There is an on-demand taxi/cab service rendered by “Washington Flyer Taxi” which is contractually administered by the Airports Authority. The rates are calculated by the meters which are activated upon departure. Dulles Airport Transportation :
Taxi / Cab services are available from the Dulles Airport to locations within Virginia, to Washington D.C areas and to Maryland locations. Taxi services are available from Washington Dulles airport to Arlington, Alexandria, Leesburg, Charlottesville Airport, City of Manassas, Manassas Park, Middleburg, Mount Vernon, Pentagon, Reston, Richmond Airport, Rosslyn, Tysons Corner, Warrenton, West Falls Church Metro Station, Winchester, Woodbridge, Union Station, Dulles expo center. The rates differ according to the distance – for instance Richmond Airport being 128 miles away from Dulles would have a higher rate than say, Leesburg which is only around 16 miles away. Dulles Airport to Washington D.C. taxi / cab fare could range from $51 to $60 (approximate – 2009 rates).
Taxi / Cab services are also available to Andrews Air Force Base, Bethesda, BWI Airport and Rockville in Maryland.
“Taxi” (“Ground Transportation”) is located at the lower level of the Main terminal. Reservations are not required and a 24 hour taxi dispatcher would be on duty.
Bus / Coach / Metro from Washington Dulles airport –
Coaches are available for $10 one way and $18 round trip from Washington Dulles Airport to Metro (subway) station of West Falls Church Station from where one can continue on. The coach pick ups and drop-offs are right at the Airport entrance. The buses depart every half hour. The ticket counter is located at Arrivals Door No. 4 in the Main terminal.
The metro is very convenient and economical. For instance from Dulles Airport to Downtown Washington D.C. one can take the Washington Flyer coach mentioned above to the West falls Church Station and take the train towards “New Carrollton”. One can change trains depending on the destination at Downtown since it has metro service throughout.
Metrobus (Route 5A) is also available as an economic transportation means from the Dulles Airport to Washington D.C. At the airport this bus is available at the ‘Ground Transportation’’ curb. It runs between Dulles Airport and L’Enfant Plaza Station in Washington D.C. with stops at Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Lot, Tysons-Westpark Transit Station and Rosslyn Station. L’Enfant Plaza is located close to the L’Enfant Metro rail station. This makes all the areas in Downtown including the various Smithsonian Museums very accessible.
Shared Shuttle service to and from Washington Dulles Airport – This is a door to door shared van service. The “SuperShuttle”” ticket counters are located at the Ground Transportation area in the lover level of the Main terminal. Reservations are not required for outbound trips.
Rental cars at Washington Dulles Airport – A number of car rental companies operate here – these include Avis, Hertz, National, Enterprise, Budget, Alamo, Dollar, and Thrifty.