Traveling to any city can be confusing if you have never visited it before. Transportation into Washington, D.C., is no exception. If price is a concern, choosing a Washington shuttle bus is a great idea. These buses generally run from all of the major cities close by such as Philadelphia and New York. Prices vary by day and time you select your trip.
Transportation to Washington, D.C., by train is also a popular and inexpensive option. Washington is a major hub for Amtrak allowing travelers to take the train from a variety of different locations around the country. Traveling to Union Station by long distance train also allows visitors to catch the Metro train, which runs throughout the city.
Washington’s Union Station is a tourist attraction itself. It houses many restaurants, shops, and even a small outside produce and prepared food market. Union Station’s architecture rivals that of the monuments and buildings throughout the city. The station is centrally located allowing travelers to see the city by foot and visit many of its attractions. If visitors are into the history of the United States’ postal system, the Postal Museum is right across the street from the station.
Washington, D.C., has three airports: Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Washington National Airport, or DCA, is known also as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and National Airport. It’s actually in Virginia, but it’s the one that is closest to downtown. This airport is easily accessed by the Metro.
Dulles, or IAD, also is in Virginia. It’s about 40 minutes away from the heart of Washington, D.C., by car without any traffic delays. Plan on taking a shuttle or taxi into downtown if you use this airport.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, or BWI Airport, is in Baltimore. This airport has a Southwest Airlines terminal, so it’s a good one for those seeking a bargain flight. However, BWI Airport also is a spot that Homeland Security uses to test screening methods for travelers. This airport is known for unexpected long security lines.