Moving around Washington, DC on Inauguration Day, especially near the National Mall and Capitol grounds, requires patience and a good pair of walking shoes. With hundreds of thousands of visitors attending the Inaugural events, walking is the best mode of transportation. Additional options listed below:
The following streets are pedestrian routes to the National Mall. A pedestrian map is available here.
- H St. NW from Massachusetts Ave. NW to Pennsylvania Ave. NW
- I St. NW from New York Ave. NW to Pennsylvania Ave. NW
- K St. NW from 9th St. NW to Washington Cir. NW
- 18th St. from K St. NW to Constitution Ave. NW
- 19th St. from K St. NW to Virginia Ave. NW
- Virginia Ave NW from 23rd St. to Constitution Ave. NW
- Constitution Ave. NW from 23rd St. to 7th St. NW
- Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Cir. to Constitution Ave. NW or Independence Ave SW
- Massachusetts Ave. from E St. NW to 3rd St. NW
- 3rd St. NE and Massachusetts Ave. NE to D St. SE to New Jersey Ave. SE to I St. SE/SW to 7th St. SW
- East Capitol St. NE from 19th St. NE to North Carolina Ave. SE 3rd St. SE to I St. SE/SW to 7th St. SW
- M St. SW from 4th St. SW to I St. SW to 7th St. SW
- 7th St. SW from I St. SW to Independence Ave. SW
- 12th St. SW from Maine Ave. SW to Independence Ave. SW
- Independence Ave. SW from 23rd St. SW to 7th St. SW
National Mall access points (Includes Bag Checks):
- Constitution Ave. NW at 7th St. NW, 12th St. NW and 17th St. NW
- Independence Ave. SW at 7th St. SW, 12th St. SW, 15th St. SW, and 17th St. SW
The following streets are pedestrian routes to the Inaugural Parade:
- H St. NW from Pennsylvania Ave. NW to 7th St. NW
- I St. NW from Pennsylvania Ave. NW to New York Ave. NW
- K St. NW from Washington Cir. NW to 9th St. NW
- Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Cir. to Constitution Ave. NW
- Virginia Ave. NW from 23rd St. NW to Constitution Ave. NW
- Constitution Ave. NW from 23rd St. NW to 7th St. NW
- Independence Ave. SW from L’Enfant Plaza SW to 17th St. SW to Constitution Ave. NW
- East Capitol St. NE from 19th St. NE to Massachusetts Ave. NE to E St. NE/NW
- I St. SE from New Jersey Ave. SE to 7th St. SW to Constitution Ave. NW
- M St. SE from First St. SE to 4th St. SW to I St. SW to 7th St. SW
Recommended Metro exits for individuals with tickets include Capitol South, Eastern Market, Union Station, NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave.), Judiciary Square, Gallery Pl.-Chinatown, Federal Center SW or L’Enfant Plaza. Additional information on the Inauguration ceremonies is available at www.inaugural.senate.gov.
For pedestrians walking to the National Mall, Union Station is the recommended east/west divide on the north side of the parade route. It is 3.0 miles from Columbus Cir. NE to 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW (going around the US Capitol) and 3.1 miles from Massachusetts Ave. NE to 12th St. and Constitution Ave. NW (going around the White House) using these pedestrian routes.
- Capital Bikeshare
- Two Capital Bikeshare corrals will be available at 17th Street and K Street NW, and 4th and E SW.
- Bikeshare stations in the National Mall area will be closed January 19 and January 20. Riders will be subject to any losses or damages for bikes left at closed stations.
- There will be free bike parking at 16th Street and I Street NW.
- Bicycles are not permitted inside Red Zone beginning 3 am on Friday, January 20. There are no restrictions on bicycle usage in the Green Zone.
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Get important updates on Metrorail and Metrobus service.
- Metro Access – paratransit service for persons with disabilities.
Get important updates about MetroAccess services.
- Commuter Trains
- Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) – MARC service information for January 20 is available here and the information for January 21 is available here.
- Virginian Rail Expressway (VRE) – On January 20, the VRE will operate on the “S” schedule. Information on the “S” schedule is available here. The VRE will operate on a normal schedule during the rest of Inauguration Week.
- The DC Streetcar will extend its hours on Inauguration Day, January 20. The Streetcar will operate from 4 am on Friday, January 20, until 2 am on Saturday, January 21, and return to its regular Saturday schedule from 8 am to 2 am
- The DC Circulator will suspend service on four routes: Union Station- Navy Yard, National Mall, Rosslyn-Dupont and Georgetown-Union Station.
- Download the DC Taxi app:
- Accessible taxis
- Uber is registered to provide service in Washington, DC.
- Taxis, for hire vehicles (such as Uber), and pedicabs are not permitted to operate inside the Red and the Green Vehicle Restricted Zones.
- Driving and parking in Washington, DC during Inauguration Week will be challenging. Leave your vehicle at home and use one of the methods suggested above if you must travel around Washington, DC.
Charter Buses/Tour Groups
- Buses coming to Washington, DC for Inauguration day (January 20) must secure parking. Get more information on parking.
- The primary parking location will be RFK Stadium.
- Buses may not park adjacent to any residential property, school, playground, hospital, church or park (a standing vehicle that is not loading or unloading passengers is considered to be “parked” regardless of whether the engine is on. The fine for violation is $250.
- The District of Columbia law requires a bus from any US state or Canadian province used for travel of a chartered party with a seating capacity of greater than fifteen (15) passengers to either:
- Obtain proportional registration in its base jurisdiction through the International Registration Plan OR
- Register as a Class B commercial vehicle and obtain a DC Trip Permit
- Buses include transit and commuter buses, chart and tour buses, school buses, church buses, airport and hotel buses, and cutaways and large vans -- any passenger transport vehicle designed to seat 16 or more including the driver.