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How to Get Around Washington, D.C.

How to Get Around Washington, D.C.

Getting around Washington, D.C. is not so much a matter of how but which. D.C. has several great transportation options, but what’s considered best will vary.

You’ll choose your mode of transport on any given day depending on the time of the day, your desired location, and the type of event—i.e., yes to taking the Metro to a festival on the National Mall, but no to taking the Metro to a concert on U St at 8 PM when it’s 7:45. (You’ll soon understand why.)

As you grow accustomed to getting around D.C., you’ll get better at gauging which mode of transportation matches up with which situation. Use this article on Washington, D.C. transportation services to guide and inform you on your options, so you can get around D.C. the best way possible.

By foot

You can’t forget your good two feet. You’ll do a lot of walking in any big city and D.C.’s no exception. Walking is the best way to experience the historical sites, museums and monuments, and explore each unique neighborhood, including the luxury apartments Washington, D.C. has to offer as well as the endless restaurants to check out.

Furthermore, when you’re located in vibrant parts like Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights, whatever you need is likely only steps away—shops, theaters, bars, etc.

Other parts are not so centrally located, however. Still, you’ll need to at least walk to the nearest Metro or bus stop to get where you’re going.

Of course, walking is just not feasible for every destination, so keep reading for more on other methods of transportation.

People Walking On A Sidewalk In DC

By public transportation

The Metrorail: Washingtonians call the underground train or subway “the Metro” for short. More than likely, the Metro is your best option to get from point A to B, but it has its advantages and disadvantages.

The metro is easy to navigate with its color-coded lines, stops near most important landmarks, and travels far out to parts of Virginia and Maryland. Georgetown, on the other hand, is not Metro accessible. It’s also fairly clean compared to other Metro rail systems in the nation.

Yet, the Metro’s not always reliable. Allow for a bit of extra travel time if you absolutely need to be on time. It’s important to know that the later it gets, the fewer the number of trains that run. With a base fare of $2.00 a trip, it can also rack up in cost.

Washington DC Subway

The Metrobus: Taking the bus is another effective way to get around, especially since stops are more precise than Metro stops that often involve a lot of extra walking. The drawback is that the closer proximity comes with a longer wait—and thus transportation—time. You can use your same SmarTrip card from the Metro to board your bus.

DC Circulator: The DC Circulator is a special kind of bus that’s hard to miss with its bright red and yellow paint. It serves neighborhoods like Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and Woodley Park to name a few.

Among its six routes, the National Mall and Georgetown-Union Station are pretty popular; buses run every 10 minutes. The best part? The fare is only $1.

DC Streetcar: The DC Streetcar travels in a straight line down H St from Union Station to Benning Rd NE. While the H/Benning line is the only route thus far, there are plans for expansion east and west.

By car

Driving is pretty common, just not during rush hour. Many Washingtonians opt not to drive to work to avoid the traffic.

D.C.’s also known for its confusing streets, traffic circles, and speed cameras—all things that deter many Washingtonians from driving even more. And that’s not to mention potholes and constant construction.

Parking is another matter altogether. Generally, it’s hard to find street parking and paying for meters and garages gets pricey.

If you want to drive without the commitment of having a car, you may want to go the car-sharing route. Zipcar and car2go are good options and take care of things like parking and vehicle maintenance.

Driver Of A Car Sharing Service

By taxi, Uber, or Lyft

Taxi, Uber, and Lyft are good for a night out or a ride to the airport. It’s probably the most expensive way to get around D.C. and best reserved for trips every now and then.

Though it’s super convenient and comes in handy for times like grocery shopping or whenever you want to get somewhere quick without having to deal with the hassle of public transportation or hunting for a parking space.

Options like UberPOOL and Lyft Line let you get around for an even better price if you don’t mind sharing the car with strangers and you’re not in a rush.

