Expect this view of D.C.’s cabs after the ball drops tonight. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

The toughest part about New Year’s Eve isn’t getting a drink from the overworked bartender; it’s getting home after the ball has dropped and the confetti has fallen. Here are your options, from cheapest to most expensive:


The good news: You can get a free ride home (up to a $30 fare) by calling 1-800-200-TAXI from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The bad news: It can take a really long time for your cab to arrive, and you can’t schedule a ride in advance. Have a backup plan just in case.


You might have to wait 20 minutes for a train, but Metrorail will operate until 2 a.m. which is two hours later than trains usually run during the week. The Georgetown-Union Station and Dupont Circle-Georgetown-Rosslyn Circulator buses will run until 2 a.m. with the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square route operating until 3:30 a.m. Metrobus is on a regular weekday schedule.

Capital Bikeshare

If you aren’t a Capital Bikeshare member, you can buy a one-day membership for $7. Each ride is free for the first 30 minutes. (Note: It’s against the terms of your bikeshare rental agreement to operate a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol.)


Practice your hailing whistle, because trying to snag a cab after midnight is always a free-for-all.


The minimum fare for the popular limo-on-demand service could hit $100 tonight thanks to the company’s controversial “surge pricing” plan. Minimum. So, uh, maybe make other arrangements.