MAJOR AIRPORTS WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (IAD) Dulles, Virginia flydulles.com 001-703-572-2700 This major travel hub supports domestic and international air travel on a wide variety of airlines — more than 30, in fact. A main terminal and four additional concourses see more than 20 million passengers annually, and plans for expansion could increase that number to 70 million in the future. Dulles boasts one of the fastest security processing times in the US with numerous Passport Kiosks, and offers a Customs mobile app to help expedite completing forms. Aside from being a world-class travel facility, Dulles offers fantastic amenities and is committed to an arts programme with diverse regional, national and international rotating exhibits, public art displays and live performances. The airport also features a variety of high-end retail outlets, spa services and award-winning restaurants, including dining options from celebrated chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Symon. OTHER DULLES HIGHLIGHTS Speedy AeroTrain service to move between terminals Silver Line Express Bus providing a convenient, economical connection between Dulles and the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station Free WiFi and charging stations Online duty-free shopping DISTANCE TO DC 26 miles Nonstop service from London on British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic; nonstop service from Manchester on United Airlines; nonstop service from Dublin on Aer Lingus and United Airlines. TRANSPORTATION Taxi to DC ($65); shared van ($30 to DC); Metrobus 5A ($7 to Rosslyn Metro station or L’Enfant Plaza Metro station); Washington Flyer Silver Line Express Bus ($5 to Wiehle-Reston East Metro station); car rental (starting at $45 per day) RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT (DCA) Arlington, Virginia flyreagan.com 001-703-417-8000 DISTANCE TO DC Less than 1 mile TRANSPORTATION Taxi to DC ($18); shared van ($15); Metro to DC ($2); rental car (starting at $50 per day) BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT (BWI) Baltimore, Maryland bwiairport.com 001-410-859-7111 DISTANCE TO DC 30 miles Nonstop service from London on British Airways. TRANSPORTATION Taxi ($90 to DC); shared van ($40 to DC); Amtrak train ($15 and up to DC); rental car (starting at $30 per day); MARC train ($7 to DC) Note: Prices are approximate and subject to change. For airport information and air service maps, see each airport’s website. GETTING AROUND BIKE SHARE The Capital Bikeshare programme (capitalbikeshare.com) is a network of more than 3,000 bicycles at 350-plus stations across DC, Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland. Rental options start at $8 for 24 hours, but 3-day and 30-day usage is also available. Pick up a bike and pedal to wherever your plans take you, with the ability to return your ride at any station nearby. CAR RENTAL Travel on your own schedule by renting a car from companies in major airports and larger cities. If you’re staying in Maryland or Virginia, or travelling outside of DC, a rental car makes sense. In DC and adjacent areas, neighbourhoods are pedestrian-friendly and affordable public transportation is readily available. For a short trip outside the city, consider renting a Zipcar (zipcar.com/dc), available by the hour or day. Although not required, drivers are advised to get an international driving permit before the trip. Sample car rental rates (prices vary by pickup location): Compact ($40/day), Standard ($45/day), Full-size ($50/day), Luxury ($100/ day), plus taxes and fees. TAXIS Taxis can be hailed on busy streets or at hotels and other landmarks; dispatch may also be called ahead of time to arrange pick-up. Find approximate taxi rates and fees at dctaxi.dc.gov. Tipping 10% to 15% is customary. Uber and similar services are available in many locations. METRO The DC Metrorail system covers the DC area plus nearby towns in Virginia and Maryland. Metro SmarTrip® fares range from $1.75–$5.90, depending on the time of day. The Metrobus takes you from Metro stations to many convenient stops around DC, Maryland and Virginia. Washington Dulles International Airport’s Silver Line Express Bus connects travellers to the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station. See the website for timetables and routes. Certain Metro stations might be impacted by an ongoing Metro improvement plan. Visit wmata.com/safetrack to help plan your trip. Maryland’s MARC train service (mta.Maryland.gov/marc-train) and Virginia’s VRE rail service (vre.org) connect to DC daily and on weekdays, respectively. GETTING TO THE CAPITAL REGION BY AMTRAK Amtrak trains (amtrak.com) include comfortable standard and business-class seats, sleeping cars and glass-domed observation cars. The Acela Express and Northeast Regional routes take you quickly to major East Coast cities such as DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, as well as Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Newport News, Virginia Beach (via coach transfer) and other cities within the Capital Region. EXPERIENCING THE REGION BY AMTRAK: SAMPLE ITINERARIES Touring Virginia by rail, Virginia Tourism Corporation DC TO RICHMOND ON THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL – Ride into the heart of Virginia and be immersed in American history and charm. (2 hours 45 minutes; $35 coach) DC TO BALTIMORE ON THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL – Take a scenic journey through the Maryland towns that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner.” (40 minutes; $17 coach) DC TO NORFOLK ON THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL – Travel through Richmond, Colonial Williamsburg and Newport News before arriving at the riverfront city of Norfolk. (4 hours 45 minutes; $57 coach) DC TO CHARLOTTESVILLE ON THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL – Travel to the home of two Presidents and the University of Virginia.(2 hours 30 minutes; $34 coach) DC TO LYNCHBURG ON THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL – Travel to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (3 hours 40 minutes; $45 coach) Travel times and fares are based on one-way trips and are subject to change. McAfee Knob along the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Tourism Corporation TRAVEL TIPS WHEN TO GO The Capital Region has a generally mild and pleasant climate, so you can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities throughout the year. Late summer tends to be hot and humid, so spring and autumn are ideal for sightseeing. A RANGE OF SEASONS In summer, high temperatures in Virginia Beach reach about 30C and it’s warm enough to swim. In winter, western Maryland highs are generally a chilly 1C, perfect for winter sports. WHERE TO STAY The region offers a wide variety of accommodations and price ranges: posh city hotels, stylish boutique properties, quaint country inns, mountain resorts and more. Check CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk/deals for hotel deals and offers. CURRENCY EXCHANGE International Currency Exchange (ICE) serves Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange is available at Baltimore/ Washington International Airport. Currency Exchange International (CXI) has several locations throughout the region. PASSPORTS & VISAS For the most current information, visit CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk/info/travel-documents. 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