Top Travel Choices for Teens This Summer 🚌

If you’re the parent of a teen, you want them to travel around the DC Metro area safely and affordably for work or fun outings with friends.

Below, we’ve listed the top travel choices for teens to get around Alexandria and the DC Metro area.


Alexandria’s DASH bus system is free to use across the City of Alexandria – no bus pass or ID required!

DASH operates bus routes all around Alexandria – see a full list of routes at West Alex.

Capital Bikeshare

For teens 16 or older, Capital Bikeshare is an affordable option for trips nearby. With docking stations located all over Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, bikeshare also provides a fun activity at certain destinations like Shirlington, Old Town Alexandria or Potomac Yard. Your nearest docking station is at West Alex next to Silver Diner.

Rides on classic bikes start at just $0.05 per minute, with e-bikes available for $0.10 per minute. Annual and 30-day memberships are also available and reduce your cost per ride.


Metro is the quickest and most affordable option for longer trips to destinations like Washington, DC. To ride the Metro, take the DASH 35 or Metrobus 7A bus for a ride to Pentagon Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue lines. The bus ride is free when connecting to or from a Metro station.

The Blue Line includes destinations like Rosslyn, Franconia-Springfield and Arlington. The Yellow Line connects with destinations like Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington and the quickest trip to Washington, DC. Both lines can take you to destinations like Potomac Yard, Crystal City and Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Beginning July 1, weekday fares on Metro will range from $2.25 – $6.75 depending on the length of your trip. On weekends and after 9:30 PM on weekdays, fares range between $2.25 – $2.50.

Let us plan your trip!

If you or your teen are planning an outing, try our personalized commute plan tool to see which travel option is best, with step-by-step directions to any destination in the DC Metro area.

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