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transportation to DC National airport

We are touring colleges - flying to Boston, taking amtrak to Philly then Charlottesville. What is the best transporatation from Charlottesville to DC National airport? ( Flight out of DC is less expensive and no layover.)

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1. Re: transportation to DC National airport

Of course "best" is relative so knowing your requirements would be helpful. However if it were me, Amtrak to DC's Union Station then the Metrorail (subway) to Reagan National (DCA) would be the choice. If you'll have a lot of luggage this might not be best due to the amount of walking.

Another choice would be to check airfare from Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO) to your destination. There will be a stop involved but since CHO is a Federally entitled airport you can often find good deals from there.

Other than that you have Greyhound, limousine,taxi or one way car rental.

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I agree about taking Amtrak to Union Station, then taking the metro to National. There's no good way to get from Cville to National, but the train is the best option - its about 2 1/2 hours, so it should take you about 3 hours total. The train should cost $20-25 if you are able to buy your ticket at least a couple weeks in advance. This is a lot cheaper than the taxi or limo services, which really charge an arm and a leg. The only problem (in addition to the luggage question) is that there's only a few trains that go up to D.C. each day, so it might be tough to sync that up with your flight time. On weekdays, the northeast rail leaves cville around 9 am everyday. this is a good line to take because it starts just south of cville, so there's less chance of delays. if you can't get the train and your flight schedules to sync up, you should look into either renting a car and paying the one way drop off fee, or maybe even trying to change your flight to the cville airport. you could also take a bus to Union Station (but not directly to National, unfortunately), but that tends to be more expensive, takes a little longer, and is much less comfortable. hope this helps!

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Renting a car from Charlottesville Airport to Reagan is much less expensive than taking one of the vans that go back and forth between here and DC. Occasionally I will rent a car for the sake of time (no direct flights from here to Boston) and it runs around $80. If you use this option, make sure your rental has a GPS and leave yourself plenty of time. Getting to Reagan can be a little confusing. Try to avoid traveling to DC during peak hours.

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4. Re: transportation to DC National airport

Thank you - YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING! The train times do not sync with the flight times. For about $100 we can rent a car in Charlottesville, and the next day, return the car to DCA for a direct flight home. GPS on phone and travel on weekend should help with traffic and navigation.

Husband, son, and self will arrive on Saturday, October 22 via Amtrak. Plan to attend the U Va tour on Sunday at 11 am. Other suggestions?

THANKS AGAIN.

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I have no idea how long the tour lasts so my suggestions may or may not fit your schedule.

- Since you'll have a car a short drive west on I64 will take you to the Skyline Drive/ Blue Ridge Parkway for some beautiful views of the fall colors which should be at or near peak. In that area there are also two good wineries to tour. Veritas and Afton.

- If time is limited you can simply stroll the downtown mall and do some shopping and have dinner.

The Hook is a local entertainment magazine that will give you lots of info of goings on around town.

http://www.readthehook.com/

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To make sure your son gets a real flavor of the school, be sure to spend some time walking around the Corner, eat lunch or dinner there, and stop in Mincers for some UVA gear. Also, the tour will take you through the lawn, but go back and just hang out a bit. There's a football game against NC State that Saturday, so there will be a lot of "energy" on campus!

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Agree with "the corner" recommendation and if you want the must do for a sandwich, which is really a meal, try Little John's. It's a UVA institution.

http://littlejohnsdeli.com/

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If you have a smartphone, here's another link you may find helpful...

http://www.virginia.edu/mobile/

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9. Re: transportation to DC National airport

The advice has been great - thanks! New questions: On Saturday, Oct 22nd, Amtrak from Philly: get off at DC Union Station or Alexandria? (Want to rent a car and drive to C'ville. Having a hard time finding car rental close to Alexandria Amtrak Station. Union station convenient for rental, but exiting DC via car can be a hassle.) Advice for scenic drive/route from DC to C'ville? Advice for a hotel for Saturday night? (Wanted to stay in C'ville at Boar's Head or Omni, but all booked up due to UVA/ NC State game.) Advice for route for return trip to National for flight home? THANKS AGAIN!

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