Washington D.C. boasts one of the best public transportation systems in the world. The system is made up of an underground subway (Metrorail or Metro), and an extensive bus system, (Metrobus and Circulator). Visitors to D.C. should plan to use these systems as much as possible. Driving, and particularly parking, can be very difficult especially in and around the National Mall, so the Washington D.C. metro is highly recommended.
The Metro website, Metro Opens Doors, offers extensive information on the system, stations, maps fares, and service changes. Don't miss the "Trip Planner" where you can enter your starting address and where you want to go. The system will return several options, including travel time, and cost.
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The Circulator bus system began in 2005 as a supplemental, shuttle type of bus service. Routes are simpler, with no schedule, arriving every 10 minutes from 6 or 7am to 7pm to 2am depending on the route. Fare is $1 or $.50 for seniors. There are currently 5 routes traveling throughout the downtown area of DC.
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