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Getting to Washington, DC



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Washington, DC's Airports & How to Get There

Train

Due to the coronavirus, Amtrak has launched new health and safety procedures including a partnership with Lysol, enhanced cleaning protocols, real-time seat availability on Amtrak.com, fresh-air replacement every 4-5 minutes, and in compliance with federal law, mandatory face coverings on trains and in stations how Amtrak is addressing rider safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

If you’d rather travel to DC on the ground, we are just an Amtrak away. Amtrak offers large spacious seats, plenty of legroom, free WiFi, and you can bring two carry-ons and two bags for free. Amtrak saves time and can save you money too – book in advance to get some of our best fares with Amtrak Saver Fares

 

Amtrak has frequent daily departures from major cities throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and even Chicago. Trains arrive at Union Station, bringing you to the heart of DC. Union Station is walking distance from landmarks, chic neighborhoods and fine dining. It also has its own Metro Station, and easy access to taxis and ridesharing.

Amtrak train

 

Cars

If you’ve chosen to drive to the District with your own wheels, SpotHero and ParkWhiz are fantastic apps to use in order to find a parking spot that suits you. Many hotels also offer parking options, so check with yours when securing your reservation.

 

Rules of the Road

Washington, DC has a grid road system like Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France, but unlike its international counterparts, the District’s streets are more complicated due to diagonal streets, squares and traffic rotaries/circles, as well as its one-way streets and narrow roads. If you are driving around the District, traffic patterns may change due to rush hour/commuting times (generally 5-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.) or for construction. Please note that most traffic lights stand at the side of intersections instead of hanging suspended above them. Be alert for no left turn intersections and blocks closed to vehicle traffic. The default speed limit of DC’s local roads was set to 20 miles per hour (or 32 kph) in June 2020.

 

Thankfully, cars are not needed for the best experience. Washington, DC is a walking town. In fact, 58 percent of commuter trips in DC are taken by foot, bike or public transit. Join the locals and see the best in the District as a pedestrian!

 

Rental cars

Rental cars can be picked up at all Washington, DC major airports. It is recommended to make reservations in advance. Car rental companies operating in the area include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Buses

Traveling by bus to and from DC is easy. Choose from an array of options, including Megabus.comBattle’s Transportation and Vamoose.

 

Looking for more information on transportation? Check out our Getting Around in DC page.