Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Located in Arlington, Virginia, this airport, which is also referred to as National Airport, Washington National, Reagan National Airport, Reagan, or National, is the closest and most convenient airport to Washington, D.C. But due to its lack of customs facilities, it can only serve U.S. destinations or airports in Canada and the Caribbean that allow U.S. customs pre-clearance. From here, you can reach D.C. via Metrorail, taxis, or rideshare services.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Commonly known as Dulles, this airport, located in Sterling, Virginia, serves as the city’s primary international airport, with a main terminal that features a striking curved roof. It’s also the East Coast hub for United Airlines. Since travelers need to take a train between the main building and the concourses, be sure to allocate extra time getting to the gate. From here, you can reach D.C. via buses, taxis, and rideshare services.
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Located 30 miles northeast of D.C. and 10 miles south of downtown Baltimore, this airport is the farthest of the three area airports from D.C. Commuter rail service and Amtrak connect BWI to D.C. Buses, taxis, and rideshare services are also available.
Walking: Ranked one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, D.C. can be explored on foot, with most attractions, such as those along the National Mall, located near each other.
Bus: Designed for visitors, the D.C. Circulator buses operate between main attractions and popular neighborhoods, along six routes. Metrobus operates routes throughout the D.C. metro area, including spots that aren’t accessible via Metrorail.
Rail: The intra-city train system, known as Metrorail, is composed of six color-coded rail lines that run primarily underground within D.C. and above ground in the surrounding suburbs. Fare prices are based on the distance traveled. Riders must swipe their payment card at both the entrance and exit stations.