Tampa Cruise Parking Guide with Lots, Locations and Tips

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Tampa is a popular cruise port to drive to by car, which means thousands of visitors need Tampa cruise parking every single week. Don’t worry – we have plenty of suggestions for where to park your car while you relax and enjoy your Caribbean cruise.

Tampa Bay Port serves four cruise lines: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Norwegian (NCL) cruise lines. It is less busy than Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale and the Port of Miami on Florida’s east coast. Being easy to reach by road, convenient to Orlando International Airport, and quieter than its competitor ports, the Port of Tampa Bay is a sensible choice for cruisers.

If you’re looking for cheap cruise parking in Tampa we have plenty of options. Most cruise parking companies include a free courtesy shuttle to and from Tampa cruise port. We have also researched the best Stay and Cruise packages for those who want to stay in a hotel for a night or two before or after their Tampa cruise. These deals include free cruise parking and shuttle transfer to the port and usually represent the best value cruise parking in Tampa.

You’ll find below all the Tampa cruise parking options including comparative prices, directions and distances to Tampa cruise port. We also list free cruise parking options for disabled drivers in Tampa and the best cruise parking for RVs and oversize vehicles. Please note that prices may vary and are provided for comparative purposes only.

Whatever you want to know about Tampa cruise parking, you’ll find the answer here!

Driving to Tampa Cruise Port

Tampa Bay cruise port is very easy to reach by road. The I-4 connects the port with Orlando, 86 miles northeast. Those driving to Tampa cruise port from the northern states or South Florida will find the I-75 is the best route. Exit the I-75 and follow the I-275 to the port and Channel District near historic Ybor City.

It makes sense to extend your cruise with a short stay in Tampa, either before or after your cruise. Arriving a day or two before your luxury cruise sets sail means that you can relax knowing that you will not miss your cruise if you encounter bad weather or travel delays on the drive to Tampa. Check out the hotels listed below that offer free cruise parking and shuttle service to Tampa cruise port when you book a Park and Stay Package.

How Much Does Tampa Cruise Parking Cost?

Here’s the current price list for cruise parking in Tampa:

Self-Parking at Tampa Cruise Port$15 per day
Valet Parking at Tampa Cruise Port$15 per day plus $20 one-time service fee
Cruise Parking at Tampa Port for DisabledFree
Cruise Parking at Tampa Port for RV/Oversizevehicles$30 per day
Parking Doctors$9 per day
One Stop Parking$7.99 per day
717 Parking$6.95 per day
Park4Cruise Purple Lot$5.97 per day
Park4Cruise Orange Lot$6.97 per day
Hotel Stay & Cruise Packagesfrom $83

Self-Parking at Tampa Cruise Port

Tampa Bay cruise port offers onsite parking for the duration of your cruise. Located at 810 Channelside Drive, onsite cruise parking is in a parking garage opposite Terminal 3, making it very secure and convenient. There are about 3,500 spaces and over half are in the covered garage.

Parking at the port is $15 per day when booked and paid for in advance. This means that if you are going on a 7-night cruise from Tampa, the cost will be $105. Book ahead to guarantee your space and get the best price. All you have to do then is arrive at least 2 hours before your cruise departs and self-park. There is easy access from the parking lots to all the cruise terminals which are just a short walk across the street. Alternatively, drop off your luggage and passengers before going to park.

  • Address: 810 Channelside Dr, Tampa
  • Distance to port: Onsite
  • Shuttle service: No
  • Cost per day: From $15

Valet Parking at Tampa Cruise Port

If you want to upgrade to valet cruise parking at Tampa port, the cost is $15 per day plus a $20 valet service charge. Follow the signs for port cruise parking and hand your car keys to the valet attendant before heading off to enjoy your cruise.

  • Address:  810 Channelside Dr, Tampa
  • Distance to port: Onsite
  • Shuttle service:   No
  • Cost per day: From $15 plus one-time $20 valet fee

Free Tampa Bay Cruise Parking for Disabled Passengers

Cruise parking for disabled drivers or 100% disabled veterans is free at Tampa Bay cruise port. Vehicles must have modifications to the foot controls, such as extended pedals, or hand controls. Disabled drivers with a vehicle with a wheelchair ramp, lift or official DV plates can also park free for the duration of their cruise. 

Tampa Bay Cruise Parking for Oversize Vehicles

If you require Tampa cruise parking for an RV or you are arriving as a group and need to park a minibus or oversize vehicle, the cost is higher. Oversize cruise parking at Tampa Bay cruise port is $30 per day or $210 for a 7-day cruise.

Best Off-site Tampa Cruise Parking

Parking Doctors

Parking Doctors offer cheap cruise parking near Tampa Bay port. The secure parking lot has video monitoring 24/7 and includes a free shuttle service. The cheapest price is for pre-paid online bookings starting at $36 for 4 nights, which works out at $9 per night. Drive-in prices are from $10 per night.

  • Address: 1254 Channelside Dr, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 0.7 miles
  • Shuttle service:  Yes
  • Cost per day: From $9

One Stop Parking

One Stop Parking offers secure parking within sight of your cruise ship! The parking lot is secure, gated and lighted. From this convenient Tampa cruise parking lot there’s a free shuttle service to the port which runs on-demand and takes just 2 minutes.

  • Address:   1222 Channelside Dr, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 0.6 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per day: From $7.99

717 Parking

717 Parking offers valet parking in five different locations for cruisers and those attending a conference or event in Tampa. They offer a high level of personal service and bookings can be made online ahead of time. Based in N. Franklin St, they have a Channelside Cruise Parking Lot just across from Tampa cruise terminals.

