While parking can be hard to come by in Bethesda, there are nine public parking garages and eight surface lots located in downtown Bethesda. County parking areas are easily visible by the blue signs marked with a white "P". 

Preferred Parking is available in the garages for carpools and vanpools. Garage 11 and the new Capital Crescent Garage (formerly Lot 31) features a state-of-the-art Pay-On-Foot system. Most other parking facilities have been upgraded to Smart Meters.

Garages Lots
11 Woodmont Avenue & Old Georgetown Road 10 Walsh Street
Capital Crescent Garage (formerly Lot 31) 24 Willow Lane & Leland Street
35 Woodmont Avenue & Rugby Avenue 25 Maple Avenue & Highland Avenue
36 Auburn Avenue & Del Ray Avenue 28 Cordell Avenue
40 St. Elmo Avenue 43 Woodmont Avenue
42 Cheltenham Drive 44 West Virginia Avenue
47 Waverly Street  
49 Woodmont Avenue & Metropolitan  
57 Bethesda Avenue & Elm Street  


For more information, visit the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Parking Management, or click here to see Downtown Bethesda's parking facilities on an interactive map.

Parking Rates

NOTE: Parking rates in Downtown Bethesda have increased starting July 5, 2017 or will be increasing around that date. Click here for more information.

On-Street Short-term Parking as of July 5, 2017 (<4 hrs) $2.25 per hour
Parking Lots as of July 5, 2017 (Short and Long-Term) $1.50 per hour
Garage (Except those noted below) Short and Long-term Parking as of July 5, 2017
(>4 hrs)
$1.00 per hour
Garage 40 (Cordell/St. Elmo), Garage 49 (Metropolitan), and Garage 57 (Elm St)
Short and Long Term Parking as of July 5, 2017
$1.25 per hour






Pay-On-Foot Parking System

Garage 11 (Woodmont Avenue & Old Georgetown Road)
Instructions on how to use the Pay-On-Foot System Instructions

Parking Permits

Parking Convenience Sticker $150.00 per month
Daily Parking Permit $12.00 per day
"AM/PM" Parking Permit $20.00 per month

Carpool Parking Permits

2 Persons $107.00 per month
3 and 4 Persons $58.00 per month
5 or More Persons $15.00 per month

Click here for more information on carpool parking permits.

Hours Requiring Payment

Hours of payment may vary by facility or on-street location. Hours are posted on each meter. Please check the time of payment required on the meter.

On-street (metered spaces)
Paid operating hours 9:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Free parking on Sundays and County Holidays
During rush hour, on-street parking is prohibited in parts of Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle.

Surface-lots (metered spaces)
Paid operating hours 7:00 am until 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Free parking on Saturdays, Sundays and County Holidays

Garages (metered spaces)
Paid operating hours 7:00 am until 10:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Free parking on Saturdays, Sundays and County Holidays
For more information, visit Montgomery County DOT at Parking Facility Information.

Handicapped Parking

Only vehicles displaying valid handicap tags or placards may park in a space reserved for handicap parking. Handicap parking spaces are located in all parking lots and garages within the parking districts. Vehicles displaying valid handicap tags or placards may also park at any metered space for double the time-limit of that meter (maximum 4 hours). Payment is not required for handicap vehicles parked at metered parking spaces. Contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to obtain valid handicapped parking tags and special parking placards.

The Bethesda Circulator serves all the public county garages and is handicapped accessible.


The state-of-the-art Pay-On-Foot system (POF) features centralized pay stations are in convenient locations within public parking garages.

1. When entering the garage, you will take a ticket which you will keep with you.
2. Before returning to your car, pay for your parking at one of the garages convenient centralized pay stations.
3. When you reach the exit, insert your ticket and go.

Pay By Cell
Did you know you can also pay with your cell phone at over 5,000 parking meters in downtown Bethesda? Participating meters are individually labeled with Pay by Cell instructions.

With Pay by Cell, you don't need to dig under your car seat for quarters, you simply pay with your credit card! You will receive a text message warning when your time is about to expire, with the option of extending the time (within the allowable limit of the meter). You can also stop the parking session and pay only for the time you were at the meter!

Questions? Click here!

Want to Register? Click here!

Once you have registered, you can park by calling!

Park at any meter with a Pay by Phone decal

Call 301-830-7074 with your cell phone
Enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal)
Select the amount of time you wish to park

When you return to your car, you may either allow the session to run until time expires, or you may call the same pay-by-cell to stop your parking session, and pay for time parked only. You will receive voice and text messages confirming the start and stop of your parking session.

Do you have a Smart Phone?

You can now download the MobileNOW! app from your phone's app store (iPhone users can click here, Android users can click here)!

Open the downloaded app
Enter the location and meter number (located on the meter decal)
Select the amount of time you wish to park
Select MobileNOW!

In the Woodmont Triangle Garage (or Garage 40) you may use the QR-code as follows:

Open the application and select Scan QR code
Scan the QR code on the parking meter
Select the amount of time you wish to park
Select MobileNOW!