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U.S. Capitol Map

To assist in planning your visit, below are a few additional resources regarding traveling to Capitol Hill.

Important Information for Your Visit

Located across Capitol Hill are the buildings and grounds of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. Most of the buildings and grounds, such as the U.S. Capitol, are open and free to the public. However, for public safety, many buildings have restrictions on items that may be brought into the buildings.

Access to the Capitol Visitor Center

For more detailed information on getting to the Capitol Visitor Center, please go to visitthecapitol.gov.

Accessible Pathway

The Architect of the Capitol works to provide an accessible pathway for the Capitol campus. Click on the map below to enlarge it.

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Public Transportation

  • North Side of Capitol Hill (Senate Office Buildings)
    The north side of Capitol Hill is best reached via metro or rail through Union Station.
  • South Side (House Office Buildings)
    The south side of Capitol Hill is best reached via the Capitol South Metro.
  • East Side (Capitol Visitor Center, Supreme Court, Library of Congress)
    The Capitol Building rests at the center of Capitol Hill. The public entrance to the Capitol is through the Capitol Visitor Center, located beneath the East Plaza of the Capitol. This approach is served by the DC Circulator bus, and can be reached via Union Station or Capitol South Metro. For more information about the DC Circulator Bus visit dccirculator.com or nationalmall.dccirculator.com.
  • West Side (U.S. Botanic Garden, Capitol Grounds Monuments, National Mall)
    The west side of the Capitol Building is next to the National Mall. The nearest Metro station is Federal Center Southwest.

For more information on the Metro system in Washington, D.C. visit wmata.com.

Tour Buses

Please read the security measures in place for commercial buses on the U.S. Capitol Grounds.

Travel to Washington, D.C.

For information on travel to Washington, D.C. the following are the major transportation providers to the Washington metropolitan area.