How to Get from Dulles Airport to the DC Metro
The Silver Line Connector Bus runs every 20 minutes and connects Dulles with the Metro at Reston. Fares are $5 one way. Anticipate spending 45 minutes to commute on the Metro to downtown Washington, DC from the Reston station.
How to Get from Washington, DC to Dulles Airport
The bottom-line is getting between Dulles and Washington, DC will usually take over an hour. Until the Metro connects directly with the Dulles airport in 2018 there are two primary options to get from the Dulles to DC. The first is to take one of the express bus routes. The other alternative is to use the Silverline connector bus to commute between Dulles and the Reston Metro station as mentioned above.
Dulles Airport Express Shuttle Bus (by Metrobus)
The Metrobus route 5A is an express route from Dulles airport to Washington, DC. This route acts as shuttle bus to Dulles airport in Virginia. The Metrobus shuttle routes from Dulles can take you to either the Rosslyn metro station or the L’Enfant Plaza metro station from Dulles and vice versa. The main downside to this is the amount of time it can take. Traffic can delay the bus quite a bit, and travelers can be stuck on the bus for well over an hour getting to DC. If you are coming or going to Dulles during rush hour via the bus leave extra time. Without traffic a ride between Rosslyn and Dulles should take about 45 minutes. The one-way cost of the 5A shuttle bus from Washington, DC to Dulles is $7.50.
Hotels With Free Shuttle to Dulles Airport & the Metro
There are four hotels in the Reston, VA area that offer a free airport shuttle to Dulles International Airport and then also a free shuttle to the Reston DC Metro station. These hotels enable you to get a free shuttle from Dulles airport, check-in, and then get a free shuttle to the Reston Metro station that will connect you with the greater DC area. Those hotels are: Sheraton, Westin, SpringHill Suites and Hyatt House. Hyatt House and SpringHill Suites also offer free breakfast.