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Getting to the Pentagon

By Car

Driving Directions From Washington, DC

From I-395 Southbound via the 14th Street Bridge

Take the 14th Street Bridge and cross the Potomac River into Virginia. Follow signs for I-395 South. Once across the river, follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

From Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC

Take Memorial Bridge across the Potomac River into Virginia. Go halfway around the traffic circle in front of the promenade to Arlington National Cemetery and turn right onto Route 110 South. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

Driving Directions From Virginia

From Route 1 (Alexandria, VA)

Take Route 1 through Crystal City to I-395 North. Veer right onto I-395 North and take it to Exit 10B/Boundary Channel Drive. At the fork in the road, veer right and exit on Boundary Channel Drive. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

From Route 50 East (Arlington Boulevard)

Get on Route 50 East. Pass Fort Myer on the right. Exit at the George Washington Memorial Parkway. At the end of the exit ramp, merge onto the southbound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Stay in the right lane. Just after the Arlington National Cemetery/Memorial Bridge exit, take the next exit on the right, marked Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove/I-395 North.

From 66 East (e.g., from Rosslyn)

Take 66 East. Get on Route 110 South. Follow signs for I-395 North. Take Exit 75/I-395 North/Pentagon/Alexandria and get on I-395 North. Take I-395 North to Exit 10A-B/Boundary Channel Drive. Veer right at the split on the off-ramp onto Boundary Channel Drive. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

From Virginia I-395 Northbound

Get on I-395 North in the direction of Washington, DC. Take the Pentagon exit. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

From I-395 Northbound—High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV)

Get on I-395 North/Washington HOV Lanes. Take the Pentagon exit. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

From the George Washington Memorial Parkway—Northbound

Take the George Washington Memorial Parkway heading north (e.g., from Alexandria). After passing Reagan National Airport, get into the middle lane. Take the second exit ramp on the right, marked I-395/South/Richmond. After getting on I-395, stay in the far right lane. Take Exit 10A/Boundary Channel Drive. Follow the exit ramp down to merge onto Boundary Channel Drive. Follow the signs to the appropriate parking lot or drop-off area.

By Mass Transit

Mass Transit (Local Bus Routes)

Arlington Transit (ART Bus)

ART - Arlington Transit operates within Arlington County, Virginia, supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles and providing access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Most of ART's state-of-the ART buses operate on clean-burning natural gas; all have climate control to keep you comfortable and dependable schedules to keep you on time.

ART-42 Ballston-Pentagon departs terminal points approximately every 16 minutes during peak hours and approximately every 34 minutes during off-peak hours.

ART-87 Pentagon Metro-Army Navy Drive-Shirlington departs terminal points approximately every 20 minutes during peak hours and approximately every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.

Driving Alexandria Safely Home (DASH Bus)

The Alexandria Transit Company's DASH system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria, and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. DASH serves all of the Alexandria Metrorail Stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods. Select the desired route below for information on specific steps and frequency of service.

AT3 Hunting Point to Parkfairfax and Pentagon Metro

AT4 Old Town Alexandria to Parkfairfax and Pentagon Metro

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax County's Fairfax Connector system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within Fairfax County, and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. Select the desired route below for information on specific steps and frequency of service.

599 Pentagon-Crystal City Express

306 GMU-Pentagon Metro

394 Saratoga-Pentagon Express

395 Gambrill-Pentagon Express

Metrobus

Metrorail

Metrorail to the Pentagon

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates two Metrorail lines which service the Pentagon.

Blue Line

The Metro Blue Line operates between the Franconia/Springfield station in Virginia and Largo Town Center in Maryland.

Yellow Line

The Metro Yellow Line operates between the Huntington station in Virginia and Fort Totten in Maryland.

Yellow Line (Rush)

During the morning and evening rush hour commute, the Metro Yellow Line also operates between the Franconia/Springfield station in Virginia and the Greenbelt station in Maryland.

Commuter Options
Commuter Bus
  • Loudoun County TransitLoudoun County Transit operates rush-hour service from park-and-ride lots in Loudoun County to destinations that include West Falls Church Metro, Rosslyn, the Pentagon, and Washington, DC.
  • Martz Commuter BusMartz National Coach Works operates commuter service from Virginia park-and-ride lots to destinations that include Crystal City, the Pentagon, and Washington, DC.
  • OmniRide— Operated by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), OmniRide operates weekday rush-hour service from locations throughout Prince William County and the Manassas and Gainesville areas to destinations that include the Vienna, West Falls Church, and Franconia/Springfield Metro stations, the Pentagon, Crystal City, Rosslyn/Ballston, downtown Washington, DC, Capitol Hill, and the Washington Navy Yard.
Commuter Rail

Virginia Railway Express(VRE)—The VRE operates two commuter rail options servicing Virginia commuters referred to as the Fredericksburg Line and the Manassas Line.

