Parking in town: where's the cheapest?

Michelle Lim
17 Oct 2018
 

Let’s face it, if we could, we would rather hang out at the heartland malls than to drive to Orchard to face the extremely likely situation of fighting queuing for parking lots, or to exit the carpark with a big hole in our pockets. But, there are still times where we need to make our way to town: be it for weddings, gatherings, celebrations, or simply running some errands. Especially when the end-year holiday season is approaching and many of you may want to head to Orchard Road to shop for presents or simply just to take in the bustling atmosphere. When that’s the case, where exactly is the cheapest and best place to park?

Since Orchard Road is rather long, and it doesn’t quite make sense to park at the cheapest carpark at one end of Orchard Road and walk all the way to your destination at the other, we’ll divide the area into four segments and share with you the cheapest carparks in that area.

Do note that these carparks still require you to walk a little to your destination... But then again, if you can save those few dollars (or maybe even tens of dollars) on your parking, walking a little won't hurt right?

Before 5/6pm on Weekdays 

Area

Carpark

Rates

A. Scotts Road

Far East Plaza

$1.07 for 1st hour, 
$1.07 for subsequent 30 mins (before 5pm)

B. Orchard

Lucky Plaza

$1.93 for 1st hour, 
$1.28 for subsequent 30 mins (before 5pm)

C. Somerset

OG Orchard Point

$1.50 for 1st hour, 
$1.00 for subsequent 30 mins

D. Dhoby Ghaut

Plaza Singapura

$1.28 for 1st hour, 
$0.43 for subsequent 15 mins (before 6pm)

Atrium @ Orchard

$1.28 for 1st hour, 
$0.43 for subsequent 15 mins (before 6pm)

 

After 5/6pm on Weekdays

Area

Carpark

Rates

A. Scotts Road

Street Parking
at Anguilla Park

$0.80 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)

Forum The Shopping Mall

$3.20 per entry (after 5pm)

Far East Shopping Centre

$3.50 per entry (after 6pm)

Far East Plaza

$3.53 per entry (after 5pm)

B. Orchard

Ion Orchard

$3 per entry (after 5pm)

Lucky Plaza

$3.38 per entry (after 5pm)

Wisma Atria

$3.50 per entry (after 5pm)

C. Somerset

Street Parking
at Grange Road

$0.80 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)

Street Parking
at Emerald Link

$0.60 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)

Street Parking
at Hullet Road

$0.60 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)

ComCentre

$3.50 per entry (after 6pm)

D. Dhoby Ghaut

Street Parking
at Penang Road

$0.70 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)

Plaza Singapura

$2.57 per entry (after 6pm)

Atrium @ Orchard

$2.57 per entry (after 6pm)

 

Saturdays

Area

Carpark

Rates

A. Scotts Road

Tanglin Mall

$3.50 per entry (after 1pm)

Far East Plaza

$1.07 for 1st hour, $1.07 for subsequent 30 mins (before 5pm), $3.53 per entry (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

Street Parking
at Anguilla Park

$1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

B. Orchard

Lucky Plaza

$1.93 for 1st hour, $1.28 for subsequent 30 mins (before 5pm), $3.38 per entry (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

Tangs

$1.40 per hour (8am to 5.59pm)

Wisma Atria

$2.40 for 1st hour, $1.50 for subsequent 30 minutes, $3.50 per entry (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

C. Somerset

The Heeren

$5 for 1st 3 hours, $1.50 for subsequent 30 minutes

Street Parking
at Grange Road

$1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

Street Parking
at Emerald Link

$1.20 per 30 minutes (7am to 4.59pm), $0.60 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

Street Parking
at Hullet Road

$1.20 per 30 minutes (7am to 4.59pm), $0.60 per 30 minutes (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

D. Dhoby Ghaut

Plaza Singapura

$2.57 for 1st 2 hours, $0.43 subsequent 15 minutes, $2.57 per entry (after 6pm)
Parking is cheaper after 6pm

Atrium @ Orchard

$2.57 for 1st 2 hours, $0.43 subsequent 15 minutes, $2.57 per entry (after 6pm)
Parking is cheaper after 6pm

 

Sundays

Area

Carpark

Rates

A. Scotts Road

Street Parking
at Anguilla Park

$0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm)

Far East Plaza

$3.53 for first 4 hours, $1.07 for subsequent 30 minutes

Forum The Shopping Mall

$3.20 per entry

B. Orchard

Wisma Atria

$2.40 for 1st hour, $1.50 for subsequent 30 minutes, $3.50 per entry (after 5pm)
Parking is cheaper after 5pm

C. Somerset

Orchard Central

$4.50 for 1st 3 hours, $1.50 for subsequent 30 minutes

Street Parking
at Grange Road

$0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 minutes (11am to 10.30pm)

Street Parking
at Emerald Link

$0.60 per 30 minutes

Street Parking
at Hullet Road

$0.60 per 30 minutes

D. Dhoby Ghaut

Plaza Singapura

$2.57 for 1st 2 hours, $0.43 subsequent 15 minutes, $2.57 per entry (after 6pm)
Parking is cheaper after 6pm

Atrium @ Orchard

$2.57 for 1st 2 hours, $0.43 subsequent 15 minutes, $2.57 per entry (after 6pm)
 Parking is cheaper after 6pm


Overall, the most expensive area to park in Orchard seems to be where ION, Wisma Atria, and Ngee Ann City are located. Should you be wanting to head to these places, perhaps you may want to park in areas A or B and get some walking done.

Parking Promotions

Some departmental stores or malls also do offer some promotion whereby you get free parking when shopping with them.

Robinsons at the Heeren allows you to redeem limited (first 100) free 2 hours parking when you spend at least $30 on weekdays! So if you do have to get something there, it does make sense parking there.

Orchard Central also has an ongoing complimentary weekday parking promotion where you can get 3 hours of complimentary parking from 11am to 10pm that is valid from Monday to Friday (with the exception of the eve of and on Public Holidays). All you have to do is to spend at least $50 in a single receipt and sign up as a ShopFarEast member to enjoy. Don’t worry because the membership is free!

A note on street parking

Do also note that the various street parking lots are often difficult to get as they are mostly filled up! It is then either you patiently wait, or just look for alternatives in the nearby areas.

Last but definitely not the least; don’t forget about the ERP charges you’ll need to pay when you head to Orchard. As such, Sundays are perhaps the best days to head to town because no ERP, yay! J


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