in Washington, D.C.
There are plenty of public transportation options, both economical and eco-friendly, for getting in and around Washington, D.C. Discover each of the easy-to-use methods of transport that don’t involve driving or parking a car.
Washington, D.C. is a walking city, perfect for getting around on foot. Rather than going around underground or seeing the city from the backseat of a cab, take advantage of living in one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the United States.
Pedal from Point A to Point B with D.C.’s public bike rental. Capital Bikeshare has over 350 stations spread across the city, with bicycles accessible 24 hours a day. The first thirty minutes on two wheels is free. After that, fees are charged per half hour onwards.
Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail is world-class and runs from the city to all the major suburbs. A SmarTrip is the rechargeable fare card required to travel on the six color-coded metro lines. Trains run weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
The Metrobus operates services throughout the city and the suburbs with many buses running on compressed natural gas or hybrid electric engines. Alternatively, riders can take the DC Circulator buses which offer cheaper fares and stops at all the landmarks in the city.
You can zoom around the city on a scooter in D.C. The motorized scooters across the city work via apps that allow you to locate a scooter, take a trip, and drop it off when you’re done. It’s possible to ride a scooter in the street or in a bike lane within Downtown D.C. In less central and suburban streets, you can ride on the sidewalk as well.