Connecting between Metro and D.C.-Area Airports and Other Transportation Services
The Metro system is great for getting around the Washington, D.C. area, but it's also an important link to transportation facilities and services: three major airports, MARC Train Service (MARC), Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Amtrak passenger rail service, intercity bus service, and local bus systems. Union Station is a key transportation hub, as well as being a popular destination in itself.
For information about the many local bus systems in the region, see the Local Bus Systems page.
The map below shows the Metrorail system in relation to other transportation systems serving the Washington, D.C. area. (The map is not to scale.)
The three airports serving the Washington, D.C. area are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).
Metrorail goes directly to Reagan National Airport (Blue Line, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station). Reagan National is also a short taxicab ride from Washington and close-in suburbs, and Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland taxis are available at the exits of each terminal.
Metrorail does not go directly to Washington Dulles airport. Service to the airport is part of the planned Phase 2 construction of Metrorail's Silver Line.
Phase 1 of the Silver Line is scheduled to begin service July 26, 2014. This new service will end at the Wiehle-Reston East station, and will not go to Washington Dulles International Airport. Fairfax Connector will provide bus service between Wiehle-Reston East Station and the airport. Effective with the opening of the Silver Line, Fairfax Connector 981 and 983 will provide service seven days a week from Wiehle-Reston East station to Dulles Airport, with stops at Reston Town Center, Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride, and Udvar-Hazy Center. More information about Fairfax Connector Silver Line Bus Service.
Metrobus Route 5A currently provides service from L'Enfant Plaza station to Dulles Airport, with stops at Rosslyn station and Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride lot. This service will continue after Phase 1 of the Silver Line is open. Schedule. Metrobus fares and discounts.
More information about Silver Line service from WMATA.
Directions to the Airports
Directions for driving to the airports, as well as public transportation options:
Amtrak passenger rail service, MARC and VRE Commuter Rail Services, and Metrorail all meet at Union Station. In addition to Union Station, Metrorail connects with these services at these Metrorail stations:
For more information about the Metrorail stations listed above, see Metro's interactive system map.
Metrorail connects with several intercity bus services at Union Station. Connections to Metrobus and local bus services are available at most stations. A list of Metrorail stations with services available, including a PDF bus map for each station, is available on Metro's Stations page.
Through a partnership with Zipcar, Metro offers carsharing at select Metrorail stations. A list of stations, including carsharing information for each, is available on Metro's Stations page.
Capital Bikeshare is the the rapidly expanding, regional bikesharing system in the Washington, D.C. area. Many neighborhoods around Metrorail stations are served by Capital Bikeshare. For more information and a station map, see the Capital Bikeshare website.
Union Station combines a busy urban railroad station with over 130 retail shops and restaurants in a magnificent Beaux-Arts building. Union Station was opened in 1907 and beautifully renovated in the 1980's. The most visited destination in the nation's capital, Union Station plays host to exhibitions, cultural events and private special events such as the Presidential Inaugural Ball and citywide galas. It's a special treat to visit when the station is decorated for the holidays.
The station is located just a few blocks from the Capitol building, at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington D.C.