Metrorail & Metrobus
The capital of the U.S. boasts an award winning transportation systems which is considered one of the most efficient on the globe. In addition, Metrorail and Metrobus have the reputation of the safest and cleanest systems that offer the most convenient way to get around Washington DC. Metrobus and Metrorail service different locations. Most hotels are located near Metro stations or bus routes so it is convenient for travelers to get to the hotels they are staying at. Metro is open from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
Metrobus services a number of routes throughout Washington, DC and its suburbs. It operates a large bus fleet that uses compressed natural gas or a hybrid electric drive system to help keep DC a cleaner place to live in.
Payment for the use of services is available through a SmarTrip card. The cards are also used to pay for Metrobus and DC Circulator rides.
Taxis, Rental Cars & Parking
There is a variety of affordable taxi services in DC. You can choose from over 6,000 taxis available in the city. They all rely on a metered system and accept credit and debit cards as payment, along with cash. Consider downloading the DC Taxi Rider app on your phone so you could choose the type of cab you need, see a fare charged and time estimate before the cab arrives. In addition, you can select the payment option: pay through the app or in the car.
You can also count on Uber to get around Washington DC. Just sign up to this service and download the app to your phone to request a ride on the go. No cash is needed, and tip is included in the ride fare. Uber even offers an option of sharing a ride.
Another option to consider is to rent a car at one of the numerous car rental locations in DC. Car rental services are really plentiful and include all leading rental companies like Enterprise. Most car rental companies have offices at the airports as well. Those travelers who prefer to drive their own cars can use parking facilities offered by the hotels. Using ParkWhiz or SpotHero the guests of the city can quickly find convenient street or garage parking in Washington, DC.
This bus is extremely popular among both residents of the city and the city guests. It runs six routes that enable the travelers to get to and explore the hottest sights of the city, including Capitol Hill, Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, U Street and more. Consider taking the National Mall route to easily get to DC's most renowned monuments and memorials. The buses run every 10 minutes and the fare is just $1 per ride.
Walking & Biking Around DC
To truly appreciate the beauty of the historic city and explore all its sights you should walk along the city's sidewalks past the great monuments and museums, world-class theaters and picturesque gardens. Or you can rent a bike to get around the city on two wheels. Just join the bike rental service to get access to bikes 24 hours a day.