Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting from the Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Purchase a $5 ticket for the Silver Line Express Bus at Arrival Door 4. The 15-minute bus ride will connect you to the Wiehle-Reston Metrorail station on the Silver Line. From there, you can ride the metro for around 45 minutes to get all the way downtown.
If you’re looking for a faster option, a cab ride from the airport to the downtown core costs about US$60. Lyft and Uber are also available – they charge an additional US$4 fee on top of their standard fare for trips from the airport.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
The 10-minute cab ride from the airport to the downtown core costs between US$15 and US$20.
The Metrorail connects with Terminals B and C, so you can easily hop on the train after getting off the plane. Fares vary depending on which station you start at.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Located in Maryland, this airport is closer to Baltimore than to D.C. An express shuttle runs every 60 minutes from here to Greenbelt Station on bus route B30. At Greenbelt, hop on the Green Line or the Yellow Line that runs into the city or call a taxi – a ride downtown costs about $US$60.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has an extensive rail and bus system. Train fares vary by time of day and distance travelled. Keep your ticket handy because you'll need proof of payment to exit the station.
Taxis and Ridesharing
Cabs are easy to hail in the downtown core. If you’re in a quieter area, call DC Yellow cab or Taxi Transportation or use the Curb app.
DC Yellow cab: 202-544-1212
Taxi Transportation: 202-398-0500
Ridesharing services Lyft, Uber and Via operate throughout the city and surrounding suburbs.
Capital Bikeshare has hundreds of pick-up and drop-off stations throughout the city. Rentals cost US$2 per trip or you can get a 24-hour pass for US$8.