Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, true local flavor
Washington, DC is a place unlike any other. It’s your home away from home with free museums and America’s front yard. Plan your trip to the nation’s capital by checking out all the things to do, places to eat and ways to stay by visiting DC’s Official Tourism site.
Flying into Washington, DC:
There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD)
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI)
All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
Traveling to Downtown DC from the Airport
Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. (It’s also the airport you’re most likely to spot senators and representatives heading home to their districts). To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15.00 – $20.00. Visit the Reagan Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60.00 – $68.00.
Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5.00 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. Visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page for more information.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15.00 – $30.00. Visit the BWI Airport ground transportation page for more information
Metrorail & Metrobus
Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC, with Metrobus providing connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail. Metrobus runs hundreds of routes throughout the city and the greater Washington, DC area, with more than 1,400 buses using compressed natural gas or a hybrid electric drive system helping to keep DC eco-friendly.
The DC Circulator gets rave reviews from residents and visitors alike. The bus is incredibly affordable at just $1 per ride, and travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District. Explore neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Woodley Park/Cleveland Park, U Street and Capitol Hill with the Circulator. The bus even offers a dedicated National Mall route for super easy access to DC’s majestic lineup of monuments and memorials. Schedules for every route are available, and buses run every 10 minutes.
Taxi Cab Services
Several taxi companies operate at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Taxi rates for a one-way transfer to the hotel cost approximately $30.00. Taxi rates for a one-way transfer from Washington Dulles International Airport cost approximately $55.00 and from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport cost approximately $65.00.
Rental Car Information
Avis® Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company for the IPPS meeting. For reservations, please call (800) 331-1600, and use the code “J901055” to receive the discounted rates.
The Renaissance Washington DC Downtown has a self parking rate of $35.00 plus tax per day or valet for a discounted price of $40.50 per day.