Flying into Washington, DC
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
Traveling to DC from the airport
Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Please be advised that Reagan National Airport is currently undergoing a phased restoration called Project Journey. To view all construction advisories at Reagan Airport, please visit this website
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68.
Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
BWI Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC's Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.
All three airports also have a variety of car rental desks. Check with your preferred car rental company for more information.
Traveling to DC via Train - Union Station
Union Station is DC's premier multimodal transportation hub. With seven transportation modes available and over thirty transportation providers to choose from, it is no wonder Union Station hosts about 40 million visitors annually. With over 2.6 million riders annually on the intercity bus service alone, it is the #1 Metro station in the system with 65,000 trips per weekday, the #1 MARC station in the system, and it is Amtrak's second busiest station in the country.
The Metro entrances/exits are located within the building on the West and on the First Street sides of the Street Level as well as on the Westside of the Lower Level.
Maryland Rail Commuter Service - Commuter rail servicing Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia
Virginia Railway Express - Commuter rail servicing Washington DC and Northern Virginia