Cost to Ride

Fares for Metro vary based on the service, ride length, day, and time you ride. Trip Planner is the best way to calculate your fare.


Regular Fare

Reduced Fare*

Weekday (5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

$2.00 - $6.00

$1.00 - $3.00

Weekday (After 9:30 p.m.)




Regular Fare

Reduced Fare*

Regular Routes



Express Routes




Regular Fare

Regular Routes*

Up to

*If the fastest, fixed-route, equivalent trip is a locally-operated transit service whose base fare is less than $2.00, MetroAccess customers can expect to be charged under $4.00.


Metrorail & Metrobus

Regular Price

Reduced Price*

1-Day Unlimited Pass


3-Day Unlimited Pass


7-Day Unlimited Pass


7-Day Short-Trip Pass


Monthly Unlimited Pass

$64.00 - $192.00

Regional Bus Pass


7-Day Pass



*Reduced fares are available for people with disabilities, seniors and customers enrolled in Metro Lift. Seniors and people with disabilities are also eligible for the reduced price 7-Day Regional Bus Pass. Read more at

How to Purchase

SmarTrip® and fares can be purchased at the following:

Pay per Ride


  • Fares vary by time of day, day of the week the trip is taken, and the distance traveled between the origin and destination stations
  • Use Metro's Trip Planner to calculate fares
  • Reduced Fares are available for qualifying seniors, people with disabilities, and customers enrolled in Metro Lift.


  • Make cashless payments using SmarTrip Mobile or plastic SmarTrip Cards
  • Cash payments are accepted on most routes but must be made with exact change - bus operators do not carry cash
  • Reduced Fares are available for qualifying seniors, people with disabilities, and customers enrolled in Metro Lift.


  • Metrobus to Metrobus: Free, unlimited transfers within a 2-hour period
  • Metrobus to Metrorail/Metrorail to Metrobus: Free transfers ($2 discount) within a 2-hour period. $2 discount does not cover the cost of transferring to/from express routes. SmarTrip card required.
  • Farragut Crossing: Free transfer between the Red line and Orange, Silver and Blue lines by exiting and entering through Farragut West and Farragut North

Pass product usage is not eligible for a transfer credit.


  • Up to two children (age 4 and younger) can ride free with each fare-paying adult
  • Children age 5 and older pay regular fare
  • Metrorail and Metrobus trips are free for DC students who attend public, private, charter, or parochial schools through the DC Kids Ride Free program

Regional Transit Partners


  • Pay less per trip with an unlimited pass
  • Passes are available for Metrorail and Metrobus
  • Metro offers a range of daily, weekly, and monthly unlimited passes to fit your needs - Learn more