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goddesstogo Feb 6th, 2012 03:06 PM

Washington, DC -- Dulles to hotel transportation?
We'll be landing at Dulles around 10 a.m. on a Friday and need to get to our hotel (with carry on) at New Hampshire and M.
Best and least expensive way?

tomfuller Feb 6th, 2012 03:29 PM

The best and the least expensive are not the same. The best would be a car/limo straight to your hotel. The least expensive involves a bus or two.
Next time you plan a trip to Washington DC plan on flying to Reagan National. National has its' own METRO stop.
The only time I flew to Dulles I rented a car there for a trip to Columbia MD without driving into the city.

obxgirl Feb 6th, 2012 06:12 PM

If you've only got carry on's, I suggest taking the Washington Flyer Coach from Dulles to the West Falls Church metro station. It leaves every 30 minutes. You can pick up the Orange Line on the metro and take it to Foggy Bottom. Your hotel is an 8-10 minute walk. Should be $10 for the bus and $3.00 and change for the metro.

There is a lot of track work being done on the Orange Line so check metro's website ( to see what's up.

Alternative: Book on the Super Shuttle van which goes to multiple hotels (same company as the Washington Flyer) That runs $30-ish for one with a substantial discount for additional passengers.

A taxi will run you $60-ish.

livetoroam Feb 6th, 2012 07:11 PM

I took the Super Shuttle last summer with my two teenagers plus 3 bags. We reserved on line ahead of time, met them right at the curb from the baggage claim and they dropped us at the hotel door after dropping off 2 other stops. We were at a hotel not far from the Capitol. Easy, convenient and not outrageously expensive.

goddesstogo Feb 6th, 2012 07:12 PM

Thanks to both of you.

tom, we're flying on Porter Airlines because we love it and they're just starting their Washington flight (we've been waiting!). It just happens to fly into Dulles. It leaves from a downtown airport in Toronto. They're also having a 50% sale. All good reasons.

obx, the Super Shuttle sounds like the best bet. Where do we find it and do we have to book in advance?

goddesstogo Feb 6th, 2012 07:13 PM

Sorry, live, we were posting at the same time. Do I just google Super Shuttle, Washington DC?

obxgirl Feb 6th, 2012 07:32 PM

Info here:

Have a great trip!

goddesstogo Feb 6th, 2012 07:48 PM

You're a pet! Thanks!

goddesstogo May 1st, 2012 01:17 PM

Thanks so much for suggesting the Super Shuttle. It was perfect for us. It cost us $20/pp each way (a trip our Washington friends said would cost about $60 or $70 by cab, each way) and it was prompt, clean and efficient. I'd definitely recommend it!

obxgirl May 1st, 2012 02:25 PM

You're more than welcome -- hope you enjoyed your trip to DC!

TroyMan May 3rd, 2012 02:17 PM

The best kept secret to traveling from Dulles to the DC mall area (hotels, etc) is the 5A buss. You catch it right outside the doors on ground transportation area (clearly marked). Take the bus (about $6 exact amount or smart card) to the Rossyln metro station or the L'Enfant station and get on the metro rail and you are home free. You can figure out the metro station nearest your hotel at Piece of cake.

goddesstogo May 3rd, 2012 03:02 PM

Thanks, TroyMan. Our Washington friends who fly frequently for work told us about this as well and while the SuperShuttle was more expensive than the bus, it was less expensive than a cab, and just so simple. I don't travel light (eg I'm not a carry-on sort of girl) so the SS was easy-peasy.

gardendiva May 4th, 2012 12:53 PM

tomfuller, I have seen you suggest not flying into Dulles a few times. I am not sure where you fly into DC from but from Detroit and many other cities, the difference in airfare to Dulles or BWI is almost half of what the airfare is to Reagan National or a savings of $200-250.

yestravel May 7th, 2012 02:00 PM

DCA (National) is almost always the most expensive place to fly into. Its the most convenient to the city though.

tomfuller May 7th, 2012 03:12 PM

In years past, my favorite and usually cheapest airport to fly to was BWI and renting a car or taking Amtrak into DC.
There are car rental desks in Union Station if you need to rent a car in DC.
If you get a great deal flying into Dulles, try a limo to your hotel if you don't rent a car.

kayd May 7th, 2012 03:31 PM

Renting a car to drive from an airport to DC doesn't make much sense as cars are a pain and cost $25+/night to garage in the city. If you are staying with family/friends in the burbs and parking in their driveway, car rental might be convenient and economical.

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