Posted: Oct 13, 2016 Expiration: Oct 14, 2016

Taking Metro to Postseason Games at Nationals Park

Travel tips for after the tonight's NLCS Game:

The last Green Line trains depart Navy Yard-Ballpark at:

  • To Greenbelt via L'Enfant & Gallery Place: 11:39 p.m.
  • To Branch Av: 12:17 a.m.

Metrobus is also an option:

  • Route 74 from Half & O St SE (full timetable)
    • to Gallery Place/Convention Center: last bus leaves 11:56 p.m.
  • Route P6 from M St & 1st SE (full timetable)
    • to Archives/Rhode Island Ave: every 30 minutes, last bus at 3:00 a.m. (last 3 trips end at Archives)
    • to Anacostia: every 30 minutes, last bus at 3:24 a.m.
  • Route V4 from 1st & K St SE (full timetable)
    • to Capitol Heights: every 40 minutes, last bus at 2:25 a.m.

Other major Metrobus routes that run after midnight include routes 32,36,70,90,92,S4 and X2.  Use our trip planner and choose the Bus Only option for post-midnight travel itineraries.

Orange Line customers between Farragut West and Ballston, Route 38B is an option - every 30 minutes until the last bus departs Farragut Square at 1:20 a.m. 


Taking Metro to Nationals Park can be easy if you take note of these helpful travel trips:

  • Navy Yard-Ballpark Station has two entrances. Half Street is slightly closer to the ballpark and often gets very crowded. Meanwhile, the New Jersey Avenue entrance is a short three-block walk from the ballpark and is usually significantly less crowded. Both entrances are equipped with elevators, in addition to escalators.
  • After the game, customers connecting to Yellow Line trains toward Huntington should consider making the transfer at Archives Station, rather than L’Enfant Plaza
  • To avoid potentially long vending machine lines after the game, Nationals fans are reminded to load enough value on their SmarTrip for their entire roundtrip. SmarTrip cards can be purchased at any Metrorail station or in advance at local CVS and Giant Food stores, Metro Sales offices, regional transit stores, or online at
  • Metro operates a combination of six-car and eight-car trains. Often, the last two cars of eight-car trains are the least crowded. Take note of the number of cars on the passenger information displays, and spread out along the platform to take advantage of the additional space of eight-car trains whenever possible.
  • Nationals games have the potential to add thousands of additional riders onto the system during already busy travel periods. Whenever possible, fans are encouraged to plan a route to the ballpark that avoids downtown transfer stations during rush hours. For example, riders traveling to/from stations the eastern side of the Red Line should consider connecting to Green Line service at Fort Totten, rather than Gallery Place.  Blue and Orange line customers should consider using Capitol South Station, rather than Navy Yard-Ballpark Station, to avoid transferring at L’Enfant Plaza or Metro Center. Capitol South Station is located 0.8 miles from the ballpark via New Jersey Ave SE.

Extra trains

Metro runs additional trains on the Green Line to provide extra capacity for Nationals fans before and after each game. These extra trains operate between Mt. Vernon Square and Anacostia stations only, making stops Gallery Place, Archives, L’Enfant Plaza, Waterfront and Navy Yard-Ballpark.  These trains are in passenger service in the peak direction only -- i.e. southbound before the game and northbound after the game.

Riders traveling on the Green or Yellow lines immediately before or after a game may encounter delays caused by large crowds at Navy Yard and L'Enfant Plaza stations. Please allow additional travel time, or consider planning your trip earlier or later to avoid crowds.

Metrobus also serves Nationals Park. Route 74, 90, 92, and V4 all serve near Nationals Park and provide connections throughout Washington.

Travel tips

  • Sign up for MetroAlerts to be notified of Metrorail and Metrobus service disruptions.
  • After boarding the train, move into the center of the car—away from the doors—to create space for customers behind you.
  • Have your SmarTrip in your hand as you approach the fare gates.
  • If a train is too crowded, do not attempt to board it. Allow the doors to close and wait for the next train.

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