Washington, DC’s Public Transportation System is called Metro. The Official Name is The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Metrorail and Metrobus provide the safest, cleanest and most efficient way of getting around Washington, DC and the metropolitan suburbs.
Multiple rail lines and an extensive bus system connect the Washington DC District of Columbia) with the Maryland and Virginia. Train lines are named for colors: Red, yellow, blue, green, and orange. Station entrances are marked by brown pylons, capped with the letter “M”and colored stripes indicate which lines are located there.
One benefit of Washington’s Metro is that all of the system’s Route maps are posted at each station and inside each subway car. This makes it easier to find your way around, even if you’ve never been to DC before.
Metrorail opens 5:30am weekdays and 7am on weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, it stays open until 3 a.m. Each train displays the name of its farthest destination.
Base subway fares apply and they can increase during rush hour and for longer trips. Rail farecards can be purchased at vending machines located inside the stations. Farecards are inserted into the turnstile gates to enter and exit subway platforms.
The fare is automatically deducted each time you exit a station. To continue your trip by Metrobus, obtain a transfer at your originating station before boarding the train. Buses travel to Georgetown and other areas not serviced by the subway.
You can purchase a Metro Fare Card online by clicking here
Additional Metro Resources
DC Metro Rail System Map – PDF Download
Metro Pocket Guides (PDF FORMAT) In The Following Languages