You are landing at Washington Airport (IAD) and would like to rent a car to explore Washington, the capital of the United States? If so, it's a good idea to rent a car directly at the airport, as at Washington Airport there are nine car hire companies, where you can conveniently rent a car for your city trip or business whithin the USA. Compare the offers of car rental companies at Washington Airport with Driveboo right from your home and choose the car that best suits your needs.
Discovering Washington D.C.
With more than 21 million passengers per year, Washington Airport (IAD) is one of the largest commercial airports in the United States and may seem a bit confusing at first glance. Nevertheless, you can easily reach the car rental buildings with a company shuttle bus, once you have received your luggage. After arriving at the airport just go to exits 2,4 or 6, from where the shuttle buses depart from the curb 2C or 2F.
Our tip: please check before booking if the shuttle service is included free of charge in your offer and make sure that you get on the right bus, as each company has its own bus.
Open the roof of your rental car, turn up the music and off you go on your summer road trip through Washington D.C. A summer in Washington D.C. has all kinds of attractions and adventures in store for you. The best thing to do is get a convertible. That way you'll get the most out of your summer. Take a rental car to the Lincoln Memorial or to the park for a picnic. If you want to go further away in the summer, you can also take a rental car to Philadelphia or New York City. There are no limits to your summer in Washington D.C. With your friends and the right music, this road trip is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Car rental at the airport
As at all major international airports, you don't have to do without the services of the worldwide operating car rental companies at Washington Airport. Below we have put together the car rental companies that offer different types of car hire at Washington Airport:
Fortunately, you don't have to drive far to refuel your rental car before drop-off, as there is a well signposted Sunco petrol station right behind the buildings of the car rental companies, which is open 24 hours a day.
Thanks to its easy access, Washington city centre is only 40 minutes away, with toll charges on certain routes, so the best way to find out which route is best for you, depending on your destination, is to rent a car. Once in the city centre, you can take your rental car on a tour of one of the many monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress or Korean War Veterans Memorial, or visit one of the 100 or so museums ranging from the National Gallery of Art to the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Below, we have put together a few kilometres for you to travel with your rental car.
Library of Congress
|Place name||Distance from Washington Airport (IAD)||Travel time|
|Washington city center||44,2 km||38 minutes|
|Baltimore||98,6 km||1 hour 10 minutes|
|New Yort City||400,7 km||4 hours|
|Pittsburg||383 km||4 hours|
|Richmond||185 km||2 hours|
Would you prefer to take a taxi to the city and relax? In the exit area near exits 2 and 4 you will find a 24-hour service provided by Washington Flyer, whose fleet of vehicles, consisting of taxis and shuttle buses, will take you to the city centre. In addition, you can also reach the city centre by bus from Fairfax Connector Bus and Metrobus, which do not operate around the clock.
At the airport
If you have not managed to get enough food or souvenirs, you will not have to worry because Washington Airport has everything that makes a traveller's heart beat faster. Countless coffee shops, restaurants and duty-free shops offer you all the services you want and of course a free WLAN service is available at the airport, so that time flies by.
By rental car to New York City
Whether it's a day trip, a trip along the coast or a round trip, with Washington you have chosen a good starting point to travel to the most beautiful places along the west coast in your own rental car. Are you a lover of a fine wine? Then you should head towards Purcellville, where one of the oldest Craft Beer breweries is located and where you will be warmly welcomed. But a detour to Baltimore with its stylish restaurants around the Inner Harbor is also worth a detour if you don't want to go all the way up to New York City. For those who prefer fresh country air, a trip to the nearby Shenandoah National Park can take you to the nearby Shenandoah National Park, where you can enjoy the fantastic views over the vast expanses of the country, and maybe even meet one of the black bears that live there.