Metrorail & Bus

Alexandria is tied to the rest of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area through the Metrorail and Metrobus systems, making it easy to get to and from the sights and attractions you want to see.


Travelers can buy fare cards at any Metrorail station or online. Buy a reusable SmarTrip® card to avoid paying $1 extra per trip with a paper fare card, or buy a 1-day or 7-day SmarTrip® pass for unlimited rides! SmarTrip® cards can also be used on Metrobus and Alexandria's DASH Bus system.

Official website
(202) 637-7000

The Washington, DC Metrorail will conduct system-wide improvements through June 2017 that will cause service delays. This initiative is called SafeTrack. The highest period of impact to Alexandria is February 11 through April 9, 2017. View more information and alternative transportation options.

Metrorail (operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) can take you to downtown DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. The King St-Old Town Metrorail station is located on King Street, Alexandria's main street for shoppingdining and the arts. Both Yellow Line and Blue Line trains stop at the King St-Old Town station.

The King St-Old Town Metrorail station is only a 25-minute walk from the waterfront at the East end of King Street. You can also take the Free King Street Trolley along the length of King Street, from the Metrorail station to wherever you need to go, and back.

In addition to the King St-Old Town Metrorail station, Alexandria is serviced by three other stations: Braddock Road, Eisenhower Ave, and Van Dorn Street. To get to downtown DC from Alexandria, take the Yellow Line toward Greenbelt or Fort Totten, or take the Blue Line toward Largo Town Center or Stadium-Armory. Check out the Metrorail system map and WMATA's official trip planner to plot the best route to your destination.

Metrorail hours:

Opens: 5:00 a.m. (Monday-Friday), 7:00 a.m. (Saturday & Sunday)

Closes: Midnight (Sunday-Thursday nights), 3:00 a.m. (Friday & Saturday nights)

Metrorail tips:

  • Try to avoid purchasing cards or adding funds during rush hour periods in the morning and evening.
  • Stand to the right and walk to the left when using station escalators. (Elevators are also available.)
  • Check out the digital overhead boards for information about the next trains servicing your station. The destination listed on the board is that of the final stop in the direction the train is headed.

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Metrobus stops are marked by red, white and blue signs. For schedules and maps, visit the Metro website.

Official website

DASH is Alexandria's own bus service and connects our neighborhoods to Metrorail and Metrobus stops. DASH also operates the Free King Street Trolley. For schedules and maps, visit the DASH website.

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