The Silver line joined the DC Metro family in July 2014. Eventually this line will connect with Dulles International Airport. For now the line connects the greater metro area with Tyson’s Corner and Reston which are congested Virginia suburbs west of DC. There are five new stops on the Silver line and all but Reston are located in the Tyson’s Corner area. Anticipate spending about 40-50 minutes to ride into downtown or Smithsonian Museums utilizing the Silver line.

Dulles Airport / Driving / Amtrack / VRE / MARC
Many of the Silver line stations sit at the intersection of I-66 and the 495 / 95N. This area is well known as the kiss of death for commuters. Getting to Dulles is now easier because Metro riders can take the Silver line all the way to Reston and catch the “Silver Line Bus to Dulles.” Fairs are about $5 one way and the bus ride takes 20 minutes, busses run every 20 minutes. The Silver line will directly connect riders with the VRE at L’enfant Plaza. MARC and Amtrak can be assessed by transferring to the Red line at Metro Center.

Entertainment, Shopping & Nightlife
While there are no Smithsonian Museums on the Silver line, or other tourist destinations worth noting the Silver line does provide better access to one of the best and largely unknown Smithsonian Museums. That museum is the Steven F Udar-Hazy Smithsonian Museum. This museum holds a myriad of aircraft including fighter jets, the first stealth jet, satellite probes, and antique spy cameras from WWII. The entire museum is held on a massive open floor plan and will delight all ages. Take the Silver line to Reston and catch the Fairfax County Connector Route 983 which runs every 20 minutes to the museum. Tysons Corner offers unparalleled shopping between its two massive malls; Tysons Galleria and Tyson Center Mall.

Hotels on The DC Metro Silver Line

Research & Written by Jeff Howard