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The wide avenues, office buildings, high-end shops, old-school bars, swanky hotels, and restaurants of downtown Washington, D.C. make it a hub of activity all year round. The tourist attractions, including must-visit museums, add to the hustle and bustle. Finding parking in Downtown Washington, D.C. can be quite expensive and time-consuming if you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood. On-site parking at downtown hotel garages will cost you dearly, and street parking restrictions will keep you on your toes. So, neither of these Downtown DC parking options sounds like a good deal.

However, driving up to an off-street parking space is always better than risking a parking ticket on the streets. To make it more affordable, book your parking lot space in advance – pre-booking your spot online will get you the lowest rates available during your visit. And if you need to park at the same garage frequently, a monthly parking pass can help save a lot of money and time. Find the best deals at Downtown DC parking garages on the Way app – download now and book your parking spot from anywhere, anytime.

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Downtown DC parking rates

Location Rate  
1717 Rhode Island Ave NW Parking $5 - $18 / Day
1325 18th St Garage Parking $11 - $25 / Day
1030 15th St NW Parking $12 - $20 / Day
Washington Square Parking $11 - $21 / Day
1801 Pennsylvania Ave NW Parking $10 - $20 / Day
1875 Pennsylvania Ave NW Parking $12 - $20 / Day
975 F St NW Carroll Square Garage $11 - $19 / Day
2021 K Street NW Valet Parking $10 - $22 / Day
901 F St. Valet Garage $10 - $17 / Day
901 E St NW Valet Garage $10 - $19 / Day

Downtown DC parking FAQs

Is Downtown DC parking safe?

Downtown Washington, D.C. is a safe neighborhood, and you can expect up-to-date security features at most parking lots and garages. Street parking is also fairly safe; however, you’ll have to keep an eye on the parking signs to avoid an unexpected parking ticket. Stay updated on parking rules in the city, as temporary restrictions could be in effect on certain streets. When using free parking near tourist attractions, stick to the time limit and follow all instructions on posted signs. Always choose well-lit parking spots - on-street and off-street. Look for camera surveillance, security staff, and other safety features when booking a parking garage space. And never leave any valuables exposed inside your car, even in the safest parking facility.

Where can I find free parking in Downtown DC?

Free parking at Downtown DC parking garages is hard to come by; unless visitors get free parking spots at certain official or business buildings. Free street parking could be available but limited. There’s usually a two-hour maximum parking time limit for the free parking spots across Washington, D.C. Make sure to check posted signs for any temporary restrictions as well. A parking ticket will cost you a lot more than what you intend to save by using a free parking spot. So, unless it is a quick stop, avoid using free parking in Downtown DC.

Is there street parking in downtown Washington, D.C.?

There is plenty of metered street parking spaces in Downtown DC, starting at $1.15 for half an hour. Almost all streets allow parking with varied maximum time limits, for both metered and free parking. Free parking usually comes with a two-hour time limit, while metered parking limits can go up to three and half hours or more. Make sure to check street parking signs for any temporary restrictions, updates on time limits, street cleaning schedules, and other regulations. Keep an eye out for restricted zones and reserved parking spots.

How much does parking in Downtown Washington, D.C. cost?

Metered parking rates typically start at $1.15 for 30 minutes, while off-street parking rates range from $10 - $15 an hour on average. But parking rates at premium downtown hotels can go high as $50 an hour. When you book a Downtown DC parking spot online, you will find hourly rates as low as $5 at secure parking facilities near top destinations in the neighborhood. Look for exclusive discounts and other offers on parking apps for daily maximum parking rates as low as $18 - $20.

How can I find the best Downtown DC parking deals?

Use Washington, D.C. parking apps and websites to find the best deals easily. You can check out all the parking garages and lots near your destination in one place. Compare rates and amenities offered at each parking facility to pick a spot suitable for your needs. Most parking lots and garages also offer special rates and discounts on online reservations. You’ll also find parking vouchers, monthly parking deals, and other offers on parking apps and websites.

Downtown DC parking tips

Parking enforcement in Washington, D.C. is handled by the Department of Public Works. The Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for judging parking violations.

RPP (Residential Permit Parking) zones do not allow parking for more than two hours without the permit. You can get Visitor Parking Passes (VPP) to park longer in these restricted streets.

When parking on the street, look out for street cleaning, construction, or season restrictions. No-parking signs could pop up for several reasons. Keep track of parking rules and regulation updates on social media platforms.

Rush hour restrictions could be applicable during specified periods on main streets.

Look for affordable parking lots on Pennsylvania Avenue or Constitution Avenue.

Do not stand or park within 5 feet of a driveway or an alley. Parking on the street is also not allowed within 25 feet of a crosswalk and 4 ft of an intersection. Stand or park at least 10 ft away from fire hydrants.

Red top meters are reserved for accessible parking spots. Also, look for space markers with red poles to find street parking spots reserved for persons with disabilities.

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