Getting to Dulles Airport (IAD) From Washington, DC

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

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


The SuperShuttle is available 24 hours a day and provides door to door shared rides within the Washington DC metropolitan area. You can also opt for the non-stop shuttle or black car, which will get you to the airport faster.


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.


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 downtown you may not need a car since parking can be expensive.


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.

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