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.
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.