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Universal Studios Hollywood Parking – Everything You Need To Know! (& More!)

Being annual pass holders, we’ve learnt just about everything you could need to know about Universal Studios Hollywood parking.

In today’s post, we’ll be talking about where to park at Universal Studios Hollywood if you’re disabled or a coach driver. Where to do pick ups & drop offs at Universal Studios Hollywood if you’re dropping off friends, family or if you’re a Lyft or Uber driver.

Basically, any questions you might have about parking at Universal Studios Hollywood will be answered below;

Universal Studios Hollywood Pick Up & Drop Off (inc Uber & Lyft)

If you’re being dropped off at Universal Studios Hollywood by a friend, family member, an Uber or a Lyft. Then you’ll need to be dropped off at one of the two drop off & pick up locations.

The first drop-off point is most convenient if you’re visiting the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, and not City Walk as it’s situated directly at the theme park entrance.

The second pick up and drop-off point at Universal Studios Hollywood is by the ET parking garage which is at the far end of CityWalk (you’ll need to walk through CityWalk to get to / from the park entrance to here)

If you’re being picked up by an Uber or a Lyft then you’ll be asked to select which pickup location you’d prefer. You’re then able to use the GPS on your phone to navigate to the nearest / most convenient location. 

I always recommend using Lyft as it’s cheaper than Uber. Feel free to use my code: CORA86601 which get’s us free credit to use on the service at no extra cost to you.

On a side note if you’re looking for a taxi but don’t have a smartphone available to order an Uber or a Lyft there is a taxi stop for general yellow taxi’s at both pick up and drop off locations.

Universal Studios Hollywood Shuttle (Metro)

If you’re planning on visiting Universal Studios Hollywood using public transport then you’ll be glad to know that there is a Universal Studios Hollywood shuttle between the park and the most local metro station.

The nearest Metro station is the conveniently named; Universal City/Studio City station which is a stop on the Metro Red Line. Shuttles are completely free and run 7 days a week starting at 7am every morning and finishing approximately 2 hours after the theme park closes. Pickups are every 10 – 15 minutes and the journey takes approximately 5 minutes.

Universal Studios Hollywood Shuttle (Star Line)

If you’ve been sightseeing in Los Angeles during your trip then you might have a Starline pass for the Hop-on, hop-off bus. This bus also operates as a shuttle on the Blue Route between Hollywood and Universal Studios.

At the time of writing the Starline blue route timetable is as follows;

How Much Does Parking At Universal Studios Hollywood Cost

Here’s a quick breakdown of the costs of parking at Universal Studios Hollywood. Scroll further down the post to learn more about the different parking options, parking discounts and terms and conditions.

Universal Studios Hollywood Parking Lots

If you’re driving around Los Angeles then you’re likely going to drive to Universal Studios Hollywood. In which case, there are a number of ‘basic’ parking lots available. These ‘basic’ parking lots are available at the price shown below. If you’re looking to park a bus, RV or for valet parking scroll down for further information.

Parking lots are broken up based on famous Universal productions these include;

  • Frankenstein
  • Jurrasic Park
  • ET
  • Woody Woodpecker

Unless you choose preferred or valet parking you won’t get a choice as to where you park at Universal Studios Hollywood and instead will be allocated a space on a first come, first serve basis. After your day at the park, you’ll be able to navigate back to your vehicle using the signs. Parking characters will be displayed as logos with directions.

Parking Electric Vehicles For Charging At Universal Studios Hollywood

If you’re driving an electric vehicle and are looking to charge and park at Universal Studios Hollywood then you’ll find electric charging points in the following locations;

  • Frankenstein Garage: 4 ports (Level 2 and Level 7)
  • Jurassic Parking Garage: 8 ports (Level 1 and B1M)
  • ET Garage: 16 ports (Level B1)
  • Woody Woodpecker Lot: 1 port (near Front Gate Parking)

Alongside the standard parking rate, you’ll also be charged $0.35/kWh. Price correct at the time of publishing. 

