People often arrive at Washington Dulles Airport not realizing they are in suburban Virginia, some 30 miles from Washington, DC. Then they get socked with the cost of taxis to DC, in the $45 to $50 range. Here are some options for getting to your hotel from Washington Dulles Airport.
First of all, there are the taxis. Taxis at Dulles are limited to the Washington Flyer, and you must pick them up at the taxi stand. This is by far the fastest, easiest, and most expensive way to get into the city. Remember that in DC, taxi drivers also expect a tip.
Super Shuttle does run shuttles to the various hotels in the DC area from
Dulles Airport. These are group vans that transport up to about 10 people at a time from the airport into the DC metropolitan area. They may try to group you based on the location of your destination. Super Shuttle costs $22 for the first person and $10 for additional people, so for a couple, this will cost you $32, plus a tip, totaling as much as $37. Not much savings over a taxi, but if you have a lot of luggage or whatever, they will take
you to the door of your hotel and help with your bags, which you might find worthwhile.
Their web page is:
Washington Flyer also runs a bus, twice an hour, between Dulles and the West
Falls Church metro station. At the metro station, you'll need to get a train to your hotel. This means you'd need to bring your suitcases into the station and to the platform (yes, there are elevators) and figure out where you are going. Remember that the metro has a lot of resources online, so you can figure this out in advance, and be sure to read my article on how to use metro, also. The Washington Flyer bus costs $8 per person, and the metro fare ranges from $1.35 up to about $4, depending on where you are going.
If you do this, the Washington Flyer guy will stow your luggage under the bus and take it out when you get to the
So a couple spends about $24 this way.
Washington Flyer's web page is at:
The least expensive way to get into the city is to take the 5A city bus. This bus leaves from Dulles every hour or so, and has a fare of $3, with a senior citizen rate of only 60 cents per person. It stops at Rosslyn metro station, which is just in Virginia near Georgetown, and L'Enfant Plaza metro station, which is within walking distance of the Smithsonian. From here, you can take metro to anywhere metro serves, or catch a cab to your
Note that you will need an ID showing your date of birth and must be 65 or older to get the senior rate, but metro's policy is that if you are out of area, you do not need a special local ID as the local seniors do.
Metro's web site is www.metroopensdoors.com.
You catch all of these options on the Ground Transportation level at the airport.