Updated 5:00pm, Friday, January 18, 2013

Getting to the 2013 Inauguration

Washington, DC and the metropolitan region will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors for the 57th Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013. We have gathered transportation information into one place to help ease the confusion of getting around the District, making your trip to the 2013 Inauguration as enjoyable as possible.

Please note, specific plans for inaugural events are determined just weeks and sometimes days before the actual event. Changes may occur. This page will continue to be updated as we learn of changes or additions so check back often.

Official Press Release from the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Law Enforcement and Public Safety Public Affairs Subcommittee (pdf)


Updated 10:30am, Thursday, December 20

DDOT and goDCgo will setup a bike parking area at 16th and I Streets, NW with racks to hold hundreds of bikes. Bike owners are responsible for parking and locking their own bikes, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, this area will be for personal bikes only, not Capital Bikeshare bikes. See section below on Capital Bikeshare for corral locations.

View the 2012 DC Bike map for route and trail information. Side 1 of the DC Bike Map includes bridge crossings and the Downtown area. Side 2 of the DC Bike Map displays the full view of the District and sections of surrounding jurisdictions. Capital Bikeshare stations are also included on this map, updated to the print date of April 2012. For the most up-to-date station locations, visit CapitalBikeshare.com.

Capital Bikeshare

Updated 2:30pm, Monday, January 14

Two bike corrals will be set up for Capital Bikeshare bikes from 7:00am - 5:00pm at Farragut Square at 17th and K Streets, NW and the USDA building at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. You will be guaranteed a place to drop off your Capital Bikeshare bike but they cannot guarantee a bike for everyone for return trips.

All six Capital Bikeshare stations along the parade route will be temporarily removed starting Wednesday, January 16 and placed out of service.

Wednesday, January 16 temporary removals

  • 10th & E St, NW
  • 10th & Constitution Ave, NW
  • 15th & NY Ave, NW
Thursday, January 17 temporary removals
  • Reagan Building/14th & D St, NW
  • 14th & G St, NW
  • 14th & H St, NW
Station re-installation will begin on Wednesday, January 23 and end by Thursday, January 24.

Rebalancing during Inauguration will be difficult. Due to the security perimeter established for the inauguration, a significant number of downtown stations will not be accessible to rebalancing vehicles. Other stations outside the perimeter will be difficult to access due to road closures, security measures, and anticipated high volumes of traffic. As a result, we may have difficulty rebalancing many downtown stations. We ask for your patience during this time. Please be sure to consult Spotcycle before starting your trip.

There will be two stations on the National Mall out of service during the Inauguration: 14th & Jefferson and 12th & Jefferson (Smithsonian Metro). These stations will be shut down during the event and will open up in the evening after the parade has finished. We are expecting this to be around 7pm.

View the 2012 DC Bike map for route and trail information. Side 1 of the DC Bike Map includes bridge crossings and the Downtown area. Side 2 of the DC Bike Map displays the full view of the District and sections of surrounding jurisdictions. Capital Bikeshare stations are also included on this map, updated to the print date of April 2012. For the most up-to-date station locations, visit CapitalBikeshare.com.

DC Circulator

Updated 1:00pm, Monday, January 14

Due to the planned Presidential Inauguration security perimeter and vehicle restrictions on Monday, January 21, along with the need to use the Circulator bus fleet for special transportation assignments, there will be no Circulator service on Monday, January 21. Regular service will resume for all routes on Tuesday, January 22.

MARC Train

Updated 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 19

Tickets are now on sale for the special inauguration MARC Train, offering riders limited service during the morning and afternoon on the Penn and Brunswick lines only.  All MARC service will operate as reserved trains, and tickets must be purchased in advance.  Riders will need to purchase special commemorative tickets for $25.00 each and orders are limited to a maximum 20 tickets per person. Seats are limited and tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information on planning your trip and to buy tickets, please visit MARC's Inaugural Day page.

Metrorail and Metrobus

Updated 12:30pm, Wednesday, January 16

Official press release: Metro outlines final plans for Inauguration Weekend

Video: Riding Metro on Inauguration Day

Metrorail will be open from 4am Monday, January 21, to 2am Tuesday, January 22, and rush hour service will be offered from 4am to 9pm.  You should purchase your Metro fare in advance to save time. Be sure to have enough fare value on your SmarTrip card or farecard to make a round trip. Metro has recently published the Metrorail system map for Inauguration Day on their website. This helpful map shows which stations will be closed for the swearing-in ceremony which include Smithsonian, Archives and Mt. Vernon Square. Also, please note that several downtown Metrorail station entrances will be designated as "entry only" or "exit only" to safely manage crowds.

Metrobus routes will operate weekday rush hour service in the morning, followed by an early rush hour in the afternoon and will be impacted by detours due to inaugural events throughout the day.

Parking lots at Metrorail stations will be open and charging normal, weekday rates. Please arrive early and be aware that lots will fill up. You will need a SmarTrip or credit card to exit the parking lots.

View Metro's official Inauguration Day Metro Rider Guide, for helpful tips and guidance on getting around for the day.

For more information on schedules and service, please visit Metro's Inauguration page.


Updated 5:00pm, Friday, January 18

The information below will help you plan and prepare to bring a motorcoach to Washington for the Inauguration. Please read this information carefully and check back often for further updates.

Get permitted: Many motorcoaches will need to obtain a Trip Permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles to operate in Washington DC. Please visit the DMV website to find out if you need a trip permit and to apply. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 202-729-7083

Reserve Parking: All motorcoaches MUST register for parking. Registration is available online.  Please call 202-608-1114 if you have questions or need assistance. On the day of the event there will be no parking for motorcoaches without advance reservation.

Know Before You Go: All operators MUST know the route to parking facilities as well as the walking directions to the event site.

