The Cheapest Ways to Travel D.C.

September 15, 2017
cheapest ways to travel in dc

Before college, I was warned against getting stuck in the "Georgetown bubble," which basically means spending all your time at on campus or in the immediate area. I never thought I'd fall into this trap because D.C. has so much to offer, but it's easier than I thought. While Uber is easy and convenient, it's too expensive to use all the time, so today I'm sharing a few of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around the city!

DC Circulator
Since Georgetown doesn't have a metro stop (and probably never will) that makes public transportation a bit harder. Luckily, Georgetown has two lines via the circulator; one that goes to Dupont Circle and Rosslyn, VA and another that goes to Union Station. Both are super useful because a lot of the major attractions of DC are in those two areas, but there are also other lines that go everywhere else and it's easy to get off one bus and get on another to create your own route. The best part about the circulator is that it's only $1 per ride and you can ride as long on the line as you want. I've only ever spent $4 round trip to get from one side of the city to another!

Capital Bikeshare
You have to be a bit more confident to use this method, but it's also cheap and easy! This is a method that I take advantage of all the time because there's a station right outside the gates of my school. D.C. has so many stations that aren't to spread out, so the system works even if you aren't going that far. Capital Bikeshare is $2 for 30 minutes or $8 for a day pass, so it's suitable for a variety of travel needs! I love casually biking through the city and the fall weather makes it a very enjoyable ride.

Your Own Two Feet
I know what you're thinking, but it really won't be as bad as you anticipate. Two miles is nothing when you're walking past parks, restaurants, and adorable boutiques. I've found myself exploring the area and checking the Health app on my phone to find that I've walked 3-4 miles without a second stop. The fresh air is also a major bonus and the city has so many gorgeous places to observe and take pictures of, plus, it's absolutely free!

Thanks for reading! Leave a comment letting me know how you like to get around your respective city. Stay tuned, Lauren xx


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