DC Metro Map, Navigating Washington, DC with Metro

Washington DC’s metro system is the economical and convenient way of transportation for both locals and tourists to move around the nation’s capital, including Maryland and Virginia. If you are a visitor and want to get an overview of different metro stations and nearby tourist attractions such as the US Capitol Building, Washington Monument, National Mall, White House, etc., then you need an interactive metro map.

Here’s the updated version of the DC metro map. With this map, you can easily navigate around the city, plan your trips, and reach your final destination without getting lost. Let’s take a deep dive into the high-resolution Washington metro map with streets and explore its different routes and stations.

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Washington DC Metro Map system.  Six colored lines represent different Metro lines, with stations marked along each route. Includes information on transfers, accessibility options, and key landmarks.
Washington DC Metro Map

Washington DC Metro Routes

How Does the DC Metro Map Work?

The DC metro is the busiest transportation network, with over 355,000 weekday entries recorded by 2023, according to WMATA. The metro network consists of six color-coded lines: Orange Line, Red Line, Silver Line, Blue Line, Green Line, and Yellow Line. There are a total of 98 stations indicated by small circles on the map, and 128 miles of track. Potomac Yard is the most recent station added to the metro network on May 19, 2023. Many stations are accessible by more than one line sharing track with each other. For example, if you are planning a visit to the White House, then the closest station to it is the Federal Triangle, accessible by three lines. The following table shows different lines sharing tracks between different stations.

No.Metro LinesShare track Between
1Orange and SilverCourt House Station and East Falls Church Station
2Yellow and BluePentagon Station and King Street Station
3Blue and SilverBenning Road Station and Largo Town Center Station
4Yellow and GreenFort Totten Station and L’Enfant Station
5Blue, Orange and SilverRosslyn Station and Stadium-Armory Station

Different metro lines are connected with the help of transfer stations(that allow you to change from one route to another), indicated by a double circle on the map. The metro network consists of 8 transfer stations. For example, to travel from Capital South station to the Zoo, you would need to take the silver, orange, or blue line to Metro Center station. From there, transfer to the red line and continue to the Zoo. Here’s the list of different transfer points:

  • Fort Totten (Red, Green and Yellow)
  • Metro Center (Red, Orange, Silver, and Blue)
  • Rosslyn (Orange, Silver and Blue)
  • East Falls Chruch (Silver and Orange)
  • L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Green, Blue, Silver and Orange)
  • Stadium-Armory (Orange, Silver and Blue)
  • Pentagon (Yellow and Blue)
  • King St-Old Town (Yellow and Blue)

While reading the map, the line on the top of the other lines shows it is physically on the top floor. For example, at the Metro Center station, the red line is upstairs and the blue, silver, and orange lines are downstairs. WATMA metro trip planner is the most convenient way to plan your trip around the capital. The other transit networks are easily accessible by Metrorail, including Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore Washington International Airport, and train services like MARC and Amtrak.

The following video will further guide you on how to read the DC Metro Map. Video credit: Trip Hack

Washington DC Metrorail Time Schedule

Metro trains run every day, but the timing may vary depending on specific lines and weekdays. However, in case of public holidays and special events, the metro’s regular operating schedule is modified. The Metrorail stops running at 12 AM, except on Fridays and Saturdays when it runs until 1 AM. The following table shows the rail hours for the whole week:

Monday-Thursday5 am-12 am
Friday5 am-1 am
Saturday7 am-1 am
Sunday7 am-12 am
DC Metrorail Hours/Schedule

Now, how much the fare will be between the Washington DC metro stations? If I want to travel from Metro Center station to Rosslyn station, how much will it cost? The cost of the ticket depends on the length of the ride, the time you ride, and the day of the week. For details information about metro fares and how to buy tickets visit the page Fare and Tickets.

In this article, we comprehensively covered everything about the Washington DC Metro Map, which will help you in navigating the capital and planning your trips during your stay. We recommend using our interactive metro map during your journey and downloading a copy of the DC metro map on your phone. If you have any questions don’t forget to comment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There are six metro lines in Washington DC: Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Silver, and Blue

In densely populated areas, tracks are underground while in suburban tracks are elevated or at the surface.

The DC metro is designed for a top speed of 75mph, but the average speed of the metro is 33mph.

The DC metro closes at 12 AM on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, but on Friday and Saturday, it closes at 1 AM.

Traveling on the metro is super easy! you will need a SmarTrip physical card or its mobile application. For detailed information about SmarTrip, visit the page Fare and Tickets

The metro Silver Line is directly connected to Washington Dulles International Airport, following the sign of metro from the airport terminal you can easily get to the metro station.

The Ronald Reagan International Airport can be accessed by Metro Yellow and Blue lines.

There are a total of 98 stations in the DC metro network

The Metro Center station is the nearest station to the White House, Pentagon, and Washington Monument.