6 Suburban Cities With Easy Commutes to Washington D.C.
Many neighborhoods within Washington, D.C. city limits offer access to Metro trains or buses. However, the higher price tag on homes and the hustle and bustle of city life means many folks look for property in the suburbs. In the D.C. metro area, that doesn’t mean you need to be left hanging when it comes to your commute.
D.C.’s Metro transit system spreads relatively far into the surrounding suburbs, making it possible to skip multiple bus transfers, pricier train systems, and congested highways during the commute. To highlight these neighborhoods, we’ve listed the most convenient Metro stations as well as how long the train ride is to the Golden Triangle, where many D.C.-based companies have their offices.
Silver Spring is a popular location in Maryland for those who want the affordability of a suburb but still want to enjoy the excitement of city living. Downtown Silver Spring offers dining, shopping, farmers markets, and events like art shows. A five-minute walk is all it takes to get to Silver Spring Station, where red line trains take around 25 minutes to get to the Golden Triangle.
Bethesda is another tiny “sub-city” to D.C. It offers higher-end dining, shopping, and homes for those who are willing to spend a bit more on property but still don’t want to live in D.C. itself. The Bethesda Station is on the red line and a short walk from Georgetown Cupcake’s Maryland location on Bethesda Avenue. You won’t have to wait long to dig into your cupcake either (don’t forget — no eating on Metro!) as your trip downtown will only take you around 18 minutes.
If you’re willing to tack on a short drive before your Metro trip, a city in Montgomery County may be just what you’re looking for. Towns like Germantown, Gaithersburg, and Rockville boast nicely planned communities and are true suburbs. Residential neighborhoods within the towns offer residents the opportunity to really get to know each other. The sacrifice here is a necessary drive along Route 355 or I-270 to get to Shady Grove Station, the first stop on the red line. While you’re sure to get a seat, you’ll be sitting in it for around 40 minutes before making it downtown.
Looking south from D.C. is Downtown Arlington, a historic and exciting area just over the bridge from the National Mall. If you aren’t interested in walking to work (seriously — it’s possible), there are multiple Metro stations you can take advantage of in neighborhoods like Rosslyn or Courthouse. Your time spent on either the blue, silver, or orange line would only cost you 10 to 20 minutes each way. You would even have time to stop for a coffee at one of the many local shops on your way.
Like Montgomery County, Falls Church, Virginia, is a bit farther out from the Metro stations in Downtown Arlington. However, if you’re willing to add a bit of a drive to your trip, Falls Church offers small, tight-knit neighborhoods without sacrificing easy access to a plethora of retail and dining. Taking the silver or orange line from East Falls Church Station means a commute just over 20 minutes into the city.
McLean, Virginia, offers homes tucked away in wooded areas and small neighborhoods, but is only a short drive from bustling Tysons Corner, where you’ll find two major malls. Retail and dining are aplenty, as well as possible work opportunities in the smaller surrounding cities. Though if you still find yourself needing to commute into D.C. for work each day, it’s one Metro station is only about a 20 minute ride from the Golden Triangle.