If you’ve ever driven around Foggy Bottom you know that finding parking can be almost impossible. DC natives will even warn you not to drive there at all. We are determined to bring you the tips and tricks to make you feel confident next time you drive to Foggy Bottom. Read on to learn more about how to find the perfect Foggy Bottom parking solution, because not driving is crazy!
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Park further & use public transportation
Between the excellent public transportation system and the great walkability of the area, it’s often much easier and less expensive to park outside of Foggy Bottom and use the Metro to get to your destination. Most Metro Stations provide low cost parking. There’s even a Foggy Bottom Metro station that is centrally located and will get you to where you’re going in no time at all.
The best part of using the Metro is not having to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush hour. You can just sit back and relax with your favorite book, knit, or even meditate. Sometimes the trains do get crowded, but it still beats wasting your life away in traffic that barely moves. Plus, Metro’s website takes the guesswork out of using the system with their nifty little Trip Planner. Simply enter your starting point and your destination, along with the time and you’ll receive several itinerary options.
Foggy Bottom Street Parking Rates
While it is entirely possible to find free street parking in Foggy Bottom, it certainly is not easy. With people heading to Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University, along with the limited parking, you’re up against some serious competition. Foggy Bottom is mostly residential and a lot of the residential areas have very strict residential parking zones. Some areas allow two hour parking for free from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, while others run throughout the night, and a few others don’t allow any parking at all without a residential parking permit. If you need to park on the weekend though, you’re in luck, because a lot of the restrictions are lifted in residential areas on the weekends. If you plan to take this route, be sure to carefully read all signs. You better believe DC Parking enforcement is posted up watching.
Foggy Bottom Meter Parking
If your destination is not near the residential areas of Foggy Bottom, you may need to just chalk it up and feed the meter. Be sure to have plenty of change handy, in case this is where you end up. While some meters have been updated and accept credit/debit cards, not all of them do.
Carefully read the meter and take note of any time limits. Some areas will only allow you to park for two hours, while others will allow you to park all day, so long as you keep the meter fed. Also, if the street you parked on is a major thorougfare, it is most likely restricted to no parking during rush hour, from 7 to 9:30 am and again from 4 to 6:30pm. As well, in some areas, you still have to pay the meters after 6:30 pm, all the way until 10pm. Again, thoroughly read all signage to avoid getting ticketed or towed. Violators of the rush hour restrictions may face fines of up to $100. Yikes!
By the way, the DDOT (District Department of Transportation) has now launched a Pay by Phone program. Simply call 1-877-727-5758, enter the location number, which is posted on the meters, and enter the number of minutes you need to park. The 45₵ fee is worth avoiding the aggravation that comes with a ticket. You don’t want to end up like Greg (watch the video to the right), who ended up with a ticket, even though the meter was broken and despite measures he took to notify parking enforcement. You might also want to visit the DDOT website to learn more about DC Parking Regulations, to avoid those hefty fines.
Book Foggy Bottom Garage Parking
Your safest bet for parking in Foggy Bottom is finding parking in a garage. Rates drastically vary, from $5 to $30 for the first hour, depending on the location, but are well worth it to avoid tickets and the confusion of DC parking. Realize the closer you are to Georgetown University or Georgetown University Hospital, the more expensive and limited it is. It may be worth it to park a little further away and walk. Rather than riding from garage to garage to compare rates or even to find availability, many parking services, like SpotHero, offer the flexibility to reserve ahead of time and even guarantee your space. That sure beats riding all over the city trying to find a garage with availability! SpotHero has even teamed up with hundreds of parking garages in and around Foggy Bottom to get you great discounts. Just do a little homework and you’ll find the perfect garage to fit your budget and parking requirements.
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Top Foggy Bottom Parking Resources
- SpotHero – book discounted parking in Foggy Bottom garages online or on your smartphone
- George Washington University – GWU gives directions and parking information for their Foggy Bottom campus
- SP+ – this national parking company offers parking in 15 garages in Foggy Bottom
- Yelp – read customer reviews of Foggy Bottom parking facilities
- TripAdvisor – read the advice of TripAdvisor users about public parking in Foggy Bottom
- Parkopedia – compare parking rates in lots and garages in Foggy Bottom
- Parking Panda – reserve Foggy Bottom parking online
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