How to Find Cheap Air Travel to/from Washington D.C.
Travelers to Washington D.C. have three large airports to choose from – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code DCA) being closest to the actual city of Washington D.C. – it is just three miles from the United States Capitol. Flying into National gives you an amazing view of Washington D.C.’s historical landmarks. Even though the airport is located so close to the head of the US government, it is not equipped with customs or immigration facilities, so there are only a few international destinations from which flights are allowed to land at National – including Nassau, (Bahamas), Toronto and Montreal.
Originally called Washington National Airport, it is still more commonly referred to as National or Reagan National, and it lies a mere four miles from downtown Washington D.C. in Arlington County, Virginia. The largest carrier at National is US Airways and the second largest is American Airlines, so check for flight specials with them. For a complete list of airlines serving National, see this page. You can track flights here and find out about ground transportation options here. US Airways operates a shuttle with service from National to LaGuardia Airport in New York City and to Logan International Airport in Boston. Delta Air Lines operates a shuttle with service from National to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. If you are driving to National, here are the directions you will need.
When flying into National, try to get a seat on the left-hand side of the plane – you will be rewarded with an amazing view of downtown Washington D.C. Passengers on the right are not cheated, however, as they get a view of Arlington National Cemetery, The Pentagon and the United States Air Force Memorial.