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.

Pay per Ride


Cost to Ride

Peak Fare*

$2.25 - $6.00

Off-Peak Fare*

$2.00 - $3.85


Cost to Ride

Regular Routes


Express Routes


Airport Express Routes


Reduced Fare - Regular


Reduced Fare - Express


Reduced Fare - Airport Express



Metrorail & Metrobus

Cost to Ride

1-Day Pass


3-Day Pass


7-Day Pass


7-Day Short Trip


Monthly Pass

$72.00 - $216.00

Regional Bus Pass


7-Day Pass


*Metrorail fares are calculated by the day and time a trip is taken and the distance traveled. Peak fares are charged the hours indicated on the current Rail Schedule. Off-peak fares apply at all other times.

How to Purchase

SmarTrip® and fares can be purchased at the following:

Pay per Ride


  • Fares vary by time of day and day of the week the trip is taken (categorized as peak and off-peak times) 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 and people with disabilities


  • 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 (Note: Route 79 MetroExtra does not accept cash payments)
  • Reduced Fares are available for qualifying seniors and people with disabilities


  • Metrobus to Metrobus: Free, unlimited transfers within a 2-hour period
  • Metrobus to Metrorail/Metrorail to Metrobus: $0.50 discount within a 2-hour period
  • 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