WHERE CAN I PARK DOWNTOWN?
- PURPLE = free parking on-street or in a parking lot, weekends only
- BLUE = free 24 hour parking
- GREEN = free 2-hour parking
- RED = pay to park
Free Parking, Weekends only (Purple):
- Parking on the corner of West Council and N. Church St.
- Parking on the corners of N. Jackson and N. Church St.
- Parking on the corners of N. Main St. and W. Kerr St.
Pay to Park (Red):
- Parking on the corner of N. Main and E. Council St.
2 Hour Parking (Green):
- Parking at the Central City lot on E. Innes St. (behind Barnhardt Jewerles)
Free 24-Hour Parking (Blue):
- Corner of E. Innes and Dept St. (Gateway parking lot)
- Parking lot N. Lee St. (behind the Visitors Center, 204 E. Innes St.)
- Parking lot on the corner of Depo and E. Liberty St.
- Parking lots on the corners of N. Lee and E. Kerr St.
- Parking lot on the corner of S. Lee St. and E. Fisher St.
- Parking lot behind City Hall (217 S. Main St.)
DOES DOWNTOWN HAVE PARKING PERMITS?
Downtown Development will launch a pilot parking program within the Municipal Service District (MSD) beginning on Sunday, January 1, 2023. The pilot program will run for one year to evaluate demand. While the City offers on-street and off-street parking, this program will provide business owners, employees and residents, who work or live within the MSD, to purchase a yearly parking pass in a designated City-owned lot.
Residents or business owners will be able to purchase spaces within a specific lot. That permit will only be valid in that specific lot. While the permit will not be parking space-specific, it will be parking lot-specific. The cost is $420 per spot valid for one calendar year – Jan. 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023. Businesses/residents will be limited to a maximum of two spaces.
Downtown Development secured parking spaces within the following designated lots:
-Wells Fargo (yellow lot): 10 spaces
-City Office Building Lot (blue lot): 15 spaces (lower lot)
-Central City Lot (red lot): five spaces (Bernhardt Lot)
Applications will be available Wednesday, Dec. 14, at noon (on this web page) or can be picked up at the Downtown Salisbruy office located at 217 S. Main Street beginning at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Proof of downtown residency, property ownership or employment within the MSD is required to lease the parking spaces. The parking permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be a penalty for individuals who park in the designated spots when the pilot program begins.
WHAT ARE THE DOWNTOWN PARKING FINES?
At the December 6th 2022 City Council meeting, Salisbury City Council voted to increase all parking-related fines to $25, EXCEPT parking for longer than 2 hours in designated spaces (which are $15) and parking in a handicap space without proper signage (which is $100).
Additionally, the City of Salisbury is working to improve collection of parking fines that are outstanding.
DOWNTOWN TRANSIT OPTIONS:
F&M Bank Trolley System – Historic Salisbury Trolley Tours
*THE SAFETY OF OUR VISITORS IS OF THE UPMOST IMPORTANCE. ALL TROLLEY TOURS ARE CANCELED, DUE TO COVID-19, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PRIVATE RENTALS WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER N.C. HEALTH REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES PENDING WHEN THE N.C. STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IS LIFTED.*
Tours are offered every Saturday at 11 a.m. from April – October.
Take a ride through Downtown Salisbury with narrators to guide you along historic sites. Sites include the original Cheerwine building, the Salisbury National Cemetery and the site of the only prison in North Carolina during the Civil War. You will also see film locations of popular movies and TV shows and hear a ghost story or two. Enjoy learning about the city’s past and how it has influenced the present. The F&M Bank Trolleys operate every Saturday from April – October.
Trolley Tours begin and end at the Rowan County Visitors Center at 204 E. Innes Street Salisbury 28144. The trolleys are fully climate controlled, as well as ADA Compliant and Handicap Accessible.
Historic Trolley Tour Ticket Prices
Child (ages 3-12): $5
Children 3 and younger are free
Combination Ticket Prices
(includes Historic Trolley Tour, as well as admission to the Dr. Josephus Hall House, Old Stone House and the Rowan Museum)
Child (ages 3-12): $11
Children 3 and younger are free
TRAVEL BY AMTRAK
Another great way to visit Salisbury is by traveling on an Amtrak train. Just visit Amtrak’s site or go to your local Amtrak train station to reserve tickets today!
From Raleigh, the trip is just over 2 hours. Winston Salem is only 30 minutes, Greensboro is 50 minutes, and Charlotte to Salisbury is only 40 minutes.
If you want a fast trip to Salisbury without the frustration of using a highway then the Amtrak is the ticket for you.
The Amtrak train arrives at the beautiful Historic Salisbury Station. The Station is located just a few blocks away from the square and is a fun and different way to arrive in historic downtown Salisbury.
SALISBURY TRANSIT BUS
Saturday services is temporarily suspended until further notice. Buses will operate with reduced hours, 6am to 3:20pm, Monday through Friday.
Also, bus fares have been suspended.
The public and affordable Salisbury Transit system serves Salisbury, Spencer and East Spencer.
The bus system has three regular routes and two weekend routes. Each of these routes arrives and departs from the central Transfer Site located on Depot Street.
Salisbury Transit also provides an ADA demand responsive paratransit system that includes wheelchair lift-equipped vans to accommodate citizens unable to access our fixed route bus system because of a functional disability.