- Map with driving directions to RFK Stadium (pdf)

- Map with walking directions from RFK Stadium to the National Mall and Parade Route (pdf)

Helpful Hints: Please keep these tips in mind and share with your passengers.

  • Due to space restrictions, Tour buses are prohibited from discharging passengers at Metrorail stations at any time.
  • Each bus in your caravan should designate a Bus Captain responsible for tracking passengers during and after the festivities.
  • All passengers must travel with their bus to the parking location.There will be no curbside passenger drop-off or pick-up for charter buses on inauguration day in the District of Columbia.
  • Passengers should be prepared to walk. Passenger drop-off could range from 1 to 3 miles away from the events.
  • Please provide a contingency plan for passengers. Designate a meeting place in the event passengers are separated from the group. Cell phone use may be limited.
  • Traffic may be slow. Allow for additional travel time. The District and Metrorail are preparing for a large number of visitors.
  • Prepare for temporary street closures. Traffic will be stopped for dignitary motorcades.
  • Check weather reports one to two days prior to your trip and advise passengers to dress accordingly.
  • Advise passengers to pack light. Inaugural security will be strict and bags will be checked.

Please read the list of Frequently Asked Questions about bringing a motorcoach to Inauguration.

If you have any questions, please contact DDOT at 202-671-2700 or, 202-671-2226.


Updated 12:30pm, Wednesday, January 16

Driving to Inauguration Day festivities is highly discouraged due to road closures and other inconveniences. If you do choose to drive, consider carpooling with friends and check out our parking page for basic information. Please note, we suggest contacting individual garages for day of pricing, availability and more. Be prepared for many road and bridge closures and other inconveniences throughout the day. View the map of vehicle restrictions released by the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Law Enforcement and Public Safety Public Affairs Subcommittee, to see where road closures will occur.

If you are driving, save time by reserving a space online through Parking Panda. Parking Panda has compiled a list of available spaces on their Inauguration Day Parking guide, in accordance with vehicle restrictions.

Regional Bus Options

Updated 3:00pm, Monday, January 14

ART - Arlington Transit will run a special Inauguration Day schedule on January 21. ART 41, 51, 77 and 87 will run Saturday schedules. ART 53 will operate a weekday schedule. ART 42 will operate a special schedule running every 30 minutes. All other routes will not be in service.

DASH - Alexandria Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule. The King Street Trolley will operate on a regular schedule from 11:30am to 10:15pm.

Fairfax Connector will operate on a Holiday Weekend schedule for Monday, January 21.

Loudoun County Transit will operate commuter bus service on Monday, January 21 between several park and ride lots in Loudoun County to West Falls Church Metrorail station. Morning buses will pickup starting at 4:10am and return trips will begin at 3pm with the last bus leaving West Falls Church Metrorail station at 7:45pm. Buses will be picking up from Harmony Park and Ride (Hamilton), Leesburg Park and Ride, Dulles North Transit Center and Cascades. Rides will cost $2.50 with exact change or $2.00 with SmarTrip card. Please visit loudoun.gov/bus for complete details.

MTA Commuter Bus will not operate on Inauguration Day, except Commuter Bus Route 201, which will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule.

Ride On - Montgomery County will operate on a modified holiday schedule.


Updated 3:00pm, Wednesday, December 19

Virginia Railway Express will not be offering service on Inauguration Day.


Updated 4:15pm, Friday, January 11

Be prepared to walk! As with any situation with large crowds, we urge you to be prepared by wearing comfortable shoes, layer your clothing in case of inclement weather and bring plenty of water. The winter forecasts for Washington, DC can vary but we have you covered with both hot weather walking tips and cold weather walking tips. View the suggested pedestrian walking routes to find your best way to go.

For those of you coming from Arlington, our friends at WALKArlington have put together a comprehensive guide to walking from Arlington to the Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony, plus great tips to make your day comfortable and enjoyable.

Water Taxis

Updated 2:30pm, Wednesday, January 9

Travel by water taxi with the Potomac Riverboat Company to the Presidential Inauguration. Enjoy beautiful views of the city while you take a leisurely 45 minute boat ride to Washington's Gangplank Marina at 600 Water St, SW. Water taxis will be departing hourly from Alexandria City Marina in Virginia. Tickets are $30 round trip and reservations are required in advance. Visit Potomac Riverboat Company's website to purchase tickets and view route information.

General Information on Inauguration Day 2013

Receive updates from the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) by signing up through their website.

Swearing-In Ceremony

Tickets to the inaugural swearing-in ceremony are normally assigned within about a month or two of the inauguration date and may be requested from members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Tickets are not required to watch the swearing-in ceremony on the large screens that will be set up along the National Mall. The public viewing area on the Mall begins at 4th Street. Find your local official and ask whether any tickets are available, or have your name put on a waiting list for tickets by clicking Get Tickets.

Presidential Inauguration Parade

After the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural luncheon, the Presidential Inauguration Parade begins with the President and Vice-President traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House where they will review the rest of the parade as it passes by. The parade takes about 2 hours and starts at the U.S. Capitol and proceeds to the White House. Tickets are not required for viewing the parade however a limited number of tickets are available for bleacher seats from the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC).

Inaugural Balls

As of December 18, 2012, the PIC has begun taking requests for official ball tickets. The PIC will likely release a list of official balls in early January, as well as information about whether tickets may be purchased by the public.  Tickets for the ”unofficial” balls are normally available through their sponsoring organizations. Check back frequently for more information as it is released.


Be a part of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration by volunteering for either the National Day of Service or for activities held throughout the Inauguration Weekend. Visit the official Presidential Inaugural Committee website to sign up to volunteer. You can sign up as an individual or a group.