Washington DC

Dulles International Airport

Dulles International Airport is 26 miles west of Washington D.C. in suburban Virginia. Dulles has the most international flights of the three airports serving the D.C. area.

There are four concourses: A, B, C, and D and a main terminal which holds ticketing, baggage claim, Z-gates and H-gates. Transportation from the main terminal to the A, B and C-gates terminals is via the Aerotrain, an automated train system. People movers called Mobile Lounges or Plane Mates service D gates. Passengers flying out of Concourse B may take the walkway with the option of riding the moving sidewalks.

Ground Transportation

Several rental car agencies serve Dulles Airport. Shuttles run to the rental car offices regularly, picking up from the curb outside of baggage claim to the rental car center located on the east side of Airport Drive.

The Washington Flyer Coach Service runs every 30 minutes between Dulles and Metro's West Falls Church Station and connects to Metrorail, the regions rapid-transist system. Tickets for the Flyer may be purchased at the counter located at Arrivals Door #4 in the Main Terminal ($10 one-way or $18 round-trip). Boarding the coach is at the same location. Taking the Metrorail into D.C. will cost between $1.60 and $5.00 depending upon your stop and time of day and week. Trains heading to Washington D.C. will also be bound for "New Carrollton."

Metrobus runs every hour between Dulles and the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station near Capitol Hill ($6.00/one-way). The bus stop is located at the Ground Transportation Curb/Arrivals Level at curb location 2E.

The Virginia Regional Transit provides bus service between Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm during weekdays and 11:15 am and 5:30 pm during weekends . Fare is a bargain, only 50 cents per person one-way. The bus stop is located outside the Main Terminal on the Ground Level at curbside location "2E."

Super Shuttle provides shared rides to downtown Washington D.C. for $30 for the first passenger and $10 for additional passengers. If you have more than one rider it may be cheaper for you to take a taxi and avoid the multiple stops often associated with group shuttles. Washington Flyer Taxicabs serve Dulles 24-hours a day. One-way fare to Washington, D.C. ranges between $57 and $61. The Taxi Passengers area is located on the lower level of the Main Terminal. A taxi dispatcher is always on duty to help passengers. Chauffeured sedan transportation into Washington D.C. starts at $70 plus a $10 airport pickup fee.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: Released to public domain
Photo Description: Main terminal at Dulles International Airport.