Touring DC on the Metro Rail
Touring DC on the Metro Rail
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.5 million within a 1,500 square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.
The Hilton Washington DC/ Rockville Hotel and Executive Conference Center is easily accessible by the Metro Red line, and is located directly next to the Twinbrook Station in Rockville, Maryland.
Getting to the Hilton Washington DC/ Rockville Hotel and Executive Conference Center From the Twinbrook Station:
When you get off the train at Twinbrook, follow the signs to the escalators which will take you down to the ground level exit.
Once you pay your fare, and exit through the turnstiles, stay to the right and exit the South side of the station.
The Metro Bus area will be directly in front of you, should you wish to pick up the bus to another destination. Directly across the street from the station is the rear entrance for the Hilton Rockville Hotel. The rear entrances are clearly labeled.
Do not worry if your plans bring you in late, the entrances are next to the buildings delivery loading areas, and are heavily trafficked late into the evening by hotel staff members. Once you enter, follow the signs to the hotel lobby and check in. Be advised though, the rear entrances are locked at 11 PM for our guests security, so you may have to call to be granted access.
Fares and Service hours
Opens: 5 a.m. weekdays 7 a.m. weekends
Closes: midnight Sunday-Thursday 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday nights
- Fares based on distance traveled. Average ride is between $3-4.
- Metrorail’s senior/disabled fare is one-half the regular fare.
- Transfers- free within Metrorail.
- 45¢ on regular routes
- $2.20 on express routes.
One-Day Passes: You can ride Metrorail as much as you want in a day. It's good after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and federal holidays. Buy online or at any Metro station from a passes/fare cards machine.
How to ride Metrorail
- Metro stations are marked by large brown columns. The colored strips indicate the lines served by the station.
- You need a fare card, or pass to ride Metrorail. Fare cards and one day passes can be purchased at the stations. Passes can be bought at selected locations around the area.
- Fare cards can be purchased prior to boarding any train. Use the fare maps to calculate the amount of your trip. Fare cards can be purchased for cash or credit card at Metro station fare machines.
- A pass or fare card cannot be shared with another person.
- Follow the signs to your platform. Flashing lights at the platform's edge let you know a train is coming.
- The train's destination is displayed over the train's front and side windows. The line color is displayed on the front and back of the trains.
- Groups can mail order fare cards that are tailored to their needs and in any amount. A check or money order is required. Call Group Sales at 202-962-1488 for assistance.
Note: To protect your fare card from damage, please carry the card in a wallet, purse or elsewhere where it lies flat and remains clean and dry. Second, be careful to keep the fare card away from portable electronic devices, which can demagnetize fare cards, making them unreadable.
If you need help determining how much fare you'll need, use Metro's Trip Planner. Not only can it help you plan your trip - including rail/bus information and walking directions - it will also tell you how much your trip will cost.
- All buses are accessible to people with disabilities
- Bike racks on all buses
- 332 routes on 180 lines
- Hours vary by route
-Vary depending on distance traveled
- Bus-to-bus transfers are free (good for three hours)
Senior/disabled fare is 60¢.
How to ride Metrobus
- Wait for the bus at a stop.
- Have exact change, pass or transfer. Drivers cannot make change.
- Destinations are displayed on the front and side of buses.
- Signal the driver as your stop approaches by pulling the signal cord. If you do not know when your stop is, ask the driver to announce it.
MetroAccess Paratransit Service is available to eligible people with disabilities who are unable to use regular accessible Metrorail, Metrobus and local bus service. Service is available seven days a week. In June 2008, MetroAccess initiated door-to-door service.
All fares mentioned above for Metrorail and Metrobus apply
5:30 a.m. to midnight
5:30 to 3 a.m., weekends