Parking & Commuter Information


Parking is limited. If your vehicle is found in an unauthorized space, you may be ticketed or towed.

Building 63 Patient America Garage
Building 55 Patient Garage

(NSA Bethesda Shuttle & Building Map)



Patient parking on board Naval Support Activity Bethesda is plentiful. There are two patient parking garages located adjacent to the medical center. Staff parking is limited, by permit only and there may be a wait list. New staff may not be able to park on base upon arrival and should plan accordingly. There is no open parking on the installation and parking is strictly enforced. Public parking options are available in downtown Bethesda. Staff can park in these areas and then ride the Metro to the Medical Center Station.

Additional cost of parking in Bethesda:

Monthly = $150

Hourly at Meters - $1.50-$2.25 per hour

Garage Parking - $1.00 per hour

*The parking facility at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station on the Red Line is only one stop from the Medical Center Station.



Parking is available at 44 metro rail stations. The list of metro rail stations and the daily costs for parking can be found on the WMATA website The cost of parking is not included in the NCR Transit Fringe Benefit.



Park and Ride lots are located throughout Washington Metropolitan Region. In most cases, parking is free and there is a connection to the Metrorail via buses that can be paid for using the Transit Benefit Program. For Park and Ride lots in the Metropolitan Washington Region (Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia), please review the park and ride finder website



Mass Transit Fringe Benefit (MTFB) is available to civilian and active duty military staff. This is in addition to their current pay, up to $270 per month for their personal commuting costs using mass transit. MTFB can be applied to rail, bus or approved vanpools but not parking costs. On-line applications are available at Washington Headquarters Service (WHS) at  When applying for the benefit online, use the following applicable organizational codes when prompted:

DOD Civilian = DHA-NCR MD-WRNMMC-DHA-NCRMD-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Navy Active Duty/Navy Civilian = N-18 BUMED 

Army Active Duty = WRNMMC (Army Active Duty)



Parking designated for carpools is located on the ground levels of the staff garage, Building 54. Contractors are also eligible for these spots. To learn more about vanpool options, please visit: For more information or assistance in planning your commute, contact 301-319-3818.



Staff may request access for guests by sending an email to Upon arrival, guest(s) must inform gate security, stating the event they are here to attend or company they are with. They must present a valid picture ID. The access roster is taken to the gate at approximately 7 a.m. Monday through Friday; therefore, requests must be made no later than 6 p.m. the day prior. Parking on base is extremely limited so if guests will be driving to the base, please make sure to make arrangements for their parking. All weekend requests must be in no later than 1 p.m. on the Friday that precedes the weekend. If your guest(s) may be arriving before 7 a.m., ensure their name is submitted at least two days prior, as well as the day of, for access. To reach the security department for non-emergencies, call 301-295-1246. For emergencies, dial 777.