How to Get to Downtown Washington, DC from Reagan National Airport

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Of the three major airports in the Washington, D.C., area, Reagan National Airport is the closest to the nation's capital. It's just four miles away. It is easily connected to downtown Washington by public transportation, putting you within reach of the White House, U.S. Capitol, National Mall and other D.C. attractions within 15 to 20 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Washington, D.C., map
  • Metro map
  • Cash

How to Get from Reagan National Airport to Downtown Washington, D.C.

  • Take the Metro. It is the most reasonably priced way to get into the city, costly just a couple of dollars per person. The Washington region's subway system is dependable, clean and modern. Blue and Yellow Line trains run from the airport at the concourse (Level 2) between terminals B and C. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 12:26 a.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 3:26 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3:26 a.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 12:26 a.m. To get to the Metro entrance, follow the well-marked signs in the airport.

  • Take a taxi. Fares will run approximately $16 to $20 to downtown Washington. Taxi stands are immediately outside Terminal A and outside the arrivals level of terminals B and C. Follow the signs for ground transportation.

  • Take a shuttle service. SuperShuttle and other shuttle services can ferry you into the city for less than the cost of a taxi. Make a reservation in advance.

  • Hire a private car service. Arrangements should be made in advance. Confirm your reservation before boarding your flight to Washington.

  • Consult a volunteer at the airport's Travelers Aid stations. The desks are staffed for most of the day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Travelers who arrive at the airport's Terminal A can take a free shuttle to the Metro. It departs the terminal approximately every six minutes.
  • Ask the attendant at the taxi stands for the approximate fare of your ride into Washington. He or she may give you a map; if you cannot understand the map, ask.
  • While shuttle services may be less money than a taxi, they also may not provide you with a direct route to your destination if other passengers are dropped off first. A taxi is likely faster.
  • Taxis cost more money during rush hour. Also be aware of whether a fuel surcharge is being assessed.
  • Do not accept the services of a driver who approaches you in the airport and offers a ride; it's likely he or she is not properly licensed.

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