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Getting Around Washington DC

Getting Around Washington DC

As one of the country's most accessible cities, Washington DC is surrounded by three major airports, an Amtrak Station and the METRO subway system.

The Washington DC Metro system is the nation's second-largest heavy rail system with 6 rail lines, 117 miles of track and 91 stations, servicing 204 million trips each year.

Getting Around Washington DC

Below is a list of options available to you while you are in the Washington DC area

DC Metrobus
Washington DC Bus

Metrobus is the eco-friendly bus system that serves the nation's capital and runs 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

DC Metrorail
Washington DC Metrorail

There are six metrorail lines Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Yellow, Green Lines, to take you close to most major attraction in the city and beyond.

Washington DC Taxi
Washington DC Taxi

Many taxicab companies provide service throughout the DC metro area and to and from area airports. Use this list to find a taxicab company.

DC Circulator
DC Circulator

The DC Circulator bus is a popular and convenient transportation option in DC. Runs every 10 minutes and only costs $1 each way.

SmarTrip Cards
SmarTrip Card

SmarTrip Cards are permanent, rechargeable plastic farecards that you use to pay fares at all Metrorail stations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, all Metro parking garages and lots, all Metrobus routes. It is also accepted at local bus systems in DC, Maryland, and Virginia — including ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector, Cue, RideON, TheBus, Circulator, Loudoun County Transit, and OmniRide.

SmarTrip is available on mobile devices and as a plastic card. The SmarTrip® card can hold up to $300 in Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metro parking value. A new card costs $2.

To get started with SmarTrip

On a mobile device.

Online through the SmarTrip Store — plastic SmarTrip Cards are automatically registered and mailed within 5 business days; credit/debit card payments only.

In person at any Metro retail outlet or commuter store, or at a Fare Vending Machine located at any Metrorail Station.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Convention Center
Getting to Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

The easiest and most affordable way to travel from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Walter E. Washington Convention Center is by the Metrorail.

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:
Take the Yellow Line Train marked Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center.
Exit the train at the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center.
(The Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Station is the 7th and final stop on the Yellow Line from Ronald Reagan National Airport).
Upon exiting the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro Station, the entrance to the Convention Center will be directly in front of you.
For more information, please call 202-962-1234 or go to

Note: The Convention Center station is served by Metro’s Green and Yellow lines. Alternatively, you can take the Red Line to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station which is a 5-minute walk from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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