VRE Mobile is the official mobile ticketing app for Virginia Railway Express! With the VRE Mobile ticketing app, you can buy and use fares (tickets and passes) for VRE Commuter Rail at anytime, anywhere directly from your smartphone. VRE Mobile allows you to ride VRE and Amtrak trains with a purchased Amtrak Step-Up ticket and a validated or “activated” multi-ride ticket (5 Day Pass, 10 Ride ticket or Monthly Pass) on Cross-Honor trains designated on the VRE schedule. The VRE mobile ticketing application also allows you to use your WMATA SmartBenefitsSM to purchase tickets and passes. Just download the free app, register your debit/credit card in our secure system, and you're ready to go.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS APP:
• No need to carry cash or count exact change.
• Buy and use fares instantly using a debit/credit card, PayPal, WMATA SmartBenefitsSM
• Store multiple tickets on your phone for future use.
• Register your debit/credit card(s) in our secure system.
• Purchase tickets on your phone or on any computer via our eCommerce website.
Performance improvements and security updates.
Ratings and Reviews
Great for its intended purpose
This app is just for buying and showing tickets and for that it's great. There is not really any other convenient way to convert smartbenefits to ten-day rides and for that I am extremely grateful. Admittedly it is cumbersome to connect your smartbenefits account to your VRE mobile setup, but once that is done you just use the app to buy tickets with your smartbenefits, a functionality that should have been available from the rollout of smartbenefits. The app should be called "mobile ticketing" because it seems everyone expects a more expansive app including train tracking, etc.
Tickets Expire Too Soon
We tossed away $19 first time using this app. I wanted to purchase tickets day before. Website says physical tickets last 5 days, then can be used. This app tickets last only one day. No warning until after I purchased the tickets. Last time I will ever use it.
App & website don't talk
The interface between the mobile app and the vre mobile website do not communicate with each other. The steps in the help file concerning moving your tickets so you don't loose them don't work b/c the items are not there to select.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.