By Car

Getting Around By Car

Although Crystal City has exceptional transit connections, sometimes driving is simply the best option. Fortunately, Crystal City has plenty of parking with over 10,000 visitor spaces available in various garages throughout Crystal City. During the day, hourly parking charges may apply, however, many retailers do validate. Even better, if you are arriving on weekdays after 4 PM or anytime on holidays and weekends, parking is FREE in a number of garages. Use this map to locate parking closest to your final destination.


Crystal City never has a shortage of ridesharing vehicles - whether from LYFT or Uber - available within minutes.


No multi-modal, green, transit-oriented community is complete without an array of car-sharing options that give the freedom of a personal vehicle without the cost and hassle. Zipcar has over 16 vehicles in the Crystal City and Pentagon City area.


car2go is carsharing on your terms. Cars are available on the street and in designated lots around the city. You can hop in a car whenever, wherever (with no reservations required) and leave it in the Home Area - no need to return it where you grabbed it from. Visit their website for more info.


Slugs are special types of carpoolers that catch rides with drivers looking to add passengers in order to meet the HOV-3 requirement along I-95 and I-395 in Northern Virginia and avoid the congestion of the regular lanes during peak hours. Reliable morning slug lines to Crystal City are located at various Commuter Lots along the Interstate corridor including Horner Road, Potomac Mills and Route 610-Stafford. The evening line location to return to these locations can be found at the northern end of Crystal City at 1200 Crystal Drive. You can regularly see a trail of slugs walking north along Crystal Drive carrying small placards with their intended destinations. Learn more about slugging, slugging etiquette, Commuter Lot locations, and how to crawl on board, please visit


Home to a number of large office complexes and adjacent to the Interstate-395 HOV-3 lanes, Crystal City has always seen a large population of employees utilizing carpools and vanpools to get to work. There are extensive resources available for those seeking to form or join a carpool or vanpool commute. Commuter Connections Carpool Bulletin Board – Post requests for a carpool or browse the listings for a Crystal City carpool or vanpool. NuRide – Use NuRide to match up with existing carpoolers or form your own. The program also allows you to collect awards from your carpooling activities.