We encourage visitors to avoid the challenges of parking by taking advantage of DC's safe, efficient public transportation system with options such as Metrorail, Metrobus and the DC Circulator. Visit wmata.com or dccirculator.com for travel options and itineraries.
A great transportation website is godcgo.com, a comprehensive resource for all transportation options in Washington, DC, including information on parking. Another helpful tool is Parking Panda, an online and mobile phone app which allows you to view available parking and reserve your spot in advance.
Many hotels offer overnight parking for their guests. There are also a number of parking garages around the city, as well as metered spots. Handicapped parking is available at most parking garages. DC also recognizes out-of-state handicapped stickers and plaque cards, allowing parking access at all parking meters.
Many downtown office buildings have parking garages on site or close by. These lots generally cost $10-20, but they may fill up. If you have a meeting downtown, it's always best to call ahead to ask for the location of the closest parking lot. You can also refer to a map of parking garages at godcgo.com.
Metered parking is available on most downtown streets, but many streets have rush hour restrictions in place between 7 and 9:30 a.m., and 4 and 6:30 p.m. "No Parking" restrictions are strictly enforced, and violators may find their cars towed or may face fines up to $100.
If you wish to park at a suburban Metro station and ride Metro into the city, you can expect to pay $3.25-$5. Rates vary by station; check wmata.com for details about the station you're traveling from. SmarTrip cards are the only form of payment accepted at most Metro parking garages (to view Metro parking garages that accept credit cards, click here) and are available at most commuter stations. The SmarTrip card costs $10, but includes $5 value loaded. All riders must have their own fare cards, but only one member of your party needs to have a SmarTrip card.