Busch Gardens Parking | Simply Explained

Parking at Busch Gardens is something that most visitors don't take into account when planning their trip.

In this page, we'll go over all of the parking options that are available, why you'd consider other parking options, and how they stack up against each other.

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General Parking

General Parking is going to be your most basic and cheapest option when parking at Busch Gardens.

It's also the most common parking choice amongst visitors. 

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General Parking will be $25 consistently every day of the year, for one car, motorcycle or RV/Camper.

Pre-Pay Parking 

You're able to pre-pay for parking online directly from the Busch Gardens site.

Why do this?

It's simple, when you pre-pay for parking you can just show the park attendant the receipt, and they'll seamlessly let you through in seconds.

Whereas if you decide to pay at the park, you'll have to spend a few minutes there, as they process your payment, before providing you your receipt.

Take into consideration the hundreds of visitors who will do this while you're in line behind them, and you'll wish everyone had prepaid parking!

Preferred Parking

Preferred Parking will provide you access to park closer to the entrance of the park, at a higher cost than general parking.

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You may think that it's not a big deal, however you should take into consideration how you will feel after a long day at the park.

After walking around for the entire day and having a fantastic experience, for some guests they don't want to spend another half an hour (on a busy day) walking back and trying to find their car.

Price Changes by Season

Preferred Parking prices change daily and can range from $30-$45. It is typically more expensive during the weekends, busy season, as well as near the holidays.

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The Busch Gardens site provides a calendar that shows the differences in pricing prior to adding it to cart.

Upgrading From General Parking to Preferred Parking

If you decide to pre-pay for a General parking pass, and later on decide that you'd actually like to go the Preferred parking route, you can do so at any parking toll booth.

This occurs more often than you think, and the parking attendants are well aware of this and can help you easily upgrade your pass.

Free Parking

There is a way to obtain free parking at Busch Gardens, and that is if you're an annual pass member. 

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If you're a Silver pass member, Free General Parking is included with your pass every time that you visit.

If you're a Gold or Platinum pass member, Free Preferred Parking is included with your pass every time that you visit.

Electric Vehicle Charging at Busch Gardens

There currently aren't any charging stations in Busch Gardens, although as the charging stations are ever expanding, this may change in the future.

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For you EV owners, this means you should ensure that you have enough charge ahead of time prior to parking.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is Parking for Howl O Scream?

General parking will be the same cost at $25 during the Howl O Scream events. Preferred Parking prices will vary daily, however you can find those prices directly from the Busch Gardens site.