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IAD - Washington Union Transit Time (rush Hour)?  
User currently offlineSjc>sfo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4444 times:

If I arrive at 5:00PM to IAD, take a taxi to Washington Union, will I be able to make a 7:10PM train? If so, what kind of cost am I looking at?

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User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4414 times:

Hmmm.

Last time I had to take an taxi to DCA (across the river from Washington DC) from IAD to get my parked car because some citizen wouldn't keep his seat during the last 30 minutes of flight, and the Washington National-bound plane landed at Dulles instead, it cost me $45. That time of day, $45-$55 seems about right to Union station also.



User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

go to www.wmata.com the express bus is wonderful its 2.50 and one of DC's best secrets from dulles the bus hulls and is always on time way better then the over priced washington flyer but here is your routing and yes it can be done.... Just get on the Metro bus at 5:40 PM and 1 hour 20 minutes later your at union staiton I took it every day when i was working out at IAD and the thing is its ALWAYS ON TIME TO THE MINUTE

Take 5A L'ENFANT PLAZA METRO
Depart: DULLES AIRPORT BUS STOP- AT CURB 2E At 05:40 PM
Arrive: L'ENFANT PLAZA METRO STATION At 06:33 PM

Transfer

Take YELLOW LINE Towards MT VERNON SQUARE
Depart: L'ENFANT PLAZA METRO STATION At 06:47 PM
Arrive: GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN METRO STATION At 06:49 PM

Transfer

Take RED LINE Towards GLENMONT METRO
Depart: GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN METRO STATION At 06:55 PM
Arrive: UNION STATION METRO STATION At 06:58 PM


User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4368 times:

I live in the District and fly out of Dulles a couple of times a month. Do not, at any cost, get on the freeways during rush hours (4 pm to 7 pm). If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. There will be a traffic delay. I guarantee it. The DC region has some of the worst traffic in the country.

Best travel from Dulles to Union Station: Take the Washington Flyer airport bus non stop to the West Falls Church Metro Station, $8.00 one way and leaving every 20 minutes or so and takes about 20 minutes. From West Falls Church Metro, take the Orange line to Metro Center, transfer to the Red Line to Union Station. The Metro ride should be about 35 to 40 minutes and should cost around $3.00.

Frankly, I doubt you'll make your train regardless so make sure you have a back up plan


User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4324 times:

Bicoastal

I have to differ on taking the flyer over the Metro bus... the metro bus is not only cheaper but more predictable then the flyer bus I have had bad experiences with the flyer bus but the Metro provided bus was ALWAYS on schedule and it takes you straight into the district rather then w-falls church

Now an even more convienent option... Take the Metro bus into L'enfant then a cab over to union station... wtih the cab zones it should not be that much...


User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4318 times:

Hi,
Assuming you are arriving on a domestic flight, you should have no problem making it to Union station within 1.5 hrs (barring exceptional circunstances). Mass transit (METRO) is your best bet.


Tom



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User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Wilcharl....during non-rush hours I might agree. However, look at the time he's traveling. The beltway both directions and 66 east are usually jammed with people heading into home. There are times I've been backed up miles on the transition road from Dulles access to 66 east. Then you get to any of the bridges over the Potomac and they, too, are backed up, especially if there's even a minor accident. Yes, occasionally you'll get lucky and have nice ride, but it's an exception, not a rule. Metro will get you there.

User currently offlineObithomas From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4251 times:

Bicoastal:

during non-rush hours I might agree. However, look at the time he's traveling.

I think 1.5 hours is cutting it close, but the rush hour is the evening rush hour, so Sjc>Sfo will be against traffic in a cab. Dulles Toll Road to 66 East, to 110 past the Pentagon, to 395 North and exit at Union Station. All of this except maybe 110 is against traffic in the evening rush hour.

I think it's doable, but as I said, it's cutting it close.


User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

I-66 stinks in both directions during rush hour. By the time you land, get in the lunar rover, get your bags and so on it could be 20+ minutes spent right there.

I would definitely try and get a back up plan. That is cutting it way too close. If possible, I would get an earlier flight (2 hours or so) or a later train.

Good luck.


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