Airport shuttles provide convenient and reliable transportation to and from all three of the airports that serve the Washington DC capital region: Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Whether you are traveling to a destination in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia, there are plenty of transportation options to make your experience easy and affordable. It is a good idea to explore the options ahead of time. While airport shuttles do not necessarily require advance reservations, during the busiest travel times you should call ahead or visit the company’s website to schedule your trip. Following is a guide to the airport shuttle services, private limousine services, and app-based transportation companies that serve the capital region.
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Shared Ride Airport Shuttles
SuperShuttle - Available 24 hours a day, this shuttle provides door to door shared rides within the Washington DC metropolitan area. For information, call (800) BLUEVAN. SuperShuttle provides shared-ride transportation to and from all three airports in the Washington DC area
The Airport Shuttle - This airport shuttle provides service from DC, Maryland and Virginia destinations to and from BWI, Dulles and National Airports, Amtrak BWI, Amtrak Penn-Station-Baltimore and Union-Station Washington DC. They also have a unique Airport Connector service between Washington’s 3 airports. Call (800) 776-0323.
Go Airport Shuttle - This airport shuttle company serves 60 cities across the country and provides transportation to all three of Washington DC's airports. Call (844) 787-1670.
Airport Quick Connection - This service provides airport transportation by sedan, limo and taxi to National, Dulles and BWI Airports. Call (877) 772-5466.
BayRunner Shuttle - Daily shuttle service is provided between BWI, Maryland's Eastern Shore and the western mountains. Call (855) BAY-RUNR.
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Private Limousine Services
Rendez-vous Limousine Service - This service provides private first class chauffeured transportation to the Washington, DC area airports as well as luxury service around town. Call (202) 528-5233.
ExecuCar - The luxury sedan, owned by SuperShuttle, provides service to and from BWI airport and BWI Amtrak throughout the state of Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. Call (800) 410-4444.
Limos4Less - The luxury sedan, van and SUV service provides transportation to and from BWI, Dulles and National airports. Call (877) 566-4577.
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App-Based Transportation (Uber and Lyft)
If you are used to using app-based transportation services, you should know that on November 1, 2015 new rules began to allow the operation of these companies for passengers at Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. At Reagan National, you'll have to head upstairs at Terminals B and C to the pickup-zone. Baltimore Washington International is operated by a different transportation authority and has no restrictions on app-based transportation.
Passengers using these services are advised to arrange for their ride as follows:
- Contact the provider directly or through its app to arrange the ride.
- Passengers riding to the airport should ask to be dropped off at the publicly accessible curb closest to their airline’s ticket counter.
- Passengers requesting a ride from the airport should exit the terminal from the baggage claim area.
- All ground transportation operators pay an airport access fee but have the choice whether or not to incorporate it into their fares. Soliciting rides outside designated areas, or offering rides that are not pre-arranged, are still prohibited by airport regulations.
Uber – The company offers a low cost transportation alternative to travelers who use a mobile application on a smartphone to submit a trip request. Uber drivers use their own cars and pricing is similar to that of a taxi. Payment is handled exclusively through Uber and not with the driver personally.
Lyft – The app-based transportation can be super affordable by giving you the opportunity to share a ride. This is a great alternative from the airport as there are often lots of people going the same direction. Rides must be arranged in advance.
The Washington DC area is served by three different airports. The best one to fly in and out of depends on your specific traveling needs. To learn more about each location, see Washington, DC Airports (Which One is Best?)