Parking & Transit Info

Bethesda has 16 public parking garages and surface lots, marked with a blue P, that put you within a short walk of downtown Bethesda destinations. After parking, hop onto the Bethesda Circulator for a free, easy and convenient ride to your downtown Bethesda destination. 

Parking Fees

On-street parking is $2 per hour

All surface parking lots are $1.25 per hour

Most garage parking is $1.00 per hour*

Long-term parking (more than 4 hours) is $.80 per hour.

*Beginning July 6, 2017, long-term parking will increase to $1.25 in the following garages:

  • Bethesda Avenue & Elm Street Garage
  • St. Elmo Avenue & Cordell Avenue Garage
  • Woodmont Avenue & Edgemoor Lane Garage


Garage Parking on Saturdays, Sundays and County Holidays is FREE in Montgomery County Garages.  

On-street, metered parking is also FREE on Sundays and County Holidays.

Parking time restrictions will still apply and parking spaces may be restricted to short term or long term parking.

CLICK HERE for an interactive map


Pay-by-Cell Parking

Pay-by-cell phone parking technology is available in approximately 5,200 parking meters in Bethesda. Motorists must create an account, and then they can pay by calling (301) 830-7074, or by using the MobileNOW! app to enter the location number, or scan the QR code on the parking meter, where available. The code identifies the space number and eliminates the risk of human error.  Download the MobileNOW! app free from iTunesAndroid Market, and soon, Blackberry App World, or Participating meters are labeled with cell phone parking instructions. Read and heed meter instructions to avoid fines. Register for a MobileNOW! account here.

*For other general questions on parking or to report broken meters, please call Montgomery County office: 240-777-8740.*