OH SAY CAN YOU SEE A PARKING SPOT?
This capital city attracts all kinds of movers and shakers, but with such a small land area, parking is extremely limited. Parking costs are the 7th highest in the nation. Washington, D.C. is one of the worst places for parking fines, especially in metered spots, where fines can be up to $100. If you’re looking for Washington, D.C. parking, be sure to keep visiting our site, as we’ll be regularly adding new information about rates, long-term parking, parking permits, and parking violations.
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- OUTDOOR VS INDOOR SPOTS:
- Washington, D.C. has brutal winters and humid, muggy summers, so garage parking might be your best choice unless you feel like braving the elements. Not only does this keep you from freezing or sweating depending on the season, but it also helps to extend the life of your car.
- QUESTIONS TO ASK GARAGE/LOT OWNERS:
- When is the garage open?
- Is auto-billing an option?
- When is payment due?
- Is there an option to pro-rate?
- Is there an overnight option?
- DO RESEARCH:
- Before you rent a spot, be sure to see it in person and walk the area. Do you feel comfortable and safe? Is there a lot closer to where you want to go?
- Check price variations in each neighborhood. Sometimes, you can get lucky and find a deal.
- Know who manages the parking lot you’re considering in case you need to look up user reviews or have questions.
- Find someone who parks in the same lot and ask them about their experience. Have questions been answered promptly? Has the rate changed drastically over time? Are the attendants attentive?
- Browse through YELP to see how other residents review the lot you’re considering.
- KNOW THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS:
- This is important for anyone parking in a large city. Will you be comfortable walking to your car if work or a party runs late?
- MOTORCYCLE PARKING:
- Check Craigslist for affordable motorcycle and scooter parking. Thanks to a law passed in 2013, scooters can now park on sidewalks as long as they aren’t blocking pedestrian traffic.
- You can even look at storage units for your motorcycle during the winter months.
- RV / TRAILER PARKING:
- Several RV campgrounds, like Cherry Hill, and many state parks surround the D.C. area for camping. For parking when not camping, check with storage units and garages to see if they have oversized spots.
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- Search Craigslist
- There were 100 results for D.C. monthly parking available on Craigslist.
- Read the post carefully to make sure the offerings fit your needs.
- Prices vary from $65 to $280.
- Ask friends/co-workers and talk to your building manager/HR manager
- If you need a spot near work, ask your coworkers where they park to save yourself time and research.
- Go for a drive
- Drive around the area in which you’re looking for monthly parking to get a better feel for the spot. Sometimes, it’s easier to see lots in person that you may have missed online.If you need a spot near work, ask your coworkers where they park to save yourself time and research.
- View our parking companies and resources list that shows online parking reservation companies
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Below are several companies that offer monthly parking in Washington, D.C. Some of these sites will let you reserve a spot online for your convenience. Review your choices and choose the parking option that best fits your needs and budget. Don’t forget to check the days and times the spot is available.
SpotHero – Lets you sort by price and distance and offers a mix of options like in and out privilege, mobile options, valet, and covered parking.
BestParking – Flags expensive and inexpensive options so you have a good visual on the best deal. It will also show you times that parking is prohibited in certain areas so you can plan your visit.
ParkingPanda – Allows you to reserve your spot ahead of time for a lower rate. You can also book in relation to specific attractions.
ParkWhiz – similar to SpotHero, ParkWhiz offers online parking reservations at discounted rates. They have options all over the city.
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Residential Permit Parking allows D.C. citizens to park on certain streets as long as they have the right paperwork. However, possession of a permit is not a guarantee of parking since the spots are open to anyone with a permit. Permits are issued by the DMV. Not sure where you can park with an RPP? Here is a list of streets and block numbers.
To get a permit, you’ll need a valid DC vehicle registration card and a valid DC Drivers License or your valid DC Reciprocity Permit. Go here to begin the registration process.
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What is the average cost of monthly parking in Washington, D.C.?
The cost of monthly parking varies based on location, amenities like a heated garage, and whether the lot is indoors or outdoors. Prices can range from $60 to upward of $300.
Where is the cheapest monthly parking in D.C.?
According to SpotHero.com, the cheapest monthly parking spot is at K Street and 17th, at $155 per month.
Where can I buy monthly parking?
You can purchase parking from individual garages or reserve spots online on sites like ParkMe and SpotHero. Online reservations have the advantage of being able to compare locations and rates.
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NEIGHBORHOOD MONTHLY PARKING
DOWNTOWN D.C. MONTHLY PARKING
Downtown Washington, D.C. parking places you at the heart of the nation’s capital, just north of the famous National Mall and museum district. This area is frequently clogged by government officials, workers, and, of course, tourists. Consequently, this parking can run the highest, ranging from $155 to $365. Metered street parking is usually available, but is on a first-come, first-served basis. This makes it a pretty unreliable option, especially during tourist season. Vehicles whose meters run out are often subject to regular parking fines, which adds an additional cost to parking.
Some lots in Downtown Washington, D.C. may have a discounted monthly pass or hourly rates for commuters, so check with your garage to see if they offer a plan that meets your needs.
PENN QUARTER MONTHLY PARKING
This area is full of entertainment, bars, farmers markets, and festivals, so this area is very popular in the off hours. Located only a mile from the National Mall, this area shares a border with Chinatown. Monthly parking in Penn Quarter can range from $255 to $345. Some of the garages are closed Sundays, so keep that in mind.
NOMA MONTHLY PARKING
Locals abbreviate the area North of Massachusetts Avenue as NoMa. Four blocks away from Capitol Hill, the monthly parking in NoMa is some of the most affordable in the city. Prices range from $120 to $240, though the lots are closed on the weekends, so these spots are primarily for commuters rather than weekend visitors.
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