Transportation to DC

As the nation's capital, Washington, DC is a truly international city with abundant travel options for JournalCon DC attendees. The city is serviced by three international airportsóRonald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).  In addition, Amtrak and various bus companies routinely service the DC Metro area. Finally, personal vehicle travel is an option for the intrepid journaller who wishes to set their own course by driving to JournalCon DC.

 

Air Transportation

The three major airports in the Metro area are serviced by all major US airlines:

National: Air Canada, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, American Trans Air, Continental & Continental Express, Delta, Delta Connection Shuttle, Frontier, Midwest Airlines, Northwest airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Shuttle, US Airways Express.

Dulles: Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, ANA, American Airlines, America West Airlines, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Austrian Airlines, BMI, British Airways, BWIA International Airways, Continental & Continental Express, Delta, Grupo Taca, Ethiopian Airlines, Great Plains, jetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, SAS, Song, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, Virgin.

BWI: Aer Lingus, Air Canada Jazz, Air Jamaica, AirTran, American, America West, British Airways, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Ghana Airways, Hooters Air, Icelandair, Midwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pan Am, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, USA3000.

Though fares often are comparative between the three airports, there are times when one is considerably more or less expensive than the others.  The following fares are a good indicator of what airfare would be for JournalCon DC. However, this committee urges attendees to investigate individual airline specials, as well as rates offered by travel agencies and other discount sites.

Fares quoted are sampled from Travelocity.com; taxes and fees are included for flights arriving on Friday and returning on Sunday. Prices subject to change. 

 

Originating City

Airfares

Atlanta (ATL)

BWI - $233-$251
Dulles - $233-$238
National - $233-$238

Boston (BOS)

BWI - $148-$204
Dulles - $281-$291
National - $276-$291

Chicago (MDW)

BWI - $222-$231
Dulles - $222-$246
National - $207-$247

Chicago (ORD)

BWI - $213-$233
Dulles - $209-$247
National - $209-$296

Cleveland (CLE)

BWI - $114-$139
Dulles - $279-$299
National - $279-$299

Dallas (DFW)

BWI - $271-$281
Dulles - $264-$320
National - $264-$309

Denver (DEN)

BWI - $ 244-$373
Dulles - $264-$329
National - $403-433

Honolulu (HNL)

BWI - $1374-$1684
Dulles - $1498-$1513
National - $1494-$1504

Las Vegas (LAS)

BWI - $300-$363
Dulles - $407-$596
National - $407-$595

Los Angeles (LAX)

BWI - $446-$494
Dulles - $301-$475
National - $294-$306

Miami (MIA)

BWI - $213-$300
Dulles - $292-$307
National - $302-$310

Minneapolis (MSP)

BWI - $273-$399
Dulles - $388-$408
National - $324-$399

Nashville (BNA)

BWI - $190-$223
Dulles - $332-$342
National - $332-$350

Newark, NJ (EWR)

BWI - $118-$203
Dulles - $118-$214
National - $118 - $214

New York (JFK)

BWI - $191-$211
Dulles - $157-$195
National - $141-$166

New York (LGA)

BWI - $153-$223
Dulles - $113-$163
National - $113-$163

Phoenix (PHX)

BWI - $231-$281
Dulles - $353-$373
National - $305-$344

Pittsburgh (PIT)

BWI - $280-$357
Dulles - $348-$361
National - $348-$378

St. Louis (STL)

BWI - $241-$261
Dulles - $343-$365
National - $343-$361

San Diego (SAN)

BWI - $374-$383
Dulles - $411-$501
National - $378-$475

San Francisco (SFO)

BWI - $468-$498
Dulles - $310-$386
National - $299-$386

Seattle (SEA)

BWI - $361-$374
Dulles - $321-$383
National - $314-$383

 

 

Montreal (YMX)

BWI - $324-$335
Dulles - $323-$333
National - $323-$327

Toronto (YYZ)

BWI - $299-$309
Dulles - $299-$316
National - $289-$314

Vancouver (YVR)

BWI - $639-$718
Dulles - $534-$570
National - $559-$569

 

 

London (LHR)

BWI - $726-$832
Dulles - $726-$738
National - $745-$798

Paris (CDG)

BWI - $549-$633
Dulles - $587-$653
National - $579-$715

Tokyo (NRT)*
*prices quoted are for flights departing on Thursdays.

BWI - $929-$936
Dulles - $915-$936
National - $929-$936

 

Rail Transportation

There are four Amtrak stations in the Washington, DC metro area: Washington Union Station, New Carrollton (MD), BWI Airport Rail Station and Dulles International Airport.

The following sample fares are all to Washington Union Station, which is located right on the Metro line. Please note that Acela Express trains and Metroliner train fares will cost more than the estimated fares. All fares are subject to change.

 

Originating City

Unreserved Round Trip Fare (Departing Friday Noon, Returning Sunday, 5pm)

Boston, MA -- Boston South Station

$212

New York City -- Penn Station

$178

Philadelphia, PA -- 30th Street Station

$102

Richmond, VA

$72

 

Bus Transportation

Those living within a few hundred miles who would rather not fly or drive can take Greyhound. Round trip fare from Philadelphia is $72 and travel time is approximately 4 hours one-way.  Active duty and retired military personnel and their dependent family members receive a 10 percent discount off the price of an unrestricted ticket. In addition to the 10 percent discount, military personnel can travel on Greyhound for a maximum fare of $198 round-trip.

Attendees in the New York metropolitan area should take note of the following bus companies, who offer inexpensive transportation between New York and Washington, DC:

Dragon Coach
Today's Bus
Washington Deluxe

 

Personal Vehicle Transportation

Traveling distances for those considering making the trip by car:

To DC from...

Miles

Atlanta

600

Boston

450

Chicago

700

Cleveland

350

Dallas

1300

Denver

1600

Detroit

500

Houston

1350

Kansas City

1050

Las Vegas

2500

Los Angeles

2650

Memphis

850

Miami

1050

Minneapolis

1100

New Orleans

1100

New York

250

Philadelphia

150

Phoenix

2300

San Diego

2600

San Francisco

2850

Seattle

2700

St. Louis

900

 

Parking Rates

See each of the hotel websites for onsite parking options. The following parking options are also available. All are Metro accessible and easily accessible from major highways and interstates.

Parking at the extended stay economy lots at Washington National Airport is $9 a day; parking is $15 a day in the regular daily lots.

The Montgomery County, MD parking lot next to the Bethesda Metro Station (lot 49) offers free parking on weekends and county holidays. The daily maximum is $11.25 on other days. Hours requiring payment are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Lot 11, about a block away has a daily maximum of $8.25; otherwise the same fees and times apply.

Finally, parking is available in the 24 hour Ballston Public Parking Garage, operated by Arlington County, VA for a mere $1.00 all day and night on weekends. The Ballston Metro station is a short walk (all indoors) from the garage.

 

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