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Washington, DC is served by 3 airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI

Ground Transportation from the airports

DCA is located across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside of baggage claim. A ride into downtown DC will cost about $15-$20. 

IAD is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi, or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service IAD. Taxi stands are located outside the main terminal at Door 2 and Door 6. A ride into DC will cost about $60-$68.

Washington Flyer also offers a Silver Line Express Bus that drops off at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Silver Line Express Bus fare is $5 for one way. Purchase tickets inside the airport at Arrivals Door 4. 

BWI is a bit further out in Baltimore, MD. It is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station. A reserved seat on the train will cost $15-$30. 

Uber and Lyft are also options for ground transportation from each of the airports. 

In the City

Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC, with Metrobus providing connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail. The closest stop to the Marriott is the Walter E. Washington Convention Center-dedicated Metro station serviced by the Yellow and Green lines. Metro operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

Riders can pay by purchasing a SmarTrip card, which allows users to load a designated amount on the card for repeated swiping. The cards can also be used as payment for Metrobus and DC Circulator rides.

Taxi service is plentiful and economical in DC. Taxis use a metered system, and all taxis accept credit and debit cards as payment, as well as cash. You can also download the DC Taxi Rider app for your iPhone or Android, which allows you to choose from a regular, large, or wheelchair-accessible taxi, see a fare and time estimate before you hail the cab, and pay either through the app or in the vehicle.

Uber and Lyft are also options for ground transportation throughout DC. 

The DC Circulator​ gets rave reviews from residents and visitors alike. The bus is incredibly affordable at just $1 per ride, and travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District.  

Walking and Biking

One of the best ways to experience Washington, DC is on foot. The city’s wide sidewalks meander past the inspiring monuments and museums found on the National Mall, as well as the intimate museums, world-class theaters and splendid gardens in the city’s collection of neighborhoods.

Those who prefer to explore on two wheels, Bike and Roll DC offers rentals from two locations in DC, and has a wide variety of bikes to choose from, including kids' bikes and attachments. With each rental, helmets, locks and a map are included, and the friendly staff will help you plan your route to explore the city. Additionally, Capital Bikeshare has over 350 stations across DC, Virginia and Maryland. Its fleet includes more than 3,000 bicycles, and the system is easy: simply join​ (options range from a Day Key to a year-long membership) and access bicycles 24 hours a day. The first 30 minutes of each trip is free, with each additional half hour incurring a fee.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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