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About Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Named after the former US president, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest of three major airports in the Washington metropolitan area to Washington, DC. Our Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport guide includes information relating to terminal facilities, public transportation routes and nearby accommodation options.


Information counters are located in all terminals. In addition, Travellers Aid helpdesks are located in Terminal A (tel: +1 703 417 3972) and Terminals B and C (tel: +1 703 417 1806).


Driving directions:

From Washington, DC, take Interstate 395 South, then GW Parkway South to the signposted exit for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Transfer between terminals:

A free shuttle bus runs between the car parks and all terminals every six or seven minutes.

Airport Info



Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is situated 7km (4 miles) south of Washington, DC in Arlington County, Virginia.

No. of terminals:

+1 703 417 8000

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Shuttle:SuperShuttle (tel: +1 800 258 3826; door-to-door shuttle services are available. The bus transports passengers to their requested destination, while also stopping at Union Station. Shared ride fares to central Washington, DC destinations start at US$14.

Taxi:Taxis to Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland are available at the exits of each terminal. Fares to central Washington, DC, are approximately US$18-20.

Public transport rail:

Metro:The Metrorail (tel: +1 202 637 7000; light rail service (for destinations throughout Washington, DC) stops at Terminals B and C of the airport. From Terminal A, travellers need to take the airport shuttle to Terminal B or C in order to use this service. The journey time into the centre is around 10-15 minutes and the single fare varies, but is around US$2 (off-peak) or US$2.50 (peak) to city centre stations.

Terminal facilities


A full-service bank is situated before security in Terminal B; several ATMs are also located in each terminal. Foreign currency exchange is available in Terminal C.


There are more than 40 places to eat and drink at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, encompassing a wide range of bars, snack bars, fast-food outlets, cafés and restaurants – these are spread between the three terminals.


There are many shops at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, including newsagents, gift retailers, bookstores, confectioners, fashion and jewellery boutiques, luggage providers and toy shops.


There are no left-luggage facilities or lockers at the airport. Lost property is handled by the Authority Police (tel: +1 703 417 0673). Baggage assistance is available from Skycap porters in each terminal, or alternatively, trolleys can be hired for a small fee.


Other facilities available at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport include shoeshine services, located in Terminal A, an interfaith chapel (open 24/7 to all faiths), at the south end of Terminal B on the concourse level, and pet relief areas, located in each terminal.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There are currently no meeting or conference facilities available within the terminals at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. However, meeting rooms are offered at several nearby hotels, including the Hilton Crystal City Hotel (tel: +1 703 418 6800; and the Courtyard Arlington Crystal City Hotel (tel: +1 703 549 3434;, both of which are a short distance from the terminals.

Communication Facilities:

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Charging stations for phones or laptops are located at various points within all terminals. Additionally, post boxes are situated on the second level, near the security checkpoints.

Disabled facilities:

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has lifts, disabled toilets, Braille and lowered telephones and TTY phones.

Skycap porters can assist disabled passengers; wheelchairs and special assistance should be arranged with the airline prior to travel.

Disabled parking is available in all car parks: shuttles from these areas to the terminals are equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Car parking:

Car parks A, B and C provide hourly and daily parking, with nearly 9,000 spaces available – all three are directly connected to the terminals. An economy car park, which is linked to the terminals by a free shuttle bus, provides long-term parking rates. The first 20 minutes of parking in all car parks is free of charge. A ‘cell phone’ area, for drivers awaiting incoming passengers, is also available. Further parking information is available (tel: +1 703 417 7275).

Car rental:

Car hire companies at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National, while Advantage and Dollar are located off-site. Hire cars are located in car park A and are accessible via the courtesy shuttle from the terminals.

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