Short or Long Term Parking at DCA: Top 3 spots

by Paul Joseph  |  Published March 15, 2021

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 DCA, but these tend to be pricier than leaving your car at an off-site facility. 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.

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

Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria

Open 24/7, this facility at the Holiday Inn & Suites offers a choice of covered or outdoor self parking 1.5 miles from DCA Airport, with parking rates starting at £5.75 per day. There’s a free round-trip shuttle service that operates from 6am to 10.45pm. 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, this facility offers covered self parking for rates starting at $4.95 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 too and 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 for economy parking for people travelling to DCA is this 24/7 facility at the Westin hotel. 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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