Getting To & Around Arlington

Map of the Arlington/DC Area

Attention Arlington Visitors: The region’s Metrorail system is undergoing a larger project to improve safety and service reliability. Following are resources to ensure you get around smoothly during your visit to Arlington and the capital region:

Please see the SafeTrack Visitors Guides for Getting Around Without Metro in each of our major neighborhoods:

Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is part of the original "10 miles square" surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. What does this mean to you? It means that when you stay in one of Arlington’s more than 40 hotels, you’re just minutes from the National Mall and countless other area attractions. Not sure how to get around? See our list below or type in your address and let CarFreeAtoZ give you the options.


Arriving by Air

Reagan National Airport (DCA) is right in Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood, just minutes from our more than 40 hotels. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is just 25 miles from Arlington, and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is 35 miles away.


Arriving by Train

Arlington is easily accessible via Amtrak – just a short Metro or cab ride from Amtrak’s Union Station, Washington, D.C. (WAS). For information and reservations, visit
Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
VRE, a commuter train rail system, is a fast, convenient way to travel the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area, Monday through Friday. Trains run to/from Manassas and Fredericksburg. For information, call (800) RIDE-VRE, (703) 684-0400 or visit



Arlington County maintains 50 miles of off-street, multi-use trails for bicycling, walking and jogging. Portions of these trails pass through beautiful natural areas of Arlington’s park system and connect to regional bike trails.

In addition to these off-street trails, Arlington has 36 miles of marked, on-street bicycle routes and 78 miles of recommended on-street routes. For more information on how easy it is to bike around Arlington, visit

Capital Bikeshare

Arlington participates in Capital Bikeshare that puts over 2,500 bicycles at your fingertips. Choose a bike from over 300 stations and return it to any station near your destination. Check out a bike for a trip to the Metro, to sightsee, shop or dine out.


Many attractions in and around D.C. can be reached by using Metro, the area’s subway system.

Metrorail Hours of Operation
Opens Mon.-Fri. at 5 a.m.; Sat. at 7 a.m.; Sun. at 8 a.m.

Monday through Thursday, the system closes at 11:30 p.m.; closes at 1 a.m. Friday and Sunday; closes at 11 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on using the Metro and the area's bus system Metrobus, visit


Within Arlington County, Arlington Transit (ART) supplements Metrobus by operating smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles and providing access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).  


WALKARLINGTON for walking tours of our urban villages and historic sites.

Arlington is renowned for having an exceptionally user-friendly transportation system, and encourages all who live, work or commute through the community to use mass transit, car- and van-pools, bicycles, walking, telecommuting and other alternatives to driving alone.


Arlington has a tremendous amount of parking, including over 53,000 on-street spaces county-wide and 72,500 off-street garage parking spaces just in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. For more information on parking, visit


Local cab companies serving Arlington and the Washington, D.C., region below. For more information and to find taxicab stands, visit this page.

Arlington Blue Top Cab

          (703) 243-8294

Arlington Yellow Cab

(703) 522-2222

Crown Cab Company

(703) 528-0202


(703) 920-3333

Friendly Cab

(703) 892-4144

Hess Cab

(703) 841-1555

Red Top Cab of Arlington

(703) 522-3333

Transportation Options by Urban Village



Columbia Pike


Crystal City

Pentagon City



Virginia Square


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