People wait along the track at a Washington DC metro station.
Washington has a robust infrastructure of transportation options available. 


  • Affordable and fast, especially when commuting from the suburbs to downtown
  • Some neighborhoods do not have a Metro station, e.g Georgetown
  • A Metro Card is needed to access the Metro
  • The DC Metro and Bus app is the most reliable tool to help you plan your transportation in the city


  • Buses cover areas without Metro access
  • Practical for shorter distances and for getting to a Metro station
  • The DC Circulator is a bus system that is particularly useful for getting around downtown
  • Your Metro Card will allow you to pay for busses, too
  • The WMATA website has a trip planner feature useful for choosing the best bus route for a trip. Also look for phone apps that list when buses will arrive at a given stop


  • Although often faster and more comfortable than Metro/bus, these services are generally more expensive. Be mindful of sur-charging for peak transit times such as 2-3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • However, the ride sharing functions “Uber Pool” and “Lyft Lines” are often only marginally more expensive than Metro/bus for short/medium distances
  • When you download Uber/Lyft, have a friend refer you for him/her to get a voucher and do the same with other friends who haven’t downloaded the app yet

Capital Bikeshare

  • Cheap and fun way of getting around in the DC ($2 for <30 min)
  • Since there is usually a lot of traffic in DC which can make cycling dangerous, be sure you are used to cycling in a city and ride with caution.

Regional Trains

  • The MARC Train commuter rail runs from Union Station and services Maryland and West Virginia.
  • Locations of interest include BWI Airport, Baltimore, Frederick, and Harpers Ferry
  • Amtrak trains from Union station provide affordable service to cities throughout the country

Air Travel

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport, BWI Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport can all be reached via public transportation.


  • Be on the look-out for scooters on sidewalks. Scooters are provided by a variety of companies.
  • Electric scooters are widely available throughout the city.
  • Convenient pay system. Relatively inexpensive, they can be used for quick, short distances.

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