Directions to DC's Waterfront

Get to The Wharf

Centrally situated in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, The Wharf neighborhood is located near two Metro stations which are only a short walk or free Southwest Shuttle ride from the water. Of course, you can always ride your bike or even take the Water Taxi to get here.

Driving to The Wharf is not the best option due to frequent special events, traffic congestion, and limited parking. If you can’t avoid driving, check out our nearby off-site parking locations.

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Southwest Shuttle


Hop on Our Free Neighborhood Shuttle

The Wharf offers a SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle between The Wharf and L’Enfant Plaza Metro, the National Mall, and additional parking at L'Enfant Plaza. The shuttle is wheelchair accessible. Like on Metro, pets may be transported on the Shuttle, provided they are carried in a secure container from which they cannot escape.

Roundtrip Shuttle Route

  • The Wharf, at 804 Maine Ave SW (near CVS)
  • L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE Station, on 7th St at Maryland Ave SW
  • National Mall, on Independence Ave at 7th St SW (near Hirshhorn)
  • L'Enfant Plaza Parking, on 10th St. SW (near Spy Museum) 

Hours of Operation

Monday–Thursday: 6:30am–8:30pm
Friday: 6:30am–10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am–10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am–8:30pm

The low-emission CNG buses are sponsored by The Wharf Community Association and the Southwest Business Improvement District

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Public Transportation


Convenient for All

Washington, DC, has an extensive network of public transportation for our residents, guests, employees, and tourists. Whichever mode you prefer, you’re only a few blocks from two Metro stations, a VRE station, several bus stations, as well as our free SW Shuttle to connect you to wherever you want to go.

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Pedal to the Waterfront

Bicycle is one of the best ways to travel around Washington, DC and to The Wharf. It's easy to ride along the National Mall to the monuments and museums. Local trails like the Anacostia Riverwalk TrailMount Vernon Trail, and Maine Avenue Cycletrack will bring you right into the neighborhood. Once you arrive here, you’ll find plenty of places to secure your bike and explore on foot.

Don't have a bike? Rent one from Unlimited Biking or try Capital Bikeshare (two stations at The Wharf: Maine and 7th St SW, and Maine and 9th St SW). If you're staying at Canopy by Hilton Washington DC-The Wharf, use one of the free bicycles in the lobby.

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Water Taxi


Get to The Wharf on the Water

If you’re checking out the region’s waterfront destinations, there’s no better way to travel than by water taxi. Come to The Wharf’s Transit Pier to catch a ride to Georgetown in DC, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia, or National Harbor in Maryland—and enjoy the scenic views of the nation’s capital from the Potomac.

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Wharf Jitney


The Wharf Jitney is currently closed for the winter season and will reopen in Spring 2022.

Ferry Over the Washington Channel

Take the Wharf Jitney from Recreation Pier to East Potomac Park. Explore this 400-acre man-made island’s numerous amenities, including a public golf course, driving range, miniature golf coursepublic swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, picnic area, and several athletic fields. It is also a popular destination for fishermen, cyclists, walkers, inline skaters, and runners.

Hours of Operation

The Wharf Jitney operates in the daylight, so its hours shift slightly throughout the year:

October: Thursday to Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:30pm

November: Thursday to Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

December: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

The Wharf Jitney's operation is subject to weather conditions.

Check the Wharf Jitney's current operating status

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Take a Stroll Through the Neighborhood

From the scenic views off the wooden piers to window-shopping along cobblestone streets, The Wharf offers plenty of places to explore. So saunter down the promenade. Meander through the parks. Browse the stores. Or march right up to your favorite restaurants for a leisurely sit-down meal. At The Wharf, you’ll never run out of things to do and see.

Walking Distance to Nearby Attractions

10-minute walk to National Mall
15-minute walk to Jefferson Memorial
20-minute walk to Washington Monument
20-minute walk to Nationals Park

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Car & Parking


Driving Directions to The Wharf 

The Wharf is conveniently located just off I-395/I-695 and 7th Street SW. However, driving to The Wharf may not be the fastest way to get here due to frequent special events, traffic congestion, and limited parking. We highly recommend taking Metro and our free SW Shuttle instead. If you can’t avoid driving, check out our additional off-site parking locations for easy access.


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Dock at The Wharf

From the Potomac River, travel north on the Washington Channel to arrive at The Wharf’s marinas and piers. Please check with the marinas for availability and docking fees.

Wharf Coordinates: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’

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“Our partnership with The Wharf offers a refreshing way to experience our beautiful city, as well as a convenient way to access Alexandria, National Harbor, and Georgetown.”
— Mary Rinaldo, Regional Vice President of City Cruises

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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