Public parking in Washington, DC is expensive. If you are visiting for a few days, you may balk at the $50+ fee that most hotels charge to park your car overnight. Long-term parking options are limited, but there are a few alternative parking lots that will save you some money. If you are spending a few days in the city, you can easily leave your car parked and use public transportation to get around. Washington DC is a pretty walkable city during the warmer months of the year.
Long Term Parking at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.
Rates: $24 per day
Union Station is located within walking distance to many of Washington, DC’s most popular attractions. Metro, Amtrak, MARC and VRE trains all depart from the station. It is also an easy place to catch a taxi.
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Long Term Parking at the Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Rates: $26 per night (Friday after 5 p.m. through Sunday only), or $35.00 per night during the week.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a landmark building located in the heart of Washington, DC near many of the city's most popular attractions.
Long Term Parking at Metro Stations
Spaces are available for overnight parking only at Greenbelt, Huntington, and Franconia-Springfield!
15 to 17 spaces are available at each location for up to 10 days on a first-come, first-served basis.
Regular Metro parking fee ($4.75) is charged to a SmarTrip card on the day of exit (free on weekends).
DESIGNATED LONG TERM SPACES:
Franconia-Springfield station - Level 1J
Huntington - Lower level of the new station garage
Greenbelt - Cherrywood Lane side
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Visitor Parking Permits for Guests of DC Residents
Effective October 1, 2013, the Visitor Parking Pass program is available District wide to all Residential Parking Permit eligible households and those in ANCs 1A, 1B and 1C. DC residents may obtain one visitor parking permit free of charge. Applicants must provide a valid DC driver's license/identification card, a valid DC vehicle registration card or a current utility bill, lease, deed, settlement agreement or voter registration card. The visitor parking permit is valid for one year. For more details, see the District Department of Transportation website.
The Visitor Parking Permit program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on specific blocks. Starting January 1, 2015, new rules will require eligible households (within Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F) to register either online at http://vpp.ddot.dc.gov, or by phone at (202) 671-2700 to receive an annual Visitor Parking Pass.
Long Term Parking in Park and Ride Lots
There are over 300 Park & Ride Lots throughout the Washington DC area where commuters park their cars to form carpools/vanpools or take public transportation into the city. Parking is free. Long-term parking is at your own risk. Some neighborhoods are safer than others, so it is recommended that you use common sense when leaving a car overnight. Don’t leave valuables in your car and reconsider parking an expensive vehicle in unfamiliar areas. See a list of the Park and Ride Locations in the DC Area