Washington D.C. Transportation

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Washington D.C. Transportation

  • D.C. Metro

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    I have one simple rule when it comes to driving in the Washington DC area: Don't do it. Traffic is terrible, parking is a nightmare, and the local drivers aren't exactly accommodating to newcomers. A good alternative is to take the Washington DC Metro. Metro trains run on six different colored "lines": Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, and Silver....

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  • Driving / Parking

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    I remember a New Yorker telling me that he had parked in front of the Washington Memorial for the 4th of July celebration. Anyone who has been in this town knows that is a tall tale (though it may have been true many,many years ago). For the visitor- you will have to make a lot of quick exits from the highway. There is very limited on- street...

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  • Airports / Flights to D.C.

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    Getting between Reagan National and Dulles airports is easier than it used to be, but you should still allow at least 4-5 hours between flights. Go to the airport Metro station, buy a ticket to Wiehle-Reston East. Take the Blue Line (direction: Largo Town Center) to Rosslyn. At Rosslyn, take the escalator downstairs and change for the Silver Line...

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  • Bus / Tours

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    The hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to see all of the monuments. Plus one of the loops goes to the Pentagon and Arlington cemetery, there is now way you could walk to those. So if they are on your list, then the Big Bus Tour is a good way to get there. At each stop a bus runs about every 30 minutes, and you can also changes buses to a...

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  • Union Station / the Train

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    Amtrak has its headquarters at Washington's Union Station, and there are many trains starting and transiting through. Destinations and through stations on the routes from Washington include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, New Orleans, Savannah and Atlanta. It's a big, busy station that's very central and...

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  • Bicycle / Walking

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    Go to any Capital Bikeshare station and follow the directions at the kiosk. Use a credit card to join for the day. You can take a bike as many times as you'd like for 24 hours or 3 days. Just swipe your credit card at any kiosk. When you join at a station, you'll get an unlocking code. Enter the code at any bike dock. When the green light...

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  • Information / Sources

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    I had this map printed with me, from Washington D.C. guidebook I found from our library. It said: Take a bus or metro from railway station to first point and then walk the rest.. We love walking, so we thought: No way, we will walk all the way! Mistake! I think the metres marked at map were wrong. Too close to miles. We are hard walkers, and quite...

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  • Big Bus Tour

    The hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to see all of the monuments. Plus one of the loops goes to the Pentagon and Arlington cemetery, there is now way you could walk to those. So if they are on your list, then the Big Bus Tour is a good way to get there. At each stop a bus runs about every 30 minutes, and you can also changes buses to a...

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  • Getting From Here to There!

    As previously mentioned, we took advantage of a day trip to Washington, D.C. by bus which was sponsored by my employer for the fantastic price of only $10 US per person roundtrip plus a well-deserved gratuity to our bus driver.There are some good options for bus travel to D.C. from the major cities of New York, Boston, Newark, NJ on the low-cost...

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  • Washington Dulles International Airport

    The major airport that serves Washington, D.C. is Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). All international flights into the Washington, D.C. area arrive at this airport, as do many domestic flights from other American cities, although most domestic flights go into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport closer to the city. Washington...

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  • Metro Rail

    I have one simple rule when it comes to driving in the Washington DC area: Don't do it. Traffic is terrible, parking is a nightmare, and the local drivers aren't exactly accommodating to newcomers. A good alternative is to take the Washington DC Metro.Metro trains run on six different colored "lines": Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, and Silver....

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  • Getting from Reagan National to Dulles...

    Getting between Reagan National and Dulles airports is easier than it used to be, but you should still allow at least 4-5 hours between flights. Go to the airport Metro station, buy a ticket to Wiehle-Reston East. Take the Blue Line (direction: Largo Town Center) to Rosslyn. At Rosslyn, take the escalator downstairs and change for the Silver Line...

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  • Dulles International Airport

    Dulles International Airport (Airport Code: IAD) is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of Washington, DC. If you are flying to Washington from outside North America, this is the airport you will most likely use. A hub airport for United Airlines, Dulles Airport also receives flights from 38 other airlines, from Aeroflot to Virgin...

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  • Dulles Airport

    Dulles international airport isn't the one you see planes landing at behind the Lincoln Memorial - that's the smaller Ronald Reagan national airport. Despite being called Washington Dulles Airport, it isn't even in DC. It's over the border in Virginia. It's a very pleasant looking airport, with a real Sixties space age feel to it. Large parts of it...

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  • City Sights DC bus tour

    This is another tour bus company. This one is a bit cheaper than the Big Bus Tour. Realistically, you get most of the same stops so in that sense there is no real advantage of taking one company or the other.I am looking at the all routes tour where you can cover all the routes the company offers in one days time. The price for this is $35 for...

