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Washington, DC (District of Columbia) is unique among American cities because it was established in 1790 by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the Nation’s Capital. It is a Federal District not a State, and is also not only the home of the Federal Government, but it is also a cosmopolitan city with a variety of opportunities and attractions that are of interest to residents & visitors alike from around the world.


While the city area of 68.25 square miles only has a population of approx. 600,000, the Metro area population is nearly 5.5 million.


The Washington Metro is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and since opening in 1976, the network has grown to include 5 lines, 86 stations and over 106 miles (171 km) of tracks. It has become the second-busiest rapid transit system in the US after New York City Subway with over 215 million trips in 2008.


The Metro operates from 5 am on weekdays (7am on weekends) to Midnight Sunday through Thursday and 3am on Friday & Saturday nights.


Fares vary based on the distance travelled and the time of day. Passengers enter and exit using a stored-value card in the form of a paper magnetic stripe farecards or a proximity card known as SmarTrip.


You need a Pass or Farecard to ride the Metrorail. All Metrorail passes are gate-activated. The gate activates the pass the first time it is used and prints the last valid date on the pass. Farecards contain a set value. Trip values are subtracted from the Farecard upon exiting the station.


One Day Pass cost US 9.00 – Pass is valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel on weekdays after 9:30 a.m. or all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and some federal holidays (unlimited Metrorail travel on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day). Pass expires at the end of the operating day: begins 3 a.m. on weekends, midnight on weeknights.


Seven Day Short Trip Pass cost US $32.35 - Pass is valid for seven consecutive days for Metrorail trips costing up to $3.05 from 5-9:30 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. If the trip costs more than $3.05, you must use the Exitfare machine to pay the additional fare. The pass is valid for any rail trip at other times. The pass will be returned for continued use during the valid period.


Seven Day Fast Pass cost US $47.00 - Pass is valid for seven consecutive days of unlimited Metrorail travel.

Metrorail Farecards hold from US $1.60 to US $45. Farecards are available at fare vending machines in Metrorail stations or online in $10 or $20 denominations.


For up to-date General information and Fares visit: or call (202) 637-7000 Monday-Friday – 6am – 8:30pm Saturday & Sunday – 7am – 8:30pm.


The International Telephone Country Code for Washington, DC and the United States of America is 1, followed by the Area Code(s) in the main for Washington and surrounding areas of 202, 301, or 703.

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