Q&A: How can I get around Washington DC?

March 15th, 2012

Question by revenge_is_silly: How can I get around Washington DC?
My family and I wish to visit Washington DC next month, and I was trying to figure out the best way to get around DC without it costing too much. We were planning to take the metro to go to places like the Smithsonian and national monuments. I saw that you can get a seven day metro card, but I really don’t want to spend 100+ on getting to where we want to go.
Any suggestions?

Best answer:

Answer by melir23
The Metro system is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city (with the possible exception of walking) Check out the Metro website at http://www.wmata.com to plan your trips. If you put in your starting and ending points, it will tell you what Metro lines or busses to take. The site will also have information about the multi-trip passes.

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3 Responses

  1. Grumple says:

    They have a good train system.

  2. Alicia says:

    Traffic and parking can be pretty bad. Metro is your best bet. You can either pay as you go, or get a daily pass (after 9:30 am).

    If the daily pass is worth it (you will use it enough to make the cost worthwhile) – go for it. However if you’re only going to one destination and back each day, it would be more cost effective to pay as you go.

    You can get to many of the monuments and several of the Smithsonian museums from the same metro stop (Smithsonian stop on the blue line).

    Metro’s website is: http://www.wmata.com you can use that to plan hypothetical trips, see where you need to go, how to get there, how much it will cost, etc. Keep in mind that peak times, or rush hour, cost more then other times.

  3. sweethoney785 says:

    the train is available to everyone and goes most everywhere, There are also tour bus specials that allow to get on and off as u wish throughout the day. tour buses go to the historic sites, metro goes there too but trains tend to have long waiting periods after rush hour. not only that most places are close enough to walk from one to another.

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