Travel Tips For Travel
By Car: Be sure to get a good map
of the Washington, D.C. area before you start. Road
signs on the interstate highways can be confusing
and traffic is often heavy, so it is important to
know where you are heading. Try to avoid rush-hour
traffic. Parking in most downtown hotels will cost
$12-20 per day. If you are flying to D.C., we advise
against renting a car, because it is expensive to
rent, to park and difficult to maneuver. Generally,
it is better to pay a little more for a hotel that
is close to our outstanding Metro rail system.
By Train: For travelers on the East
Coast, Amtrak (800/USA-RAIL) runs hourly service to
and from Union Station, which is located just two
blocks from the U.S. Capitol and near the Smithsonian
museums. This is a very convenient, relaxing way to
travel to D.C.
By Plane: Washington is served by
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), located
15 minutes south of the city in Arlington, Va., is
the most convenient. A taxi from the airport into
downtown Washington hotels will cost about $15 (extra
persons costs only about $2 more) and will get you
straight to the hotel in less than 30 minutes. Metro
also connects directly to the airport, but is usually
not convenient if you are carrying luggage, which
can be cumbersome on the train and on Metro escalators.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
is located about one hour west of downtown Washinton
in Reston, Va. A taxicab ride into downtown hotels
for one to four persons will cost about $60. Supershuttle
(800/258-3826) will collect a number of passengers
and transport them to several hotels in the same zone.
It will take longer than a cab, but the cost is $22
one-way and for others traveling together the fare
would be $10. Another alternative is the Washington
Flyer bus, which operates buses in each direction
every 30 minutes from Dulles to a downtown terminal
at 1517 K St. NW, which is about three blocks from
the White House. Fare is $16 one-way, $26 round-trip,
but you may also need to pay for a cab to your hotel.
This option is best for single travelers or couples.
Metro is available from Dulles by taking the Washington
Flyer bus to the West Falls Church Metro station (703-685-1400).
It will cost about $8 for the bus and $3 for the Metro
ride into downtown and will take extra time.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
is located about 45 minutes north of Washington and
about 20 minutes south of Baltimore. Taxi fares from
BWI into downtown D.C. will cost about $60 for one
to four persons. Van transportation into Washington's
downtown hotels is provided by Supershuttle (800/258-3826)
for $28 for the first person and $10 for extra persons
in the same party. Even though it is expensive, a
taxi may still be a better and more direct alternative
for parties of two or more.
Disclaimer: This information is
provided as a service to our clients, but all rates
are subject to change.