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14 Car Parks in Singapore You Didn’t Know Had Free Parking (2017 Edition)

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If I had to nominate one cliché that rings all-too-true in Singapore, it would be “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”.

Sure, we know you’re annoyed by the recent news that car park charges are going to rise, but after offering our condolences we’d like to reassure you that there are still some car parks where parking is free—if only for a little while.

 

Mustafa Centre

First hour free daily, $2 per subsequent hour or part thereof.

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Not only does Mustafa Centre offer cheap groceries and some of the best money changing rates in town, you also get free parking for an hour. Yay. Great if you just want to stop by for a quick prata meal nearby. The only thing you want to avoid doing is actually shopping at Mustafa, since that’s going to take at least 10 years.

 

IKEA Tampines

Free parking daily.

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While the Alexandra branch requires you to spend money at IKEA in exchange for free parking hours, Tampines is still ulu enough to offer parking space completely free.

 

The Grandstand

Free parking daily.

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We’re noticing a pattern here. The more ulu or inaccessible a place is, the more likely you are to enjoy free parking.

 

West Coast Park

Free parking daily from 6:30am to 8:30am, then $0.0167 per minute.

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Parking at East Coast Park may no longer be free, but there’s still West Coast Park… although this applies only if you’re the disciplined type who can haul yourself out of bed early in the morning to exercise.

 

Clarke Quay

Free parking from 12:30pm to 1:29pm, $1.28 for first hour afterwards, then $0.43 for subsequent 15 minutes.

To make people feel better about the fact that they’re about to get ripped off, Clarke Quay tries to lure the lunchtime crowds by offering free parking. We just hope that helps subsidise the cost of your $20 beer.

 

Gillman Barracks

First hour free from Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm, then $0.50 for next 30 minutes and $3/hour from third hour onwards. Free parking on Saturdays from 11pm to 7pm, then $2 per entry. Free parking all day on Sundays.

If you’ve never even stepped into the Gillman Barracks (who cares about art, right?), you might be interested in the fact there are some restaurants there… and that parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays and your first hour on weekdays.

 

IMM

Free 2-hour parking daily for first entry only, then $1.07 for third hour and $0.30 per subsequent 15 minutes.

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IMM’s got a lot of competition from the other Jurong East malls these days, which is probably why they’re the only ones who still offer free parking after JCube decided to withdraw the privilege.

 

Jurong Point

Free parking from Monday to Thursday (excluding PH) for two hours between 12pm to 2pm, $1.07 per subsequent hour or part thereof until 5pm.

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Each time I enter Jurong Point (which is, admittedly, not often), I feel like I’m Mufasa falling into that wildebeest stampede. But with a rather generous two hours of free parking, Jurong West dwellers might be encouraged to brave the crowds and head there for lunch.

 

Big Splash

Free parking on Mondays to Fridays from 12am to 5pm, $1.50 per hour thereafter.

Just when you’d lost all hope because parking at East Coast Park stopped being free, Big Splash stepped in and saved the day. If you’re going for a seafood lunch or a run at ECP on your day off, park here.

 

Singapore Flyer

Free parking from 12pm to 2pm on Monday to Friday (no PH), subsequently $2 per hour or part thereof.

Office workers in the area can park for free at the Singapore Flyer during lunchtime. Even if the only time you bother to venture that close to the giant ferris wheel is during Beerfest, this is a pretty attractive incentive to try out the restaurants in the area.

 

Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability

Free 2-hour parking on Sundays for first entry, then $0.36 per 15 minutes.

You might not want to spend your SkillsFuture credits on any of the Devan Nair Institute’s courses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t park there for free on Sunday before crossing the road to Jem and Westgate.

Chinese Gardens

Free parking daily for first hour between 6am to 6pm, then $1 per subsequent hour.

This place is like Haw Par Villa minus the ten courts of hell and uh, all the other bizarre statues. Exotically oriental, cheap to visit and filled with mosquitoes.

Labrador Nature Reserve

Free parking daily.

Labrador Park connects to Mount Faber, where parking is also free, so hike between the two without paying a single cent.

Mount Faber

Free parking daily.

Now we know why Mount Faber is one of Singaporeans’ favourite paktor spots.

Do you know of any other places where there’s free parking? Tell us about them in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.

  • Nice compilation. It is really not easy to find free parking nowadays. 😀 If I am not wrong, Kallang Lesiure Park has 1 hour free parking on weekdays, 8.30am to 6pm.

  • Joy Lim

    Parking is so expensive nowadays.. to add on to the list, i think JCube also offers free 2 hour lunch parking too with $10 spend in the mall

  • oceanicmanta

    Westgate, weekday lunch time free parking
    TradeHub 21, Sat free parking
    Dempsey Hill, that’s obvious
    Big Box, free 1hr weekday for Members, free 1hr PH/Weekends with any purchase for Members. Membership is Free for 1st year.

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