From food and wine, to cultural events, to American history, you can find it all in DC. So go ahead, hop on the Metro, jump on a bike or stroll to some of the most iconic sites the city has to offer. Here’s a few options for you to consider during your visit.
Travel and Transportation
Getting Around 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.me or anticipate heavy usage of the public transit system, unlimited 7-day passes are available. Google Maps can also help navigate the Metro system.
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.
The easiest way to get around Washington DC is via the Metro system. A SmartTrip Card is required to access the rail and bus services. The card can be purchased online in advance or at a kiosk in any Metro Rail station.
If you plan on staying for an extended period of time or anticipate heavy usage of the public transit system, unlimited 7-day passes are available. Google Maps can also help navigate the Metro system.
Pound the Pavement
If you’re so inclined, just put on a comfortable pair of shoes and get walking around.
Segway (Yes, They're Still Around)
Like 5 city’s boast of having strong Segway tours, and this is one of them.
Cabs, Uber, Lyft
Many of you may already use services like Über and Lyft. These services are active here in DC as well. If ride-share apps aren’t your thing, just stick out your thumb!
Tour the Town
Several companies offer Hop-On/Off tours, which vary from trolley or double-decker routes that stop at major attractions in the city. Fares range in price but are approximately $40/day. The three major companies in DC are Old Town Trolley , Big Bus Tours, and DC Trails.
If you’re looking for some something different, a Trolley Pub Tour may be your thing! Its an eco-friendly combination of biking, a pub-crawl, and touring!
You may have a little thing called Car2Go in your city and if you do, then you already know how convenient this car sharing service. Here’s the bonus, you can use your Car2Go membership here in DC to travel and see the city’s may sites. Don’t know what Car2Go is? Here’s a little info.
What is Car2Go?
Car2go is carsharing on your terms – for the epic moments, and everything in between.
Grab any available car
Cars are available on the street and in designated lots around the city. A live map is available on our app.
Point A, meet Point B
You can hop in a car whenever, wherever (with no reservations required) and leave it in the Home Area (operating area) – no need to return it where you grabbed it from.
Park and go
Where you go in between starting and stopping is your adventure. Done with your trip? Park in any approved legal spot and go – no need to refuel.
Another good option for in-city travel is the Capital Bikeshare. The Capital Bikeshare is a bicycle sharing system that serves the DC Metro area. Just pick up a bike at one of hundreds of stations around the metro DC area and take as many short rides as you want while your pass is active. Passes and memberships include unlimited trips under 30 minutes.
End a ride by returning your bike to any station. Push your bike firmly into an empty dock and wait for the green light to make sure it’s locked. Pricing ranges from $2 for a single trip, $8 for a whole day, or $17 for a 3-day pass.