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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
798
14th Street Bridge
1110
Ballston Connector
201
Bluemont Connector
558
CC Connector
394
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
734
Custis Rosslyn
983
Eads NB
63
Eads SB
97
Fairfax EB bike lane
142
Fairfax WB
167
Joyce St NB
37
Joyce St SB
27
Key Bridge East
1200
Key Bridge West
418
Military NB bike lane
59
Military SB bike lane
23
MVT Airport South
1385
Quincy NB bike lane
105
Quincy SB bike lane
57
Roosevelt Bridge
222
Rosslyn Bikeometer
831
TR Island Bridge
850
WOD Bon Air Park
484
WOD Bon Air West
1402
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
845
14th Street Bridge
207
Ballston Connector
1276
Bluemont Connector
670
CC Connector
492
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
718
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
96
Joyce St SB
101
Key Bridge East
2422
Key Bridge West
567
MVT Airport South
448
Roosevelt Bridge
32
TR Island Bridge
1131
WOD Bon Air Park
1543
WOD Bon Air West
920

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
6512704