Bus / Tours, Washington D.C.
For $26 for adults & $13 for children, you can start your tour at any one of their stops (17+ stops) and get off at each one or just a couple, then get back on the next trolley; all for the one price. How the Tour Works: The trolleys travel through Washington on a continuous loop. Start the tour at any one of the 17 stops. (we started at Union Station which is the official starting point). Stay on board and get a fascinating narrative and a great overview of the city, until you return to your starting point in about 2 hours - OR hop off the trolley at a few of your favorite sights. Trolleys will roll by at least every 30 minutes. Then reboard and continue on with the tour until you return to your starting point. The earlier you start, the more time you have for visiting attractions, shopping, or dining. Tours begin daily at 9:00 am.
We got off at the Old Post Office and at the War Memorials. Got back to our starting point just in time to meet our son inlaw when he got out of work. Only had to wait 10 minutes for us.
I felt that it was very convenient. We didn't have to worry about parking or finding our way around by car in heavy traffic either. You get the added bonus of a tour guide that knows a lot of history about the area.
The tourmobile offers various tours besides Arlington cemetery
Here is a list of some of their tours:
- American Heritage Tour of Washington, D.C. & Arlington National Cemetery
- George Washington's Mount Vernon: Estate and Gardens Tour
- Frederick Douglass Historic Site
- Washington by Night (Seasonal call for information)
Go to their website for more info and costs...
At Arlington Cemetary.. you have the option of walking.. taking a tram or taking a bus tour. The tram is easy, nice if you have been walking all over the city already haha.. You can get on the tram and take your time at each stop.. if it leaves before your ready, you can just hop on the next tram as it comes by.
It goes to the most popular stops.. John F. Kennedy's gravesite, Tomb of the Unknown soldier and Arlington house.
Cost: Adult $6.00, Child (3-11) $3.00
During my last visit to the area, some classmates and I decided to take a trolley tour of DC. Since we were in class all day we had to take an evening tour. The price was $38 a person which seemed pretty reasonable. This is a great way to see the majority of the popular monuments and buildings but if you want to spend any amount of time touring this isn't a good choice.
MetroBus has 322 bus routes with over 12,000 scheduled stops in DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia. Its 1500 buses operated all day and much of the night depending on the route. MetroBuses carry an average of almost 500,000 people per day on weekdays, about 250,000 on Saturdays, and only 150,000 passengers on Sundays. Fares on regular routes are $1.25 and $3 on express routes, plus $0.10 per trip without the SmartTrip card. Drivers do not carry change, and the money machines are slow to feed dollar bills, so get a SmartTrip card!
I took the MetroBus from Dulles Airport to Rosslyn Station (Express Route 5A). The bus was clean, safe, and quick. There were only about 2 stops between the airport and Rosslyn's Metro Station where I got off the bus. This $3 ride from the airport to downtown sure beats the $55 taxi ride!
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.
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 were in Washington a few weeks ago (end of april). Because it was just a day trip on our way round the east coast, we decided to take a "hop-on-hop-off" bus tour to see as much we can. Unfortunately we settle for the "city sight seeing" tour with their red double decker buses because there was a brochure in the hotel lobby. We spend more than half of the time waitig for the bus!! The buses of the red line circulates supposedly every half of an hour, but it was more than one hour. Then we decided to take the other offered line: the blue line, which should go to Georgetown. We were waiting for 3 hours! We never saw the blue line even existed!
As you can imagine, we were disappointed and angry, so we planned to complain about their bad service. But the man just got angry and we didn´t obtain our money back.
Conclusion: never use this sight seeing tour when you visit Washington. The personal was unfriendly and the buses always late!
About 4 hours from NYC on the non stop bus it can be a VERY cheap way to arrive here. My last greyhound ticket was $20 one way. The buses are comfortable enough and for the price when on sale you really don't mind.
Of course Greyhound can get you anywhere in the country with enough time. So most are familiar with the idea at the least.
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The "Tourmobile" was the mode of choice for part of a day to get around and get a bit of a feel for the Mall area of DC.
My intentions were to use this to access some of the Memorials and Arlington Cemetery.The idea is good in that this "tour" has about fifteen or so stops in and around the Mall area and is narrated with some basic information about the particular stop.One has the ability to get on and off throughout the day so if you want to skip something on the tour you can stay on and get off whenever you like.The stops are well marked with big blue signs..and the vehicles themselves are big blue tandem bus like things,easy to find.
I picked up the Tour at Union Station which is towards the end of the tour but it is cyclical so it doesnt matter where you start or finnish,you always have the ability to see all of the stops that it makes.
Its a bit of a walk to get to the Tidal Basin area where the Memorials to FDR and Jefferson are located and the "Tourmobile" gets you here easily.
Included in the price...one day for $ 25.00 was the "inside" tour of Arlington Cemetery" which has a price of $7.00 if you were to get yourself there on your own and just use it for the Arlington tour.
All in all I thought it was good value for the money that I spent and the wear and tear it saved my ankle [still recovering from a fracture] was priceless!
The grounds of Arlington are HUGE so to have a bit of a drive about was pretty handy.
In general using it to get to the Tidal Basin and Arlington Cemetery in additon to getting a feel for the Mall area was a good idea for me!
Phone: (202) 554–5100
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since there is no metro service to georgetown the easiest and cheapest way to get there from central washington d.c. is the circulator bus. the circulator yellow line runs from union station to the corner of wisconsin & M streets in central georgetown. the bus leaves every 10 minutes from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. the bus makes numerious stops along the way. you can download a route map from their website.
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
A cheap way for going from Dulles International Airport to the Metro Church Station.
In the 2nd level of the airport's terminal you'll find the Washington Flyer bus counter. The bus leaves about every 30 minutes from the airport to the Metro Church and station and viceversa.
It will cost you about $9 oneway and $16 roundtrip.
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.
No, this isn't a special transport for sausage to the numerous Adams Morgan restaurants. Rather, the Link Shuttle is an affordable supplement to Metro Bus and Metro Rail about which I wish I knew upon emerging from Dupont Circle (saving me the healthy walk to The Diner). It only costs 25¢ and it runs from 6am to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 6am to 3am Friday; and 10am to 3am Saturday.