Located just across the Potomac River from the Washington D.C., Arlington, VA is a major tourist destination. It's home to many American landmarks like Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Other parts of the city, like Clarendon, draw big crowds for the happy hour and nightlife scene. This can make finding a convenient parking spot difficult at any time of day. Check out these Arlington parking tips and map to find the best parking spots in the city.
There are several parking lots in Arlington but they are widely spread throughout the city. There is an average of 437 parking spaces per lot with an average daily rate of $10. Many lots offer short term parking as well but parking almost never costs more than $10.
There are 4,500 parking meters in Arlington. There are long-term and short-term meters. Long-term meters have time limits of up to 10 hours and charge a rate of $1 per hour. Short-term meters, which make up the majority of meters, are located in most high traffic areas to encourage parking turnover. Short-term meters have time limits of 30 minutes to 4 hours and charge a rate of $1.25 per hour. Meters are enforced Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm.
The Arlington National Cemetery is a major tourist destination for those visiting the city. Parking at the cemetery parking lot is $1.75 per hour for the first 3 hours and then goes up to $2.50 per hour after 3 hours.
Sometimes taking the Metro can be way more convenient. We recommend parking at any of the following lots to ditch your car for the day:
Pro Tip 1: Several parking lots in Arlington have real-time data. Check the ParkMe map to find out which parking lots have the most available spaces.
Pro Tip 2: For Arlington locals, you can now reserve monthly parking at participating parking lots to score a secure spot to park your car. Visit the ParkMe map to apply for monthly parking at any lot with a price tag icon attached to it.