Guide: Luggage Storage in Washington D.C.

Look here if you are looking for lockers and places to leave your luggage in Washington D.C.:

If you love to travel, there’s nothing more annoying than carrying your luggage through the entire city. Well, maybe you like to carry it around – if not, this is LuggageHero’s coverage of where to store your luggage when you are in the capital city, Washington D.C.

Note: There are limited self-service lockers at most stations due to safety regulations that have emerged in the last couple of years. 


Luggage Storage at Union Station

If you’re traveling to or from Washington D.C. by Amtrak, luggage storage is available at Union Station. If you have a valid ticket for the Amtrak, bags are stored at around $10 per day. Selected Amtrak station in the US also offers luggage storage for customers who do not have a ticket for the train for a higher price. Not all Amtrak stations will allow luggage storage for individuals without a ticket to the Amtrak. We advise you to contact the station in order to get the latest update on this matter. For customers holding an Amtrak ticket, prices are listed below:

  • $10 for 24 hours per bag
  • Bicycle Boxes: $15 per box
  • Ski Bags: $3 per bag
  • Shipping Boxes: $5 per box

If you are arriving to or from Union Station via Greyhound or another bus company. There may be some bag storage options available if you hold a valid ticket. This is up to every individual station and may not be available at certain times if security concerns arise. Best to check with your bus line ahead of time.

Luggage Storage in Washington D.C.

As one might presume, luggage storage options in Washington D.C. are scarce. With no brick and mortar (lockers) in the city, or luggage storage companies. Finding a place to free yourself from bags in Washington D.C. will be a struggle.


You might be lucky to stay in a hotel willing to store your bags. This is a great option if you need a little more time to look around the area where your hotel is located. If you want to explore places away from your hotel, it’s possible that some hotels will let you store your bags for a fee even if you are not a guest. However, it’s not all hotels that offer this service to people who are not staying at the hotel, but it never hurts to ask!


Alternative: Luggage storage at museums and galleries

If you’re going to store luggage for more than just a few hours it’s sometimes cheaper to use self-storage facilities at museums and galleries. But please be aware of any situational changes in Washington D.C. that might influence whether or not luggage storage is offered. 

We have only managed to find one museum in Washington D.C. where you are welcome to store luggage whilst visiting. Call ahead if you want to be 100% sure. Please note that most museums and galleries do not offer any insurance on luggage storage. 

The Smithsonian

Any of the museums located on the Smithsonian grounds have the capability to store bags for visitors, for a fee, whilst you explore and soak in the incredible sights and information.

All of the Smithsonian Museums are opened daily from:
10:00 am–5:30 pm

Whilst the following museums may not offer luggage storage, we at LuggageHero highly recommend a visit.

United States Holocaust Memorial

Located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, DC

Open daily 10:00 am – 5:20 pm

International Spy Museum

Located at 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, DC

Open daily 09:00 am – 7:00 pm

National Archives Museum

Located at 701 Constitution Ave NW, DC

Open daily 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Luggage storage at Dulles International Airport 

The main airport that services Washington D.C. is the Dulles International Airport.  The airport does not currently offer luggage storage services any longer due to safety regulations, unfortunately.

Getting around Washington D.C.

Getting around the mile-high city can be a challenge. Besides traditional taxi services, rideshare apps such as Uber, Lyft, and Via offer cheaper alternatives.

D.C. has a fantastic public transport system, WMATA,  that is able to get you to all the locations we have mentioned.

Rideshare electric scooters are taking the world by storm, and D.C. is no different. Currently, there are a few options on the market so be sure to check out Spin, Bird, Jump, Lyft Scooters, and Lime.

Why you should store your luggage

Sightseeing and attractions just aren’t the same with a suitcase in each hand and a backpack. This is the key reason why you should consider planning where to store your luggage while shopping and exploring the city of Washington D.C. 

Besides the struggling with unhandy suitcases, they also put a physical strain on you as you carry them around with you. Therefore, luggage storage is the perfect service for you! While storing your luggage in a safe place you’re able to enjoy your time in Washington D.C.