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Mohamad
Riyadh

Mohamad from Riyadh asked

Cheap transportation in DC?

I have short business visit to DC with linited budget. Can any one give some information about how can i catch cheap trans such as metro or bus and how can I be familiar with routes ? Is there any website provides info about routes and teckitting service?

Washington, DC (District of Columbia)

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Tiffany from Corvallis

The DC Metro is the most convenient and cheapest way to get around the city and surrounding areas.

There are two options for tickets. Most tourists buy the single passes at the machines. They are paper and only good until the money runs out. The bad thing about them is that if you use the paper cards, they will automatically add $1 each way. The best option if you're going to be riding the metro more than a couple trips is to buy the plastic fare card. You can get these at the small machines. They cost $5, but you'll end up saving that. The card is reusable and you can easily add more money to it as needed.

If you have a smart phone, you can download the Metro Map app or the DC Metro app. Both have maps of the metro and show alerts if the trains are slow. You can also look up schedules at the website: www.wmata.com.

The trains are fairly regular. Look for the larger circles where lines cross. Those will show you where you can transfer from one line to another. Make sure you know the endpoints of the lines so that you can follow those signs to know which direction to go.

It's pretty easy and most of the Metro employees are friendly and helpful.

Enjoy your trip to DC!


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Faheem from Washington, DC

In addition to WMATA, a new start up in DC launched recent called SPLIT.  It is basically like Uber, but the car can pick up others along the way so that your trip is cheaper.


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peggy from Washington, DC

Yes, WMATA.com is the website you need to checkout.  

If you want to take the train (Metro) click on the Trip Planner. You can actually put in your location, where you need to go and about what time of day. It will tell you what time trains will arrive in the station and the cost to use the train that time of day. Good info in previous answer regarding buying a farecard.  

The same WMATA site has bus information too. It can tell you the actual street you need to be on to catch the bus, the bus number and cost at the time you want to travel. Metro bus is usually $1.75 during non rush hour. Express buses are more money. You may pay for a bus with cash (coins or $1.00 bills) no change is given so have exact change.This site also tells you about any problems or closings so good site to use.  

Another less expensive option that may work for you is the DC Circulator bus. Dccirculator.com 

This bus is only $1.00. Accepts coins and dollar bills and you must have exact change. Place fare in farebox next to driver. This bus only goes to certain destinations not like the Metro bus that 

stops every block or two. Check their routes to see if it would work for you.


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Roberta from Los Angeles

Try www.wmata.com for metro.  You can use it from the two major airports (Dulles requires a short bus ride to the metro station, but it's still the least expensive way to get around)


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Andy

The metro works very well. 

http://www.wmata.com/


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Josh from Baton Rouge

Like everyone else said, the DC metro is very economical.  I would add that there are some awesome apps for the metro that will not only tell you what train to take to get to where, but will also tell you how much time until the next arriving train.  It was a great help to me during my visit.  Have fun!


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Mohamad
Thanks Josh ! Would you suggest me these apps to download
 

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Josh
Do you have iphone or android?
 
 
 
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Jay from Washington, DC

Metro Smarttrip cards


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