Information on public transportation options. Also find information on the three Washington area airports.
Driving: For those unfamiliar with the city, driving can be confusing and parking very difficult to find. Most of the parking in the city is on the street, metered, and has a limit of one to two hours. However, public transportation is easily accessible to those visiting the D.C. area.
The Metro: Visitors are encouraged to use the Metro system. All of Washington's major sightseeing attractions are easily accessible by the Metro. The closest Metro stops to Capitol Hill are Capitol South (Orange line) and Union Station (Red line). Trains operate every five minutes during rush hours (between 6 – 9 am and 3 – 6:30 pm) and every ten minutes during off peak hours. They begin running at 5:30 am during the week and stop running at midnight. Call for weekend schedules. For route, schedule and fare information call 202-637-7000. For suggestions and inquiries call 202-637-1328. View Metro Map.
Taxis: Taxicabs are usually easy to find, even during non-rush hour periods. Most fares are based on established zones, not on metered mileage. For example, the large downtown area between the Capitol and the White House is one zone, and a bargain.
Airports: Airports: Washington is served by three area airports. The closest airport to the city is Reagan National (DCA) which is approximately 5 miles from the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall. The next closest airport is Dulles (IAD) which is about 30 miles away and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is about 35 miles. The metro does not service these two airports, but a taxi ($60 one way), shuttle and Washington Flyer are viable transportation options. Normal fare is $10.00 one-way and $18.00 round trip.
Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA):
703-685-8000 for general information,
703-685-8034 for lost and found,
703-684-3472 for travelers aid and paging.
Dulles International Airport (IAD):
703-471-7838 for general information,
703-471-4114 for lost and found,
703-528-4440 for taxi service
703-661-8636 for travelers aid.
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI):
Maryland Telephone: 301-261-1000 for general information,
301-261-1091 for ground transportation,
301-674-1167 for Amtrak BWI Station.