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  • Big Bus Tours

    Visitors to Washington DC finally have a hop-on hop-off bus tour! There are 4 different routes you can take:-Red Loop- a tour of the most iconic landmarks- includes the Mall, the memorials,- duration 2 hours-Blue Loop- Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon- duration 1 hour-Yellow Loop- Georgetown-Green Loop- traditional trolley to the National...

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  • Taking the Bus in DC

    Taking the bus in Washington is not difficult at all, though it is somewhat expensive compared to other cities. A large part of the city bus fleet has been renovated in the last few years, so it is a much better experience than it used to be. To catch a bus the easiest place to start is at any Metro Station. You walk out of the metro station and...

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  • Essential Stations for Tourists

    Here are a few Metro Stations you can use to access some of DC's important tourist sights.Smithsonian- This is the most important one. From here you get out onto the National Mall. On your right as you get out of the station is the Capitol Building at the end of the Mall. To your left is the Washington Memorial visible right away.a. This station is...

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  • Delays on the Metro

    For a long time now we have been used to escalators being out of service at various Metro stations in the system. For most stations this is not a big deal, but some stations, like Dupont Circle for example, are quite deep so you will do A LOT of climbing. There are elevators available, make use of them.Look at the Metro website before you leave...

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  • Driving downtown

    I remember a New Yorker telling me that he had parked in front of the Washington Memorial for the 4th of July celebration. Anyone who has been in this town knows that is a tall tale (though it may have been true many,many years ago).For the visitor- you will have to make a lot of quick exits from the highway. There is very limited on- street...

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  • Metro fares- saving some money

    Using the metro can become rather expensive if you are just buying single tickets and passes.Here are a few things that might save you some money, particularly if you are traveling with a family.1. Buy Smart trip cards- If you are buying paper tickets, you will pay $1 each way for the privilege.2. Rush hour/non rush hour- non rush hour is from 9 am...

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  • Lots and lots of Bus Tours

    I'm not the tour bus tourist but I have heard some great things about the DC tours. Not only do they efficiently tour you around the most popular sights but they also give you the back stories and point out the details on the reason why certain monuments were made a particular way. Make sure to do your homework and find the tour that works for you...

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  • Virgin America

    Traveling from LAX to DC via Virgin America is the way to go! No nonsense direct flights, fairly inexpensive and seems to operate very efficiently. No lines, it takes about 2-3 minutes to check in. They take your luggage right at the check-in counter. The plane itself is standard, no extra leg room but they have electrical outlets on the seat in...

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  • Washington Metrorail

    Depending on your travel, the metro can cost anywhere from US$1.65-US$4.50. Or.....you can purchase a one-day pass for US$7.80 or a 7 day rail pass for $39.00. Well, I did the math and for me, it worked out to pay the regular fee. You can put any amount on a card and it will decrement the cost depending on the distance of your travel. You can...

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  • Ride the D.C. Circulator bus for only...

    We only found out about the Circulator bus on our last day in D.C. After our visit to Arlington Cemetery, we were looking for an easy way to get to Georgetown and while walking across the bridge could have been an option, my sister's feet had already had more than they could handle (who says traveling with me is easy?!). So we were pretty happy to...

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  • Slightly confusing, but convenient as...

    With only six lines, the Washington metro really isn't the biggest metro I've ever had to use, but what made it confusing for me is that sometimes, two lines both serve the same station so you really have to make sure it's the right train before you jump on the one that's arriving as your coming down the stairs (the line is indicated on the side of...

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  • Flying to Washington

    There are three airports located in the Washington area: the Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWU), Dulles Airport (IAD), and Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA). While the first two are international airports, if you're flying from within the US or from Canada, I'd say DCA is the most convenient because it is located quite close to the city and there's a...

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  • A Good Parking Resource

    Reading some of the other posts on this forum I saw that parking in DC (especially for certain monuments/museums) seemed to be an issue for others like it was for me. I just wanted to share a resource I found that gave me more information about DC parking tips:http://dcparking.org/It's pretty good - hope you all find this helpful as well!

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  • Ronald Reagan Washington National...

    Located about three miles (five kilometers) west of central Washington, D.C. in Arlington, Virginia, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest commercial airport to the nation's capital. With the exception of some flights to Canada, all flights into and out of the airport serve domestic destinations. Airlines serving Ronald...

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  • Even if it´s smaller, it´s not THAT...

    I had this map printed with me, from Washington D.C. guidebook I found from our library. It said: Take a bus or metro from railway station to first point and then walk the rest..We love walking, so we thought: No way, we will walk all the way!Mistake! I think the metres marked at map were wrong. Too close to miles. We are hard walkers, and quite...

