DC is well-connected by plane, train, and car.
The DC area is home to three international airports. In order of nearness to the National Mall and the city center, they are:
Reagan Airport is the closest airport to DC. From Reagan, you can reach the city by the metro or rideshare.
Located 24 miles west, Dulles Airport also offers metro (Silver Line) and rideshare connections to DC.
Located about 30-40 minutes north of DC, Baltimore/Washington Airport connects to DC by rideshare or bus.
Airport Transfer Deal: Get to and from the airport with ease. Use Code: AIRPORTDEAL.
Tip: When booking flights into DC, most travel sites allow you to choose either a preferred single airport or all three to compare prices.
Also check for special rates from our partners, like Southwest Airlines, which is offering 5% off all flights to the festival.
DC’s Union Station is the second most popular train station on the Amtrak line, serving millions of travelers and commuters every year. Also, Union Station is in the center of the city, saving you an additional step. Especially for Northeast residents, Amtrak is a convenient, fun, and eco-conscious way to travel.
For a live listing of all trains to Washington, click here.
For all you locals of the DC Metro Area, Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps can help you navigate your way to the festival.
That being said, we encourage everyone to ride share or use the metro as much as possible to avoid traffic delays and parking.
Parking: If you do choose to drive, you can reserve your spot in advance at the National Mall SpotHero Parking Page to save up to 50% off drive-up rates.
Ok, now you’re here…welcome to the nation’s capital!
The National Mall is centrally located and can be reached by:
Did you know? DC is a small city. In fact, 58% of commuter travel in DC is by walking, biking, and public transit!
Read more about getting around DC from our friends at Washington.org: Getting Around DC
Tip: When you use Google Maps and pick the bus symbol, it will show you step-by-step how to reach your destination by public transit.
Metro stations close to the National Mall:
For help planning your trip, please visit the WMATA website.
Buses circulate the National Mall and cover areas from Union Station to the Lincoln Memorial.
Operating hours during the festival are:
Sept 29: 7 am – 8 pm
Sept 30: 9 am – 8 pm
Oct 1: 9 am – 7 pm
All buses are free to ride as of September 2023!
Please check out our FAQ area.