Welcome to Washington, D.C.! When coming to the city, you’ll have some choices places to fly into- the nearby Reagan National (DCA), the further Dulles International (IAD), and the out of town Baltimore International (BWI). If you’re considering trying to get in and out of the city from any of these DC airports, you’ll have a couple options.
Reagan: The closest the the city center, you can only access this airport if you’re flying from inside the U.S. Cabs are easy to access, with a cab rank immediately outside the baggage claims, and D.C. cabs are relatively cheap, and all take credit card. An Uber pickup generally takes a few minutes, as they’re not allowed to wait at arrivals, and will cost you around $15-20 if you’re driving into the center of the city. If you want to save money, you can take the Metro, which stops at Reagan on both the Blue and Yellow Lines. They both stop at convenient locations within the city, where you can get off and walk to your residence or transfer to a different line.
Dulles: While Dulles is technically considered a Washington airport, it’s actually located about 40 minutes outside of the city in Virginia. As expected for such a lengthy drive, paying for an Uber to the airport is somewhat costly- it’s estimated at around $33-$45 to Dulles from the city. You may also to take the public bus, a thriftier option, but it’ll take up to 30 extra minutes to get to or from DC. If you’d rather not risk traffic, you can take the Metro out to the Wiehle-Reston East station on the Silver Line, and take the 5 minute shuttle bus from there to the airport.
Baltimore: Though flying into Baltimore seems out of the way, you actually have several options to get into DC. An Uber from DC to the airport will cost you less than the trip to Dulles- between $60 and $80. You can also take the MARC train into Union Station and take the Metro to your destination, or the courtesy bus from the airport to the nearby Greenbelt Metro stop, on the Green Line. As with all other airports, you also have the option to grab a cab from the stand, or rent a car.
If you don’t want to fly into DC, the city has trains and busses running out of Union Station to nearly every major city on the East Coast.
Safe travels, and have an awesome trip!
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