Summer and fall 2021 parking and transportation guide

Is your work schedule changing?

Your parking and transportation plans may be changing as well.

Are you…

  • returning to campus in summer or fall 2021 and need to figure out your commute?
  • working on campus some days, and telecommuting other days?
  • interested in alternative commute options?

Our parking and transportation options can support your commute.

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Returning to campus after telecommuting?
You may need more than one permit or pass if you return to campus before August 31.

Date returning to campus

Should I buy a 2020-21 permit or pass? Should I buy a 2021-22 permit or pass?
I am returning to campus in June, July, or August YES if you do not have a 2020-21 permit or pass
NO if you already have a 2020-21 permit or pass
YES
I am returning to campus on or after September 1 NO YES

Resuming on-campus work in June, July, or August? 2020-21 permits and passes are available for summer commuting through August 31, 2021.

Things to know about summer 2021 parking year options:

  • 2020-21 parking year options are valid until August 31, 2021.
  • Availability of 2020-21 parking year options may be limited. Check availability of some products using the permit availability page.
  • Reduced cost parking permits are offered for summer 2021. Availability is limited and conditions apply. See the information below to find an option to fit your schedule. Learn more about reduced cost parking options.
  • Product pricing can be seen in the section below. Some products will be prorated, so the price you pay will vary by purchase date.
  • For more on purchasing and exchanging permits for summer 2021, see the summer 2021 and 2021-22 applications page.

Returning to work on campus September 1 or after? Permits and passes are available for the 2021-22 parking year.

Things to know about 2021-22 parking year options:

  • Applications for 2021-22 base lot, Flex, and UW Disabled permits open May 17, 2021; the first application round closes June 25. 2021-22 parking application information
  • Reduced cost parking permits are being offered for the 2021-22 parking year. Availability is limited and conditions apply. See the information below to find an option to fit your schedule. Learn more about reduced cost parking options.
  • 2021-22 parking year options are valid starting September 1, 2021. Almost all products are valid Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug. 31, 2022.
  • Permit applications (base lot, Flex, park and ride, UW Disabled) are processed and offers are made approximately every two weeks during the parking year.
  • For more on applying for and purchasing permits for 2021-22, see the summer 2021 and 2021-22 applications page.

We understand your on-campus work situation may change during summer 2021.

To exchange a 2020-21 (valid through Aug. 31, 2021) base lot, Flex, or park and ride permit in summer 2021:

  1. Check availability of 2020-21 parking options on the permit availability page.
  2. Visit a Transportation Services office to exchange your current permit.

To exchange another type of 2020-21 permit (valid through Aug. 31, 2021) or pass in summer 2021:

  1. Purchase a different permit or pass directly in the eBusiness portal.
  2. Return the old permit. Learn more about permit exchanges and permit cancellation.

For additional questions about exchanging permits and passes, contact customer service.

We understand your on-campus work situation may change throughout the fall 2021 semester.

There are two ways to exchange 2021-22 parking year (starts Sept. 1, 2021) permits, depending on the type of permit you want.

When applying again for a different permit, please note:

  • Employees who do not have parking are prioritized over those who already have a parking permit.
  • We cannot guarantee when you may get a permit offer after applying again.
  • We will make efforts to allow easier transitions for those moving from a Flex to a base lot permit.

For additional questions about exchanging 2021-22 permits and passes, contact customer service.

Click on the options below to view parking and transportation options to fit your schedule.

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I need to work on campus infrequently - up to 1 full day a week

Product Summer
2020-21 prices

How to purchase
2020-21 options
2021-22 prices How to purchase
2021-22 options
Employee bus pass $12* Online or in person $48 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Multi-day pass $40/5 days Online or in person $40/5 days (20 days max) Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Hourly parking $15 daily max Pull ticket or use Parkmobile $15 daily max Pull ticket or use Parkmobile
Flex permit $8 daily max Online or in person $8 daily max Apply for a permit
Motorcycle permit $35* Online $139 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Bike parking Free n/a Free n/a

* Price is prorated to time of purchase; price indicated here is an example of cost if purchased on June 1.

