Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as their neighborhood airport. This represents a perfect characterization for an International Airport serving over 20 million passengers a year that Crystal City residents, employees, and guests can get to in as little as 5-mintes by car, Metro, or bicycle and as little as 15-minutes by foot. The Crystal City is one of, if not the only, mixed-use, urban neighborhood in the world within walking distance of a major Airport.Visitors staying in Crystal City area hotels can also take advantage of complimentary airport shuttles, many of which operate regularly scheduled routes to and from the airport.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport(DCA)

Driving Distance – ~0.5 miles
Driving Time – ~5 minutes
Walking Distance – 0.6 miles to 0.8 miles
Walking Time – 10 to 15 minutes

Biking Distance – 0.9 to 1.6 miles
Biking Time – 6-10 minutes

Airport Access Map

DCA Walk Challenge

In light of airport access issues related to WMATA’s Safetrack Surges 3 and 4, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing back the #DCAWalk Challenge through the end of the summer.

Designed to showcase how easy it is to walk (or bike) to Washington National Airport, the Challenge invites participants to post their experience getting to the airport on foot or two wheels on social media for a chance to win a Crystal City Weekend Stay-cation and other prizes.

Crystal City is the only neighborhood in the country with an airport in walking distance. Serving more than 20 million yearly passengers and 84 non-stop destinations, Washington National Airport pilots, flight attendants, airport employees, and “in-the-know” travelers can be spotted taking the Mount Vernon Trail or walking along the sidewalk of Route 233 on their way to work or destinations beyond. From Crystal Drive, Terminal A and Terminal B/C are both less than a mile away. That takes about 10-15 minutes and 20-25 minutes to walk, respectively.

The #DCAWalk challenge is open to anyone, not just those taking a flight, so take a look at the map and directions below, give it a try and post your experience on social media with the hashtag #DCAWalk via Instagram (@ccbid), SnapChat (@ccbid), Twitter (@ccbid), or Facebook (Like and Tag Crystal City). Submissions may include a hyperlapse of your walk, a mini-documentary, pictures of the scenic views, fun selfies, a blog post, or countless other ideas. As always, be safe and only cross streets at designated cross walks. Most importantly, have fun and be creative!

#DCAWalk Details:

Though the Washington National Airport Metrorail station will remain open during Surge 3 and 4, the segments of the blue and yellow lines will be closed preventing connections to the rest of the rail system. WMATA and airport officials expect more roadway congestion as more passengers arrive at the airport via car. The specific surge closures include:

  • Surge 3 will shut down the Blue/Yellow Line between National Airport and Braddock Road from July 5 through July 11.
  • Surge 4 will shut down the Blue/Yellow Line between National Airport and Pentagon City from July 12 through July 18. There will be no Metrorail service at Crystal City.

For details about other travel alternatives during Safetrack visit these websites from Arlington and WMATA.

Washington Dulles International (IAD)

Driving Distance – 28 Miles
Estimated Driving Time – 35 Minutes (50 Minutes with Traffic)

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Driving Distance – 36 Miles
Estimated Driving Time – 49 Minutes (1 Hour and 20 Minutes with Traffic)