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Best transportation from IAD to Foggy Bottom?

san diego
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Best transportation from IAD to Foggy Bottom?

What is the best transportation to take from IAD to Foggy Bottom? We're traveling with 2 children and our flight arrives at 3:30pm.

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1. Re: Best transportation from IAD to Foggy Bottom?

With four of you getting off of a long flight, I'd be tempted to just go with the $50-$55 taxi ride and get to your hotel room ASAP. Otherwise, you're dealing with one of two bus-to-Metrorail combinations and the additional baggage handling and rush-hour Metrorail crowds and stress.

One of these, Washington Flyer, won't save you any real money since it will run $10.40 per person ($8 for the bus to West Falls Church, $2.40 for the train).

The other, expresss Metrobus 5A to Rosslyn, will save you money. $4.35 per person--$3 for the bus to Rosslyn Metro, then $1.35 for the quick, one-stop trip to Foggy Bottom.

You should be at Foggy Bottom within an hour of boarding either of the bus/rail options.

The challenge in using these bus services is making the connection; realistically, you don't have a shot at making a connection within 1/2 hour of your landing since you have to deal with Dulles' mobile lounges and baggage claim. The Flyer leaves for West Falls Church at :15 and :45 after the hour; the Metrobus 5A leaves for Rosslyn only once per hour, :40 after.

san diego
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2. Re: Best transportation from IAD to Foggy Bottom?

Tubman, thanks for providing good info. That was helpful to know.

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3. Re: Best transportation from IAD to Foggy Bottom?

I was to echo tubman's suggestion that a taxi may be the best way to go. The problem with the 5A metrobus is that it was never designed to be an "airport" bus per se--it was designed to help reverse commuters get from DC to the Dulles area. So the bus is not really set up for travellers. It's just a regular bus, no luggage racks or anything. It also tends to get very crowded and rush hour, which can make it difficult to get your bags on.