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Take a direct (transit) trip to the airport

Rosslyn's public transit can get you to Dulles or Reagan National quickly, inexpensively, and without hassle

By Justin Bensan

When carrying luggage, it can be tempting to drive to the airport. But is it worth the rideshare fare or the parking when there’s a cheaper alternative?

Both IAD Dulles International and DCA Reagan National airports are direct (no transfer!) Metro rides away from Rosslyn! Just hop on the train and you’ll be dropped off outside the terminal. It’s the perfect way to end a work week and start an adventure. 

If you have an early morning or late night flight, be sure to note Metrorail’s operating hours.

IAD Dulles International Airport

Car: 26-45 minutes
Silver Line Train: 45 minutes

At almost 24 miles away, the distance to IAD can be intimidating. A car ride may seem like the easiest option, but travel times can vary greatly, especially if you’re leaving during rush hour traffic. And going by taxi or rideshare can be expensive, with fares starting around $30 before surge pricing! Now that the Silver Line Extension is open, a reliable and frequent rail option is available.

Make sure to take a Silver Line train, bound for Ashburn, out of the Rosslyn Metro Station. The fare is $6 or $3.85, the maximum fare during peak and off-peak times, respectively, for this service with your SmarTrip card. The ride is scheduled to take 45 minutes. Once you get to the station, head downstairs to a pedestrian tunnel, complete with moving walkways, to make your way to your flight!

DCA Reagan National Airport

Car: 9-20 minutes
Blue Line Train: 12 minutes

How close are we to DCA airport? You can see the planes coming in and out from our neighborhood! The airport is only five stops away along Metro’s Blue Line. The fare will be $2.50 or $2.15 during peak or off-peak times, respectively. When you get off the train, pedestrian bridges take you into Terminal B/C. Travelers flying out of Terminal A should add a five-minute walk from the station to their timing calculations.

Here's to hoping that your ride to the airport can be a relaxing start to a great trip. And if you can grab a picture of our neighborhood from the sky, make sure to tag @RosslynVA on social media!


Aerial image provided by Alli Henry
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