Getting to Dulles Airport (IAD) From Washington DC

Dulles Airport
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Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from Downtown Washington DC, in Chantilly, Virginia. Although the airport is about a 40-minute drive in non-rush hour traffic, traffic can be unpredictable so you should make sure that you leave plenty of time to get to the gate.

The GPS address of Dulles Airport is 1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, VA 20166.

Here's how to get from Dulles Airport to Washington DC (and back).

Shuttles

SuperShuttle - Available 24 hours a day, this shuttle provides door to door shared rides within the Washington DC metropolitan area. For information, call 1-800-BLUEVAN.

Metro Bus and Metrorail

Dulles International Airport Silver Line Express provides non-stop service between Dulles Airport and the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter located inside Door 4 on the Arrivals Level of the Main Terminal. Dulles International Airport will be directly accessible by Metrorail when the extension of the Silver Line is complete (projected for 2018).

Taxis

Washington Flyer is the exclusive supplier of taxi transportation services to Dulles Airport. Reservations are not necessary when leaving the airport. Taxis are available on the lower level of the Main Terminal 24 hours a day.

Rental Cars

A variety of car rental companies serve Dulles Airport. Keep in mind that if you are staying in Downtown Washington DC you may not need a car and parking can be expensive.

  • Advantage: 800-777-5500
  • Alamo: 800-462-5266
  • Avis: 800-230-4898
  • Budget: 800-218-7992
  • Dollar: 800-800-5252
  • Enterprise: 800-736-8222
  • Hertz: 800-654-4173
  • National: 877-222-9058
  • Thrifty: 800-367-2277

Parking

Public parking includes two daily garages, four economy parking lots and one hourly lot in front of the Main Terminal. Free shuttle buses are provided to transport passengers from the parking lots to the airport. PAY & GO is an automated payment system with payment machines located in the lower level of the terminal near the east and west exit doors and on the pedestrian bridge near the Daily Parking Garage.

Cell Phone Waiting Area - There is a designated area available for drivers to wait in the vehicle for arriving passengers (limited to one hour). It is located at the intersection of Rudder Road and Autopilot Drive.

Got an early morning flight? You may want to consider staying overnight at a hotel near the airport.

The Washington, DC area is served by three different airports. Depending on your specific travel needs, you have a choice between the National, Dulles, and BWI airports.