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Washington Metrobus - Washington DC Bus Service


Washington Metrobus - Washington DC Bus Service


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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides bus and rail transit service to Washington, DC and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Metrobus operates 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week with approximately 1,500 buses. Service intervals vary by time of day and by weekday/weekend to meet demand. Metrobus stops are designated with red, white, and blue signs and the route number and destination are displayed above the windshield and on the boarding side of the bus.

Maps Showing Metrobus Service

Metrobus Fares

Exact change is required. Bus drivers do not carry money.

$1.60 using SmarTrip®
$1.80 using cash
$3.65 express routes using SmarTrip®
$4.00 express routes using cash
Senior/Disabled fare: Half the regular fare
Children's fares: Up to two children, 4 years and younger, ride free with each adult paying full fare. Children 5 and older pay adult fares.

Discounted farecards and passes are available for DC residents.
Maryland students ride free on Metrobus and Ride On buses when boarding in Montgomery or Prince George's counties between 2 and 7 p.m., Monday - Friday. Students must show either a school ID or a student bus pass signed by their school principal.

For more information about purchasing a SmarTrip® card , call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780.

Metrorail and Metrobus Transfers

Bus-to-bus transfers with a SmarTrip® card are valid for free (including round trips) within a three-hour period. Metrobus riders who transfer to the Metrorail system receive a discount of 50¢ if they use a SmarTrip® card.

Metrobus Accessibility

All buses in the Metro fleet are accessible for individuals with disabilities. They have a low floor ramp or are lift-equipped to make it easier to get on and off. The ramps on low floor buses can be manually operated if the hydraulic system fails. Priority seating for the disabled and senior citizens is located in the seats directly behind the bus operator. Two wheelchair securement areas are located near the front of each bus and include tie downs and lap belts for safety.

Top Ten Washington Metrobus Routes

As of May 2008
30, 32, 34, 35, 36 - Pennsylvania Avenue
S2, S4 - 16th Street
C2, C4 – Greenbelt/Twinbrook
70, 71 - Georgia Avenue/7th Street
X2 - Benning Road/H Street
90, 92, 93 - U Street Line – Garfield
52, 53, 54 - 14th Street
A2-8, A42-48 - Anacostia-Congress Heights
Q2 - Veirs Mill Road
80 - North Capitol Street



For information about Washington's subway system, see A Guide to Using Washington Metrorail

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