Transfer to/from - Dulles airport - Washington D.C. (IAD)

 

Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Dulles airport - Washington D.C. (IAD)

Transportation

The Metro Silver Line has its last stop at Washington Dulles Airport (Dulles station). It was inaugurated on November 15, 2022. It is located next to Parking Garage 1, in front of the baggage claim area of the terminal and is connected to it by means of an underground tunnel for pedestrians.

Hours: weekdays from 5am to midnight, weekends and holidays from 7am to 1am. 

Frequency: Every 10 minutes during peak hours, every 12 minutes during midday, evening, and weekends, and every 15 minutes during night hours.

Fare: Peak $2.25 - $6.00 - Off-Peak $2.00 - $3.85 - Weekends $2.00. Passengers can check Metro's Trip Planner to calculate the exact fare and determine the best route to travel to your destination.

Access:  SmartTrip® cards are used to pay fares on Metrorail and Metrobus, as well as various regional bus providers in the Metropolitan transit system. Each passenger must pay a fee; however, two children under the age of five may travel free with a paying passenger. Use the SmartTrip app for IOS and Android to buy a transit card to use at Metro stations. SmartTrip® cards can also be purchased online and at Metrorail vending machines, authorized retailers and Metro sales offices.

Buses

Fairfax Connector services 952 and 983 (Tel +1 703 339 7200) go to Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum, Herndon-Monroe, Reston Town Center and Wiehle-Reston East subway station, costing USD2. 00. Line 952 works between 5:30 am and 10:30 pm while line 983 operates only during museum hours. 

Virginia Breeze  connects Union Station, Washington, with Blacksburg, passing through the airport and various stops in the New River Valley, Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. Tickets between $15 and $50 (Arlington VA $15.99 and Washington Union Station $18.99).

Shuttle to hotels
Customers can find their shuttle bus or van on the ground transportation level.

 

Car rental search

 

The official operator is Washington Flyer Taxi  (Tel +1 703 572 8294). If you wish to board a non-Washington Flyer taxi, you must make arrangements in advance directly with the operator of that company to be picked up at Dulles. 

Location: From the terminal Arrivals level - baggage claim, customers should go down the ramp at gates 2 or 6. A customer service representative is available 24 hours a day. No reservation is necessary for the taxi service.

Rates: estimated from USD 55 to Arlington VA and from USD 70 to Washington DC. The value will depend on the area and the time. The same happens with the travel time, which can range from 30 to 60 minutes. In addition, extra charges such as excess baggage, airport tax, weather conditions such as snow, tolls or additional passengers may be included. Tipping is not required but is welcome.

Payment Method:  Cash or credit card: all taxis accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Diners Club. Tips welcome.

Uber, ALTO and Cabify are available on the ground floor, outside the baggage claim area, accessible through gates 2, 4 or 6.

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Latest updates: February 19, 2024

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
 
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
 
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
 
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
 
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
 
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
 
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign. If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
 
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