Jessica & Steve

June 7, 2014

travel information

Getting Around DC: The Metro
The DC Metro is great—quiet, clean and easy to understand.  You can map out how to get from point to point in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area using the Trip Planner feature on the Metro (WMATA) website.  The hotels where we have room blocks and The Willard are all within 2-3 blocks of a Metro Station.

We recommend purchasing a SmarTrip Card for the Metro. It costs $1 more per ride to use a paper farecard!

If You Are Flying
There are 3 airports within 30 miles of Washington, D.C. Any of them will work, but some are easier to get to and from. Here are a few of our thoughts about each:

Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA)
National is the closest and most convenient airport to fly into. It’s on the DC Metro system, so you can easily take the train from the airport to anywhere in DC (it's just a 20 minute ride to the hotels and The Willard). This is the best airport to fly into if you don’t plan on renting a car.*

Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI)
BWI is 30 miles northeast of Washington. In a car or cab, it usually takes 45-60 minutes (depending on traffic). There is also the B30 bus ($6 per person, $3 for “seniors”) that runs directly from the airport to the Greenbelt Metro Station, where you could then take the metro. This is a good option if you plan to rent a car.* You can also book a SuperShuttle or GO Airport Shuttle, which cost $27-37 each way for the first passenger, $8-12 for each additional passenger in your party.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Dulles is 25 miles west of Washington. Because of the traffic, this airport can take just as long to get to as BWI (30-60 minutes, depending on traffic). It is also one of the most confusing airports to find your way around. The 5A bus will also take you from Dulles to a Metro station ($6 per person for the airport express route). This is a good option if you plan to rent a car.* You can also book a SuperShuttle or GO Airport Shuttle, which cost $23-29 each way for the first passenger, $8-10 for each additional passenger in your party.

*We have tried to make our wedding events centrally located, walkable, and everything is metro accessible. Parking can be expensive downtown and there is a lot of traffic on weekends. We advise against renting a car while you are in town.

If You Ride The Rails
Washington's Union Station is an Amtrak hub, and easily accessible via train from anywhere on the Eastern seaboard.

It's also a beautiful DC landmark located right across the street from Capitol Hill, and will connect you directly to the DC Metro system.