With three international airports and more than 2,200 daily flights to and from Washington, DC, traveling to the nation’s capital via air is a convenient option. Washington, DC’s three major airports are Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. All are full-service airports offering an array of amenities.
Located just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, Reagan National Airport (airport code: DCA) is DC’s closest airport. In fact, often times you’ll get a beautiful bird’s-eye view of the city’s iconic monuments and memorials upon landing or take-off. Reagan National Airport has 44 gates and receives flights from 78 domestic and international nonstop destinations. Reagan National Airport has its own stop on the Metro (yellow and blue line) and is also serviced by Washington Flyer Taxi. The taxi fare from Reagan National to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is approximately $15 plus tip.
Located 26 miles from Washington, DC, in the Dulls Corridor (a business hub that’s home to a number of technology companies), Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) is the region’s largest airport with 127 gates and 132 domestic and international nonstop destinations. The airport is connected to the region’s highway network via a 16-mile Airport Access Highway, making travel to and from Washington, DC convenient and quick. Serviced by Washington Flyer Taxi, the 30-mile ride from Dulles to Capitol Hill would be approximately $64 plus tip. Washington Flyer also operates Super Shuttle, which offers passengers the opportunity to share transportation. A Metro extension to Dulles airport is currently under construction and expected to open in 2016.
Dulles recently underwent a major upgrade project that included two new parking garages, a new airport traffic control tower, expanded gates, a new fourth runway and an automated people mover called Aero Train.
Located in neighboring city Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI) is another option for those traveling to Washington, DC. With 68 gates, the international airport is a major hub for Mid-Atlantic travel. The airport can be accessed via Amtrak. Visitors can take the train from the BWI station to DC’s Union Station for about $15.