Washington D.C.

Navigating Washington, D.C. can be a breeze with the reliable and secure Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) public transportation system. Many visitors and locals alike opt for a combination of Metro trains, buses, and walking to get around. However, with the ongoing development of the new Silver Line, scheduled for completion by 2020, it’s important to anticipate potential delays and closures. If arriving by air, Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia offers convenient Metro train and bus connections to the city. Renting a car is not recommended, as D.C. is notorious for difficult driving conditions. Taxis are available but come at a cost. Washington Dulles International Airport, located 31 miles northwest of the city, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, south of Baltimore, offer additional travel options. For those flying into BWI, the MARC Train from Union Station is the best way to reach the city, while the Metro is the way to go for Reagan National. To get to the city from Dulles, take the 5A bus or Silver Line Express Bus to the Wiehle-Reston East station, then transfer to a Metro train. Taxis and rental cars are available at all three airports.