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There are 6 ways to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia by subway, train, taxi, bus, car or towncar

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Subway, train, taxi  •  1h 27m

  1. Take the subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station
  2. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
  3. Take a taxi from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Columbia

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Bus  •  2h 49m

  1. Take the bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 4TH ST SW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb 305 / ...

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Bus via K ST & 14TH ST NW wb  •  2h 40m

  1. Take the bus from K ST & 14TH ST NW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb 315 / ...

Taxi  •  47 min

  1. Take a taxi from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia 35.2 miles

Drive  •  47 min

  1. Drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia 35.2 miles

Towncar  •  47 min

  1. Take a town car from Reagan Washington Airport to Columbia 35.2 miles
Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) → Columbia
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The cheapest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia is to bus which costs $2 - $5 and takes 2h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia is to taxi which costs $110 - $140 and takes 47 min.

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The distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) and Columbia is 29 miles. The road distance is 35.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia without a car is to subway and train and taxi which takes 1h 27m and costs $35 - $140.

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It takes approximately 1h 27m to get from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia is 35 miles. It takes approximately 47 min to drive from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to Columbia.

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  • Distance: 29.1 miles
  • Duration: 1h 27m

What companies run services between Reagan Washington Airport (DCA), USA and Columbia, MD, USA?

Maryland Transit operates a bus from K ST & 14TH ST NW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb every 3 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 1h 23m.

Train operators
Metro Washington DC
Phone
202-637-7000
Website
wmata.com
Subway from NATIONAL AIRPORT station to GALLERY PLACE CHINATOWN station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
wmata.com
Senior / Disabled
$1 - $2
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$12 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$24 - $70
Business Class Seat
$35 - $95
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Train from UNION STATION MARC Washington to BWI RAIL STATION MARC nb
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $8
More information at
Maryland Transit
Senior / Disability
$2 - $4
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Business Seat - Adult
$29 - $80
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$26 - $75
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$15 - $40
First Class - Adult
$100 - $160
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$95 - $150
First Class - Child 2-12
$50 - $85
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Bus operators
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Bus from K ST & 14TH ST NW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
More information at
Maryland Transit
Senior / Disabled
$1 - $2
Bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 4TH ST SW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
More information at
Maryland Transit
Senior / Disabled
$1 - $2
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

Contact Details
Towncar from Reagan Washington Airport to Columbia
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$130 - $190
Private
$130 - $190
Taxi from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Columbia
Ave. Duration
19 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Diamond Cab Taxi
Phone
+1 410-947-3333
Baltimore Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 410-685-1212

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