Car Hire in Washington Dulles Airport
Washington Dulles Airport is on the western outskirts of the city of Washington, in Washington D.C.
Read more: 9 things to do in Washington D.C
This information is correct as of October 2015
Where to hire a car at Washington Dulles Airport
Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, hertz, National and Thrifty all have branches within Washington Dulles Airport. The rental car park is found opposite the economy car parking space outside of the terminal.
Petrol stations close at Washington Dulles Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a multitude of different fuel stations outside of Washington Dulles Airport. There are two petrol stations within the airport, as well as a number on the roads leading into the airport.
Driving around at Washington Dulles Airport
Washington Dulles Airport is easy to drive round, as it’s connected by a number of main roads. Route 66 and the ring road 495 make it easy to get around the city, as well as to other smaller destinations including Fredericksburg and Leesburg.
America’s roads are much bigger than those in Ireland, both in width and in length. The majority of roads are well signed posted, especially around Washington and the inner city areas. Of course, they do drive on the different side of the road here, which is something to make note of if you haven’t driven here before.
Popular destinations to drive to from Washington Dulles Airport
The Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Museum of American History make this a pretty epic cultural hub for anyone travelling in America. Naturally, Washington is also well equipped for business travellers due to the nature of the capital city.
It takes 40 minutes to reach Washington when there’s no traffic, however if you’re flying into the airport on a Monday morning or during a peak time, it may take longer.
Continue on the Dulles Access Road to get to the I 66 Expressway to Washington. Continue on the E Street Express way to reach the city centre. There are plenty of car parks in Washington, both free and paid. Parking in Downtown can be notoriously difficult, so plan ahead if you’re heading into the city.
Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland, and it’s home to one of the best medical institutions in the world, the John Hopkins centre.
There are plenty of Pay & Display car parks in Baltimore, with some on street parking (if you’re lucky enough to find it).
Follow the Dulles Access Road to exit the airport. Follow Dulles Access Rd, I-495 N and I-95 N to W Conway St in Baltimore for 59km. This will take your around the north of the ring road around Washington, and further north to Baltimore.
Annapolis is the capital of Maryland. Thanks to it’s harbourside location, there’s a brilliant sailing and boating scene here, as well as some amazing places to eat.
To get to Annapolis you can either drive through Washington, or use the ring road to move around Washington. It takes less than 2 hours to reach Annapolis from the airport.