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There are plenty of transportation options that you can take advantage of when you visit DC, I’m going to tell you about six of the best. HELLO! welcome to Trip Hacks DC my name is Rob, I’m a tour guide here in the nation’s capital. If you’re coming to Washington DC and you’re looking for the best tips, tricks, and hacks for exploring the city, make sure to subscribe to this channel and hit the bell notification icon so that you don’t miss anything. And if you’re interested in having me personally show you around when you come, head on over to my website TripHacksDC.com afterwards to see the tours that I offer. In this video I’m going to give you six of the best transportation options for getting around DC, none of which involve driving or parking a car. If you live in DC or have visited before leave a comment on this video and let me know what your favorite transportation option is. Otherwise, let’s get started… There is absolutely no better way to get around Washington DC, in my opinion, than to use your own two feet. Washington DC is a walking city, there’s no doubt about that. And if you’re staying downtown There actually is probably a lot more within close walking distance than you might realize. The most important thing that you should pack for your trip to Washington is the most comfortable pair of walking shoes that you own. Don’t worry about looking stylish when you’re going around the city, the National Mall, the museums or anything like that. If you’re coming from a place where you’re used to just hopping in the car to go anywhere you might not even consider walking as an option. That’s why I recommend using an app like Citymapper or Google Maps to plot out your origin and destination and see if walking is a good option. You’ll probably be surprised just how close you are to a lot of stuff. Plus it’s such a cool experience to just walk around the city and see everything right in front of you rather than to travel around in a tube underground or from the backseat of a cab or an Uber. And probably the best thing about walking is that it will never cost you a dime. Now, if you’re more of a cyclist than a pedestrian Capital Bikeshare is for you. Capital Bikeshare was one of the first bike sharing systems in North America when it launched in 2010 and in my opinion it is still one of the best. It’s really the best for trips that just get you from point A to point B. The pricing is set up in a way that the longer you keep the bike out the more it’s going to cost you. If you haven’t already seen it, make sure to click over and watch my how to use Capital Bikeshare video afterwards, so you understand all about how the pricing works. If you want a bike for going on a long distance ride or just a long joy ride around the city, I recommend a regular rental bike from a place like Bike and Roll instead. And make sure to download the app Spotcycle so you never run into an empty dock or one that’s completely full of bikes. One last thing to say is that you can bike anywhere you want on the National Mall, but bicycling is actually illegal on sidewalks in downtown DC. It’s not heavily enforced but please do avoid biking on the sidewalk when you’re not on the National Mall. Love it or hate it everybody knows about DC Metro. For first-time visitors Metro often seems like the best way to get around the city. Sometimes it is but sometimes it isn’t. Because the metro map is not to scale it often looks like you need to hop on Metro to get from one place to another, when in fact walking would be quicker, simpler, cheaper, and easier. So just make sure to check Citymapper before you get on Metro to make sure that it is actually the best option. And if you’re planning to ride Metro make sure to click over and watch my video with ten do’s and dont’s so that you can be riding the Metro like a pro by the time you get here. An often forgotten piece of our public transportation system is the humble bus. Most tourists at some point during their trip will get on a train and ride Metro, but far fewer will ride a bus, which is too bad because often it’s a better option. In downtown DC you’ll probably notice two types of buses: Metrobus and Circulator. Metrobus has longer routes that tend to be more useful to locals. Circulator has shorter routes that serve popular tourist destinations like the National Mall, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle. And the cool thing about the Circulator right now is it costs way less to ride than metro or Metrobus. The process of hiring a ride has changed drastically in DC over the past few years. When I started as a tour guide the only way you could really hire a ride was by going out in the street and hailing a cab. Tourists appreciated the convenience of that, but at the time it was cash only, it was expensive, and DC cabbies had a reputation of trying to rip people off. Now with ride hailing apps people are much more confident and comfortable hiring a ride because they’re often doing it a lot back home. Let me just say that using these apps or using a cab is a fine way to get around, just don’t assume that it’s the only way to get around. Those rides might individually be pretty cheap but if you’re relying on an app to get you everywhere those rides can really start to over time. I’m adding water taxi to this video even though in 2017 service is pretty limited, because there is a big expansion planned for when the new Wharf development in Southwest opens later this year. There are actually quite a few neighborhoods located right on the water including Georgetown, the National Mall, Southwest Waterfront, and the Navy Yard, and that’s just in DC. You can also take a boat south on the Potomac to get to Alexandria. Right now the water taxi is mostly only a tourist attraction. It’s not really used by locals because it is surprisingly expensive. But it’s a fun way to get down to Alexandria if you want to make a short little day trip there and in the future once the expansion happens it could become a lot more valuable. So make sure you subscribe to Trip Hacks DC on social media because as updates like this come along I’ll make sure to post them over there. And that’s it! Thank you for watching this video. If you found it helpful you can subscribe to this channel by clicking on the Trip Hacks DC logo which is popping up right now at the bottom of the screen. And if you’re coming to DC and you want to sign up for a private tour with me you can click on the Capitol dome on the left side of my head, that’ll take it over to my website TripHacksDC.com where you can see the tours that I offer. Enjoy your trip!

17 thoughts on “6 Transportation Options to Get Around DC Without a Car

  1. Last time my relatives came over, we took the hop on hop off bus, it's a little expensive but I though that was the most efficient and convenient way to see the sights

  2. When I worked in D.C. in the early and mid 1970s, there was no metro, just those damned MetroBusses.   Some thought the streets were made of wood, because they were building the subway at the time.  I don't know when they finally finished it.  But about 30 years later I came back for a visit and the train is a lot quicker getting from Virginia to D.C. than those old metrobusses.   And you didn't bother to bring a car, as there were almost NO places to park a car in the downtown area.

  3. I'm going to live near DC (precisely in Hyattsville) for four months. Would you recomend using an electric scooter to get to my job on College Park? Is it allowed to carry it into the Metro?
    Thank you for all this helpful tricks!

  4. We were there two weeks ago. The DC Circulator was a life saver our first day when we overdid. I thought we would use it alot more but kids really only lasted for 2 or 3 things a day so we planned well and used the metro instead to get to the general area, then walked. I wish we would have bought the weeklong pass for the Metro (I think $17) because we spent that much being conservative with using it

  5. What do you think about taking a cruise to get to Mt Vernon? It takes 90 minutes, is the scenery worthwhile?

  6. Just got back from DC. We stayed in the Wharf area which was convenient because there is a shuttle that comes every 10 min to take you to L’Enfant Metro, National Mall, L’Enfant Plaza and back to the Wharf for FREE!!! Def helped with getting around.

  7. I just visited DC, we used the circulator bus for free which was awesome and taxi. The taxi was for short rides across the mall. Taxi rides where around 6$ each so divided by three people in my group was pretty cheap for the speed and convenience.

  8. Brother, I’m planning to be there on June 22, 2019..
    Is it true that the Circulator free?? Also, what’s your opinion on Apple Maps for DC??
    Last thing, how do I get sign up for your guide?? How much is it 🙂
    Thanks..

  9. Rob, your videos are so informative and I enjoy them, thanks! I will be traveling to DC with my husband, son, parents, sister and her 2 kids soon. What do you recommend for transportation from Dulles to Georgetown?
    What method of transportation is best from Georgetown to the National Mall and Arlington cemetery? We are a big group and want to it to be convenient and not too expensive. Thanks!

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