Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Flying home from DC..fly out of Baltimore or National??

Flying home from DC..fly out of Baltimore or National??

Apr 7th, 2014, 08:53 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,228
Flying home from DC..fly out of Baltimore or National??

conference in Philly…train to DC.
Am familiar with train from Union sta. - to BWI…
have never flown out of DC…
Any opinions about ease of departure from National??
Senior lady,travel alone, no mobility problems
Appreciate feedback.
traveler24 is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 03:34 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,168
National is one of the easiest airports in the country. Metro direct or taxi, Bob's your uncle.
Ackislander is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 05:55 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 10,221
You'll have to transfer from the Red line to the Blue line (toward Franconia) at Metro Center. http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm
tomfuller is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 06:20 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,342
Are you going to DC for the mere purpose of flying out of it?
vjpblovesitaly is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 06:57 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,711
I assumed the OP was going to visit DC after a conference in Philadelphia and was considering flying home out of Reagan.

As noted, it's very easy. By Metro any blue or yellow line train headed to Franconia or Huntington stops at the airport. Simple and short walk to the terminal. Or a cab from downtown which will run under $20 depending on day and time.

Are you going to DC for the mere purpose of flying out of it?

Would it change the answer to the question?
obxgirl is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 07:04 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 10,163
I was also assuming the poster was planning to visit DC after the conference in Philadelphia.

Reagan National is just over the bridge from DC, while BWI is going to take at least 45 minutes in travel time. So obviously it's easier to fly out of National, which as other posters have said is right on a Metro line. But you can certainly get to BWI on the train from Union Station (though you still have to get to the terminals from the train station).

A lot of people have chosen BWI historically for the Southwest flights (or other cheaper flights), but now that Southwest also flies out of National, more people may switch.
doug_stallings is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 07:05 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,342
It would possibly make the Metrorail instructions not useful if the person isn't going direct from Union Station to DCA. I don't know why those were offered
vjpblovesitaly is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 07:11 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 9,171


Much quicker than BWI and many flights to pick from now. I have done both and you said you are familiar with BWI to Union station so you know that schedule. I would probably take a taxi there as they are very reasonable in DC but not sure where you are staying.
flpab is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 11:14 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,001
Departure from National is simpler and a bit less time consuming. I usually use BWI simply for the cost factor. A ticket on Delta can be as much as $200 more for me to fly into National than BWI and I am a little cheap.
gardendiva is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 12:16 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,711
Both are easy. I'd go with whatever is cheaper, or if costs are comparable, National since it is closer.
november_moon is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 05:05 PM
  #11  
HKP
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 5,601
The question is, what is OP's home destination? There may be a nonstop from one airport but not the other, or quite different connections. Easy to get to National (Reagan) via the Metro, but not hard to get to BWI via train from Union Station - though yes, it does take longer. But if there's a nonstop from BWI to home and only connections from Reagan, the difference in time from downtown to airports could be erased or reversed.
HKP is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 07:43 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,994
All else being equal I'd go for National, hands down. Easy to get to, easy to navigate.
Seamus is offline  
Apr 8th, 2014, 09:20 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17,802
OP asked about "ease of departure," which National wins, hands down.
NewbE is offline  
Apr 9th, 2014, 01:16 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 34,850
There's also a bus service from downtown DC to BWI.
Dukey1 is offline  
Apr 9th, 2014, 07:22 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17,802
Yes, but OP didn't ask how to get to BWI, or how to figure out which airport offers the best flights, or where the best fares are. She asked about "ease of departure" from National, saying she was familiar with taking the train to BWI.
NewbE is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
blueslipper
United States
7
Sep 9th, 2008 11:35 AM
drusullivan
United States
4
Jul 19th, 2005 08:36 AM
ita
United States
18
Jun 15th, 2005 05:38 PM
Janet
United States
8
Oct 8th, 2002 08:08 AM
Jake
United States
5
Aug 13th, 2001 06:10 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:43 AM.