DCA Airport Parking

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DCA Airport Parking Overview

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, also known as DCA, is the primary airport serving the District of Columbia and its surrounding cities and states. It is situated in Virginia and caters to passengers flying to nearby destinations such as Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and Austin.

While it's not as busy as other major airports in the United States, Reagan Airport still serves more than 20 million passengers annually. This, along with its prime location in the nation's capital, makes DCA a premier transportation hub. The good news is that you'll never have any trouble finding parking at DCA, as it has an extensive parking facility and offers a variety of options for travelers.

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On-Site Parking At Reagan Airport

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Overall 3.4

Off-Site Parking At Reagan Airport

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Overall 3.8

DCA Parking Partners

Crystal Gateway Marriott (0.8 miles from Airport)

The Marriott is just under a mile away from DCA, making it a very convenient place to park your vehicle if you're flying in or out of Reagan National. The Marriott offers numerous amenities, including covered parking, luggage assistance, 24-hour access, online reservations, and so much more. The Marriott offers both short and long-term parking options at reasonable rates, with prices starting at around $12 per day.

Westin Crystal City (0.8 miles from Airport)

The Westin has convenient and free airport shuttle service to and from DCA, and a hotel reservation is not required to park here for your trip. . It is located just under 1 mile from the airport. Don’t be concerned about the weather, because the Westin parking is all underground. Have a large vehicle? No problem - there are no extra fees for larger vehicles like pick up trucks or larger SUV’s.

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Park and Stay Hotels

If you have a really early or late flight, sometimes it is a better idea to stay at a hotel AND take advantage of cheap airport parking at the hotel. At DCA this option is available at the following hotels (subject to availability for your dates):

  • Doubletree by Hilton Washington, DC
  • Best Western Washington National Airport
  • Hilton Crystal City

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Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (2.3 miles from Airport)

While not as close to the airport as The Westin and The Marriott, Sheraton Suites offers guests with tons of features and amenities, such as 24-hour security, indoor garage, free WiFi, wheelchair access, and EV charging. If you are looking for a top-rated parking space to leave your vehicle before your flight, Sheraton Suites is an excellent choice.

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DCA Parking FAQ

What is the most affordable DCA Airport parking facility available?

The cheapest available rates for long-term parking on the above-mentioned parking facilities are around $8-$9 per day (park only).

Is there a cell phone lot for parking at Reagan Airport?

At the time of this writing, the DCA cell phone lot is closed due to construction. However, you can use Parking 1 & 2 for 60 minutes of free parking.

How far is the nearest long-term parking facility from DCA Airport?

The nearest long-term parking facility from DCA is Crystal Gateway Marriott, which is about 0.8 miles from the airport.

Where can I find electrical vehicle charging stations at DCA?

Located in Parking 2 (ground level), you will find spaces marked with “electric vehicle charging only” signs. There are over 60 charging stations here.

Who can I contact in case of an emergency or a vehicle-related issue?

Please call 911 for medical or other emergencies. If you are towed or mischarged, or have non-emergency needs you can call 703-417-4300.

Do park and stay hotels offer free parking?

Many Park & Stay hotels near DCA offer free parking for between one and two weeks, when you book room(s).

Do the off-airport lots offer airport shuttle services?

Yes, but with a few exceptions. It's best to check with each facility to see if they provide shuttle service to DCA, and their shuttle schedule to and from the airport terminals.

Can I choose the type of long-term parking option for my vehicle?

In most cases, you can choose between self-park covered or uncovered and valet covered and uncovered.

Reagan National Airport Parking Map

Reagan National Airport Parking Map

DCA Airport Parking Overview (Continued)

Overall, DCA Airport's parking facilities can accommodate more than 8,500 vehicles. In addition, DCA has three on-site parking facilities that offer long-term parking options. Parking 1 is located nearby Air Canada, Frontier, and Southwest's terminals, while Parking 2 caters to American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, and United Airlines terminals. DCA also has an Economy Lot that serves all passengers regardless of their airline.

Friends and families who will drop off or pick up their loved ones can park in Parking 1 and Parking 2 entrances for free within the first 60 minutes. The Parking 1 entrance is located nearby the South Security Checkpoint, while the Parking 2 entrance is just in front of the Metro Station. The Parking 2 entrance parking slots have electric vehicle parking and charging facilities, making it ideal for people who drive electric cars.

If your flight will depart or arrive at DCA Terminal 1, it's best to park in Parking 1 as it is close to the terminal. Parking 1 is also connected with Terminal 1 via a pedestrian walkway, so you can quickly transfer between the parking lot and the airport. However, it's important to note that there is no electric car charging stations in Parking 1.

Furthermore, the Economy Lot is quite far from the boarding gates, so it's highly recommended to choose Parking 1 and Parking 2 if you want to save yourself the hassle of lugging your stuff around. However, if you are budget-conscious, you may find the Economy Lot way cheaper than the other two.

On the DCA website, the airport management updates the parking slot availability on all three parking lots in real-time. This feature is beneficial, especially when you want to check if any parking slot is available and whether it's possible to get a space on the same day. If you'd like to get the best parking rate and a slot at DCA, it's best to book in advance by registering on the airport website. DCA accepts major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Last but not least, all three parking lots at DCA have dedicated accessible parking spaces, making traveling more convenient for people with wheelchairs and mobility issues.

DCA Parking – Onsite Rates

Below is a quick overview of the DCA on-site parking rates. Keep in mind that the rates may change without any prior notice. Hence, you can always check the DCA website to see the current parking rates.

DCA Long-Term Parking

On-site long-term parking rates at DCA vary depending on the three parking lots you'll be staying in. Here's what the DCA parking rates are:

Parking 1

Hourly Rate: $6 per hour

Daily Maximum: $25 per day (24-hour period)

Parking 2

Hourly Rate: $6 per hour

Daily Maximum: $25 per day (24-hour period)


Daily Rate: $17 per day (24-hour period)

No hourly rates

DCA Short-Term Parking

Short-term parking rates at DCA are free for the first 60 minutes. After that, regular parking rates as mentioned above apply if you stay longer than one hour.

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