Flying into the wrong airport, now what?
November 20, 2011 11:34 AM   Subscribe

What's the best way to get from Washington Reagan airport to a hotel near Tyson's Corner, VA?

Yes, I know that I should have flown into Dulles but I'm not. As I understand it, I can either get a taxi from Reagan at about $55 or take the Metro to Dunn-Loring and then get a taxi. Not worried about taking the Metro but will have a few pieces of luggage to cart with us. How hard is it to get a taxi from the Metro station? We could probably get friends to pick us up at the Metro station if that's the only choice. Anybody familiar with this route got a better plan?
posted by tamitang to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (14 answers total)
What time are you arriving? That is a big question as well. The metro stations typically have a cab or two waiting, yes even Dunn Loring.

Metro has elevators and plenty of space (as long as not during rush) if you're worried about carting luggage.
posted by sandmanwv at 11:39 AM on November 20, 2011

This Tuesday evening about 8:30 pm.
posted by tamitang at 11:41 AM on November 20, 2011

Either get a cab at the airport or call ahead and have one meet you at Dunn-Loring, that's a park and ride station in the suburb area, there may not be a cab just waiting around on a Tuesday night
posted by T.D. Strange at 11:42 AM on November 20, 2011

Your hotel may also run a shuttle to and from a metro line. Call and ask.

(I was just there at the start of the month and our hotel had a shuttle but it was just a morning and an evening run).

I can't really say I enjoyed staying in Tyson's Corners as I am not a shopper.
posted by srboisvert at 11:58 AM on November 20, 2011

I wouldn't depend on a cab being at dunn loring at 8:30. Call a cab company and schedule a pick up.

But this is the kind of question the hotel front desk is there to answer, so I would ask them.
posted by empath at 12:02 PM on November 20, 2011

With regard to calling a cab - If you call ahead for a cab, some area cab companies will assign you a cab, and some will just put a message out to their cabs. The latter method has caused some problems for me in the past - Blue Top (, 703-243-8294) assigns cabs, they're pretty good.
posted by troika at 12:04 PM on November 20, 2011

Also: This option heavily depends on where your hotel is located, but there is a bus from Crystal City to Tyson's Corner (PDF). Crystal City is one metro stop north of the airport and the bus pickup is right outside the metro. It runs pretty late.

If you do take this plan (or if something goes horribly awry with your plan, or whatever), memail me. I live right by DCA.
posted by troika at 12:13 PM on November 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

1. You are more likely to get a cab at West Falls Church than Dunn Loring.
2. As others have said, your hotel may well have a shuttle either to Dunn Loring or West Falls Church.
posted by TheRaven at 12:44 PM on November 20, 2011

If it's classy enough, your hotel's shuttle will pick you up at National. So call 'em up, say you have a reservation and when you'll be at the airport, and hope for that happy response.
posted by Rash at 12:51 PM on November 20, 2011

I have found D.C./Virginia taxi service from/to airports and Metro stations to be unreliable at best, and it might get a bit pricy directly from DCA.

You might consider something like the SuperShuttle instead. The shared vans are fairly cost-effective, and it's easy to catch them from the airport and have them take you directly to the hotel.
posted by gemmy at 3:00 PM on November 20, 2011

Hotel only shuttles from Dulles and only limited service; I asked. Thanks for the responses but it's looking like we'll spring for the cab or super shuttle.
posted by tamitang at 3:14 PM on November 20, 2011

Anybody who might read this in the future...we found Super Shuttle DCA to be extremely unreliable.
posted by tamitang at 8:42 AM on November 23, 2011

Aw, sorry to hear that tamitang.
posted by gemmy at 12:38 PM on November 23, 2011

Unfortunately I'm only now seeing this, but yeah; I've had zero good experience with SuperShuttle in DC.
posted by inigo2 at 4:04 PM on December 5, 2011

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