Getting to Washington Airport

The airport of DCA, or the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a focus city for US Airways, and one of the largest cities in the United States of America. In recent years it has handled just over eighteen million passengers per annum, even though it is not permitted to handle many non-stop flights that go further than 1,250 statute miles from the airport. It is part of a two-airport system, the other airport being the Washington Dulles International Airport that is used for international flights and which is located further from the city. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport directions are simple to follow, as there are a number of main roads in the near vicinity. Directions are also available online.

The Washington National Airport, as it was previously known, is located approximately 3 miles, or 4.8km south of downtown Washington, D.C, and in Arlington County, Virginia. The state of Virginia in the United States is on the eastern side of the country, to the north of North Carolina, to the east of West Virginia and to the south of Maryland. Delaware is also in the nearby vicinity. Washington, D.C, the Nation’s capital city, is found to the south of Baltimore, just north of Alexandria and further north of Richmond, and to the southeast of Hagerstown and Frederick. Areas nearby as well include Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Bowie and Annapolis, and along Chesapeake Bay, further south, is Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The airport of Ronald Reagan is particularly nearby Aurora Highlands, Potomac West and Pentagon City, and just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C.

The main roads that motorists will find useful for airport access include the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Interstate 395. The Jefferson Davis Highway is also nearby, as well as 23rd Street, S Glebe Road and the S Arlington Ridge Road.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport direction from Downtown Washington, D.C and the north

Downtown Washington, D.C is just a short drive from the airport. Motorists will take 14th Street West onto the Interstate 395 and turn off towards the airport onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Airport signposts lead the way. From Baltimore, further to the north of Washington, head south on the Interstate 95. Take the Interstate 495 exit and head southeast to reach Greenbelt and the 201 Highway, or the Baltimore Washington Parkway. Follow the Anacostia Freeway for a connection to the Interstates 295 and 695, or turnoff onto Route 50 towards the city centre of Washington, from where connections are available to the Interstate 395. Cross the Potomac River and take the Airport Exit.

Airport directions from the south

The Interstate 95 heads north towards Ronald Reagan Washington Airport from Richmond, passing Fredericksburg, Stafford, Woodbridge and Springfield along the way. Motorists will then take the Interstate 395 North and Exit 10, onto the GW Parkway South. Take the Airport Exit and head for one of the available parking areas.

Airport directions from areas to the west and east

One of the main roads leading to Washington from the west is the Interstate 66 that passes Gainesville and provides access from Manassas, while Pennsylvania Avenue and the John Henson Highway lead from areas to the east of Washington, such as Annapolis and Upper Marlboro. From either side motorists will need to reach the Interstate 395 and turn off onto the GW Parkway for access to the airport. Keep in mind that the airport’s eastern perimeter is alongside the Potomac River.

At the airport there are over 9,000 parking spaces available, in several parking lots, some of which require a shuttle service to the terminal buildings. There are three buildings for passenger services, referred to as the Terminals A, B and C, and all handle departure flights. Terminal A is soon due for renovation, as it is one of the original buildings of the airport, built in 1941. The services available for passengers include a good selection of shops and restaurants, free Wi-Fi connections, a USO lounge on the main level of Terminal A, automated banking tellers, a full-service bank in Terminal B, foreign currency exchange services, lost and found offices and public telephones. The airport also has conference rooms for hire in Terminal A. They can be hired individually for up to forty people, or as one large room for up to 80 people. The airport is completely accessible to persons with disabilities, as elevators and pavement ramps lead to upper areas, and there are suitable restrooms in all terminals. All shuttle buses are also considered to be accessible. Further assistance may be arranged with the airline company concerned.

Passengers departing from the airport can arrive by bus, taxi or train as well, should they prefer not to park at the airport. Metrorail trains are the cheapest form of transport, and arrive at the airport’s Metrorail station on the concourse level of Terminals B and C. Metrobuses provide transport during the earlier hours of Saturdays and Sundays before the Metrorail services begin. Many private shuttle services can be arranged for transport, including from the companies of SuperShuttle and Supreme Airport Shuttle, and taxis are convenient from all areas of the city.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport directions in further detail can be viewed online at The airport may be contacted as well at (703) 417-8000.