coast Guard Base, and other points in town.

Questions? Call the City of Cape May at 609-884-9565.

Learn more on the City's website (this link opens in a new window)


Want to know where the Jitney is right now or signal for a pickup? Download the Jitney Surfer app from Google Play and the App Store

Cape May jitney route map

Do you have a question about parking?

We try to make this the most comprehensive guide to parking in Cape May, but if you can't find the answer to your question here, please get in touch with us so we can help (and update this section)!

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Bicycle Rentals

Biking in Cape May is a favorite pastime among visitors and locals, and one of the easiest ways to get around town. Local bike rental companies that offer daily or weekly rental periods and can even deliver the bikes to your hotel or B&B.

Rent a bicycle or surrey → Learn about bicycle regulations in NJ →

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Taxis, Uber, and Lyft

There are several local taxi companies that serve Cape May, but you'll need to call to arrange for pickup. We would recommend asking your accommodation for a taxi company that serves their specific location.

Uber and Lyft are also available in Cape May County. Check their respective apps for price quotes.

Where can I park my RV/camper in Cape May?

We asked the Cape May City Police if it's legal to park a recreational vehicle (RV) or a camper within Cape May City limits. Here is the city policy on parking an RV in Cape May:

  • RVs are not allowed on Beach Avenue or near the Washington Street Mall
  • RVs may be parked 2 or more blocks from the beach in a residential area as long as they are legally parked
  • Absolutely no camping (sleeping, eating, watching TV) is permitted in a parked RV within Cape May City

If you plan to be in Cape May for the weekend with your camper or RV, we recommend reserving a space at a local campground.


Wondering where you can park a charter bus? See our Group Tours page.