Travel Info

The 2018 March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.

Click HERE to download a map.

Public Transportation – DC/VA/MD MetroRail System.

Metro locations to us to arrive at March for Life rally: Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Metro Center. 

Metro Cards: 

To order metro cards, please visit the website www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/. Each SmarTrip® Card costs $2. You can then register the card and add value online.   

  • Group Sales Office: 202-962-5700 

Have your metro card easily accessible, before you enter the station. Metro Stations are crowded during rush hour, and even more crowded on the March for Life, during rush hour. Keep in mind that in the Washington Metro system, you need to tap in and tap out of their faregates. One way to alleviate long lines, and avoid the frustration of fellow metro riders is to have your metro card ready, in your hand, before you enter the line for the faregate. Also you do not need to wait for the gates to close after the person in front of you walks through, just ensure you tap your card to the SmarTrip target and proceed through the gate.

Metro advises those planning to participate in the March for Life to make their way to the event outside of traditional rush hour periods, when crowds are densest, if possible. Rush hour lasts from Metro’s 5 a.m. opening through 9:30 a.m., and from 3 to 7 p.m.

Participants also are urged to buy and load SmarTrip cards ahead of the event to avoid long lines at fare machines. More on purchasing SmarTrip cards for the event can he found here.

Some tips from the March for Life:

  • While walking and riding the metro in D.C., please be respectful of residents and
    commuters. Let’s show the nation’s capital how passionate and polite and respectful pro-lifers really are!
  • Do not leave trash or signs on the grounds of the National Mall, Supreme Court, or Capitol.
  • This is our nation’s capital and we should treat it with dignity and respect. If trash bins are full, please carry your trash or sign with you until you find an available trash bin.
  • Do not engage with counter-protesters.
  • Once again, please be respectful of all people and stay focused on the cause of promoting and celebrating life, lovingly and graciously.

Looking to join a bus trip to the March for Life in Washington?

Many buses to the March for Life are sponsored by local parishes or Knights of Columbus councils. Check with your diocesan Respect Life Office to see if they have information on bus trips being organized in your area.

You can also check out the March for Life Trip Finder for groups coming from your area!

Tour Bus Information

Tour Bus Information: The following links should answer most of your questions.

While you are in D.C.:

Buses: 

Bus Permits: https://dmv.dc.gov/service/get-trip-permit  

Bus Drop-Off: 

There are no specific bus drop-off locations since we are not notified in advance about road closures and traffic routes. However, we suggest that groups attempt drop-off near the National Mall or along Independence Ave. 

Parking for Buses and Cars: 

Union Station: 

Parking is available at the Union Station Bus Terminal, which can also be a drop-off location for groups. Only advance reservations are guaranteed a parking space. Pick-up and drop-off services are only valid within the Bus Deck Facility. Please see the website for parking rates or to make a reservation.  

Phone: 202-834-0272. 

Websitewww.unionstationdc.com/parking 

RFK Stadium: 

Please contact Eyouel at [email protected] or 202-888-2414 in order to reserve a parking spot at RFK Stadium (although a reservation is not a requirement).  

Websitewww.eventsdc.com/Venues/RFKStadium/DirectionsAndParking.aspx  

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: 

Buses are allowed to park in the Basilica’s main parking lot, accessed via Harewood Road on the west side of the Basilica. Parking is granted first-come, first-serve basis. There is no overnight parking at the Basilica.  

Phone: 202-526-8300 

Websitewww.nationalshrine.com