Getting to National Airport (DCA) From Washington DC

Transportation Options from the Washington DC Area to DCA

High angle view of the control tower and departures terminal at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington DC, USA
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National Airport is located just 4 miles from Downtown Washington DC, in Arlington County, Virginia. The airport is easy and affordable to get to using public transportation. Traffic can be unpredictable so you should be aware of your flight time and make sure that you plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get to the gate.

The GPS address of National Airport is: 2401 Smith Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22202. See a map.

Getting from National 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.

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

Read more about Washington DC Airport Shuttle Services

Metrorail and Amtrak

The airport is directly accessible by Metrorail on the Yellow or Blue Lines. Enclosed pedestrian bridges connect directly to the station. Farecards may be purchased at machines located at the entrances to the Airport Metrorail station. Read more about Using the Washington DC Metrorail.

National Airport is located near two Amtrak train stations.  Both are easily accessed by Metro.

  • Amtrak Union Station (Washington, DC ): The station is located at Union Station on Metrorail’s Red Line.  
  • Amtrak Alexandria Station (Alexandria, VA): The station is adjacent to the King Street Station on Metrorail’s Blue Line and Yellow Line

Read more about Travel by Train or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Taxis

Taxicab stands are conveniently located near the Baggage Claim exits of each terminal. Dispatchers will help you select a taxicab based on your destination.

No advance reservations are required. Passengers with disabilities are encouraged to make advanced arrangements for transportation. Contact the taxicab dispatch office at (703) 417-4333.  See information about taxis in Washington DC.

Rental Cars

A variety of car rental companies serve National 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

  • Alamo – 800-462-5266
  • Avis: 800-230-4898
  • Budget: 800-218-7992
  • Dollar: 800-800-5252
  • Hertz: 800-654-4173
  • National: 877-222-9058

Bus

Metrobus - On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Routes 13F&G operates on the upper roadway next to Terminal B from 5:50-8:00am. Service is provided to Crystal City, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery and downtown Washington, DC.

Parking at National Airport

Courtesy shuttle buses are available from the parking lots to the terminals, although the garages are within walking distance of the terminals. The Hourly and Daily garages at National Airport have been combined into one facility named Terminal Parking.  Parking spaces are limited at Reagan National Airport. During peak travel times, parking lots may be full. Passengers are advised to call (703) 417-PARK, or (703) 417-7275 before driving to the airport.

You can now pay for parking via a smartphone app. Parking can also be guaranteed by paying in advance with a credit card. Read more about airport parking.

Cell Phone Waiting Area - If you are picking up a passenger, you can wait in your car until your arriving party calls you on your cell phone to let you know that the plane has arrived. The cell phone waiting area is located near the end of the “Return to Airport” ramp just beyond Terminal B/C. Tell your party to proceed to any Baggage Claim level door and to tell you the exterior door number so you can pick them up there.

Got an early morning flight? You may want to considering staying overnight at a hotel near the airport. See a guide to hotels near National 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).