How to Get Around Washington D.C., Public Transportation of the Washington D.C.

  1. By kevin
  2. On Mar 21, 2018
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

Such a unique blend of history, politics and vacation attractions makes Washington D.C. a superb destination for families, couples and solo travelers, so if you haven't visited, now's the time to do so. We talk about the public transportation of the Washington D.C. here, and the way about how to get around Washington D.C..

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Washington is provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and options include MetroRail, MetroBuses and circulator buses which serve the major attractions (and cost just $1 for a single ride). The Metro is usually the best way to get around. Tickets cost $1.75 during off-peak periods and $2.15 at peak times, but day and week passes are also available and offer major savings. Visitors need to know that all Metro riders need to purchase a SmartTrip Card, which can be obtained from stations in the D.C. Metro area.

How to Get Around Washington D.C.


If you don't have a vehicle of your own, taxis are a good way to avoid long walks between attractions. Taxi rates in Washington D.C. start with a basic charge of $3 and then charge $2.16 for every subsequent mile. However, getting around Washington is even cheaper with Uber, who charge a meter drop of $1.15, then around $1 per mile, with a minimum fare of $6.35.


Renting a car isn't usually the best option in Washington D.C. (unless you are staying in an outlying suburb). That's because the major attractions are all located in the same neighborhood and parking at different locations isn't generally practical. The city also tends to experience heavy rush hour traffic, making Washington an awkward city to navigate by car.