Arriving in the Washington, D.C. Area

Transportation from DC Airports to DC Hotels

Most international flights arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the Virginia suburbs. Options for getting into D.C. include:

Super Shuttle From Dulles: About $29
Taxi From Dulles: About $83

If you arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), most likely from a domestic flight such as from New York (JFK) or Newark, New Jersey (EWR), the options include:

Super Shuttle From Reagan National: About $15
Taxi From Reagan National: About $30
Metro From Reagan National: About $4

 

Departing D.C. for Columbus, Ohio

Late afternoon/early evening flights are available on Friday, August 12. Some options are provided below. To check flight possibilities go to www.Expedia.com, www.kayak.com, www.aa.com, www.united.com, www.southwest.com or check with your travel agent. Note that departure times and a higher summer fare will go into effect for flight reservations made after May 31.

One-Way Flights on Friday, August 12
Departing From Dulles International Airport on Friday: Around $88-$192
Departing From Reagan National Airport on Friday: Around $110-$140
ONE-WAY FLIGHTS ON Saturday, AUGUST 13
Departing From Dulles International Airport on Saturday: Around $110-$152
Departing From Reagan National Airport on Saturday Around $110-$246

 

Round Trip Flights

Round trip flights (direct or with one stop) from both airports are in the price range of $200-$270.

NOTE: If you fly from your country into Washington Dulles or Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport on a round trip ticket for travel back to your country, you will need to purchase a round trip ticket from one of the Washington, D.C airports to Columbus, Ohio and allow sufficient travel time for your return in order to make your international flight back home.

If you purchase a one-way ticket from Washington to Columbus, then you will have to check the options for return travel to your home country from Columbus, Ohio (CMH). These flights generally go through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTW), Newark, New Jersey (EWR), or New York (JFK).

 

Traveling by Car

By car, Columbus, Ohio is approximately a 7 hour drive from the D.C. area or 425 miles (650 kms). Rental car charges are per day ($100+ per day) and usually for unlimited mileage. Auto insurance is required as is an International Driving Permit issued in your home country. For further information see https://www.usa.gov/visitors-driving. Unless you are driving one-way and turn the car in when you arrive in Columbus, you will also incur daily hotel parking fees. Recommended travel route from D.C is I-270 north to I-70 West then I-68 (National Highway). I-68 runs into I-79 at Morgantown, West Virginia. Take I-79 north to I-70 west, approximately 50 miles. I-70 goes directly to downtown Columbus, OH, 170 miles to the west.

Traveling by Bus or Train

There is no commercial train service between Columbus and Washington , D.C.

Greyhound Bus Lines runs between Washington and Columbus; however, the trip lasts over 10 hours and may not be cheaper than an airplane flight.

It may be possible to take an AMTRAK train to a midpoint city such as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then a Greyhound Bus to Columbus.