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    by ForestqueenNYC Written Aug 2, 2008

    This easy to use website will tell you how to get from your starting to finishing point by public transportation and taxi. It will give you an estimate on how much it will cost by taxi and how long it will take.

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  • DC Circulator

    by MartinLC Written May 28, 2008

    The DC Circulator is separate public transportation entity. Essentially, it is an adjunct to the region's bus system. The Circulator comprised of three routes. One route goes into the heart of Georgetown. A second rounte circles the Mall. The third route connects these first two routes and the District's Convention Center. These buses run about every 10 minutes so you never have long to wait.

    It is a pretty efficient and inexpensive way to get to Georgetown and around the Mall (where many of the museums, monuments / memorials and sights are located). The Mall is deceptively large and requires a fair amount of walking. If your plan for the day has you visiting a couple of sights on the Mall that are widely separated, the Circulator can help. At the end of the day, your feet will probably appreciate it. And if you visit DC in the summer when it can be rather warm and humid, an air conditioned bus is a welcome relief.

    The fare is $1 per person. You can transfer for free from another Circulator route or for $0.35 if you have a Metro subway transfer.

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    Public Transit in D.C. ...Metro/Bus

    by Greggor58 Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    While I was in the D.C. Area I used Public Transit in and around the area.

    I found it to be easy and functional for my purposes.I used a combination Metro [Subway] and bus to access the downtown core including the Mall area.I used it to get to and from BWI[Baltimore Washington International Airport] and I used it to travel to a suburb called Rockville in Maryland.
    I used the bus most days to and from the B&B where I stayed in the NW section of DC...everyday I used the Number 80 to travel North and South from Union Station to North Capital and Bryant street.
    I had a basic idea of how and where I would be able to move around from using the Internet site of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit authority.

    All of my experiences were positive and I wouldnt hesitate to use it again.I found it to be convenient and practical.

    From my home in Ottawa I was able to order via the Internet a "Smartrip" card that had a $ 30.00 value attached to it...its possible to load it with more value if necessary and can be done on-line.
    This "Transit card" has a chip in it and is useable on both buses and the Metro in the DC area...
    When getting on a bus the card has to be passed over the sensor and the amount of the fare is deducted form the existing value on the card.When using the Metro...the card is passed over the sensor to access the gate...then when your trip is finished and you are leaving the gated area pass the card over the sensor and again the fare is calculated and deducted from the existing amount.HOW easy can it be...there's no fumbling around looking for change or money to pay the fares ...SIMPLE !
    It was delivered to my house by regular mail and took all of four days to get up here.

    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit card Washington Metropolitan Area Transit/Metro BWI Express bus to Greenbelt Metro Station
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    Tour Mobile

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    During my visit to Washington I seen the Tourmobile regularly but decided to stay on foot, with such a tight time schedule I didn't want to be constrained but I think if you research it well this service is probobably worth it. Here are the top ten reasons their web sites says to use the Tourmobile:

    Free All-day Reboarding
    Knowledgeable Narrators
    Safe Drivers
    Entertaining & Informative
    Group Rates
    Continuous Year-round Service
    The BEST Way to See Washington, DC!
    ONLY Riding Tour of Arlington National Cemetery

    So there you have it, check out the web site and it might be for you.

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    Memorial Bridge

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    The Memorial Bridge is a beautiful one in Washington and you will have to walk it sometime to get from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington Cemetary. I enjoyed my walk across and got a great view of the Potomac River. A Park Ranger gave me a quick run down on the monuments at the ends of the bridge.

    Flanking the eastern ends of the bridge and the parkway are two pairs of monumental neoclassical equestrian sculpture on identical pedestals. "The Arts of War" by Leo Friedlander stand at the end of the bridge. In "Valor" on the left (looking from the Lincoln Memorial), the male equestrian is accompanied by a female striding forward with a shield; in "Sacrifice" on the right, a standing female symbolizing the earth looks up to the rider Mars.

    "The Arts of Peace" by James Earle Fraser flank the end of the parkway. "Music and Harvest" on the left consists of a winged horse, Pegasus, between a male figure with a bundle of wheat and a sickle and a woman with a harp. In "Aspiration and Literature" on the right, another Pegasus is flanked by figures holding a book and a bow. The statues, approximately 17 feet tall atop their granite pedestals, are of gilded bronze. The pedestals each bear 36 gilded bronze stars representing the states of the Union at the end of the Civil War. The sculptors were commissioned in 1925 and their designs approved in 1933, but the statues were not erected until 1951 after they were cast and gilded by Italy as a gift to the United States. The gilding was restored in 1971.

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    Capitol Underground

    by b1bob Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    Congressmen and Senators don't have to mind inclement weather to get from their offices to a floor vote as there is an underground tramway from the office buildings to the Capitol and back. There is an elaborate bell system throughout the complex to alert the senator or congressman that a vote is coming and they have 15 minutes to make the vote. The capitol underground wasn't entirely limited to members only, at least not in December, 1995, when I showed my friend Takashi the Capitol. We got out passes from my (then) Representative Herb Bateman (R) and were invited to this underground tramway I hadn't heard of before then. I don't know whether Members can make such invitations in the post 11 September 2001 world in which we now live.

    underground tramway: U.S. Capitol

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    Union Station

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    Union Station is one of the most beautiful train stations in the United States. It openned in 1907and it considered to be a prime example of Beaux-Arts architecture. At the time it was built, the station cover more ground than any other building in the United States. Today, Union Station has a shopping center, various restaurants, and a movie theater. Perfect place to catch the Amtrack train to your next destination.

