Cost to Ride

Fares for Metro vary based on the service, ride length, day, and time you ride. Trip Planner is the best way to calculate your fare.

Pay per Ride

Metrorail

Cost to Ride

Peak Fare*

$2.25 - $6.00

Off-Peak Fare*

$2.00 - $3.85

Metrobus

Cost to Ride

Regular Routes

$2.00

Express Routes

$4.25

Airport Express Routes

$7.50

Reduced Fare - Regular

$1.00

Reduced Fare - Express

$2.10

Reduced Fare - Airport Express

$3.75

Passes

Metrorail & Metrobus

Cost to Ride

1-Day Pass

$13.00

3-Day Pass

$28.00

7-Day Pass

$58.00

7-Day Short Trip

$38.00

Monthly Pass

$72.00 - $216.00

Regional Bus Pass

 

7-Day Pass

$15.00

*Metrorail fares are calculated by the day and time a trip is taken and the distance traveled. Peak fares are charged the hours indicated on the current Rail Schedule. Off-peak fares apply at all other times.

How to Purchase

SmarTrip® and fares can be purchased at the following:

Pay per Ride

Metrorail

  • Fares vary by time of day and day of the week the trip is taken (categorized as peak and off-peak times) and the distance traveled between the origin and destination stations
  • Use Metro's Trip Planner to calculate fares
  • Reduced Fares are available for qualifying seniors and people with disabilities

Metrobus

  • Make cashless payments using SmarTrip Mobile or plastic SmarTrip Cards
  • Cash payments are accepted on most routes but must be made with exact change - bus operators do not carry cash (Note: Route 79 MetroExtra does not accept cash payments)
  • Reduced Fares are available for qualifying seniors and people with disabilities

Transfers

  • Metrobus to Metrobus: Free, unlimited transfers within a 2-hour period
  • Metrobus to Metrorail/Metrorail to Metrobus: $0.50 discount within a 2-hour period
  • Farragut Crossing: Free transfer between the Red line and Orange, Silver and Blue lines by exiting and entering through Farragut West and Farragut North

Pass product usage is not eligible for a transfer credit.

Children

  • Up to two children (age 4 and younger) can ride free with each fare-paying adult
  • Children age 5 and older pay regular fare
  • Metrorail and Metrobus trips are free for DC students who attend public, private, charter, or parochial schools through the DC Kids Ride Free program

Regional Transit Partners

Passes

  • Pay less per trip with an unlimited pass
  • Passes are available for Metrorail and Metrobus
  • Metro offers a range of daily, weekly, and monthly unlimited passes to fit your needs - Learn more