Union Station in Washington DC (DC Photo Guide)

Union Station in Washington DC is quite a stunning sight. Union Station is located in the heart of DC just a short walk from the U.S. Capitol. Built in 1908 Union Station is a travel hub for DC including buses, trains, and a DC Metro stop.

You’ll find stunning columns on the front of Union Station while the main hall of the station includes incredible gold accents.

There are plenty of classic architectural elements to be seen on Union Station. The front of Union Station stand six colossal statues representing the American Renaissance.

Front of Union Station

Inside Union Station you’ll find a stunning main hall with gold accents. As you head back toward the trains there is a small shopping area with a food court as well.


How to get to Union Station

Located just a 10 minute walk from the United States Capitol Union Station is fairly easy to get to. To the north of Union Station you’ll find H street and the H street trolly system. Inside Union Station is a red line metro stop and an Amtrak line.

Metro: Taking the DC Metro to Union Station is extremely easy since it is a dedicated stop on the red line.

Driving: Parking near Union Station isn’t too difficult, there are typically parking spots to the east in the neighborhood. Union Station also has a dedicated parking lot for longer stays. If someone is dropping you off there is a large drop off area out front. Additionally you can find plenty of taxis in the front if you need a ride.

Of course it’s also easy to rent a Bikeshare bike or scooter to get to Union Station.

Union Station on Google Maps

Union Station Pictures

Here are my photos of Union Station in Washington DC over multiple years. Including pictures from the giant American flags out front for the 4th of July and large Christmas Wreaths for the holidays.

I highly recommend bringing a wide angle lens to capture the grand nature of Union Station’s main hall. A zoom lens can also help you photography smaller details like the stunning ceiling or the US capitol from Union Station.


Frequently Asked Questions about Union Station

What is Union Station?

Union Station is a transportation hub located in Washington DC. It is served by Amtrak, MARC, VRE, and the DC Metro, making it a major transportation hub for the region.

When was Union Station in DC built?

Union Station was originally built in 1907 as a train station. It was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and was considered one of the grandest train stations in the world at the time. The station underwent a major renovation in the 1980s and was reopened in 1988.

What are the hours of operation for Union Station?

The station is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, individual businesses within Union Station have their own hours.

Is there parking available at Union Station?

Yes, Union Station has a large parking garage. The garage is open 24 hours a day and parking rates vary depending on the length of stay.

What amenities are available at Union Station?

Union Station has a variety of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and a food court. There is also a bike sharing station located outside the station for those who prefer to travel by bike. Additionally, there are luggage storage facilities available for travelers.

Can I take a bus from Union Station?

Yes, Union Station is served by several bus companies, including Greyhound, Megabus, and BoltBus.

What is the best way to get to Union Station?

The best way to get to Union Station depends on your starting location. The station is easily accessible by car, bike, and public transportation. The DC Metro’s Red Line stops at Union Station, making it a convenient option for those traveling within the city.

Are there any hotels located near Union Station?

Yes, there are several hotels located within walking distance of Union Station, including the Phoenix Park Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Is Union Station accessible for those with disabilities?

Yes, Union Station is fully accessible for those with disabilities. The station has elevators, ramps, and accessible restrooms throughout the facility.


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I hope you enjoyed my quick travel guide to Union Station. When I am out photographing DC I typically stop at Union Station to get a few quick photos.

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