Metrorail Travel Tips, Washington DC


In 2020, Washington DC ranked 4th in the list of the best U.S. city for public transport. The Washington Metro (or simply Metro), formally the Metrorail, is a rapid transit system serving the Washington metropolitan area of the United States.

Many Metro stations were designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese, and are examples of late-20th century modern architecture.

Since opening in 1976, the Metro network has grown to include six lines, 91 stations, and 118 miles (190 km) of route.

Washington DC #4 best U.S. city for public transport

–, 2020
  • It is “Metro” not “Subway”
  • Don’t be an escalefter: Walk on the left, stand on the right side of the escalators
  • Let riders off the train before entering
  • If the bell chimes, don’t try to board; the doors close firmly and can separate you from your party
  • Metro hours: Mon. – Thurs. 5 am – 11:30 pm, Fri. 5 am – 1 am, Sat. 7 am – 1 am, Sun.
  • To travel on Metro, you will need a SmarTrip card, which can be purchased online at ahead of your trip. Metrorail One Day Passes are also available.
  • Use your SmarTrip card to enter / exit
  • Metro fares are calculated by how many stops you travel and vary during peak and off-peak hours. During peak hours, most fares range from $2.25 to $6 per trip. During off-peak hours, fares typically range from $1.85 to $3.85. Metro riders must pay via SmarTrip card.
  • You can use a 1-Day Unlimited Pass for $13.00. The 1-Day Unlimited Pass gives you Metrorail and Metrobus travel with no time restrictions.


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