For a complete list of permits and passes for 2020-21, see the 2020-21 rate chart.
For a complete list of permits and passes for 2021-22, see the 2021-22 rate chart.

I need to work on campus often - around 2-3 days a week

Product Summer
2020-21 prices

How to purchase
2020-21 options
2021-22 prices How to purchase
2021-22 options
Employee bus pass $12* Online or in person $48 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Base lot permit†† $330* Online or in person $925 – 1,323 Apply for a permit
Flex permit $8 daily max Online or in person $8 daily max Apply for a permit
Multi-day pass $40/5 days Online or in person $40/5 days (20 days max) Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Park and ride permit $73* Online $292 Apply for a permit
Afternoon permit $80* Online or in person $277 – 322 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Night permit $33* Online or in person $45 – 131 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Monthly†† $100 – 130 In person $100 – 130 In person (avail. Oct. 2021)
Semester permit†† n/a n/a $253 In person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Motorcycle permit $35* Online $139 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Bike parking Free n/a Free n/a

* Price is prorated to time of purchase; price indicated here is an example of cost if purchased on June 1.

† Price varies depending on location or lot type

††Also available at reduced cost for graduate and professional students and employees with an annualized salary of $35,000 or less: learn more on the reduced cost options page. UW Disabled permits are also available as annual base lot and monthly permit options.

For a complete list of permits and passes for 2020-21, see the 2020-21 rate chart.
For a complete list of permits and passes for 2021-22, see the 2021-22 rate chart.

I need to work on campus most of the time - up to 4-5 days a week

Product Summer
2020-21 prices

How to purchase
2020-21 options
2021-22 prices How to purchase
2021-22 options
Employee bus pass $12* Online or in person $48 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Base lot permit†† $330* Online or in person $925 – 1,323 Apply for a permit
Monthly permit†† $100 – 130 In person $100 – 130 In person (avail. Oct. 2021)
Semester permit†† n/a n/a $253 In person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Park and ride permit $73* Online $292 Apply for a permit
Afternoon permit $80* Online or in person $277 – 322 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Night permit $33* Online or in person $45 – 131 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Motorcycle permit $35* Online $139 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Bike parking Free n/a Free n/a

* Price is prorated to time of purchase; price indicated here is an example of cost if purchased on June 1.

Price varies depending on location or lot type

††Also available at reduced cost for graduate and professional students and employees with an annualized salary of $35,000 or less: learn more on the reduced cost options page. UW Disabled permits are also available as annual base lot and monthly permit options.

For a complete list of permits and passes for 2020-21, see the 2020-21 rate chart.
For a complete list of permits and passes for 2021-22, see the 2021-22 rate chart.

I only need to be on campus for short periods - anywhere from a few minutes to regular half-days

Product Summer
2020-21 prices
How to purchase
2020-21 options
2021-22 prices How to purchase
2021-22 options
Employee bus pass $12* Online or in person $48 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Hourly parking $15 daily max Pull ticket or use Parkmobile $15 daily max Pull ticket or use Parkmobile
Flex permit $8 daily max Online or in person $8 daily max Apply for a permit
Afternoon permit $80* Online or in person $277 – 322 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Night permit $33* Online or in person $45 – 131 Online or in person
(Starting Aug. 1)
Bike parking Free n/a Free n/a

* Price is prorated to time of purchase; price indicated here is an example of cost if purchased on June 1.

Price varies depending on location or lot type

For a complete list of permits and passes for 2020-21, see the 2020-21 rate chart.
For a complete list of permits and passes for 2021-22, see the 2021-22 rate chart.

Seen in silhouette, pedestrians and students walk across S. Park Street at the intersection of University Avenue in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus during autumn on Nov. 3, 2016.