Inauguration Day road closures will result in service changes for more than 50 Metrobus routes. However, taking Metrobus may still be your best way to get to the National Mall.
Where to board the bus
Look for red, white and blue Metrobus stop signs along major roadways. The sign will tell you which Metrobus routes serve that stop. On Inauguration Day, buses traveling to or near the National Mall will display a special sign in the windshield, and you can always ask the bus operator if he or she is going to stop near the National Mall.
To check bus arrival times or get more information, visit wmata.com or call 202-637-7000.
Metrobus will operate on a regular weekday schedule (frequent rush-hour service) prior to the Inauguration and then operate PM rush-hour service earlier in the afternoon to get you home. However, due to road closures, many routes that normally cross the secure area will turn around near the National Mall. That means you may not be able to use buses to travel to destinations on the other side of the National Mall, but you can use them to get to the Inauguration. There will be temporary bus stops around the security perimeter of the event where bus routes will end. Look for the symbols on the map on the opposite side for routes' turn-around locations. From there, you can walk to the National Mall or ask your bus operator for an emergency transfer to cross the Mall on Metrorail.
These major bus service corridors will provide your best way into the National Mall Area. View map showing temporary bus pick-up/drop-off locations near the National Mall.
Metrobus 5A provides service between Washington Dulles International Airport and L’Enfant Plaza in downtown D.C. with a stop at Rosslyn station on the Orange and Blue lines. Metrobus B30 provides service between Baltimore Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Greenbelt station on the Green Line. Metro will provide enhanced service on both routes from Thursday, Jan. 17, through Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Coming in from east of the Anacostia River? Metrobus routes A2, A6, A8 will extend to Waterfront station to provide direct access to the National Mall and eliminate the need to transfer to Metrorail.
Detours and special terminals will be in effect throughout downtown DC all day Monday and into the late evening to accommodate the security needs of Inaugural events and celebrations.
You are encouraged to sign up for Metro Inauguration Alerts at wmata.com/inauguration to receive additional bus service information as it becomes available.
To board as quickly and safely as possible, we recommend using a SmarTrip® card. If you use a Commemorative Inaugural SmarTrip® card, simply show it to the bus operator to ride free on Inauguration Day. If you use a regular SmarTrip® card, load enough value on your card before the Inauguration. On all regular routes, Metrobus fare is $1.60 when using a SmarTrip® card. If you use cash, the fare is $1.80 (exact change).
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