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    Catching a Cab...Read the Zone Map

    by O.B.Wilson Written May 12, 2006

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    Read the Zone Map when you get to D.C. and hail a cab. If you do not read this, the cabbie may arbitrarily inform you the price, which probably will be overcharged. We do not have meters yet, so learn the Zone system.

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    Greyhound Bus Station

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated May 2, 2006

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    The Greyhound / Peter Pan Bust station is located @ 1005 1st St NE. It is walking distance from Union Station, but I do not recomend walking from Union Station to the Bus station at night. If you wanna travel to NYC, which I have done several times, they have an express bus that leaves every hour and the round trip is about $45.

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    How to get to 395 South from Downtown

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Apr 7, 2006

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    Interstate 395 is about 14 miles, and it is also known as the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway. It extends North from I-95/I-495 near Springfield, VA. to New York Avenue (US 50) in DC. If you happen to be in the downtown area visiting the Museums, and you want to get to 395 South, simply make your way to 9th Street and Constitution Avenue.

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    Take a DC Taxi and help a cabbie pay his bills!!

    by LuvMyBoxerKids Written Jul 18, 2005

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    Taxi service is one of the most cost effective ways of getting around in Washington DC. They dont take you for every penny you have in the cabs in DC, they work on a Zone system. You pay by the zone, not a rate on a meter. By Law, all rates MUST be posted in the cabs in plain view. So, while in DC, park the car at the hotel and let the cabbies drive you around! They also know alot about the city! Our one cabbie told us about the FDR Monument that sits between the Lincoln Monument and the Jefferson Monument. If he had not have told us about it, we would have missed it, and it was my favorite memorial/monument in DC!!

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    Taxi for $5 only :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    In contrast to most (all?) US cities Washington's cabs (on rides inside DC area only!) don't determine fares by meter, but rather by the zone system - map here. If you take a taxi trip from one point to another within the same zone you pay only $5 (off peak hours, when you hail a taxi and are alone with 1 piece of luggage or less).
    - $1.50 charge for each additional passenger after the first (excluding 1 child up to 5 years old);
    - $1 per trip during rush hour, between 7 am and 9.30 am and 4 am and 6.30 pm weekdays;
    - surcharge of $1 when you telephone for a cab;
    - 0.5$ - $2.00 per piece of extra luggage (over 1).

    Just in case, the following points and tourist attractions are inside central zone 1 (up to 4.5 mi diameter area):
    - U.S. Capitol,
    - most of the Smithsonian museums,
    - Dupont Circle,
    - the White House,
    - the Washington Monument,
    - the FBI,
    - the National Archives,
    - the Supreme Court,
    - the Library of Congress,
    - the Bureau of Engraving and Printing,
    - the Old Post Office,
    - the Ford's Theatre and others.

    By law, basic rates are posted in each cab. There is a base fare of only $5 for ride inside zone 1 or subzones of zone 2 - 8. Crossing each border of zones costs approx. $1.50. Haha, eventually, you can drive from border to border, crossing it on foot and taking next taxi, hmm... would you like it?

    Check up-to-date approximate taxi rates from:
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
    Washington Dulles International Airport

    Larger companies:
    Diamond Cab Company - call (202) 387-6200
    Yellow Cab - call (202) 544-1212
    Capitol Cab - call (202) 546-2400

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    Taxi is not that expensive!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    For visitor on a budget the taxi is usually the last option, right? I have to admit that taxi cabs, especially for shorter distances, are not that expensive in DC :-). There are over 80 taxicab companies with different fares. Can you imagine the competition? The companies are from both Washington, DC, Virginia and from Maryland.


    1. There is a $1.00 charge for radio-dispatched cabs, so it's cheaper to hail a taxi on a street. Hmm... in Poland it's up to 30% cheaper when you call for a taxi.

    2. There are non-smoking and smoking cabs (I didn't know it before).

    3. You are required to buckle up while riding in a cab. Hmm... my old cab was equipped with only waist seat belts in the back seat.

    4. Watch for additional fares:
    - extra $1.00 during rush hours (7 am - 9.30 am and 4 pm - 6.30 pm),

    - extra luggage (over 1 piece): $0.5 - $2.00 (depends on size) per piece,

    - $ 1.50 for each additional passenger (1 child up to 5 years old is free), it's very strange for me :-(. Does it works the same way in other US cities?

    5. Tipping a taxi driver cab is a matter of personal preference as I know. I would tip my taxi driver, but unfortunately he coudn't speak English enough well me to understand him :-).

    6. Some taxi drivers can't speak English well, they are understable for natives, I suppose but... I couldn't understand mine well at all.

    7. I found out the hard way that taxicabs have the right to pick up other fares while transporting you. Well, when you request your cabbie drive only you, you may be charged extra for the exclusive treatment. Hmm... I saw it in... Morocco last time.

    8. I could pay both by cash and by my Visa card.

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    Super Shuttle from/to D.C. and from/to Airport

    by Rick2001 Written Sep 24, 2004

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    A cab from Airport to Downtown would cost about 50$.
    Or U can catch the Super Shuttle that's a shared van (4-6 persons per run) for 22$ (+10$ for each addictional person in your party to the same location).
    In the airport, U can catch it just outside the Arrivals' gates and pay directly to the driver.
    From Hotel/downtown U can book the run to airport by internet (and pre-pay it online) or by phone-call.
    A good deal compared to a cab and much more comfortable than taking the bus from Airport to "West Fall Church" Metro Station (orange line) and than take the metro with all the luggages...

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    A Fun Way to Tour

    by seagoingJLW Written Jul 9, 2004

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    This is a tour of the area wherein you travel on a DUCK. That's right...a duck.

    This tour is run by Old Town Trolley. It is called m "DC Ducks Land and Sea Tours."

    They leave hourly from Union Station.

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