By bicycle

D.C. is definitely a bike-friendly city. Biking in the District is super popular and many streets have special bike lanes. You won’t go a day without seeing a cyclist traversing the D.C. streets and for good reason.

With biking, you circumvent D.C. traffic and can go longer distances in much shorter times than walking. It’s a win-win all around.

If that’s not enough to convince you, D.C.’s bike-sharing system Capital Bikeshare has 440 locations throughout the D.C. area, allowing you to ride around without needing to stow and tote your own bike. You can ride a bike to your destination, park it at a station, and take the Metro back home if you so choose.

Even if you ride your own bike, you have the option of attaching your bike to the front of Metrobus and DC Circulator buses to avoid additional wear and tear. How cool is that?

Locked Up Bike On Washington DC Sidewalk

We hope you now have a better understanding of getting around Washington, D.C. without a car—or with one! Navigating D.C. can be tough, but you’ll be a pro in no time.

Experiment to see what works best for you, but more often than not, you’ll master each form—mixing and matching how you see fit. Instead of “How do I get around D.C.?” now you can ask “Which way(s) am I going to get around D.C. today?”

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The 10 Best Food Trucks in Washington D.C.

The 10 Best Food Trucks in Washington D.C.

Food truck culture is here to stay in D.C. and with hundreds to choose from, your lunch break is sure to never lack variety. The choices can be a bit overwhelming, though. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of the best so you can make sure you stand in the right line come… Continue Reading

Restaurant Openings in 2017… So Far!

Restaurant Openings in 2017… So Far!

The new year is here, which means you can expect new beginnings. In D.C., the new year brings highly-anticipated annual festivals, events and restaurant openings.   D.C. is a melting pot of many different restaurants and bars offering food and libations for every type of D.C. dweller. While many restaurants and bars have closed in… Continue Reading

Three Alternatives to New Year’s Eve Parties

Three Alternatives to New Year’s Eve Parties

Every New Year’s Eve, D.C. bars, lounges and nightclubs are filled with hundreds and thousands of people all looking to party into the new year. While they can provide a night of unforgettable moments and memories, they can also be a hassle. New Year’s Eve parties are usually so crowded that people find themselves having… Continue Reading

Election Night in the District

Election Night in the District

D.C. has always been a mecca of having the best happy hour, drink and food specials during special events such as holidays, the amazing D.C. festivals and even for the spots’ favorite sports’ teams and their fans. As the time to elect a president draws closer, Washingtonians will be searching for those same restaurants, bars… Continue Reading

Taste of D.C.

Taste of D.C.

One great aspect of D.C. is the cultural diversity that brings so much delicious international food to D.C. diners. Washingtonians cherish this diversity so much that they have several food festivals throughout the year such as Restaurant Week, and upcoming on Oct. 8, the Taste of D.C. For one weekend, Taste of D.C. will feature… Continue Reading

Meet Rasika’s Newest Sibling: Bindaas

Meet Rasika’s Newest Sibling: Bindaas

If you enjoyed the Penn Quarter Indian restaurant with modern cuisine, Rasika, you’ll love its new sibling! Rasika is known as a restaurant with a white-table cloth setting and putting a twist on centuries-old traditional dishes and creating innovative interpretations for Washingtonians who love to take their taste buds across the world. While the owner… Continue Reading

Dining on the Waterfront

Dining on the Waterfront

The waterfront located in Georgetown is one of the best places in D.C. to hang out during the summertime. Besides the beautiful view of the waterfront, there are many things to experience from the many happy hours, retail stores and summer events, the waterfront has the best dining. If you’re a seafood lover, there are… Continue Reading

2016 D.C. Restaurant Week Highlights

Restaurant Week is quickly approaching, so get ready Washingtonians! Every summer, D.C. hosts its Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which runs this year from August 15th to the 21st this year. Over 250 restaurants across the D.C. area will offer three-course meals for lunch priced at $22 per person and dinner is $35 per person for… Continue Reading

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