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Airports in Washington DC

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Location

The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of Baltimore and 30 miles (50km) north of Washington DC.

Getting to the city

The airport train station has trains going to both central Baltimore and Washington DC; the BWI Marshal Station (Tel: 410-672-6169) is connected to the terminal by free shuttle buses from the airport. Both MARC (Tel: 866-RIDE-MTA) and Amtrak (Tel: 800-872-7245) run trains to Union Station in DC. A light rail service goes from the airport to Baltimore costing US$1.60 (Tel: 410-539-5000). Taxies are available outside of baggage claims and cost about $25 to Baltimore and $63 to Washington DC. Public buses include Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Bus Service which serves the greater Washington area. There are also various bus shuttle services to both cities, some dropping off at the central hotels.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 410 859 7111.

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Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Overview

Connected to over 125 destinations worldwide, Washington Dulles International Airport serves Washington, Northern Virginia and Baltimore as well as being a jumping off point for anyone wishing to travel along the eastern United States.

With almost 24 million passengers passing through Washington Dulles International Airport annually, it's easy to think that individual passengers might get lost in the rush, but the airport manages to achieve a balance. Passengers transiting through Washington Dulles International Airport will find a range of shopping opportunities, including duty-free shops, as well as art galleries and live dance performances and other amenities.

Location

The airport is situated 26 miles (41km) west of Washington DC.

Getting to the city

The Washington Flyer Coach Service provides a direct link between the airport and the West Falls Church Metrorail (Tel: 202-637-7000), operating every 30 minutes to downtown, with a fare of $8. The coach service tickets are bought at arrivals door 4 in the main terminal and cost $10. A public bus service is available at the station for transport to areas not serviced by Metrorail. The Washington Flyer taxis are available from the airport and cost $54 dollars to the city centre (Tel: +1(0)703 661 6655). SuperShuttle operates a door-to-door shared van service. Hotel/Motel courtesy transportation can be arranged by using the phone hook-ups attached to the hotel courtesy boards on the Baggage Claim Level.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 703 572 2700.

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Ronald Reagan Washington Airport (DCA)

Overview

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a hub for the largest carrier in the United States - US Airways. DCA accepts flights from across North America and the Caribbean with routes between DC and Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Miami, Houston and Chicago being the busiest.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport served over 18.5 million passengers in 2010, but Washington Dulles Airport handles most of the international flights coming into Washington DC. DCA is well connected to downtown Washington via the Metrorail, making it a convenient airport to use when travelling in the region.

Location

Three miles (4.8 km) south of Washington DC

Getting to the city

The airport has a Metrorail station connected to the councourse level of Terminals B and C which offers connecting service to downtown Washington DC. Metrobus provides service to Washington DC on weekend mornings when the Metro isn't operating. There are several shuttle companies that offer door-to-door service within the city.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (703) 417-8000.

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Baltimore-Washington International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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