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Washington DC Metrorail

Getting Around Washington DC

Operated by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Metrorail is the rapid transit system serving both residents and millions of tourists who visit the Nation's Capital every year. Considered one of the country's cleanest, and most comfortable public transportation systems, the 118 mile, 91 station DC Metrorail is the second-busiest rail transit system in the United States and serves Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia.

There are six metro lines: the Red Line, Blue Line, Orange Line, Silver Line, Yellow Line, and the Green Line.

Red Line from Glenmont to Shady Grove
Orange Line from New Carrolton to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Silver Line from Wiehle-Reston East to Largo Town Center
Blue Line from Franconia-Springfield to Largo Town Center
Yellow Line from Huntington to Fort Totten
Green Line from Branch Avenue to Greenbelt

Metrorail Hours of service

DC Metrorail Stations hours of operation

Monday - Thursday 5 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 5 am - 1 am
Saturday 7 am - 1 am
Sunday 8 am - 11 pm

** Last train leaves some stations before closing time. When travelling late at night, be sure to check last train times which are posted in stations.

Metrorail Fares

Metrorail fares are calculated based on
The time of day and day of the week that the trip is taken (categorized as either peak or off-peak)
The distance traveled between the origin and destination stations.

Fares from Station-to-station are posted in each station on station manager kiosks and on the Farecards and Passes machines.
You can also see the fares between stations by going to the Metrorail stations page and clicking on the station where you're starting your trip.

Each passenger needs a SmarTrip® card to ride the Metrorail. Up to two children under age 5 may travel free with a paying customer.

The Farecards and Passes accept credit and debit cards. If you use cash, make sure you bring small bills, the machines only provide up to $10 in change (in coins).

Peak fares are in effect:
Weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
From midnight until closing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Peak SmarTrip® Fares: $2.15 minimum / $5.90 maximum

Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times.
Off-Peak SmarTrip® Fares: $1.75 minimum / $3.60 maximum

DC Metrorail Map

Metrorail Stations

Addison Road-Seat Pleasant
Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter
Arlington Cemetery
Benning Road
Braddock Road
Branch Ave
Capitol Heights
Capitol South
Cleveland Park

College Park-U of MD
Columbia Heights
Congress Heights
Court House
Crystal City
Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Dupont Circle
East Falls Church
Eastern Market
Eisenhower Avenue
Farragut North
Farragut West
Federal Center SW
Federal Triangle

Foggy Bottom-GWU
Forest Glen
Fort Totten
Friendship Heights
Gallery Pl-Chinatown
Georgia Ave-Petworth
Judiciary Square
King St-Old Town
L'Enfant Plaza

Largo Town Center
McPherson Square
Medical Center
Metro Center
Minnesota Ave
Morgan Boulevard
Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center
Navy Yard-Ballpark
Naylor Road
New Carrollton
NoMa-Gallaudet U
Pentagon City

Potomac Ave
Prince George's Plaza
Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Shady Grove
Shaw-Howard U
Silver Spring
Silver Spring Transit Center
Southern Avenue
Spring Hill

Tysons Corner
U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Union Station
Van Dorn Street
Van Ness-UDC
Virginia Square-GMU
West Falls Church-VT/UVA
West Hyattsville
White Flint
Wiehle-Reston East
Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan

Travel Tip
The weekday rush-hour period is before 9:30 a.m. and between 3 and 7 p.m. If possible, plan your trip to avoid those times since those are the most crowded time to ride the transit system.

Top 10 Busiest Metrorail Stations

# Metrorail Station
1. Union Station
2. Metro Center
3. Gallery Place - Chinatown
4. Farragut North
5. Farragut West 23,137
6. Dupont Circle
7. L'Enfant Plaza
8. Foggy Bottom
9. Rosslyn
10. McPherson Square
Did you know... Forest Glen Metrorail station is the deepest station, measuring about 21 stories or 196 feet underground.

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