  • Fredericksburg Line— The Fredericksburg Line operates their schedule Monday through Friday (except Holidays) between the Fredericksburg Station located at 200 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA and Union Station in Washington, DC.
  • Manassas Line— The Manassas Line operates their schedule (scroll down to the Manassas Line schedule) Monday through Friday (except Holidays) between the Broad Run Station located at 10637 Piper Lane, Bristow, VA and Union Station in Washington, DC.

Public Transportation Connections from the VRE

  • Alexandria Station—This station is located near the King Street Metro station. Walk under the tracks to arrive at the King Street Metro, then take either the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon.
  • Crystal City Station—This station is located near the Crystal City Metro station. Walk through the Crystal Shops Mall or walk south along Crystal Drive to 18th Street, turn right onto 18th Street, and the Crystal City Metro entrance will be near the top of the hill, then take either the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon.
  • L'Enfant Station—This station is located near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in the District of Columbia. From the 7th Street exit, turn right and walk 0.5 blocks to the Metro entrance at 7th Street and Maryland Avenue SW, then take either the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon.

MARC Train—The Maryland Transit Administration operates the MARC Train which services commuters from: Harford County, MD; Baltimore City; Washington DC.; Brunswick, MD; Frederick, MD; and Martinsburg, WV along three routes.

  • Brunswick Line—The Brunswick Line operates their schedule Monday through Friday (except holidays) between Martinsburg, WV and Union Station in Washington, DC.
  • Camden Line— The Camden Line operates their schedule Monday through Friday (except holidays) between the Baltimore/Camden Station in Baltimore, MD and Union Station in Washington, DC.
  • Penn Line—The Penn Line operates their schedule Monday through Friday (except holidays) between Perryville, MD and Union Station in Washington, DC.

Public Transportation Connections from the MARC Train

  • Brunswick Line—transfer points to the Metro Red Line are located at the Rockville, Silver Spring, and Union Station. Take the Red Line from Union Station to Gallery Place and transfer to the Yellow Line or transfer to the Blue Line at Metro Center to get to the Pentagon.
  • Camden Line—a transfer point to the Metro Red Line is located at Union Station. You can then transfer to the Blue Line at Metro Center or the Yellow Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown to get to the Pentagon.

    Transfer points to the Metro Green/Yellow Line are located at the College Park/University of Maryland and Greenbelt stops with service to the Pentagon during rush hour.

  • Penn Line— a transfer point to the Metro Red Line is located at the Union Station. You can then transfer to the Blue Line at Metro Center or the Yellow Line at Gallery Place/Chinatown to get to the Pentagon.

    There is also a transfer point to the Metro Orange Line at New Carrollton then transfer to the Blue Line or Yellow Line at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station to get to the Pentagon.

Ridesharing (car and vanpools)

Ridesharing is one of the most effective ways for employees to find a door-to-door commuting solution and can save costs in the interest of socio-environmental benefits.

Several resources are available to find a car or vanpool in your area:

  • Alexandria City—Local Motion's Ridesharing page helps people in Alexandria connect to/form or enter a car or vanpool.
  • Arlington County Commuter ServicesCarpool and vanpool information pages help residents of Arlington county to find a ridesharing program which best accommodates them.
  • Commuter Connections—provides rideshare program information for the National Capital Region and beyond.
  • GWRide Connect—provides carpool and vanpool information for commuters living in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
  • Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)—provides a ridematching service.
  • Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland—provides carpool and vanpool information for commuters traveling from or to Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland..
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority—provides a list of vanpools participating the SmartBenefits® program.
Purchasing Tickets

Operated by Arlington County Commuter Services, The Commuter Store®, Mobile Commuter Store, and CommuterDirect.com® provide one-stop shopping for Metro, VRE, MARC, Circulator, and DASH fares.

  • The Commuter Store® provides face-to-face information, sales, and assistance at five locations in Arlington, VA and Odenton, MD. The Mobile Commuter Store provides the same services and varying locations in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC.
  • CommuterDirect.com® allows you to purchase transit tickets and passes online and have them delivered to your home or office.
Accessible Services
Other Commuter Options
  • Slugging—is a term used to describe a unique form of commuting found in the Washington, DC area sometimes referred to as "Instant Carpooling" or "Casual Carpooling."
  • Bicycle—Commuting to work by bicycle is a excellent way to beat Washington DC's infamous rush hour congestion
  • Zip Cars—is a membership-based car sharing company that provides vehicle reservations to its members, based on hourly and daily rates
  • Guaranteed Ride Home(GRH)—is a free service administered by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to provide Washington Metropolitan Area commuters—who regularly carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk, or take public transit to work—a free ride home in the event of a personal emergency or if they work late at a supervisor’s request.