When the Washington Redskins are playing in town, don’t let traffic jams, accidents and construction ruin your mood. Check out these best ways to get to FedEx Field and save all that energy for the tailgate party and game.
Everyone knows that the best way to the stadium is also the most congested stretch of roadway in the area. Here’s a little-known secret: to beat game-day traffic, head south on the Beltway. Depending on where you access the roadway, it may cost you a few extra miles (especially if you live in Northern Virginia), but you are generally heading in the opposite direction compared to other traveling fans—even the Washington Redskins website advises fans to head north on the Beltway. Other roadways to consider include the George Washington Parkway to I-395 North and 66 East to MD-202 towards Upper Marlboro. Don’t forget to head in the opposite direction on the Beltway (north instead of south) after the game, too.
Prefer to leave the driving up to someone else? Grab your friends and sign up for Bowl Bus, a “fun, safe and green way to get to the game.” Each luxury shuttle bus features comfortable seating, televisions, WiFi capabilities and restrooms. Fans are allowed to bring food, drinks and small items, like bags and coolers, on the bus while larger items, like grills and canopies, may be placed in storage. Reservations include roundtrip service to and from the game to a centrally-located pick-up/drop-off location. Pick-up locations generally include Metro stations, shopping centers and commuter lots. For more information, click here or call (855) 725-5928.
With more than 80 stops in DC, Virginia and Maryland, Metro is the most accessible way to get to and from the game. Head to the Metro station nearest you and make your way towards either Metro Center (for fans on the Orange and Red Lines) or L’Enfant Plaza (for fans on the Yellow and Green Lines). Transfer to the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center and then get off at the Morgan Boulevard stop. From there, head towards the newly built walkway which provides a direct path to FedEx Field. Depending on what time you head to and from the stadium, peak fares range between $2.10 and $5.75 while off-peak fares range between $1.70 and $3.50. Weekend parking at Metro is generally free however some conditions may apply at certain stations, including Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center.
Crystal City Sports Pub is well known for its awesome game-day amenities including multiple large projection screens, state-of-the-art sound system and great food and drinks at a reasonable price. The restaurant and bar is also known for its Redskins home-game bus trips. Tailgate packages include a pre-game buffet at the pub plus roundtrip transportation to FedEx Field via Reston Limousine. Need a ticket to the game? Crystal City Sports Pub offers ticket packages as well. Fans are requested to meet at the restaurant at least two hours prior to the start of the game. For schedule and ticket availability, call (703) 521-8215.
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