Parking at Reagan National Just Got Easier

Published: October 27, 2014

New smartphone payments, online ‘reservation’ system, more garage spaces and new short-term lot, expand choices and conveniences

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is expanding parking options, providing new digital services and additional spaces, to give travelers more choice and convenience.

On November 1, the airport will begin accepting parking payments via a smartphone app, providing passengers the extra flexibility to pay as they go. Additionally, a newly reconfigured Terminal Garage and the opening of a new Short Term parking lot, has added about 200 parking spaces to the airport’s existing facilities. These improvements, plus the recently added online reservation system to guarantee a parking space, will help the airport accommodate additional travelers while making the parking experience easier for all Reagan National Airport customers.

Pay for Parking with Your Smartphone
Starting November 1, paying for parking at Reagan National will be just an “app” away. Terminal and Economy parking entrance and exit gates displaying a QR code will accept payment through the QuickPay app – available for free download to most smartphones. Customers with registered accounts can scan the QR sign from their vehicle at the entrance and exit gate for paperless billing. Rates will be the same as for other customers.

Terminal Parking at Reagan National
The Hourly and Daily garages at Reagan National have been combined into one facility named Terminal Parking. Former hourly spaces have been reconfigured, by removing old barricades and re-striping the floor for better traffic flow, creating more than 100 additional parking spaces within the facility. Customers can still pay by the hour for up to four hours before the maximum daily charge applies.

New Short Term Parking Lot
Reagan National will open a new 99-space surface parking lot between the garages and the Terminal building on Saturday, November 1. The lot will be designated Short Term Parking, with a short walk to all terminals. The lot is intended for quick access to all terminals – and is the closest public parking option for Terminal A. Initially, customers will be able to enter and exit only with a credit card. The smartphone payment feature will be added to the Short Term lot in the near future.

Guarantee Parking in Advance on
In the spring of 2014, Reagan National introduced ePark, which allows travelers to guarantee in advance that a parking spot will be available when they get to the airport – from 24 hours to six months  before their trip. Customers can take the guesswork out of parking by securing their parking reservation with a credit card At the airport, ePark customers are guaranteed a spot in their chosen parking lot, even if signs say the lot is full. ePark customers will be able to open the entry and exit gate using the credit card linked to the online reservation. Reservations can be changed or canceled online up to 24 hours before arrival time, free of charge. A 24/7 customer service center at 703-417-PARK (7275) handles all inquiries for parking customers, including ePark.

“Starting on Nov. 1, parking will be easier and more convenient at Reagan National,” said Paul Malandrino, vice president and airport manager for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. “With flights increasing, we have been hard at work finding ways to maximize existing parking space, expand options and install the latest technology to improve our customers’ travel experience.”

A 1,200-space expansion to the garages was completed in 2010. Since then, increases in airline activity through mergers and the addition of takeoff and landing slots through legislative action have added to the demand for airport parking. Economy parking lots were at least 85 percent full on half of the days recently surveyed, and Garage B/C parking was at least 85 percent full on nearly one-third of those days. While demand is expected to remain strong, it is estimated the garages will fill less frequently with the new changes in place. As of November 1, Reagan National will have more than 9,200 public parking spaces in its system—including more than 6,500 garage spaces.

New parking rates at Reagan National will take effect on November 1 to help cover the costs of the additional services.

Short Term Parking

  • $6 per hour
  • $36 daily maximum

Terminal Garage (formerly Hourly and Daily garages)

  • $6 per hour for up to four hours (previously $5 per hour for both Hourly and Daily garages)
  • $25 maximum for 24 hours (previously $36 for Hourly Garage and $22 for Daily Garage)

Economy Parking Lot (Serving all Terminals)

  • $15 per day (previously $14)
  • Note: with the addition of the Short Term lot, the Economy lot will no longer offer hourly parking

The following forms of payment are accepted: cash, American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and local personal checks. Beginning November 1, registered users of the QuickPay smartphone app will be able to pay for parking at Reagan National.

Customers can review the new parking enhancements and track real-time parking availability

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia, manages and operates Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Virginia. No tax dollars are used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.