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Getting Around Washington DC

Washington DC has one of the most sophisticated metro systems in the nation. In fact, it’s the second largest. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates 86 rail stations and over 100 miles of track. There are 5 lines including the red, blue, orange, yellow and green. Stations can be found nearby all the major attractions. Still, you can walk between most of the attractions. The metrorail can get crowded during rush hour. Therefore, it’s best to ride during non-peak hours, late morning, mid afternoon, and evening. Tickets can be purchases at the vending machines located at each station. Free metro maps are also available. The metro rail operates until midnight during the week and till 3:00 am on Friday and Saturday.

The metro bus operates around the clock. There are over 12,000 stops on the bus route. Schedules are posted at the bus stops and hard copies are available on the buses. Taxis are another popular alterative. Taxis are plentiful downtown. Though, if you are leaving from your hotel you may need to call in advance.

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