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Old 04-01-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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My family are planning to ride metro, to sightsee in D.C. on Wednesday April 4. How early must we arrive at Vienna metro station, to get a parking place?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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Arrive by 8 AM to be sure but it usually does not fill up until around 8:30 AM. Your sure bet is West Falls church as there are overflowed parking that is never filled
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:48 AM
 
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It is spring break for FCPS students and that can change parking trends.

I agree that I would arrive no later than 8A, but just be prepared that you will get downtown long before any museums open. The monuments are of course "open," but museums don't open until 10A, I believe.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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Question - can you even park at the Metro station anymore without some sort of pass during the weekday?
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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I second the recommendation to park at West Falls Church or even Dunn Loring instead. I've always been able to find parking there after 9:00 am.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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You can find parking at Dunn Loring at the garage but it will cost you more ($10 or more, I think) while at West Falls Church, parking is $4.50

I would even consider driving into DC and find a parking garage downtown. It might be even more economical when you factor in the cost of round trip metro fare for the whole family.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Question - can you even park at the Metro station anymore without some sort of pass during the weekday?
You have to purchase a smart trip card to pay for the parking. Be sure to purchase one at the kiosk before you leave the metro station and walk back to your car. This applies only if you park at Metro parking gargage or lot. If you park at a third party garage, you don't need a smart trip card.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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Absolutely West Falls Church. The overflow lot is always available. Also if you're willing to wait until just after 10am, not only is there still plenty of parking, but the reserved spots open up to all ... meaning you park on the lowest level of the parking garage right by the station entrance. I do this frequently when I'm going into town on a day off.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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You can find parking at Dunn Loring at the garage but it will cost you more ($10 or more, I think) while at West Falls Church, parking is $4.50

I would even consider driving into DC and find a parking garage downtown. It might be even more economical when you factor in the cost of round trip metro fare for the whole family.
I would usually be against telling people to not metro.

The truth is, Natthapol is absolutely right. Your trip costs about 25 bucks for 4 people to metro to DC and park at a metro parking garage. Where as parking in a premium lot in DC will cost you 15 bucks typically all day. Because you will be HOV eligible you should be able to get to DC from the Vienna area in about 45 minutes on I-66.

Ugh I feel dirty for telling someone to drive into the city;



Ah much better, my urbanist beast is subdued
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Why? I usually tell people to avoid Metro at all costs as I personally hate it. However, a sightseeing family may be using Metro to get around the city, not just into the city. In which case they should wait until 9:30 and get the one-day passes.
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