How Much Does Valet Parking Cost?

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

In general, upscale airports, hotels, and restaurants may ask you to pay for valet parking. Though, this service will be optional most of the time.

Also, there are people who would want to hire a valet service for an event so it would be easier for their guests to park.

How Much Does Valet Parking Cost?

The average cost of valet parking services would be anywhere between $18 and $50 per hour, per valet. In general, the cost for valet parking services will depend on the size of the party and the number of people that are attending the party.

Some other factors that will affect the price include the time of the week, the time of the day, and the insurance that the company has to provide. As you would expect, the prices during the peak seasons will be higher.

Typically, valet parking companies require one valet attendant per thirty to fifty guests. For instance, if you have a party of three hundred people, you will need five to six valet attendants, resulting in a total service cost of $240 to $500 per hour. In order to get an idea about how much you should budget, you will have to multiply the length of your party by the price per hour, per valet attendant.

Plan on spending up to $35 on a valet, when traveling to an airport, restaurant, or hotel. However, some places offer this service for free. But most restaurants are going to require a tip, while airports and hotels are going to charge for this service. For instance, at the Orlando International Airport, the cost of valet parking is around $30.

In general, the cost of valet attending sporting events is much higher. Be prepared to pay around $80 for valet parking at a basketball game, baseball game, or any other professional sporting event.

In the table below you will find the average costs of valet parking at some of the most popular destinations in the United States of America.

Destination Price
MGM Grand Valet Parking $14.30 for first 4 hours
Harrah’s Atlantic City Valet Parking Free for platinum members; $5.50 for everyone else
Hartford Hospital Valet Parking $1.10 per hour (maximum daily $8.80)
Fontainebleau Valet Parking $46.20 per night
Pour Vous Hollywood Valet Parking $8.80
Mohegan Sun Valet Parking Free for hotel guests ($5.50 tip recommended)
Space Needle Valet Parking $27.50 (up to three hours for general guests)
Caesars NJ Valet Parking $11
Cleveland Clinic Valet Parking $13.20 for regular and $11 for seniors
Fogo de Chao Valet Parking $11 during lunch and $16.50 during dinner
Palazzo Valet Parking Free (tip recommended)
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Valet Parking $42.90
Irvine Spectrum Valet Parking $4.40 per car
Venetian Valet Parking Free (tip recommended)
Caesars Palace Valet Parking $14.30 (up to 4 hours)
Radisson Blu Hotel Chicago Valet Parking $69.30 per day

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Usually, valet services will cater to corporate events, weddings, charity outings, private dinners, and special events.

A reputable valet parking company should offer workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. Though, this will vary from one company to another, and this is why it is important to know what type of coverage you will get. For instance, weather-related damage, vandalism, and theft will not be covered by most companies.

What are the additional expenses?

Even though it is optional, most valet attendants are expecting to receive a tip. Depending on the situation, you should tip anywhere between $5 and $10. A higher tip might be necessary if the weather is bad or the valet has to travel a long distance. On the other hand, a smaller amount would be acceptable if the valet attendant doesn’t have to travel far.

Important things to consider

Valet ParkingWhen purchasing a car, in general, it also comes with a valet key. When using a valet parking attendant, make sure you give them this key because it can only start the vehicle and will not be able to open the glove box.

Get informed about the company before choosing a valet service. Make sure you ask about the company’s background and check their references. Also, before this, make a list and check if the company is able to meet your requirements.

Remove all valuables from sight. If you have valuables in your car, put them away or put them in the trunk before you get to the valet stand.

While the vast majority of valets are honest and trustworthy, you never know when you’ll run into a bad situation or your car will be parked in a busy spot with heavy traffic and you don’t want your belongings left in plain view to tempt some car thief.

Inform the valet about the particulars of your vehicle, if relevant. If the car has a problem door or a sensitive alarm system, etc. communicate this to the valet. They will appreciate this information.

Tips for saving money on valet parking services

Skip the valet service if it is optional. In general, it will cost you much less to leave your car in the parking area or garage area instead of having a valet take it for you.

If you will have to book multiple events, then you will get a discount from most professional services.

If you need to hire a valet parking service to host your wedding, look for a minimum of three companies and compare their prices. Also, ensure that these valet attendants are going to have a background check done on them. You wouldn’t want and have the unpleasant surprise to discover that some items are missing from your car.

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