Washington, DC Airport Information
Washington, DC is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. All the airports are easily accessible from the city by ground and public transportation, and most hotels offer shuttle services.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Approximate taxi fare: $16.82 USD
Located in Arlington, Virginia, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport sits across the Potomac River from DC. Built in 1941, the airport's original terminal, Terminal A, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Terminal B/C opened in 1997 as the first of its modernization efforts. In 2007, the airport saw 18.7 million passengers. With 44 airline gates, the airport offers non-stop service to 74 destinations.
Known for its impressive architectural elements and unparalleled views of downtown DC and key monuments, Reagan National offers a great welcome to visitors. To make their experience more comfortable, the airport features over 50 restaurants, lounges and shops. Eateries include Fuddruckers, McDonald's, Legal Sea Foods and Matsutake Sushi, while retail outlets range from Brookstone to Jos. A. Banks.
Reagan National has parking options in four lots: an hourly garage, a daily garage, an hourly and daily garage and an economy lot. Overall, space is available for over 7,500 vehicles. For easy access to downtown DC and its attractions, travelers can take advantage of the airport's Metrorail station or other ground transportation operators.
Airline carriers serving Ronald Reagan National Airport
Air Canada Jazz
US Airways Shuttle
US Airways Express
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Approximate taxi fare: $72.13 USD
Washington, DC Train Information
A fine example of Beaux Arts-style architecture, DC's Union Station serves eight Amtrak routes: Acela Express, Capitol Limited, Cardinal/Hoosier State, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Silver Service/Palmetto, and Vermonter. Traveling on Amtrak, guests from major cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami can reach DC.
Union Station is open 24 hours a day. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 4:30 AM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 5 AM to close.
Located in historic Old Town, Alexandria Station serves five Amtrak routes from its Federal Revival-style terminal. The Cardinal/Hoosier State, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Northeast Regional, and Silver Service/Palmetto routes all stop at the station. From there, passengers can access the King Street station of the Metro as well as Alexandria DASH and WMATA bus lines.
Alexandria Station is open daily from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Washington, DC Public Transportation
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrobus
Metrobus serves passengers 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses covering 150 square miles in DC, Maryland and Virginia. In 2007, Metrobus provided 131.5 million trips.
Metrobus schedules vary based on route and location. Fares are $1.35 using cash and $1.25 using SmarTrip, Metro's permanent, rechargeable plastic cards. Express fares are $3.10 using cash and $3 using SmarTrip. Exact fare is required.MetroRail
The 2nd busiest rapid transit system in the nation, Metrorail serves 86 stations and operates on 106 miles of track, both above and below ground. Its five color-coded lines service the downtown area and extend into Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia and Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland.
Metrorail schedules vary based on time and day, with high frequency service being offered during peak hours weekdays from 5 to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM. Metrorail fares vary based on distance traveled. Regular fare, in effect weekdays from opening to 9:30 AM and from 3 to 7 PM and weekends from 2 AM to closing, is set at $1.65 minimum and $4.50 maximum. Reduced fare, applicable all other times, is $1.35 minimum and $2.35 maximum. Reduced fares are available for seniors. Children ages 4 and under ride free with each adult paying full fare.
Part of a public-private partnership among the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, WMATA and DC Surface Transit, the DC Circulator bus is operated by First Transit. Buses run on three lines: the Convention Center-SW Waterfront Route (Red), Georgetown-Union Station Route (Yellow), and Smithsonian/National Gallery of Art Loop (Purple).
The Red line runs daily from 7 AM to 9 PM; the Yellow line runs daily from 7 AM to 9 PM with extended night service; and the Purple line runs weekends from 10 AM to 6 PM. Fare is $1. Exact change is required. One-, three- and seven-day passes are available. Only SmarTrip cards are accepted for transfers.
Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty service all three airports in the Washington, DC area. On-site rental car counters at Reagan National are located on the first floor in Parking Garage A. At Baltimore/Washington International, the car rental facility is accessible by a free shuttle departing from lower level terminal.
Taxis are located near the baggage claim exits of each terminal at Reagan National. Fares average $15 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In DC, fares are set at $4.25 for the first mile and $1.50 for each additional mile.
Dulles International's Washington Flyer Taxis are located on the lower level of the Main Terminal. Charges are $2.80 for the first quarter mile and $0.45 for each additional quarter mile. Average fare to DC is $50; to Alexandria, $52; to Arlington, $45; to Tyson's Corner, $27; to Reagan National, $58.
The taxi stand at Baltimore/Washington International is located outside of baggage claim. Rates average $65 to Annapolis; $35 to Baltimore; $155 to Dulles; $100 to National Airport; and $90 to Washington, DC.