Transportation In Washington DC

This article intends you provide detailed information regarding transportation in Washington DC so that it is easy for you to find your way around. It will act as your complete guide to Washington transportation.


Before discussing about various modes of Washington DC transportation, let us have a look at the overall structure of the Washington city as it will make it easy to understand the system of transportation in Washington.


The Washington DC city ha been divided into four quadrants which are as:

Northeast (NE)

Northwest (NW)

Southeast (SE)

Southwest (SW)


These four sections of the Washington city come together around the U. S. Capitol, which is in the center of the city. It is important to understand the overall structure of the city as it will help you know the routes to go from one place to another in the city.


The Metropolitan Area of Washington is often referred to as area where some of the country’s worst traffic congestion takes place. However, the Washington transportation’s bus service is considered to be best mode to get around the city’s popular tourist attractions. The city's fast transit system, known as the Metro rail, however popularly called as the Metro is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The subway and bus systems serve both the District of Columbia and the immediate Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority is considered to be comparatively safe and clean mode of transportation in Washington DC. Here is some important information about metro transportation in Washington, which you should note down. Metro starts at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. It stops at midnight Sunday through Thursday. However on Friday and Saturday nights, it stays open until 3 a. m.


One other mode of Washington DC transportation is taxi. You can also hire a taxi if you want to enjoy your sight seeing in Washington City in a taxi. However, it would be little costly. As far as the availability of taxis is concerned, there are no issues as taxis are easily available in Washington.


Transportation in Washington DC also includes three major airports in an around Washington. There is one airport in Maryland and two in Virginia which serve Washington, D.C.  The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which is situated just across the Potomac River from downtown D.C. in Arlington County, Virginia, is the only Washington-area airport that has its own Metro rail station.