Short or Long Term Parking at DCA: Top 3 spots

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated February 10, 2023

While many travellers choose to park directly at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, it can often be a lot cheaper to park in one of the many off-site spots nearby.

A plane touches down at DCA (Photo: Joseph Williams via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Renamed in 1998 to honour the eponymous former President, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (also known as DCA) is situated in in Arlington, Virginia, next to the border of Washington, D.C. and just 8 kilometres from the US capital’s downtown district. Along with the larger Washington Dulles International Airport, it is the region’s main airport hub. There are multiple parking options at the airport, but these tend to be pricier than leaving your car at an off-site facility, with the daily rates for parking at DCA being $22, while long term parking rates start at $154 per week. Happily there are several parking lots that offer cheap parking deals for both short and long term parking near DCA airport. We’ve picked out three that we’d happily recommend.

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Open 24/7, this facility on the grounds of a Marriott hotel offers covered self parking 0.8 miles from DCA Airport, with parking rates starting at £9.75 per day. There’s a free round-trip airport shuttle service that operates every 30 minutes from 5am to 12am, with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Customers can also gain peace of mind from the parking lot’s security arrangements, with camera surveillance and on-site staff during garage hours both included. You can cancel your reservation any time before your check-in time for a full refund.

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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Crystal City

Located at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1.3 miles from DCA offers covered self parking for rates starting at $12.99 per day. The lot is open all day, every day, and there’s a free shuttle to/from the airport that runs every 20 minutes from 5am to midnight. There’s 24-hour security here toom and there’s plenty of flexibility so you can cancel your reservation up to your check-in time and still gain a 100% refund.

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The Westin Crystal City

Our final choice is this 24/7 facility at the Westin hotel, which is one of the cheapest parking lots near DCA. Another option ideal for those who would rather their car wasn’t exposed to the elements, the lot offers indoor parking for rates starting at $6.50 per day. Amenities include a free shuttle to and from the airport that runs from 4.30am to 10.30am, camera surveillance, and round-the-clock security. There’s also a money back guarantee for reservations cancelled up to your check-in time.

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