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Old Mar 27, 19, 5:53 pm
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Hello I am arriving on an international flight around 3:30 and need to grab a train from there. Could I make a 5:20 PM from Union station if I uber it there or would 6:10 PM be better? It is on a Saturday later this spring.
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Old Mar 27, 19, 6:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ASUDan130 View Post
Hello I am arriving on an international flight around 3:30 and need to grab a train from there. Could I make a 5:20 PM from Union station if I uber it there or would 6:10 PM be better? It is on a Saturday later this spring.
Train at 5.20pm (1720) is pushing it ... depending on if you have GE (Global Entry) ... if not, depending if your inbound flight is on-time, the queues aren't too long, if you have checked luggage ... traffic on I-66 into the city can bad at that hour, even on a Saturday.
Better to go for the 6.10pm (1810) train
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Old Mar 27, 19, 7:02 pm
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The 6:10 is pushing it and allows little room for arrival delays, CBP delays or traffic.
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Old Apr 1, 19, 10:26 pm
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Originally Posted by ASUDan130 View Post
Hello I am arriving on an international flight around 3:30 and need to grab a train from there. Could I make a 5:20 PM from Union station if I uber it there or would 6:10 PM be better? It is on a Saturday later this spring.
If the moon buggy’s involved and if you’re not a US citizen/GE, yeah, I don’t think you’d make it there by 5:20. And you’re right that Uber/Lyft would be your best options to get into town.
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Old Apr 6, 19, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by ASUDan130 View Post
Hello I am arriving on an international flight around 3:30 and need to grab a train from there. Could I make a 5:20 PM from Union station if I uber it there or would 6:10 PM be better? It is on a Saturday later this spring.
I wouldn't do this one. There s a lot of traffic that makes its way into DC in the mid afternoon for the "going out crowd". You're having to cut 1/2 way across DC itself and there is no fast way to do that (unless you go all the way around Arlington to I-395 an take I-395 towards NY Ave and Union Station).

Do the 6:10 and don't stress yourself out.
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Old Apr 6, 19, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by ASUDan130 View Post
Hello I am arriving on an international flight around 3:30 and need to grab a train from there. Could I make a 5:20 PM from Union station if I uber it there or would 6:10 PM be better? It is on a Saturday later this spring.
What is your final destination? Would a one-way car rental from IAD make more sense?
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