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FAQ: Washington, DC Airports
What airports are in and around the District?
METRO UPDATE: Travelers arriving to Reagan National Airport, the Yellow and Blue lines will shut down between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road stations from July 5-11 and between Pentagon City and Reagan National Airport from July 12-18. The shutdowns are part of a larger project to improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.
Flying into Washington, DC
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
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Traveling to DC from the airport
Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. (It’s also the airport you’re most likely to spot senators and representatives heading home to their districts). To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68.
Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
BWI Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information.
All three airports also have a variety of car rental desks. Check with your preferred car rental company for more information.
Things to see and do at DC airports
DC’s airports all have plenty of retail and dining options. Dulles and Reagan airports have both recently added a number of well-known shops and restaurants to their lineups both before and after the security gates.
At Dulles, look for an outpost of local fave Chef Geoff’s and a lineup of high-end brands like Burberry, Coach and Michael Kor’s on the concourse. At Reagan Airport, look for an outpost of DC’s Kapnos Taverna and a new restaurant concept, Page, from DC’s Chef Carla Hall. Retail options include Vineyard Vines, Lacoste and Brooks Brothers.