Travel Options During Metro Improvements

Alexandria’s four Metrorail stations will be closed for renovation during the summer of 2019, from May 25 through September 8, 2019. Fortunately, there are many convenient ways to travel the seven miles between Washington, D.C. and Alexandria during the Metro shutdown. Keep reading to learn about our favorite alternative transportation options, including the most convenient routes to and from Washington, D.C., and free shuttle service to/from Reagan National Airport. Or, download our printable flyer.

For more information on the Metro Platform Improvement Program, visit the WMATA website and sign up for MetroAlerts for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to also check the City of Alexandria’s page here for updates and more information.


Free Shuttles to Nearby Metro Stations

Catch one of the following free shuttles from Alexandria’s stations to other nearby stations. From there, you will be able to continue your journey on Metro throughout the D.C. region. Plan ahead by using this travel planner.

Free shuttle hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 4:30 a.m.-Midnight; Fri.: 4:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sat.: 6:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; and Sun.: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

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Free Shuttles to and From Reagan National Airport

From May 25 through September 8, 2019, take advantage of free shuttles connecting you to and from Alexandria to the Reagan National Airport. Use the Blue Line Shuttle (stops at the intersection of King Street and Washington, and the King Street Metro Station and National Airport Metro Station). The free ride will take approximately 15 minutes. For more information on the free Blue Line Shuttle, click here.

Three Express Services to D.C.

Visitors looking for transfer-free public transportation options between Old Town and D.C. may consider these three options.

  • Water Taxi: 7 days a week from the Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street
  • 11Y Express Bus: Monday to Friday from N. Washington Street and King Street
  • VRE Rail: Monday to Friday from Alexandria Union Station at 110 Callahan Drive (near King Street)

Summer Parking Discount

Throughout the summer, enjoy discounted parking at City-owned garages and surface lots. The price after 5 p.m. weekdays, and all day on weekends, will be a flat rate of $2 (Courthouse Square Garage will be even cheaper, at $1). Note, the discounts do not apply to metered street parking or to private garages or lots.

Expanded King Street Trolley Hours

For making your way along historic King Street, hop  on the Free King Street Trolley, which stops every two blocks from the waterfront to the King St - Old Town Metrorail station. From May 25 through September 8, 2019, the trolleys will run on the following expanded schedule: 

  • Mondays - Wednesdays: 6:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays - Fridays: 6:45 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Sundays: 9 a.m. -  10:30 p.m.

Alternative Transportation Options to D.C.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi

Connecting Alexandria and the Wharf in D.C.
Additional service available to: Georgetown, Nationals Park, National Harbor, Mount Vernon
Duration: 30 minutes
Est. Cost: $10.00 – $12.00 one way
More Information: PotomacRiverboat.com

Lyft App

Rideshare (Lyft.com / Uber.com)

First time Lyft users, save $5 with this code: VISITALX19
Duration: 20 minutes
Est. Cost: $15.00 – $20.00 one way
More information on Uber and Lyft

Alexandria Cab Company

Taxi

Duration: 20 Minutes
Est. Cost: $17.00 – $21.00
More info: AlexandriaYellowCab.com

Virginia Railway Express

Virginia Railway Express

Connecting the Alexandria Amtrak Station with
L’Enfant Plaza and Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Duration: 25 minutes
Est. Cost: $7.00 one way
More info: VRE.org
Note: Not available midday or weekends

Car

Car

Duration: 20 minutes
Est. Cost: Fuel $2.00+; parking garage $15 - $20
(all day garage) or $2.30/hour (meters)
More info: Parking in Alexandria
More info: DCParking.org

Bike

Capital Bikeshare

Various locations throughout Alexandria
and Washington, D.C.
Duration: 45 minutes
Est. Cost: $4.00 one way
More info: CapitalBikeshare.com

Metrobus

Metrobus

Various stops throughout Alexandria
and Washington, D.C.
Duration: 60 minutes
Est. Cost: $2.00 one way
More info: WMATA.com

Old Town - King Street Station

Metroway

Connecting Braddock Road Metro with Crystal City Metro.
Features dedicated coach-only lanes to beat
traffic. Service every 6-15 minutes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Est. Cost: $2.00 one way
More info: MetroWayVA.com

Carshare

Carshare (Zipcar)

Duration: 20 Minutes
Est. Cost: $10.00/hour
More info: Zipcar.com