Frequent fliers and those who don’t fly often to Washington DC want to know the fastest way to get to from the airport to their destination. Discover how to get from DCA to Downtown DC conveniently – and economically. With this proven airport transportation tip you’ll arrive in the capitol city stress free – and with more money in your wallet.
For stress-free, convenient transportation around the DC area, we used the Metro to get from Reagan National Airport (DCA) to our hotel near China Town in the Penn Quarter. We found the signage near the baggage carousel inside DCA quite good, and simply followed the signs to the centrally located station. Metro system maps and information are readily available at the airport’s metro station. Aptly named “Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport” Station, you may access either the Yellow or Blue line there. The Yellow or Blue line will take you to downtown DC. Metro ticket dispensers are on the right-hand wall. You may insert credit cards or cash.
Our wheeled luggage pulled easily along DC’s accessibility-compliant sidewalks and escalators.
Washington DC travel tips:
Washington DC travel tip #1: When purchasing multiple fare cards for friends or family with a credit card, select the “B” button, then click the same button one more time for 3 passengers, click again for 4, and so one. Saves time and credit card slides. We paid a mere $1.35 per person for fares from Reagan International Airport to China Town in downtown Washington DC.
Washington DC travel tip #2: If you are a Republican, call Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport “Reagan.” My liberally-aligned friend corrected me when I said I had flown into Reagan. He said, “I call it National.” So to be politically correct, if you are a Democrat, call Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport “National.” To Republicans it is “Reagan.” If you are a registered Independent, you could always fly into Dulles International Airport (DIA) one hour south of DC, although unfortunately DIA has no DC Metro service.