To Virginia or DC via public transportation

This is an overview of the possibilities for traveling by mass transportation to Northern Virginia or the District of Columbia from outside the National Capital Region.  Links here go off this website.

Interstate public transit systems

Amtrak train stations in DC and northern Virginia

Intercity bus line stations in DC

Greyhound Lines bus stations in DC and northern Virginia

Maryland Transit Administration MARC trains

Major transit hubs

International Airports

Washington Union Station in DC (more about each system is elsewhere on this page)

Greyhound Terminal in DC

Pentagon Transit Center, bus and rail station

Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry

Not listed above are the many taxi and car-rental companies servicing those hubs.

Local public transportation

Metro and VRE transit systems service DC (including Union Station and L'Enfant Plaza) and Virginia.

Metro (rail & buses operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) is the largest public transit system in the DC area.  They have a subway/elevated system called MetroRail with five routes and 85 stops, and a bus system called MetroBus with hundreds of routes.  All five rail routes/lines (Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Yellow) stop in DC and directly connect with each other.  Three lines go into Virginia: Blue, Orange, and Yellow.  All except Yellow go into Maryland. 

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has two lines.  The most northern stop for both VRE lines is Union Station in DC.  The next three stations going south into Virginia are the same for both lines.  Then, their Manassas Line goes west (six more stops), and their Fredericksburg Line continues south (8 more stops).

Northern Virginia has nine bus systems.  The largest after Metrobus is the Fairfax Connector [also] with buses that serve Fairfax County.  The other seven transit systems are: DASH Bus (Alexandria Transit), ART (Arlington Transit), CUE Bus (City of Fairfax), GEORGE (City of Falls Church), Loudoun County Commuter Bus Service, PRTC/OmniRide/OmniLink (Prince William County), and TAGS Bus (Springfield).

Related web pages elsewhere

Resource Directories by Transportation Advocacy Organizations

Travel Resources

Current Traffic Conditions


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