Getting to Crystal City
Crystal City hosts a unique collection of transportation assets unique lies in the middle of a collection of unique transportation assets that includes Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, a Virginia Railways Express Station, direct access to the yellow and blue lines of the Metropolitan Washington Metro Rail system, numerous regional bus connections, easy access to area highways, and a direct connection to the region’s premier bicycle commuting route, the Mount Vernon Trail. Crystal City literally has planes, trains, automobiles, and more!
Getting Around By Car
Although Crystal City has exceptional transit connections, sometimes driving is simply the best option. Fortunately, Crystal City has plenty of parking with over 10,000 visitor spaces available in various garages throughout Crystal City. During the day, hourly parking charges may apply, however, many retailers do validate. Even better, if you are arriving on weekdays after 4 PM or anytime on holidays and weekends, parking is FREE in a number of garages. Use this map to locate parking closest to your final destination.
No multi-modal, green, transit-oriented community is complete without an array of car-sharing options that give the freedom of a personal vehicle without the cost and hassle. Zipcar has over 16 vehicles in the Crystal City and Pentagon City area.
car2go is carsharing on your terms. Cars are available on the street and in designated lots around the city. You can hop in a car whenever, wherever (with no reservations required) and leave it in the Home Area - no need to return it where you grabbed it from. Visit their website for more info.
Slugs are special types of carpoolers that catch rides with drivers looking to add passengers in order to meet the HOV-3 requirement along I-95 and I-395 in Northern Virginia and avoid the congestion of the regular lanes during peak hours. Reliable morning slug lines to Crystal City are located at various Commuter Lots along the Interstate corridor including Horner Road, Potomac Mills and Route 610-Stafford. The evening line location to return to these locations can be found at the northern end of Crystal City at 1200 Crystal Drive. You can regularly see a trail of slugs walking north along Crystal Drive carrying small placards with their intended destinations. Learn more about slugging, slugging etiquette, Commuter Lot locations, and how to crawl on board, please visit www.slug-lines.com.
Home to a number of large office complexes and adjacent to the Interstate-395 HOV-3 lanes, Crystal City has always seen a large population of employees utilizing carpools and vanpools to get to work. There are extensive resources available for those seeking to form or join a carpool or vanpool commute. Commuter Connections Carpool Bulletin Board – Post requests for a carpool or browse the listings for a Crystal City carpool or vanpool. NuRide – Use NuRide to match up with existing carpoolers or form your own. The program also allows you to collect awards from your carpooling activities.
Getting Around by Transit
Virginia Railway Express (VRE): Virginia Railway Express is a commuter rail service that operates Monday through Friday from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Washington, D.C. Both VRE lines, Manassas and Fredericksburg, service Crystal City.
Bus: Crystal City has multiple bus lines.
- Metroway: Metro’s premium bus service–now runs between Pentagon City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations! First-time and current Metroway riders can enjoy the comfort of a coach-like bus with the speed of an express bus, along a longer route. The newest portion of the dedicated transitway stretches between S. Glebe Road to 26th Street, and during the peak period, transit lanes move customers quickly between 26thStreet and Crystal City Metrorail station.
- Arlington Regional Transit (ART): Crystal City has one ART bus route, Route 43. ART 43 is a convenient way to travel between Crystal City and Courthouse. The route has a limited number of stops to make travel time even faster. Stops are at the Crystal City VRE Station, Crystal City Metro, Rosslyn Metro and Courthouse Metro. Tired of waiting for the Blue Line train? ART 43 is a great alternative and can get you to Rosslyn and Courthouse quickly.
- WMATA: Two WMATA bus routes service Crystal City. Route 23B runs from McLean to Crystal City. Route 10A,E services Alexandria to the Pentagon and Route 10B services Huntington to Ballston.
Getting Around by Bike
Crystal City is a great place for riders to start a nice long weekend spin – free parking in select garages and proximity to trail heads make Crystal City the perfect place to Park & Ride Your Bike!
Getting to Crystal City by Airport
Many Crystal City residents and workers claim Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) as their neighborhood airport. This represents a perfect characterization for an International Airport serving over 20 million passengers a year that Crystal City residents, employees, and guests can get to in as little as 5-minutes by car, Metro, or bicycle and as little as 15-minutes by foot. The Crystal City is one of, if not the only, mixed-use, urban neighborhood in the world within walking distance of a major Airport. Visitors staying in Crystal City area hotels can also take advantage of complimentary airport shuttles, many of which operate regularly scheduled routes to and from the airport.