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How does one get to downtown Washington, DC from Dulles International Airport?

There are a few ways to get to central D.C. from Dulles. Metrobus is a very economical way to get downtown. Line 5A offers an express service from Dulles to the L'Enfant Plaza metro station, near the Mall. Travel time is about 50 minutes and bus fare is presently $3.10. However, the frequency of the service is limited to every 40 minutes. Another option that allows you to transfer to the metro light rail system is the Washington Flyer coach. This bus departs every 30 minutes from Dulles Airport and goes to the West Falls Church metro station in Virginia, 20 to 30 minutes away. Once there, you can transfer to the train and head downtown in about 30 minutes. The coach fare is $10 and metro fares range from $1.65 to $4.50 during rush hours or $1.35 to $2.35 during non-peak hours.

The Super Shuttle door-to-door service is also available. The fare for the first passenger is $29 and up, not including tip, with discounts for additional passengers and groups. No reservations are required when traveling from the airport.

Since Dulles International Airport is 26 miles away from downtown Washington D.C., taxis can be costly. A taxi ride downtown can cost over $50 depending on traffic and your final destination.

All major rental car companies have offices at the airport. However, if you are visiting downtown Washington D.C., most hotels there charge an overnight parking fee of $30+ per day and parking on the street is challenging at best.

last updated 2008.09.04
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