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FAQ: Finding a Place to Park in DC
Where can I park in the District?
It’s important to remember that DC is a metropolitan city with safe, efficient public transportation options. We strongly encourage you to consider these options instead of driving. For Metrorail and Metrobus options, visit wmata.com. For DC Circulator, the red bus that makes local stops in many of DC’s most popular neighborhoods, visit dccirculator.com.
Street parking and parking garages
Your two best bets for parking in DC are parking garages and street parking. If you choose to park, there are several resources to help you explore the best options.
Visit godcgo.com before you arrive to read up on parking options in DC. There are many privately owned garages that will cost you roughly $10 to $30 or more, depending on how many hours parked. Check out washingtondc.bestparking.com to find garages and compare prices.
Many commuters also park in these DC garages, so keep in mind they tend to fill up early. During special events (for instance, during a hockey game at the Verizon Center), prices at nearby garages may go up even higher.
DC also has street parking in most neighborhoods. Pay close attention to posted signs, as most parking spots have restricted hours (during rush hour, for example). Parking restrictions are strictly enforced and violators may find a parking ticket on their windshield (or worse, towed). Most parking is metered and many accept cash or credit cards. Most meters also accept payment via the app Parkmobile. We suggest downloading this prior to your arrival.
Keep in mind that both street and garage parking is especially hard to find around many of the monuments and memorials and near the White House.
You may also choose to park at your hotel. Check with your hotel for rates before you arrive.
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.
Parking at the Metro
If you’re staying outside of DC proper and want to Metro to the city, parking at one of the lots at suburban Metro stations is a good option.
Many commuters do this on a daily basis, so these parking lots can also fill up fast early in the morning. Daily rates vary by station, but you can expect to pay between $4.60 and $5.10. Find specific rates for each station on WMATA’s parking page. SmarTrip cards are the only valid form of payment for both parking lots and to ride Metro. The rechargeable cards can be purchased at any Metro station.
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