Washington D.C. Transportation

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    by GentleSpirit
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  • Airports / Flights to D.C.
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Washington D.C. Transportation

  • D.C. Metro

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    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 / Parking

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    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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  • Bus / Tours

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    This is another tour bus company. This one turns out 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...

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  • Airports / Flights to D.C.

    Washington D.C. Transportation

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • City Sights DC bus tour

    This is another tour bus company. This one turns out 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...

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  • Big Bus Tours

    Visitors to Washington DC finally have a hop on hop off bus tour that you might find in other major world capitals. 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-...

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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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  • Taking the Bus in DC

    Taking the bus in Washington is not difficult at all, though honestly 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 its a much better experience than it used to be. To catch a bus the easiest place to start is at a Metro Station. You walk out of the metro station...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 really, 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 perhaps 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...

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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 very limited on street...

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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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  • Metro fares- saving some money

    Using the metro can become rather expensive if you are just buying single tickets and passes.Some of these might save you a bit of 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 to 3 pm....

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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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  • Metrorail

    The train service to Washington D C is very good. I stayed just outside the city in Virginia and took the train to Union Station. As you can see from the picture, the stops/stations are immaculate! I felt safe traveling alone early in the morning.After exploring Union Station, I walked around the area to see the near by sites. Then, with map in...

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  • A Good Map is Very Useful

    It doesn't matter if you are driving around the city or taking the Metro, a good Road Map will make the driving easier and reduce wasted time getting from one place to another when not knowing which way to turn. If I hadn't had my own personal driver, I think I wouldn't choose to drive a car. I'd take the Metro!! Actually, I did get around via the...

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  • Helicopter One

    One time I flew in and out of Dulles International Airport so I would say this is one of the best ways of getting to D.C. The airport has changed since I was there, but I don't remember much of it anyway. I was picked-up by my aunt and she took charge of everything.Though the proposed rail system isn't built yet, there are car rentals at the...

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  • Memorial Bridge

    Washington D C sits on the bank of the Potomac River and the Arlington Memorial Bridge--Memorial Bridge to the locals--is one of the more picturesque ways of entering the city. The first building you'll see coming across is the Lincoln Memorial Building.Traveling to and around Washington D.C. by car is not necessary, but convenient, especially if...

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  • Dulles ground transportation

    Please be aware, ground transport from Dulles is not always easy. Please verify your shuttle or metro bus & rail schedule before you depart.This link may be of help, please note metrorail does not go all the way from Dulles to DC. You must take a bus, walk and change trains. With luggage this can be uncomfortable at best.

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  • Around Washington DC

    The metro is a great way to get around Washington DC. The metro is a rapid transit system which connects city centre locations and surrounding suburbs and is administered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Services run on 5 lines and service 86 stations over 106 miles of track. It is the second busiest rapid transit system in...

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  • Gray Line Trolley Tours

    This is a great way to get around seeing DC for the first time, just to get the jest of the landscape where everything is and the enormity of the traffic....lol! I say take the metro myself! Yet, I had enjoyed taking this Trolley Tour since it picked us up at our fancy hotel and dropped us off here at the end of a very long day:-) They driver/tour...

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  • Capital Bikeshare

    Capital Bikeshare is a great option for short bike rides in and around the city. It is a membership sytem. As a member you can pick up any bike, from anyone of over 120 stations, ride it for up to 30 minutes and return to any station. If your ride goes over 30 minutes, you are charged extra. But, if you return the bike, you can check it right back...

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  • Dulles Airport to DC Transportation...

    Here are your transportation options from the Dulles airport area to DC and back: 1.) Washington Flyer (coach/bus service): $10/OW or $18 RT--it runs every 25-30 mins. & takes about 30 mins. to get to the nearest Metro (DC's subway) station, which is at the Orange Line--West Falls Church Metro Stop. Buy a Metro/train fare for DC (about $2.35 OW)....

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  • Reagan National Airport

    While I usually fly into gigantic Dulles Airport in Washington DC, I have occasionally been lucky enough to book a flight through cozy little Reagan National Airport nestled snugly on the banks of the Potomac alongside Crystal City in Alexandria, VA. National Airport opened in 1941 and now handles about 18 million passengers per year. Dulles opened...

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