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Getting Around DC

Navigating the city

Tip: The DC Metro and Bus app (iPhoneAndroid) offers real-time metrorail and bus predictions and can locate nearby bus routes. 

Metrorail (subway)

The Metrorail system has six color-coded lines. The direction of your train is determined by the last stop in the direction you are traveling. The stations where two or more Metrorail lines cross are called “transfer points.” Signs in the station will direct you to your train. Fares are higher during peak hours (weekdays, 5-9:30 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.).

Follow this link to read more about the metrorail system, including updated fare information and tips on metro etiquette. (The most important tip: When riding the escalator, stand to your right, walk to your left). 

To take the metro or bus, riders should purchase a SmarTrip card at a Metrorail Fare Card Vending Machine. You can load a designated amount on your SmarTrip card, which can then be used to swipe in for rides when entering a metro station or bus. At a metro station, the fare card machines provide information on the cost from your station to your destination. 

[Source: https://washington.org/how-do-i-get-around-washington-dc]

Bus Service

Riders can use a SmarTrip card or cash on a Metrobus. Fare for regular routes are $2.00. Seniors and people with disabilities ride for $1.00 for regular routes.

If using cash, you must have exact change as bus operators do not carry money. Please have your pass, transfer or exact fare ready when you board. 

[Source: https://www.wmata.com/fares/basic.cfm]

Capital Bikeshare

Interested in seeing DC on two wheels? Capital Bikeshare has over 350 stations across DC, Maryland and Virginia. You can rent a bike from one station and drop it off at any of the other designated stations. You can join here. One ride costs $2, a 24-hour pass costs $8, and a 3-day pass runs $17.


Taxis and ridesharing

Conference attendees can easily hail a cab from most places around the city, but you can also download the DC Taxi app. The app allows you to choose from regular, large, or wheel-chair accessible vehicles. 

The city is also served by private ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft. These apps allow you to request a car and payment is organized through the credit card on your account.



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