For other places with the same name, see Bethesda (disambiguation).

Bethesda is an unincorporated city in Montgomery County in the state of Maryland. It is located only 1.5 miles from the border of Washington, D.C., inside the Beltway.


Bethesda was a quiet suburb until 1984, when the Metro Red Line was extended. This brought an explosion of growth, and many high rise office and apartment buildings were built. Bethesda became the major suburban destination in Maryland for wining and dining, and is much more family-friendly than anywhere in D.C. itself. In 2009, Bethesda was ranked #1 in Forbes' list of most educated towns, #1 in CNN Money's list of highest earning towns, and #1 Total Beauty's Hottest-Guy Cities.

Get in

Downtown Bethesda

By plane

Baltimore-Washington International IATA: BWI, Dulles International IATA: IAD, and Washington Reagan National IATA: DCA airports are all more or less equidistant by taxi from downtown Bethesda, usually taking about 30-45 minutes, without traffic. Budget an extra 30 minutes during rush hour.

For information on getting from the airports to Bethesda, see Washington, D.C.#Get_in

By Metrorail

The Bethesda Metro Station is served by Washington, D.C. Metro Red Line and is located at the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and Old Georgetown Road.

By bus

From New York City

From other points in Montgomery County, MD

Ride-on-Bus operates service between downtown Bethesda and other locations in Montgomery County, including Rockville, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.

By car

Wisconsin Ave (Route 355) and Connecticut Avenue run from Downtown Washington DC to Bethesda.

Parking is usually only available in the public garages , which have rates starting at $0.80 per hour.

By bicycle

The Capital Crescent Trail , which runs from Georgetown to Silver Spring passes through Bethesda. Between Bethesda and Georgetown the trail is smooth asphalt suitable for rollerblading, while from Bethesda to Silver Spring is currently loose gravel.

Get around

By bus

Bethesda Circulator operates free service within downtown Bethesda. It runs every ten minutes M-Th 7AM-midnight, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 6PM-2AM.

Ride-on-Bus operates service between downtown Bethesda and other locations in Bethesda, including Montgomery Mall and the National Institutes of Health.

By foot

You can walk around downtown Bethesda—it's not so big.

By car

There are many garages with hourly meters. Parking enforcement in the city is aggressive and fines start at $45 for an expired meter.


Madonna of the Trail

Bethesda is not known for its sights; it's known for its restaurants and bars. Nonetheless, you might be interested to see:



Bethesda Urban Partnership sponsors many events including free concerts, movie showings, and art exhibitions, all of which are posted on the website.




Farmer's markets

Boutique clothing stores

Shopping malls


Bethesda is known throughout the Washington D.C. area for its 180+ restaurants.


All of Maryland, including Bethesda, is smoke-free in restaurants and bars.


Go next

Routes through Bethesda

Frederick Rockville  W  E  END
Springfield Potomac  W  E  Kensington Silver Spring
Gaithersburg Rockville  N  S  Upper Northwest Washington East End, Washington

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