Preferred Parking At Universal Studios Hollywood

Preferred parking is available at the following costs;

Before 6PM: $35
After 6PM: $20

The advantage of preferred parking at Universal Studios Hollywood is the reduced walking time between the car parking garage and CityWalk or the Universal Studios Park. You can decide which location you’d like to park near. 

Valet Parking At Universal Studios Hollywood

Valet parking is available in the Jurassic Parking lot or the Frankenstein garage the costs of which are as follows;

$25 first 2 hours
$45 over 2 hours

Jurrasic Parking is located within City Walk on the second floor by the food court. In just a couple of minutes walk to the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood.

RV Parking Near Universal Studios Hollywood

Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that overnight parking at Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t permitted. However, if you still want to visit the park in your RV then you can do so. You’ll be directed to an outdoor parking area by a member of staff.

This area is located conveniently near the front of the park alongside the buses for groups. Here you’ll be charged the standard general parking fee plus an additional cost which is unspecified by staff at this time.

Handicap Parking At Universal Studios Hollywood

To park in one of the handicap parking spots at Universal Studios Hollywood you’ll need to have an accessible parking permit for cars with disability placards.

There’s disabled parking in both Universal Studios Hollywood garages on level 3 – entrance level to the parks. Both of these garages are very close to the main walkway to City Walk which then connects onto US Hollywood.

A lot of people have asked whether it’s easier to just pay for valet parking instead. Based on our experience valet parking requires you to use a lift and isn’t much if any closer to the parks than the handicap bays on level 3. 

Annual Passholder Parking

If you become a Gold or Platinum annual pass holder at Universal Studios Hollywood then you’ll also receive free general parking. With the basic cost of general parking prior to 6pm being $25 it might be worth upgrading one member of your party to a Gold Annual Pass to receive the free parking.

At the moment the difference in price between gold annual pass and silver annual pass is $130. This means that if you plan on visiting more than 5 times over the following 12 months then you’d save money upgrading to the gold pass for the savings made on parking alone.

Universal Studios VIP Parking

If you’re visiting Universal Studios Hollywood for the VIP tour then you’ll receive valet parking in the Frankenstein parking lot completely free. Usual cost is $45.

Free Parking Near Universal Studios Hollywood

There are just two areas in which you can get free parking near Universal Studios Hollywood. Sadly, both of these parking areas are limited to a 2 hour period. So if you plan on spending more than 2 hours at Universal Studios Hollywood (which I hope you do!) this sadly won’t be suitable.

11320 Chandler Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91601 – Approx 13 min walk to Universal Studios To Universal Studios Hollywood

11231 Magnolia Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91601 – Approx 22 min walk to Universal Studios Hollywood

Sadly, there’s no cheap parking near Universal Studios Hollywood either. Considering the commute from your car to the park, we’d recommend paying for at least the basic parking at Universal Studios Hollywood. This is not only on-site and therefore requires no long-distance walking to get to the park. It also comes with security and protection for your car.

There is one alternative specifically designed for those who live very close to Universal Studios Hollywood. This is in the form of the Globe Partner Pass. To gain access to this benefit you will need to live within the red line.

Benefits aren’t limited to just complimentary parking once a month. They also include;

  • Advance screenings of new Universal film releases.
  • Previews of new Universal Studios Hollywood rides and attractions.
  • Invitations to special events.

This offer is not transferable and is limited to one request per household per year. In order to gain access to the Universal Happenings, you’ll need to provide a valid email address. Events are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. You can apply for a Globe Partner Pass here.

That concludes all our information on Universal Studios Hollywood Parking (& More!). We hope we’ve answered all your questions about parking and associated questions on visiting Universal Studios Hollywood.

If we haven’t then be sure to leave us a comment below and we’ll do our very best to get back to you. If you are looking at planning every part of your trip and need help on deciding what to pack. We have everything you need to know about what to wear and what to bring to the park.