Montgomery County, MD Public Transportation
The second-busiest rapid transit system in the nation, Metrorail serves 86 stations and operates on 106 miles of track, both above and below ground. Its five color-coded lines service the downtown Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Thirteen Red Line stations serve Montgomery County, each leading into downtown DC.
Metrorail schedules vary based on time and day, with high frequency service being offered during peak hours weekdays from 5 to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM. Metrorail fares vary based on distance traveled. Regular fare, in effect weekdays from opening to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM and weekends from 2 AM to closing, is set at $1.95 minimum and $5 maximum. Reduced fare, applicable all other times, is $1.60 minimum and $2.75 maximum. Reduced fares are available for seniors. Children ages 4 and under ride free with each adult paying full fare.
Metrobus serves passengers 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses serving more than 12,000 stops and covering 150 square miles in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Metrobus schedules vary based on route and location. Fares are $1.70 using cash and $1.50 using SmarTrip, Metro's permanent, rechargeable plastic cards. Express fares are $3.85 using cash and $3.65 using SmarTrip, while airport express routes are $6. Exact fare is required.
Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train
The MARC train is a commuter rail system that provides service in Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia. Serving eight million passengers annually, the MARC train operates along three lines on a 202-mile, 42-station system. The system connects to both Metrobus and RIDE ON Montgomery County Transit. Fares vary by destination.
RIDE ON Montgomery County Transit
As the primary public transportation system in Montgomery County, the RIDE ON bus system operates along 80 routes, including connecting service to Metrorail and Metrobus. RIDE ON operates daily; regular fare is $1.70 per passengers, while children under age 5 ride free.
The Bethesda Circular is a free, dependable, convenient hop-on, hop-off service throughout downtown Bethesda. Passengers can access Bethesda shops, theatres, restaurants and parking garages, as well as the Bethesda Metro station. The Bethesda Circulator runs Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to midnight, Friday from 7 AM to 2 AM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 AM.
Montgomery County is served by the Rockville Amtrak platform, located at 307 Stonestreet Avenue. The Rockville platform is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 AM and 3:30 to 8:30 PM and provides access to the Capitol Limited route, which serves daily trips between Washington, DC and Chicago. Montgomery County visitors can also access the downtown DC Union Station Amtrak station, which serves 8 routes, including Acela Express, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visitors can ride the Metrorail from Union Station to the Montgomery County area.
Montgomery County visitors can access the Silver Spring Greyhound station, located at 8100 Fenton Street, open daily from 7:30 AM to 9 PM. Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport also features a Greyhound station, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Reagan National Airport features rental car counters for Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National; Dollar and Thrifty representatives are located off-airport. Dulles International Airport features rental car counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty, while Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport features counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Reagan National Airport passengers should expect to pay $55 in taxi fare from the airport to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, while Dulles International passengers should expect to pay $60 in taxi fare to the center and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport passengers should expect to pay $70 in taxi fare. Taxis are located near the baggage claim exits of each terminal at Reagan National, on the lower level of the main terminal at Dulles International and outside the baggage claim area at Baltimore Washington International.