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How does one get to downtown Washington, DC from Reagan National Airport?

The Washington, D.C. Metro light rail service has a station that is directly connected to Reagan National Airport. To reach the airport by train, take either the Yellow or Blue lines. The Metro can take you to downtown hotels and attractions in 15 to 20 minutes depending on the time of day. The trains are typically not very crowded except during commuter hours. So, bringing luggage with you is generally not an issue. Fares range from $1.65 to $4.50 during rush hours and $1.35 to $2.35 during non-peak hours. Day- and week-long passes are also available and are very helpful if you intend to travel much within the downtown area.

Taxis are readily available and can take you to nearby downtown locations usually for $20 or so depending on traffic and your final destination plus a $1.75 airport fee. If you have lots of luggage or are traveling as part of a group, a taxi can be a very good option.

Door-to-door shuttles are available and may be a good way to travel if your destination is not easily accessible from the Metro. The fare for the first passenger is $14 and up, with discounts for additional passengers and groups. Super Shuttle is a current operator which offers unscheduled pick-ups. Rides with other providers are available but they should be scheduled in advance.

All major rental companies have offices at the airport. However, if you are visiting downtown, most hotels 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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