Community Guides

Traveling on Metro

Click the map to see station information.

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For administrative offices and general information, not including schedules and fares, call 202-962-1234 or go to

For suggestions, commendations or complaints, call 202-637-1328.

For Metrobus and Metrorail schedules and fares, call 202-637-7000 or go to and click on "Schedules & fares."

For lost-and-found service, call 202-962-1195.


Metrobus: Fares are $1.25 a ride, or $3 for express routes; transfers (good for two hours) are free.

Metrorail: A Metrorail farecard or pass, a Metrochek or a SmarTrip card is needed to enter and leave the system. Farecards and some passes can be purchased at vending machines in the station mezzanines. Enter through the fare gates.

Hours: Metrorail opens at 5 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. weekends. It closes at midnight Sundays through Thursdays. On Friday and Saturday nights, it is open until 3 a.m.


Look for the tall brown square column with the large letter M. The column also identifies the Metro station by name. Colored stripes show each Metrorail line that serves the station -- Blue, Green, Orange, Red and Yellow. The columns also have the name of the station and line in Braille.

For station locations, see the system map at right or go to


Parking for up to 24 hours is available at all stations that have Metro-operated parking lots. A SmarTrip card is the only form of payment accepted upon exiting these lots. SmarTrip cards can be purchased online, at stations where parking is available and at Metro sales offices, retail outlets and commuter stores. For more information about SmarTrip, go to Parking at Metro-operated lots is free on weekends and most federal holidays.

Suburban lots and garages often become full by 8 a.m. on weekdays. Space is generally available all day at the following stations: Twinbrook, White Flint and Prince George's Plaza.


Metrobus stops are easy to identify. They have red, white and blue signs or flags. Some have four-sided cases that include route and schedule information.

Unless you have a pass or a SmarTrip card, you'll need exact change because Metrobus drivers do not carry cash. Pay as you board the bus, inserting your money into the fare box next to the driver.

With a rail-to-bus transfer, available upon entering a Metrorail station, you'll pay a reduced fare on Metrobus and some local bus systems. A free Metrobus transfer, available when you get on a bus and pay your fare, can be used within two hours for a free ride on Metrobus and some local bus systems. If you pay for Metrorail and Metrobus trips with the same SmarTrip card, you don't need a paper transfer.

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