Travel Tips & Info About DC

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Practice safe traveling. Masks may be required on your flight, at the airport or when taking public transportation.

Explore the nation’s capital with ease and make your next trip to DC stress-free. We’ve got you covered with tips to navigating the city by Metro, a guide to DC-area airports, the best ways to get to DC and more.

FLYING

You can reach Washington through three airports:

1- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) 10-minute drive to DC
• Accessible on Metrorail’s Blue/Yellow lines
• Local Tip: Enjoy a classic half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl before you head through security
• The airport’s Project Journey will bring a new 14-gate concourse in 2021

2- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) 45-minute drive to DC
• The Silver Line Express Bus to Dulles costs $5 and gets you to and from the Metro; the 5A Metrobus travels between Dulles and L’Enfant Plaza
• Fun Nearby: See the Space Shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

3- Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) 45-minute drive to DC
• Shuttles take you to Amtrak and MARC trains bound for DC’s Union Station
• Long layover? Ride the BWI bike trails with Zagster bike share

DRIVING

• Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft service the DC metro area
• Hail a taxi easily on busy streets or near well-trafficked landmarks (DC taxis are red with a gray stripe); pay with cash or credit card

BIKING

DC has more than 140 miles of bike lanes and paths
Capital Bikeshare offers 1-day or 3-day passes and has over 500 stations
• Rent a sized bike and a helmet from Unlimited Biking, and go on a guided (or self-guided) ride
Mount Vernon Trail is paved and spans 18 miles; Georgetown’s C&O Towpath is unpaved and leads to Cumberland, Md.; Rock Creek Trail is centrally located and connects to nearby trails
• Hail a pedicab, weather permitting

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