If you are traveling on a budget to/from DC to/from Boston, New York or Philadelphia look into taking one of the Chinatown buses. It is the cheapest form of transportation i.e., flights; trains or standard Greyhound buses. Plus, given gas prices and tolls it is cheaper than driving. For example one-way from NYC to DC is less than $20.
We took the one day trolley tour to see the overview in one day. The downfall was we were doing two days in DC so we had too much walking for the second day. The other negitive was we were afraid to get down after 3:00 because the lines to get on the crowded buses were too long.
This is definitely a recommended option for those travelling to any city between Washington, DC and Boston, MA. The Chinatown bus system is essentially a huge cluster of small companies (Peter Pan, Fung Wah, Lucky Star, among others) that link major cities for very low prices.
Pros: Low prices, about as fast (if not faster) than tran, reasonably comfortable
Cons: Bus "terminals" often located on awkward street corners in the middle of the city, sometimes shady driving
The only bad experience I had on this was coming back to DC from New York City. They made me wait an extra 40 minutes because they said the bus I had already PAID FOR was full. To avoid this, arrive very early and acquaint yourself with where to catch the bus. The only place it's really hectic is in New York.
Did a day trip via Greyhound. Very reasonable fair. Took around 4 hours there, 4 hours back. Comfort break halfway each trip.
Wish there had been TV on coach but otherwise pleasent trip and very organised
The current public bus fare is $1.30 and if you return or change within 2 hours the driver is giving you a "Tranfer Ticket". Please keep the exact fare available, the driver does not give change.
Usually buses are reliable, sometimes there can be a wait though of more than 25min. and at the sudden several busses show up.
You know what, I can't quite recall the bus fares, but I know it was a fairly decent cost. For tourists who would rather not have to get a rental car, the bus is a good mode of transportation. Taxis are everywhere, too. However, buses tend to give you more time to check out your surroundings from their large windows so that is a good option there.
If you get tired walking in the mall, for a few bucks you can take the hop-on, hop-off shuttle called "Tourmobile". It takes you to all the popular destinations in the mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the attractions by the Potomac such as Jefferson Memorial. On board you'll hear narrations from tour guide about the destinations.
There is a very good bargain bus that runs to / from Washington, DC to / from New York city. It is called Washigton Deluxe check it out at www.washny.com. We used it with another couple this week end and it was great. $35 round trip!!!
Washington, DC is sure enough an epicentre for tourists. As a result, there are tour buses of every shape and size. The one captured in this picture is fashioned after an old-timey streetcar.
Touring around WDC - by bus or even bike - enjoy the green areas of this Capital during an exciting 2 hous tour.
Insist on the original and only Orange and green old town trolleys!
Metro bus is the second most efficient way to get around Washington, D.C. There are metro bus stops in parts of suburban Maryland and northern Virginia as well.
From Washington Dulles Airport take the Washington Flyer bus service
The main attractions are with walking distance.