Prices include an on-demand personal shuttle bus service. Just call 10 minutes before you expect to arrive and the shuttle bus will be there to take you and your luggage to and from your cruise terminal. The journey takes just 2 minutes.

  • Address:   1063 Channelside, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 0.3 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per day: From $6.95

Cheapest Off-site Tampa Cruise Parking


The closest and cheapest Tampa cruise parking lots are with Park4Cruise They offer affordable cruise parking in a choice of secure locations close to Tampa Bay Cruise Port.

The free courtesy shuttle delivers you and your luggage to the ship in just 2 minutes if you don’t want to walk, and the company safeguards your car while you’re away. Park4Cruise operates from two sites as shown below with the proximity to the port reflected in the slightly different prices.

Park4Cruise Purple Lot

  • Address:  702 N 14th St, Channelside, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 0.8 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per day: From $5.97

Park4Cruise Orange Lot

  • Address: 1016 Channelside Dr, Tampa
  • Distance to Port: 0.4 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per day: From $6.97

Best Tampa Hotels for Stay and Cruise Parking Packages

Hampton Inn & Suites, Ybor City

Handy for cruisers and close to Tampa cruise port, Hampton Inn and Suites Ybor City offers free cruise parking for guests. Rates include air-conditioned rooms with refrigerator, free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool.

Related: 17 Ideal Hotels Near Tampa Cruise Port

Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast before hopping aboard the shuttle bus for the 6-minute ride to Tampa Bay Cruise Port. Friendly staff and spacious well-appointed rooms make this an affordable option in this downtown area of historic Ybor City.  There’s also a free trolley for visiting the sights during your stay.

  • Address: 1301 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa
  • Distance to Port: 1.2 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per night: From $160

Quality Inn and Suites, Ybor City

Another chain hotel offering cruise parking in Tampa and a shuttle service to the port is Quality Inn and Suites near Fairgrounds Ybor City. The hotel has excellent reviews and includes free Wi-Fi, pool and fitness center along with a free breakfast and cruise parking. The shuttle bus takes around 12 minutes to reach the port but room prices are very attractive. 

  • Address: 4955 E 18th Ave, Tampa
  • Distance to port:  4.4miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per night: From $83

Hilton Garden Inn Ybor Historic District

The Hilton Garden Inn offers a “Snooze and Cruise” package that includes a room for one night, free transfer to and from the cruise port (7 minutes) and Tampa cruise parking for one night. Additional nights are charged at $12 per day.

This four-star luxury hotel includes comfortable rooms, business center services, fitness center, pool and internet. An onsite restaurant serves a delicious breakfast buffet for an additional cost. This is certainly not the cheapest option for Tampa cruise parking, but it will start your cruise in comfort and style!

  • Address: 1301 E 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 1.6 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per night: From $180

Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel and Marina

Just over a mile from Tampa cruise terminals, the Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel offers a Park and Cruise package which includes an upscale room, breakfast for two, shuttle bus and cruise parking for up to 7 nights.

This luxury four star hotel has a stunning view of the waterfront and marina. It offers a host of amenities including a concierge, pool, fitness center and café. After a comfortable night’s sleep, the hotel will provide transport to the cruise port.

  • Address: 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 1.6 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per night: From $189

Holiday Inn Express, Tampa East/Ybor City

Park, Stay and Go packages from the Holiday Inn Express Tampa East offer comfortable modern rooms, fitness center, complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi. This newly opened hotel also offers up to 14 days free cruise parking when you book a cruise package along with breakfast and a free shuttle to and from the cruise port.

  • Address: 2520 N. 50th St, Tampa
  • Distance to port:  4.7 miles
  • Shuttle service:  Yes
  • Cost per day: From $166

Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas

Start your sunshine getaway early when you stay at the waterfront Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas. Overlooking Tampa Bay, it has two heated outdoor pools with shady cabanas and private dock.

There’s a full-service restaurant, fitness center and poolside bar. Stylish guest rooms and suites all have balconies and are beautifully appointed with coffee maker, refrigerator and flatscreen TV. Stay and Cruise packages include parking and shuttle to and from the port. When it’s time to depart for your cruise, you’ll hardly want to leave!

  • Address: 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa
  • Distance to port: 9.4 miles
  • Shuttle service:   Yes
  • Cost per day: From $129

Also Read: Hotels NEAR Miami Cruise Port with Shuttle Service

FAQs on Tampa Cruise Parking

Where do you park for a cruise in Tampa?

There are many options for Tampa cruise parking including the official onsite car park opposite the terminals on Channelside Drive. There are several Tampa cruise parking lots close to the port and pre-booking is recommended. More options for cheap cruise parking include “Stay, Park and Cruise” hotel packages.

How much is parking at Tampa Cruise Port?

Parking onsite at Tampa Cruise Port is $15 per night for self-parking. It is steps from Tampa Bay cruise terminals. Valet parking on site is the same price per night, with an additional $20 fee for the valet service.

Private cruise parking companies charge from $5.97 to $9 per day and include a free shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. Hotel “Stay and Cruise” packages with free cruise parking and courtesy shuttle start at $83.

What’s the ideal parking location?

There are plenty of Tampa cruise parking lots close to the cruise terminals that are cheaper than the official onsite parking lot at the port. Several cruise parking lots near Tampa Bay Port operate along Channelside Drive, less than a mile from the cruise terminals. Courtesy shuttle buses transfer cruisers to and from the ship in under 10 minutes.

Gillian Birch
Gillian Birch
Gillian Birch is a full-time travel writer and author of 12 travel books. British educated with a diploma in journalism she has traveled the world, writing about her experiences with wonderful clarity and eyewitness detail. She uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many cruise experiences around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, trans-Atlantic, Norwegian Fjords, Panama Canal and South America including Cape Horn. Find out more about us here.


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