Washington D.C. (including Baltimore) - My transport plan changes..
Dec 23, 10, 3:28 am
Change of plans... no longer going by rail to Union Station, but by plane to IAD. So, in collaboration with the sticky, If I want to get to my hotel near Du Pont Circle (Washington Hilton) this is what I thought:
Take the Metro Bus 5A to Rosslyn Station, and then grab a taxi.
PS: The cheaper the better!
Dec 23, 10, 5:31 am
Well cheaper than a cab from Rosslyn would be either 1) Metrorail, orange/blue line to Metro Center and transfer to red line or 2) DC circulator bus, which goes Rosslyn to Dupont Circle.
Dec 23, 10, 8:33 am
The Washington Hilton is in Kalorama, about 4 blocks north from Dupont Circle. Off-peak, it should be no more than 20 minutes and about $12, but both those numbers could more than double during rush hour.
Picking up the Metro from Rosslyn would be far better, as the ride would be only $1.85 – $2.40 and 20 – 30 minutes depending on time of day. The Q St NW exit from the Dupont Circle station is about 3 blocks from the hotel.
Alternatively, one could take the Washington Flyer ($10, 25 min) to West Falls Church, then the Orange Line to Metro Center and then the Red Line to Dupont Circle ($2.40 – $4.25, 35 – 50 min). The chief advantage here is that the WashFly bus is far more pleasant, more frequent, and more reliable than the Metrobus.
The Rosslyn-Dupont Circulator stops a block south of the Circle. While this is the absolute lowest price option ($6 for the 5A, $1 for the Circulator), it's may not be the most cost-effective here when you factor in time: up to an hour waiting for the 5A, then the snail's tour of Georgetown (non-rush hour time quoted for this route is 1 hour 9 minutes eastbound!), then navigating 6-7 blocks uphill on icy sidewalks with luggage.
Dec 24, 10, 4:11 am
Thank you guys! The WashFly seems like the option I'll take.
Dec 24, 10, 6:10 am
I've heard the 5A is a real crapshoot these days owing to crowding - especially if you have baggage. Take the Flyer...
Dec 29, 10, 4:45 pm
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5A is less crowded since the doubling of the fare. However, Washington Flyer is usually pretty empty. Last time I rode it, there were just three of us plus the driver.
Dec 30, 10, 5:42 pm
when are you flying in? if it convenient to my schedule i will be happy to give you a happy flyertalk welcome and give you a ride.