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Columbus Operating Area

What's a Home Area? Think of it as our operating area, where our cars free-float around the city. You can only pick up and drop off vehicles within this area and designated spots outside of it, but everything in between is up to you.

It's simple enough:

  • You can grab a car from anywhere in the Home Area
  • You can leave the Home Area during your trip and travel up to 200 miles outside the Home Area
  • When you're done with your car2go, park anywhere in the Home Area (legally, of course - find parking rules here)

The car2go app is the best way to see what cars are available and where in Columbus.

Don't have the app yet? Check out a high-res version of the map here.

Park for free in Columbus

car2go offers you ultimate parking freedom. To end your rental, simply park your car2go on public, on-street parking within the Columbus Home Area. The best part? It costs you nothing.

Parking rules: It's pretty simple: as long as you end your trip in public, on-street parking, you're good to leave the car and go. Just be sure to check our parking rules below.

    VIP parking: certain parking spots in Columbus are reserved just for car2go members. Look for blue Ps on the app- the number indicates available cars (lighter blue Ps means there are no available cars there). Tap the P to view the number of available parking spots.

      Where to park

      Tip: Save your change – we cover the cost of meters!

      City Meters that are at least 1 hour or longer.

      On-street parking - see restrictions below.

      Residential Zones

      Where to make a stopover

      Stopover mode lets you run inside for an errand without giving up the car.

      • Outside the car2go Columbus Home Area
      • Parking spaces that are owned by a private party; such as a school, business or residence
      • Parking garages, lots, or other facilities

      Tip: If during a stopover you park somewhere that requires payment, the cost is on you.

      Where to avoid

      Steer clear of illegal parking spots or you may be held responsible for a parking ticket, vehicle relocation or worse - the dreaded tow.

      Tip: When ending your car2go trip, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would leave your personal car there for the next 24 hours.

      And remember– trips can only be ended/completed within the Home Area.

      We’re not above the law, be sure to take a look at your city’s parking rules here.

      Where not to park:

      • Areas with specified time restrictions
      • No Standing Zones
      • Rush hour zones – Do not park on rush hour streets at any time, even if rush hour is not currently in effect
      • Bus Stops
      • Temporary No Parking Zones
      • Within 24 hours of an active Street Sweeping/Valet zones
      • Handicap spaces (unless you have a valid permit displayed in the car)
      • Double parking (only where permitted)

      • "Car Sharing Only" parking spots
      • Taxi/Motorcycle Parking
      • Privately owned parking lots/garages
      • In front of fire hydrants
      • Illegal parking zones or areas (driveways, crosswalks, etc.)
      • On an active street sweeping route
      • Street sweeping schedule

      Any questions?

      Check out our Frequently Asked Questions: