Transportation

Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.

Page updated on Jan 21, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Air

Alexandria is served by all major domestic and international airlines at:


Biking & Walking

The City of Alexandria is a wonderful place to cycle. With over 39 miles of on-street and off-street bike lanes, sharrows, and trails, using a bike to quickly, safely, and enjoyably get around has never been easier.

Capital Bikeshare

The City of Alexandria's bike sharing program, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, and Montgomery County, is called Capital Bikeshare. With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from over 300 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination. Alta Bicycle Share operates the system for Alexandria, Montgomery County, Arlington, and Washington, D.C.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan

The City's Transportation Master Plan envisions a transportation system that encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation, reduces dependence on the automobile, and promotes a balance between travel efficiency and quality of life. The City is updating the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the Transportation Master Plan to reflect changes that have occurred since 2008, including the Complete Streets policy, Capital Bikeshare program, and a move toward implementing on-street bicycle facilities. In addition, the City will be developing a Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual.


Bus

King Street Trolley

Discover a convenient, environmentally friendly and fun way to get around Old Town Alexandria. The King Street Trolley transports riders between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The trolley runs daily every 10 - 15 minutes. With many stops for hopping on and off to explore the shops, restaurants and attractions found along Alexandria's historic main street.

DASH (Alexandria Transit Company)

The DASH system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, VRE, and other local bus systems. DASH serves all of the Alexandria Metrorail stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods. Hours vary according to route. All buses are accessible to people with disabilities. Bicycle racks are currently available on all buses. 

Metrobus (WMATA)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates Metrobus, which consists of 335 routes and 15,000 bus stops throughout Virginia (counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudon, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church), Washington D.C., and Maryland (counties of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George's). All buses are accessible to people with disabilities. There are bicycle racks on all buses. Hours vary according to route. 

Metroway

Metroway is a premium transit service offering a faster trip along Route 1 between Crystal City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations, via Potomac Yard.  The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates Metroway, which features dedicated bus-only lanes, consolidated bus stops, and more service, seven days a week. Because Metroway buses travel on bus-only lanes through congested areas, beating traffic is a breeze.  Buses come often and make limited stops, so you'll get where you need to go—faster.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector system serves a number of communities through Fairfax County, which includes Herndon, Reston, Tysons, Springfield, Mount Vernon, and others as well as areas of Alexandria and Arlington. Most buses are wheelchair equipped. Hours vary according to route. Bicycle racks are currently available on some buses.  

Greyhound 

  • Greyhound national bus service stops in  Springfield at the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station, just one station south of Alexandria.
  • For schedule information, visit  greyhound.com or call 800-231-2222.


Rail

Metrorail (WMATA)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail, which consists of 106 miles of rail lines and 86 stations throughout Virginia (counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudon, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church), Washington D.C., and Maryland (counties of Montgomery and Prince George's). On weekdays, service hours begin at 5:00 a.m. and end at midnight Sunday through Thursday nights. On weekends service begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Alexandria has four convenient Metrorail stations:

VRE (Virginia Railway Express)

  • Virginia Railway Express (VRE) offers commuter rail service from the suburbs of Northern Virginia to downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Alexandria is served by its own  VRE station (adjacent to the King Street Metrorail Station), which is on VRE's Manassas Line and Fredericksburg Line.
  • For schedule information, visit  vre.org or call 800-RIDE-VRE.

Amtrak

  • The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (known as  Amtrak), operates heavy rail service across the United States.
  • Alexandria is served by its own  Amtrak station (adjacent to the King Street Metrorail Station).
  • For routes and reservations, visit  amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.


Roads & Highways


Rideshare & Commuting

Carshare Alexandria!

Jump-start your carsharing experience with a free 1-year membership to Zipcar or free driving credits with Enterprise Carshare. The City has teamed up with both services to offer membership and usage discounts for residents and businesses through this special program. 

Carpool/Vanpool

Carpooling is sharing a ride with another, whether a neighbor, family member, or classmate. Sharing a ride will save the driver and passenger(s) money and time, reduce stress, and save the environment. Vanpooling is similar to carpooling, however with additional passengers. It is an economical option for those who commute over long distances.

Commuter Connections

Commuter Connections is a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. If you live or work in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Commuter Connections can provide you with information on all your commute options, so you can make a smart choice about how you travel to work. Commuter Connections also helps employers establish commuting benefits and assistance programs, including telework/telecommute programs, for their employees.


Taxis

The City of Alexandria regulates taxicabs operating in the city. Meter rates charged by taxicabs are set by the Alexandria City Council, and are contained in 9-12-132 of the Alexandria City Code. All taxicabs and taxicab drivers must be licensed by the City of Alexandria.


Water Taxis

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers seasonal sightseeing cruises, private parties, and water taxi transportation service. Cruises include the Washington monuments, the Alexandria seaport, pirate cruises for children, baseball cruises, student music cruises, and the Mount Vernon Estate. There are two water taxi services: one operates between Alexandria and the National Harbor, one travels up to the National Mall. Docking locations include: Alexandria City Marina, Georgetown and the National Mall in Washington, D.C., National Harbor and Gaylord National Resort in Maryland, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

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