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Airports report smooth morning

As of 10:30 a.m., all three Washington airports were reporting busy but uneventful mornings. Most flights at Dulles, Reagan National and BWI were reporting on time departures today, and there was ample parking.

If you're flying out today, here's some information on getting to the airports:

Take the Green Line to Greenbelt and turn left as you exit the station. You'll find the bus shelter for the B30, the Metrobus direct to BWI. It costs $3.10 with cash and $3 with a SmarTrip card.

On Wednesday and Sunday, Metro will put on two additional articulated buses to help meet the high demand. On Thanksgiving Day, the B30 will operate on a Sunday schedule. [See schedule here.]

Two options:
-- Take the Orange Line to West Falls Church Station and then taking the Washington Flyer bus to the airport. The Flyer leaves every half hour from Bus Bay E. (Mark Regan of Fairbanks, Alaska, wrote in to ask if there was still a Metrobus out of West Falls Church for the airport. No, there isn't.)
-- Take the 5A Metrobus from L'Enfant Plaza or Rosslyn stations. As with the B30, the fare is $3.10 in cash, or $3 using a SmarTrip card.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 5A buses will leave Dulles Airport every 20 minutes. One bus will go directly to the Rosslyn Station. The second bus will continue on to L'Enfant Plaza. On Thursday, the 5A will operate on a Sunday schedule. [See schedule here.] From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the 5As will leave Rosslyn every 30 minutes, with one bus going directly to Dulles. The other bus stopping at Rosslyn will start at L'Enfant Plaza. Metro says it will have an additional bus on standby if the demand requires it on the weekend.

Many people love the 5A, but I do get complaints that the bus interior is not designed for airport travelers. There's no room for luggage. Take that into consideration in planning your trip.

Metrorail to Reagan National
Parking at National Airport is always tough around holidays, because space is limited. Check on how many spaces are open before you go by clicking on this link.

But a better option would be to take Blue or Yellow lines Metro trains. Just be considerate of your fellow train riders when you're swinging around those big bags and backpacks.

By Michael Bolden  |  November 25, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Airports  
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