Getting to Dulles Airport (IAD) From Washington DC

Transportation Options from the Washington DC Area to IAD

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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 See a map.

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


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.

Supreme Airport Shuttle – This company offers door-to-door service to and from the airport.  Call 800-590-0000.

Metro Bus and Metrorail

Dulles International Airport Silver Line Express provides non-stop service between Dulles Airport and the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station for just $5. 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).


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. See information about taxis in Washington DC.

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. Search for Car Rental Rates

  • 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 at Dulles Airport

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. Read more about airport parking.

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. See a guide to hotels near Dulles Airport.

The Washington, DC area is served by three different airports. To learn about the differences Between National, Dulles and BWI Airports, see Washington DC Airports (Which One is Best).