Ground Transportation at Dulles International Airport
Metrorail and the Washington Flyer Bus
Metrorail is the region’s rapid-transit system, providing access to Downtown Washington, DC and other destinations. A new rail line called the Silver Line will open on July 26, bringing Metrorail service closer to Dulles than ever. Until that line opens, the nearest Metrorail station is the West Falls Church Station on the Orange Line. Direct transportation to this station is available from the Washington Flyer Bus. Enjoy a comfortable, climate-controlled ride equipped with reclining seats and ample luggage space. Each coach is handicapped accessible. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes and boarding announcements are made inside the airport.
When Metrorail's Silver Line opens on July 26, 2014, the Washington Flyer Bus will become the Silver Line Express. Click here to learn details about the new service that will connect Dulles to the Silver Line and the entire Metrorail system.
How to connect to the Metrorail system from Dulles Airport (now until July 26):
Purchase a ticket (one-way or round-trip) at the Washington Flyer Coach ticket counter located at Arrivals Door #4 in the Main Terminal. Travelers will also board the Coach from this location. The buses depart approximately every 30 minutes but please listen for announcements for exact bus departure times. Click here for schedule and ticket prices. You may purchase a Metrorail fare card inside the train station at the West Falls Church Metro stop where you will board the train. Trains bound for "New Carrollton" will take you towards Downtown Washington, DC. Please click here for general Metrorail information, or a Metrorail system map, or call (202) 637-7000; TTY (202) 638-3780.
How to reach Dulles Airport from the Metrorail system (now until July 26):
Board any Orange line train headed towards "Vienna/Fairfax/GMU." Exit the train at the West Falls Church station, and follow the signs directing you to the Washington Flyer bus stop. Tickets can be purchased on the bus from the driver. All Washington Flyer buses departing this location go directly to the front door of the Main Terminal at Dulles Airport. Click here for schedule and ticket prices.
Metrobus Route 5A between Dulles and Washington, DC
Metrobus operates an airport bus route between Dulles Airport and Washington, DC (L'Enfant Plaza) that makes the following stops enroute:
- Washington Dulles International Airport
- Herndon-Monroe (VA) Park & Ride Lot
- Rosslyn (VA) Metrorail Station
- L'Enfant Plaza (DC) Metrorail Station
At Dulles, the Metrobus stops at the Ground Transportation Curb (Arrivals level, down the ramp) at curb location 2E. Please click here to download the route map and timetable from Metro's website.
Metrobus and Metrorail - General Information
For route planning, please consult Metro's website or call (202) 637-7000; TTY (202) 638-3780.
Fairfax Connector Service Also Available
Fairfax Connector operates Route 981, with service between Dulles Airport, Herndon-Monroe, Reston Town Center and Tysons-Westpark. Click here for more information.
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