- By kevin
- On May 10, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
How to travel in & around Washington DC? Book the Washington DC bus tours is a good way, or you can drive by yourself and travel around it easily. With its marbled monuments and high-profile politicos, Washington, D.C., has long been saddled with a reputation as a stuffy government-driven town.
How to travel in & around Washington DC?
In addition to Reagan Airport, Washington, D.C., is serviced by Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located about 31 miles northwest of the city. Another airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), sits just south of Baltimore. The best way to get from Baltimore/Washington Airport into the city is to take a MARC Train from Union Station. For travel between Reagan Airport and D.C., plan on taking the Metro. And to get to the city from Dulles Airport, use the 5A bus or ride the Silver Line Express Bus to the Silver Line's Wiehle-Reston East station before transferring to a Metro train. Taxis and rental cars are available from all airports.
Another part of the WMATA public transportation system, the buses travel extensive routes throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia. Bus fare is $1.75 for SmarTrip card users and for those using cash. If you're paying with cash, make sure to have the exact fare, as drivers cannot make change.
The DC Circulator buses run every 10 minutes between 6 a.m. and midnight on most days (with reduced or extended hours offered on select days and routes). All DC Circulator buses accept cash and SmarTrip cards for its $1 one-way fare. Route options include one that cuts straight through the city from Union Station to Georgetown and another that travels around the perimeter of the National Mall.
In D.C., metered taxis are plentiful, and you can wave them down or find them lined up outside of major hotels and attractions. Meters start at $3.25 for the first 1/8 mile, and another 27 cents is added per additional 1/8 mile traveled. Extra charges apply for trips from area airports, multiple passengers and rides during declared snow emergencies. The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services also operate in and around the District.
The majority of vacationers travel to Washington, D.C., by car, but that doesn't mean driving in the city is a good idea. D.C. is known for horrible congestion, impatient drivers, scarce yet expensive parking and a confusing grid of streets. If you simply must, you can find rental agencies at all three of the area's airports, as well as various agency locales scattered through the city and in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Car rentals generally cost $30 to $50 per day.