Published: Dec. 2008WASHINGTON, D.C., GUIDE
Central Intelligence
Photo: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
The Gallery Place/Chinatown station is a major Metro hub.
Text by Janelle Nanos
Photo by Krista Rossow

Basic information you need to get there, get around, and get the most out of your D.C. visit.

We've gathered tips and links to online planning tools that should make your trip logistics flow smoothly.

Getting There

The airports serving the D.C. area are Reagan Washington National (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International (BWI). National is directly accessible by Metro; take the Blue or Yellow line to the Reagan National Metrorail station. To get to Dulles, you can take either the Orange line to West Falls Church and then take the Washington Flyer shuttle bus, or opt for the 5A Metrobus from the Rosslyn or L'Enfant Plaza stations. BWI can be reached via Amtrak and Marc trains out of Union Station. The Washington Flyer Shuttle services all three airports.

For ticket prices, schedules, and route information visit the airport travel information sites:

Reagan National Airport

Dulles International Airport

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Amtrak's Regional route also services Washington D.C. Check the website for ticket prices and schedule information.

Many inexpensive buses run between Washington D.C. and New York City. Our Intelligent Travel blog rounded up the complete listing; compare and look for schedules to meet your needs.

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