Washington DC

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located just across the Potomac River near Arlington, Virginia only a few miles from the Washington D.C. downtown area. Reagan Airport has three concourses: A, B, and C and is very easy to navigate.

While Reagan is the most convenient of the three airports serving the area it doesn’t come close to offering what the Dulles and Baltimore airports do. Reagan Airport is ideal for flying regionally. When passengers wish to fly to the west coast they have to connect in other cities. International flights are limited except for a few Canadian or Bahamas flights, but there are plenty of flights to and from New York.

Ground Transportation

Rail Service

The Washington D.C. Metrorail system is only a few minutes walk from the main terminal and connects to the B and C concourse. Fares start at $1.60 and go up to $5.20. Travelers need a farecard or pass to ride the Metrorail. All entrances to the Airport Metrorail station have machines with farecards available for purchase. Farecards hold from $1.60 and $45 and are rechargeable. One-day and 7-day passes for unlimited Metrorail travel can also be purchased.

Bus Service

The Metrobus stop is located at the base of the Metrorail station. Local bus service within Washington D.C. starts at $1.70. Bus drivers carry no cash, so exact fare is expected. A 7-day Regional Bus Pass good for unlimited travel is $15.

Save money and time with the SmarTrip® card

Travelers can save on Metrorail and Metrobus fares and transfer costs by purchasing a SmarTrip® card for $5. The SmarTrip® card is a permanent, rechargeable farecard. It's plastic, like a credit card, and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. It also saves on time, allowing passengers to swipe and go.

Rental Cars

The rental car counters are located on the first floor in Parking Garage A. For car pick up, catch a Rental Car shuttle outside the baggage claim area at each terminal.

Shared rides and Chauffeured transportation

Super Shuttle provides share-ride service downtown for $14 for the first guest and $10 for additional guests. For a party of multiple passengers, a taxi will be less expensive. The taxicab stands are located outside of the Arrivals/Baggage Claim areas of each terminal. Taxi dispatchers will assist you in finding a cab going to your destination. Fares vary from $11 to $21 depending on your drop-off location in D.C. The average fare to downtown is $15. An airport free of $2.50 will also be applied to your fare. Chauffeured transportation to downtown starts at $38 plus a $10 airport pickup fee.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © Jan Tyler
Photo Description: Runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport