Metrobus provides more than 400,000 trips each weekday serving 11,500 bus stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Metrobus is the sixth busiest bus agency in the United States, with a fleet of more than 1,500 buses operating on 325 routes.
Where to Wait for the Bus
Stand at Metrobus stops, which are designated with red, white, and blue signs.
Check the bus destination before you board. The route number and destination are displayed above the windshield and on the boarding side of the bus. For planning bus trips, please see the Trip Planner or phone the Metro information line at 202-637-7000.
The Office of Bus Planning works hard to improve bus stop accessibility throughout its network of approximately 12,000 bus stops. To report any accessibility issues with Metrobus stops, you can download our form .
Metrorail and Metrobus Transfers
To get a rail-to-bus or bus-to-rail discount or to transfer free from bus to bus, you must use a SmarTrip® card.
On occasion, Metro may implement detours on some or all of its Metrobus routes. Severe weather, road construction or special events, such as festivals, road races or parades, may cause these temporary route changes. Riders can stay up-to-date on the changes by visiting the Status & Alerts page.
See a list of Metro rules and manners for riding smart on Metrobus.
Bicycling has become exceedingly popular as people use their bicycles every day for commuting, shopping, and general transportation. With this in mind, Metro offers cyclists the Bike & Ride program for traveling with your bicycle on Metrobus and Metrorail.
Electronic next bus signs
Metro's electronic Next Bus signs display real-time arrival information, route information, and Metro Alerts at more than 170 bus shelters throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Click here to learn more about the information displayed on these electronic signs.
BusETA is a service designed to help both you and your bus get to your stop at the same time.
Find a Timetable
View a day in the life of a Metrobus operator.