DC Travel Info

TRAVEL TIMES…that may help with planning:

  • BUS or CAR: Approx. travel time without traffic: 8 hours and 15 minutes. Add 1 to 4 hours with traffic on busiest highways routes.
  • AIR: Flight times: 1 hour 45 minutes between Logan International Airport and Reagan National Airport
    – Book a direct flight to avoid delays due to connections.-Jet Blue and American have direct flights between Logan and Reagan.
  • Take the subway to and from the Boston Logan Airport:  Take the red line from Davis Square to the South Station T stop. Transfer to the Silver Line within South Station, that goes directly to the airport, with no additional fee. From Logan Airport: take the Silver Line bus to South Station where the transfer to the red line subway (Alewife outbound)  is free.

AIRPORTS/AIRFARE

There are several departure and arrival airports between Boston and Washington, D.C.  For nonstop service,  the airport within DC is Boston Logan and Washington Reagan airports.

DEPARTURE AIRPORTS :

  • Logan International Airport in Boston (BOS) – accessible via the T
  • Green Airport in Warwick, RI (PVD) – Accessible via the MBTA commuter rail or Amtrak, these trains would take you to Providence. The airport is lcoated in Warwick, RI, about 1 hour 30 minutes south of Boston.
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH (MHT) – Accessible by Greyhound bus.   Manchester is about 1 hour north of Boston.

ARRIVAL AIRPORTS IN THE DC AREA:

(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. DC and Baltimore, is the furthest from DC, but often has the cheapest fares. You can take Amtrak or the commuter rail, MARC, from BWI to Union Station downtown. Tickets on Amtrak between Baltimore and DC 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.

FARE WEBSITES

Many fare websites are available, which can be cheaper than going to the airlines directly. These include:

TRAIN/BUS

  • Amtrak Train
    Website
    (800) USA-RAIL (distance: 7 – 8.5 hrs. one way)
  • GoBus   
  • Website 
  • 855-888-7160, 7 days a week 6:30am – 6:30pm EST
  • Flixbus
  • Megabus
    Website
    (877) 462-6342 (distance: 9 hours one way!)

CAR RENTAL

DISCOUNT CAR RENTALS

Some popular car rentals include ZipCar, Hertz, or Enterprise.

Please note: The average driving time from Boston to Washington, D.C. is 8 hours (440 mi / 708 km)

GETTING AROUND DC

3 apps that are useful to use in DC are:

Infomaps Metro Washington DC

Embark DC: Let’s Ride DC Metro

DC Rider