Three Ways to Go
When you're looking for a ride in Arlington County, there are 3 main ways to go. ART is Arlington's local bus service, connecting you to restaurants, shops, neighborhoods and Metro stations in the County. Metrobus and Metrorail are larger, regional services—they run throughout Arlington, plus go to Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia, too. Find one of the signs to the right, and you've just found a stop.
Need to figure out how to get where you're going? There are several online trip planners that will make it easy for you to find your way:
CarFreeAtoZ gives you all your transit, walk and bike options for the region. This multi-modal trip planning and comparison tool gives you turn-by-turn directions, travel times, costs and calories burned.
Use Metro's Trip Planner to find out how to get where you want to go in the Washington, D.C. area, using Metrobus and rail and local bus systems. The Trip Planner asks you where you're starting and when and where you want to go. Then it finds the best way for you to get there using the Metro system and local bus systems.
CarFreeNearMe tells you what routes are near you and when the next bus or train will arrive. Just plug in an address or use your location to see all the options nearby.
How to Pay
SmarTrip cards are permanent, rechargeable farecards that make paying your ART, Metrorail and Metrobus fares fast and easy. When you use a SmarTrip card instead of cash, you get a discount on your fare, and you get discounts when you transfer from bus to bus, bus to Metrorail, or Metrorail to bus. Arlington students can use the iRide Student SmarTrip card to get the student discount of 85¢ on ART, plus you can use it on Metrobus and Metrorail. iRide Student SmarTrip Cards are available at any Commuter Store location, or you can purchase online from CommuterDirect.com.
ART and Metro System Fares
The regular cash or SmarTrip® card fare for both ART and Metrobus is $1.75. (A few express routes have higher fares.) Arlington students with IDs or the iRide Student SmarTrip card only have to pay 85¢ on ART. People with disabilities with a WAMTA ID pay 85¢ on Metrobus or ART. To pay, insert your money (exact change only) into the farebox or tap your SmarTrip card over the logo on the farebox when you first board the bus. iRide Student SmarTrip cards are available at any Commuter Store location, or you can purchase online from CommuterDirect.com.
Metrorail fares vary depending on the time of day and distance you travel. Your best option is to use a SmarTrip or iRide Student SmarTrip card. If you use a paper farecard, you will pay a $1 surcharge for each trip. Using a SmarTrip card saves you the $1 fare surcharge. If you don't have a SmarTrip card, you can buy a farecard at one of the ticket/pass machines at each station’s entrance. For more information, see Metro's Base Fares and Pass Products and Student Fares pages.
Metrorail Stations in Arlington
There are 11 Metrorail stations in Arlington serving the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines. Check the Metrorail system map to see where the lines go and how they connect with the rest of the Metrorail system.
Arlington stations on the Orange and Silver Line are, from west to east, East Falls Church, Ballston-MU, Virginia Square-GMU, Clarendon, Court House, and Rosslyn. Stations on the Blue Line are, from northwest to southeast, Rosslyn, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Arlington's Urban Villages
Many of Arlington's Metrorail stations are in neighborhoods that have lots of residential and commercial development. called "Arlington's Urban Villages," these neighborhoods are places where people can live, work, and play... no car required. The urban villages that have Metrorail stops are Ballston, Virginia Square, Clarendon, Court House, Rosslyn, Pentagon City, and Crystal City.