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How to Get to Arlington Memorials Using Public Transportation: Arlington National Cemetery

Maggie Awad
Maggie Awad November 20, 2014 0 Comments Maggie Awad is the Marketing Manager at Arlington Transportation Partners. She says every commute to work is different with so many options in her neighborhood including bus, Metro and Capital Bikeshare.
ATP TAKEAWAY: Avoid traffic and parking fees when you visit Arlington National Cemetery, use public transportation to get you there!

Next up in our 4 part series on how to explore Arlington’s memorials like a local (that means, using public transit) is Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery
Photo Credit: Arlington National Cemetery

Located across the Potomac River, at the end of the Memorial Bridge (which leads up to the Lincoln Memorial in DC), Arlington National Cemetery is a truly humble experience for both visitors and residents. Whether you stop in to pay your respects, watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or visit JFK’s grave site, getting to Arlington National Cemetery doesn’t have to be a headache. In fact, it’s pretty easy when you use public transportation.

Check out 3 great ways to get to Arlington National Cemetery below:

Arlington National Cemetery by Metro

Arlington National Cemetery has a dedicated Metro stop on the Blue Line. You can get on the Blue Line in Rosslyn (transferring from Orange or Silver) or at Pentagon (transferring from Yellow). From Rosslyn or Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery is only 1 stop away. Simply exit the Metro Station here and follow the signs to the entrance for Arlington National Cemetery. Check out the map below to find your best route based on where your trip originates.

Metro Map, Arlington National Cemetery Highlighted for Visitors


Arlington National Cemetery by Walking

If you’re planning to visit Arlington National Cemetery, there’s a pretty good chance you’re already out and about checking out other memorials in DC.

Let’s say you’re already up to the Lincoln Memorial and you see Arlington Cemetery just across the Memorial Bridge. Instead of trekking all the way back to Smithsonian Metro Station or L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, which is a 1.2 mile hike, you can use that time to actually walk to Arlington National Cemetery.

The walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Cemetery Visitors Center is actually less than the walk back to the Metro Station and is exactly 1.1 miles. Check out the map below:

Pro tip: If you’re up for more walking adventures, nearby is a Walkabout from WalkArlington that highlights the neighborhood of Radnor/Fort Myer Heights. Check out the details walking map below or download it here. It doesn’t get more local than that!

Walkabout: Radnor & Fort Myer Heights, WalkArlington


Arlington National Cemetery by Bus

Using the bus to get to Arlington National Cemetery, is probably not as common as walking or taking the metro, but it can be done! Bus stops are located on Memorial Drive.

You can take the following bus routes. Click to download a full map and timetable:

The 7Y can take you down towards the Pentagon and Crystal City or can take you back into the city towards the Lincoln Memorial, State Department and more.

The 13F/13G route takes you back towards the Smithsonians, Archives-Navy Memeorial-Penn Quarter Station and Federal Triangle or it takes you out to Crystal City and Reagan National Airport.

Ultimately, you could see even more of Arlington and Washington DC if you hop on the bus, but the choice is yours with public transit.

With any of these 3 options, you managed to avoid the parking fee and traffic that comes with driving – high five! So the real question is, how will you get to Arlington National Cemetery?

For even more information on visitor services or activities you can do in Arlington County, visit our friends over at Stay Arlington, your ultimate resource for visiting Arlington County. For Rosslyn specific information and additional activities in this urban village, check out the Rosslyn BID.

Tags: Bus, Metro, Visitor Services, Arlington County, Transit

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