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Metro Connections

Connecting between Metro and D.C.-Area Airports and Other Transportation Services

The Metro system is great for getting around the Washington, D.C. area, but it's also an important link to other transportation facilities and services: three major airports, MARC commuter rail service, Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service, Amtrak passenger rail service, intercity bus service, and local bus systems. Union Station is a key transportation hub, as well as being a popular destination in itself.

Connections between Metrorail and Metrobus are available at all Metrorail stations. An easy way to find your connection is to use Metro's online Trip Planner to plan your trip.

For information about the many local bus systems in the region, see the Local Bus Systems page.

Overview

The map below shows the Metrorail system in relation to other transportation systems serving the Washington, D.C. area. (The map is not to scale.)

Map: Metrorail in relation to other transportation services

Airports

The three airports serving the Washington, D.C. area are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

Reagan National

Metrorail goes directly to Reagan National Airport (Blue Line, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station). Reagan National is also a short taxicab ride from Washington and close-in suburbs, and Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland taxis are available at the exits of each terminal.

Washington Dulles

Metrorail does not go directly to Washington Dulles airport. Service to the airport is part of the planned Phase 2 construction of Metrorail's Silver Line.

Phase 1 of the Silver Line began service July 26, 2014. This new service ends at Wiehle-Reston East station.

Fairfax Connector routes 981 and 983 provide service seven days a week from Wiehle-Reston East station to Dulles Airport, with stops at Reston Town Center, Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride, and Udvar-Hazy Center.

The Silver Line Express Bus offers additional bus service between Dulles Airport and Wiehle-Reston East station.

Point-To-Point Schedule -- The Wiehle Metro to Dulles Airport Schedule combines Fairfax Connector and Silver Line Express service into one, customizable schedule.

Metrobus Route 5A provides service from L'Enfant Plaza station to Dulles Airport, with stops at Rosslyn station and Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride lot. Schedule.

More information about Silver Line service from WMATA.

BWI

Metrorail does not go directly to BWI. Rail transportation between BWI Airport and Union Station, on Metrorail's Red Line, is provided by Amtrak and MARC Penn Line trains.

Directions to the Airports

Directions for driving to the airports, as well as public transportation options:

BWI Airport Ground Transportation
Reagan National Location/Directions
Washington Dulles Airport Location/Directions

Rail Services

Amtrak passenger rail service, MARC and VRE Commuter Rail Services, and Metrorail all meet at Union Station. In addition to Union Station, Metrorail connects with these services at these Metrorail stations:

Amtrak: King Street (Yellow and Blue Lines), New Carrollton (Orange Line).

MARC: Rockville (Red Line), Silver Spring (Red Line), Greenbelt (Green Line), College Park-U. of Md.(Green Line).

VRE: Crystal City (Yellow and Blue Lines), King Street (Yellow and Blue Lines) Franconia/Springfield (Blue Line), L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Blue, Orange, and Green Lines).

For more information about the Metrorail stations listed above, see Metro's interactive system map.

Bus Services

Metrorail connects with several intercity bus services at Union Station. Connections to Metrobus and local bus services are available at most stations. A list of Metrorail stations with services available, including a PDF bus map for each station, is available on Metro's Stations page.

Carsharing

Through a partnership with Zipcar, Metro offers carsharing at select Metrorail stations. A list of stations, including carsharing information for each, is available on Metro's Stations page.

Bikesharing

Capital Bikeshare is the the rapidly expanding, regional bikesharing system in the Washington, D.C. area. Many neighborhoods around Metrorail stations are served by Capital Bikeshare. For more information and a station map, see the Capital Bikeshare website.

Union Station

Union Station combines a busy urban railroad station with over 130 retail shops and restaurants in a magnificent Beaux-Arts building. Union Station was opened in 1907 and beautifully renovated in the 1980's. The most visited destination in the nation's capital, Union Station plays host to exhibitions, cultural events and private special events such as the Presidential Inaugural Ball and citywide galas. It's a special treat to visit when the station is decorated for the holidays.

Union Station is also a stop on Metrorail's Red Line, connecting Metrorail with Amtrak and the MARC and VRE rail systems. More about transportation services at Union Station.

The station is located just a few blocks from the Capitol building, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington D.C.

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
433
14th Street Bridge
1278
Arlington Mill Trail
218
Ballston Connector
130
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
452
Clarendon EB bike lane
140
Custis Bon Air Park
699
Custis Rosslyn
828
Eads NB
69
Eads SB
62
Fairfax EB bike lane
134
Fairfax WB
165
Joyce St NB
14
Joyce St SB
46
Key Bridge East
1170
Key Bridge West
501
Military NB bike lane
40
Military SB bike lane
37
MVT Airport South
1385
Quincy NB bike lane
106
Quincy SB bike lane
107
Roosevelt Bridge
300
Rosslyn Bikeometer
835
TR Island Bridge
709
WOD Bon Air Park
656
WOD Bon Air West
798
WOD Columbia Pike
728
Wilson WB bike lane
217

Peds counted

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110 Trail
941
14th Street Bridge
141
Arlington Mill Trail
498
Ballston Connector
21
Bluemont Connector
732
CC Connector
371
Custis Bon Air Park
552
Custis Rosslyn
596
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
15
Joyce St SB
153
Key Bridge East
2060
Key Bridge West
649
MVT Airport South
261
Roosevelt Bridge
130
TR Island Bridge
784
WOD Bon Air Park
809
WOD Bon Air West
851
WOD Columbia Pike
512

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4730855