THE MOST ECONOMICAL WAY TO PLAN YOUR TRIP IS TO:
- Make reservations with one or two friends, and share a room. If sharing, be sure to specify double or triple occupancy and request (if appropriate) separate beds when making your reservation. Note that for triple occupancy you will likely be charged a small fee per night for an extra cot, but you’ll save overall.
- Megabus is an extremely cheap way to travel, if you are willing to use bus transportation. Tickets are as low as $15 roundtrip, and even lower with a promotional code.
- Book your airfare & hotel at the same time through a discount travel site such as Expedia.com or Travelocity.com. Note, however, that if you are sharing a room with others this will require you to fly on the same dates and times.
There are several departure and arrival airports between Boston and Washington, DC area. For nonstop service, the most direct are Boston Logan and Washington Reagan airports.
- Logan International Airport in Boston (BOS) – accessible via the T
- Theodore Francis Airport in Providence, RI (PVD) – Downtown Providence is accessible via the commuter rail.
- Manchester Municipal Airport in Manchester, NH (MHT) – Accessible by Greyhound bus.
(If you are searching for the cheapest fares, you can often put in WAS in the airport code to search all three of the following airports.)
- Reagan National Airport (DCA) – by far the most convenient for downtown, but usually also more expensive flights. It is located on the Blue and Yellow lines of the DC Metro system, approximately a 10-15 min ride to downtown.
- Dulles International Airport (IAD) – located in suburban Virginia, approximately 20 miles from downtown DC. It is a $50 one-way taxi ride or you can take the Washington Flyer to the Metro to get into the city, $18 round-trip or $10 one way, departing 2-3 times an hour and taking 20-30 minutes.
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) – located in Southern Maryland between Washington and Baltimore, is the furthest from downtown, but often has the cheapest fares. You can take Amtrak or the commuter rail, MARC, from BWI to Union Station downtown. Tickets on Amtrak are approximately $12 (coach) – $41 (business express) each way; tickets on MARC (Penn Line) $7.00 each way and available on Weekdays only. Travel times are roughly 45 minutes and trains leave during most hours.
Many fare searchers are available, which can be cheaper than going to the airlines directly. These include:
There is a student discount travel card available for purchase at www.studentadvantage.com. The card costs $20 and provides a 15% discount on Amtrack and Greyhound tickets.
- Amtrak Train
(800) USA-RAIL (distance: 7 – 8.5 hrs. one way)
- Greyhound/Peterpan Bus
(800) 229-9424 (distance: 12 hours one way!)
(877) 462-6342 (distance: 9 hours one way!)
DISCOUNT CAR RENTALS
Please note: The average driving time from Boston to Washington, D.C. is 8 hours (440 mi / 708 km)
There are a variety of car rentals such as ZipCar, Hertz, Enterprise, etc.
Directions to the events will be posted on www.fletchercareertrips.com in late February. If you have an iPhone, “Embark DC” is a free app that does the same.