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Parking & Transportation


Patients and their visitors should pick up complimentary parking vouchers at their point of service and hand the voucher to the attendant on exiting the parking area. UF&Shands parking areas that will be free for patients and their visitors are:

  • Garage 10 (East), on the northeast corner of Archer Road and Newell Drive, (east of Shands at UF north campus)
  • Levels 3 and 4 of the Garage 2 (West), on the northwest corner of Archer Road and Center Drive (west of Shands at UF north campus)
  • Garage 3, adjacent to Wilmot Gardens, on the northwest corner of Archer Road and Center Drive
  • Shands Cancer Hospital at UF surface lot off SW 13th Street
  • UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute surface lot on Hull Road at NW 34th Street

Shands at UF Parking


Shands at UF offers a varietyof transportation services to its patients to make parking and transportation around Gainesville easier and more convenient.

Please remember that Shands at UF located on University of Florida campus and pay attention to where you are parking. Make sure you do not park in a staff or restricted areas because these areas require a decal. Also, please do not park in the front circle at Shands at UF. This drive is intended to make patient drop-off and pick-up easy for all of our patients.

Transportation services include the following:


A free shuttle service picks up patients from the parking garages and rops them off at Shands at UF or the Shands Medical Plaza. Handicapped-accessible shuttle stops are made on the top of the parking garages.

Shuttles to the hospital run Monday through Friday every ten minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The UF Shands Cancer Center shuttle runs Monday through Friday, every 10 minutes from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. This shuttle is also available to patients at Hope Lodge and the main hospital. On request, the shuttle stops at the Ronald McDonald House and the visitor-parking garage.

Valet parking

Valet parking is located at the main entrances of Shands at the University of Florida and Shands Cancer Hospital.

Shands UF – M-F  5:30am-9:30pm     Weekends/holidays  9:00am-6:00pm

Shands Cancer Hospital – M-F 8:00am – 9:00pm    Closed weekends & holidays

Valet is also available for patients of the critical care center, 24 hours. This service is located at the ambulatory entrance of the Critical Care Center.

Handicapped access

Disabled parking is available in many areas on campus. Call 352.265.0111 for more information.

Wheelchairs are free for patients and visitors. To reserve a wheelchair, please call 352.265.0111 ext. 45754 at least one hour prior to your arrival.

Extended stay

If your care requires you to stay several days, please visit one of the information centers and ask for a long-term parking permit. This permit gives you free parking in the commuter lot during your extended stay. Oversized or recreational vehicles may be parked in the metered lot north of the West parking garages.

Public bus service

Gainesville’s public bus service, RTS, offers transportation throughout Gainesville. Fares range from $0.50 to $1. Some passengers are eligible to ride for free.