Getting Around

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    What Is Metro?

    Metro is a convenient way to get around the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You can explore the city and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs without the hassles of traffic and parking or the expense of gas.

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    Getting to Metro

    Whether you are flying into one of the region's three major airports or riding the rails of Amtrak into Union Station, getting to the Metro bus and rail systems from these transportation hubs is easy. Arriving by car? Follow our simple driving directions for Metro stations near major highways.

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    Trip Planner

    Metro's Trip Planner lets you plan routes between two destinations, allowing you to optimize your trip itinerary based on your preferences. Suggested trip itineraries also include the fare, the estimated travel time, and any walking directions.

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    Buying Fares: The Least You Need to Know

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    Riding Metrorail and Metrobus

    New riders can learn about the basics of the Metro system by visiting both the Rail and Bus sections of this website. The Commuter Tips page will have you traveling like a skilled veteran in no time.

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    Parking at Metro

    Metro operates parking facilities at 43 Metrorail stations. All 43 stations offer daily or hourly parking.

    Reserved parking is offered in 36 stations and allows customers to purchase permits to park in reserved spaces.

    For more information, go to our Parking at Metrorail Stations section.

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    Visitor's Kit

    The Metro Visitor's Kit is the definitive guide to helping you use Metro to get around the greater Washington, DC area. Among other brochures and publications providing comprehensive information, it features the Metro Pocket Guide (PDF, 1.15 MB), which provides you with the Metrorail system map, points of interest near Metrorail stations, and information on system hours, fares, and passes.

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For scheduling or routing questions call
202-637-7000. To submit comments or suggestions call
202-637-1328 or use our contact form.

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