Although most of Alexandria, Virginia can be explored on foot from the Waterfront at King and Union Streets, how do you get there? On this page, we give you all you need to know about getting around Alexandria, Virginia on the Metrorail, local buses, and other mass transit options.
Alexandria, Virginia is serviced by four (4) stations in the Metrorail system. To get to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, get off at the King Street – Old Town Metro Station which services the Yellow & Blue lines. For Eisenhower East, use the Eisenhower Ave Metro Station on the Yellow line. To get to the West end of Alexandria, Virginia, use the Van Dorn Street Metro Station. For additional details, schedules, or to plan your trip, visit www.wmata.com.
Next train arrivals
Metrobus has a number of bus lines that run through Alexandria, Virginia that stop at all Metro stations. For additional details, schedules, or to plan your trip, visit www.wmata.com.
Metroway is a new premium transit service offering a faster trip along Route 1 between Crystal City and Braddock Rd Metrorail stations, via Potomac Yard. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates Metroway, which features dedicated bus-only lanes, consolidated bus stops, and more service, seven days a week. Because Metroway buses travel on bus-only lanes through congested areas, beating traffic is a breeze. Buses come often and make limited stops, so you’ll get where you need to go—faster.
For the Metroway website click HERE
The Dash Bus system in Alexandria, Virginia provides convenient, express service from various points in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find Dash Bus route schedules at this link.
King Street Trolley
Alexandria, Virginia offers a convenient, environmentally friendly and fun way to travel around Old Town Alexandria. The King Street Trolley transports riders between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The trolley runs daily, every 10 – 15 minutes with many stops for hopping on and off to explore the shops, restaurants and attractions found along Alexandria’s historic main street.
DASH operates the free King Street Trolley with environmentally friendly, hybrid vehicles.
Richmond Highway Express
Richmond Highway Express, nicknamed “REX” is a bus route operated by the WMATA (the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) in partnership with Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Federal Government. The REX is a limited stop express bus that serves the Richmond Highway corridor. Before the REX, riders from Fort Belvoir had many stops to make along Richmond Highway enroute to Huntington Metrorail Station and to the King Street Metrorail Station.
REX buses operate every 15 minutes in both directions on Richmond Highway during weekday rush hours. During non-rush hours and on Satuday the REX comes through every 30 minutes. Then on Sunday the bus only operates every 60 minutes. Buses operate between 5:30 AM and 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM on Sunday.
The REX uses special technology which allows REX buses to sustain green lights in order to move more quickly up and down Rt. 1. The REX bus has low-floor buses for quicker boarding and SmartCard for quicker paying. The REX has only a limited number of stops including one in Carlyle on Dulaney Street and one near the Eisenhower Ave Metro Station.
Click this link to view Next Bus real time schedule for the Richmond Highway Express.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) represents one of the most popular transit systems for employees in Alexandria, Virginia.
Located adjacent to the King Street Metro Station, Alexandria’s Union Station, located at 110 Callahan Drive, provides convenient transit access for suburban Virginia commuters who work in Alexandria to seek relief from the region’s congested roadways.
VRE Lines Servicing Union Station: