Dulles international airport isn't the one you see planes landing at behind the Lincoln Memorial - that's the smaller Ronald Reagan national airport. Despite being called Washington Dulles Airport, it isn't even in DC. It's over the border in Virginia. It's a very pleasant looking airport, with a real Sixties space age feel to it. Large parts of it feel like they could have been dropped in from a 2001: Space Odyssey film set. It's all soft, shiny plastic and aerotrains.
Washington isn't the busiest international airport in the US but it does run plenty of transatlantic flight. Most major European capitals are served, as are many Latin American and Asian destinations. The routes are boosted by Dulles being a hub for United Airlines, and it's budget wing United Express. The most popular destination is London, with three different airlines flying there: British Airway, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
There's a bus service running to the airport from downtown Washington DC. It's bus 5A and it runs from L'Enfant plaza, taking about 40 minutes. Be warned: It says that the bus runs from L'Enfant Plaza, but it actually runs from L'Enfant Plaza metro station. This is not quite the same thing - they are about 300 meters apart. The stop is actually on D Street SW between 6th and 7th streets. The trip costs $6 one-way.
Note: If you are interested in aircraft at all the Smithsonian keeps its Air and Space Museum adjunct near Dulles Airport. It's where all its best exhibits are: Enola Gay, the Space Shuttle, Concorde, etc. It basically has everything that its smaller downtown museum can't fit. If you have a few hours to waste at the airport it would be a shame to miss this: There's even a shuttle bus running to the museum from the airport.
We flew American Airlines from Las Vegas to Washington. We could not get a direct flight and had to fly via Los Angeles. We did think that the transit time between flights was pretty tight but it all worked out fine and getting to the correct gate was easy. The flight was comfortable and a small snack was provided.If you are sitting on the left and it is a clear day look out for the Hollywood sign on the hilltop outside LA central and the Grand Canyon. from window. Make sure you have earphones with you when you board as you may not have opportunity to get after seating.
We flew into Reagan-National Airport and rode the Metro into town. This was a good way to get there but be advised that this airport has a curfew of 10:00PM!
Because of the curfew and some weather we had to SPEND THE ENTIRE NIGHT IN THE AIRPORT and leave the following morning!!!
Dulles has no curfew and has longer runways but is much farther out.
The Metro is very nice and clean and a pretty quick way to get around.
For sightseeing we used the Tourmobile (www.tourmobile.com). It is operated by the National Park Service and is the only operator licensed to stop on the Mall. If you purchase your ticket in the afternoon you can ride the rest of that day and all of the next. You can get on and off as much as you want and they will take you to all of the sights on the Mall, all of the major memorials (Lincoln, Jefferson, etc) and to Arlington Cemetery. The ticket also includes a tour inside of the cemetery. All for less than $20.00 USD.
We flew arriving at Dulles and the transferring to Reagan to be met by the courtesy car from our motel
The Ronald Reagan Airport, is probably the most interesting airport I've spent time at. We waited there for about an hour and a half for our bus to Dulles Airport and it was very easy to fill in time with the large number of stores there .In comparison Dulles was dull.
If you don't have much time take a tour. We took the Public Building tour and for our purposes it was very good.
The Old Washington National Airport. Now named Ronald Regan International. This is the Best way to get to Washington DC.
The Subway is the fastest and cheapest way to get around.
You can get to Washington By Car,Bus,Train, Plane and most regular ways of transportation. Picture is 737 taking off from Regan International Airport.
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This is one of the three major airports in the Washington DC area. Dulles is located in northern VA.
This airport is gorgeous... and how nice to have the Metro Line right there! Much easier to get around in DC than many other US cities!