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Traveling to the Nationals Park

Nationals Park Crowds

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

  • 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, regional transit stores, or online at wmata.com/smartrip.
  • 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.  To avoid transferring at L'Enfant Plaza, Blue and Orange line customers should consider using Capitol South Station, rather than Navy Yard-Ballpark Station. 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.

Buses that serve Nationals Park are: 74, P6, V1, V4, A9, W9 and DC Circulator (Union Station-Navy Yard route).

To plan your trip, use our trip planner.

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.