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  • Capital Bikeshare - Bike rentals

    Go to any Capital Bikeshare station and follow the directions at the kiosk. Use a credit card to join for the day. You can take a bike as many times as you'd like for 24 hours or 3 days. Just swipe your credit card at any kiosk. When you join at a station, you'll get an unlocking code. Enter the code at any bike dock. When the green light appears,...

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  • Difficulty buying metro card

    We have travelled to a number of places and used the local metro/subway system but never found buying a fare-card as difficult as in Washington DC. For a start the station clerk was extremely unhelpful when we could not work out how to buy the fare card. Our Australian credit card was not accepted by the machine. Buying the fare card which costs...

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  • Driving

    Driving is our usual mode of transportation to D.C. and the surrounding areas. Depending on the season, traffic and road conditions we can usually make it to D.C. proper in seven hours with a few stops for gas, bathrooms and food. D.C is usually a weekend getaway for us so we often leave right after work on a Friday afternoon so we often beat some...

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  • Shuttle bus to and from airport

    We used the supershuttle service to get to our hotel once we arrived in Washington. Simply look for signs for the service and then pay for a ticket..in our case return ticket. Once at the booth you have to wait until the quota of passengers heading in the same direction has been reached. It does mean sqashing up a bit but it is cheap and you get to...

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  • Flying from Los Angeles to Washington DC

    We flew American Airlines from Las Vegas to Washington. We could not get a direct flight and had to fly via Los Angeles. We did think that the transit time between flights was pretty tight but it all worked out fine and getting to the correct gate was easy. The flight was comfortable and a small snack was provided.If you are sitting on the left and...

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  • DC Metro

    The metro system is clean, fast and safe. It was completed in 1976 and every station has that strange nuclear fall out shelter feel to it. The stations are made of naked concrete lit by low energy up lamps. It's more like being in a jazz bar than a metro station. The only problem I had with the system is that the ticket machines were unfathomable....

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  • Amtrak Trains

    Amtrak has its headquarters at Washington's Union Station, and there are many trains starting and transiting through. Destinations and through stations on the routes from Washington include: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, New Orleans, Savannah and Atlanta. It's a big, busy station that's very central and...

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  • Signature Tours of DC

    Signature Tours of DC is a subsidiary company of Royal USA Tours and Transportation, Inc. The company provides bus tours around Washington DC for over 10 years and I must say that the team is pretty nice. I enjoyed a pleasant day and went to most of the Washington DC attractions. Signature Tours provide different types of tours around Washington DC...

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  • Union Station: Beautiful Place to...

    “Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.”— Daniel Burnham (1846-1912) architect of Washington DC’s Union StationUnion Station was opened on 27.October.1907 but not completed until 1908; it is ranked as one of the finest Beaux-Arts style buildings in the United States. Its...

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  • Capital Bikeshare

    On my most recent tourist visit downtown I saw something I hadn't seen before. Large racks of bikes near Metro stops. There is now a bike sharing program in DC, and if you have ever walked around from one memorial/monument to the next you know that you will be good and tired by the end of the day. Part of the impulse for this has come from DC that...

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  • DC Metro, the Smart Choice to Get Around

    Ride the Metro. It is relatively cheap, compared with taxi rides; it is safe; it is convenient; it is clean; it saves the environment. Ride the Metro.

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  • Getting to Dulles Airport: The $3 Option

    My first piece of advice is to avoid Dulles Airport if possible. It is the most chaotic and passenger unfriendly airport I’ve ever been to. Washington Dulles International Airport (code name: IAD) it is not in Washington but in Virginia. It can take you over an hour to get there, depending on traffic and weather. If you have a choice, choose...

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  • Leave the driving to Gus

    Cities of the American northeast – Washington, DC, Boston, and New York – might not be the world’s cheapest, but you can save a bundle by taking advantage of the recent boom of budget bus companies. These buses, which also connect with Philadelphia, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and even Charlotte, are a steal at as little as US$1 one way. (These prices are...

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  • DCA - Reagan Washington National Airport

    Such a convenient way to enter DC! The airport is modern and has wonderful restaurants and shopping inside, and there is a Metro stop just outside (just cross the bridge from the airport terminal), which makes transportation into the city or surrounding areas so easy!

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  • SmarTrip is a Smart Idea

    Driving and parking in Washington is a nightmare, so the best way to get into the city and to get around once there is the Metro. It runs out into the suburbs in Virginia and Maryland and all through the city itself. The trains and the stations are very clean and safe. There is no smoking, eating, drinking, or music without earphones and the rules...

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