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Thursday
Dec172009

Getting from DC Area Airports to Your Final Destination--Part 2, Dulles (IAD)

DC Like a Local continues its romp through the wonderful airports of the Washington, DC, area--none of which are in Washington, DC.

Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from downtown Washington, DC, and is named for John Foster Dulles, the Secretary of State under Eisenhower.  It’s IAD on your baggage tags..  You get your bags and are greeted with a number of options.  One involves a bus to Rosslyn, VA (across the Potomac from Georgetown).  The second involves a bus and Metro combination.  The options are listed from cheapest to most expensive.

Here we go:

A.  Metro Bus 5A goes from Dulles Airport to Rosslyn, VA, and L’Enfant Plaza, DC.  Follow the directional signs to buses.  Then search for the appropriate bus stop.  There are signs telling you where different bus numbers stop. If you want to know when the next bus to arrive, check NextBus when you arrive. If you don't have a web capable phone, you can call (202) 637-7000 and enter stop number 5002017. And, of course, there is an iphone app for this.  From Dulles you stay on the bus to Rosslyn, VA, or L’Enfant Plaza, DC.  You can transfer to the Metro at either station.  Bus fare is currently $3.10.  There are no transfers from bus to Metro. The trip will take 45-60 minutes.  Please note that, if you take the bus to the airport, you can get a discount on the bus transferring from Metro to the bus--but only if you use a plastic Smartrip card.  Depending on what you are going to do in DC--and how long you will be here--a Smartrip card might be a good investment.  If you use a paper ticket on the Metro, there is no transfer to the bus and you pay full fare.

B. You can take the Washington Flyer Coach Service from Dulles to the West Falls Church Metro Stop (Orange Line on the Metro).  Buses leave from the Arrivals Level Door 4 at Dulles.  Fare is currently $10.00 one way and $18.00 round trip.  When you get to West Falls Church, hop on the Metro and take the subway to your hotel. The trip is 20-30 minutes on the Flyer bus.

C. Take the Super Shuttle. Super Shuttle is a van.  It is a group taxi.  If you are the first one off, it’s quick, but, if not, it can take awhile.  Very useful if you are going somewhere that is not conveniently near the Metro and/or you have a lot of luggage.  To get a fare quote, just click on the highlighted link.

D. A Taxi.  A Taxi from Dulles to downtown will be about $60.  This fare quote was taken from the airport taxi website.  The Taxi Fare Finder estimates that it will be $57.41 (interesting that penny). 

Please note that all fares can change and taxi fares may depend on the traffic at the time of the day when you arrive.

Reader Comments (2)

When using a SmartTrip card, you now get a 50 cent discount whether transferring from rail to bus or bus to rail. Metro has a video tutorial on using the SmartTrip.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Thanks for reminding us of the exact amount of the discount for using the SmarTrip card when you transfer from Metro to bus, Lara. When you swipe your card on the bus, it remembers to give you the 50 cent discount.

December 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterLauren S. Kahn

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