DC Rail Transportation

Rail transportation provides a convenient way to travel to or from Washington DC, and the city's system makes it easy to get around once you are here. The subway system, known locally as Metro, can be an easy way to move throughout the city, as well as regional destinations in Northern Virginia and Maryland. If traveling to DC from further away, Amtrak provides service to Union Station. Regional train systems also service the city, including VRE, servicing Virginia, and MARC, servicing Maryland.


DC's Metrorail system can be a great way to get around the city without renting a car or paying for a taxi. Metro consists of 6 lines which service key locations in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.


Many Amtrak lines travel through Washington DC's Union Station. Routes include service up and down the east coast, and into the midwest. DC is one of the terminus stops on the high speed Acela route which includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.



Virginia Railway Express, provides commuter rail service from Washington DC to locations in Northern Virginia. The system's two lines start at DC's Union Station, and end in Manassas, VA and Fredericksburg, VA.


Maryland Area Regional Commuter is a commuter rail system which has three lines running from Washington DC into locations in Maryland. Destinations include one of the three DC area airports, Baltimore Washington International Airport. The Brunswick line also include destinations in West Virginia.

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