Travel & Transportation

Travel & Transportation: Get around DC like a local.

Washington, DC Safety Information

The safety of our visitors is our top priority. Destination DC works closely with the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department and other local and federal government agencies to understand and communicate safety messages on behalf of the tourism community. Here is some...

Washington, DC Safety Information - Pennsylvania Avenue Evacuation Route
Guide to the DC Streetcar

The DC streetcar is back! After a more than a 50-year hiatus, one of the city’s first modes of public transportation made its triumphant return, transporting riders through the revitalized H Street NE corridor. What is it? The new DC Streetcar makes traveling within the District much easier for...

Washington, DC Streetcar along H Street NE
FAQ: Washington, DC Airports

Flying into Washington, DC There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI)...

Dulles Airport DC
FAQ: How Does Metro Work?

Metro closes nightly at midnight. The early closing is part of a larger project to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability. Navigating the Metro There are just a few basic guidelines to know and you’ll be riding the Metro like a pro! Metro’s expansive network of tunnels and above...

Metro station
TSA Precheck at Washington, DC Airports

TSA Pre✓™ gets travelers to their gate quicker, and also strengthening security for major airports at cities throughout the U.S. in the process. Destination DC recently partnered with TSA to support the expedited security screening process for low-risk passengers, in which they won’t have to remove...

7 Ways to Fit in Like a Local

You don’t have to hire fake Secret Service agents to look like you belong in DC, even if your flight just landed yesterday. As sure as the Parisians tie their scarves just so, Washingtonians have certain habits, ways of speaking and quirks, and if you know a few of them in advance, you’ll feel...

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How Do I Get Around Washington, DC?

Metrorail & Metrobus Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC, with Metrobus providing connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail. The Walter E. Washington...

WMATA Washington, DC Metrobus & US Capitol
Navigating DC with Metro

Metro closes nightly at midnight. The early closing is part of a larger project to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability. How it works Washington, DC’s Metro is one of the best and most efficient public transportation systems in the country. Its expansive network of tunnels and...

DuPont Circle Station for the WMATA
FAQ:​ Finding a Place to Park in DC

It’s important to remember that DC is a metropolitan city with safe, efficient public transportation options. We strongly encourage you to consider these options instead of driving. For Metrorail and Metrobus options, visit wmata.com . For DC Circulator, the red bus that makes local stops in many...

Aerial skyline view of Washington, DC