Alexandria travel guide

Alexandria Tourism | Alexandria Guide

You're Going to Love Alexandria

With a population of 139.966, Alexandria is a must-see destination in Virginia, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Alexandria to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Alexandria

Old Town is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Alexandria. These include popular favourites such as Barca Wine Bar & Pier (3 Pioneer Mill Way), Landini Brothers (115 King Street) and Gadsby's Tavern (138 North Royal Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, La Tasca - Alexandria (607 King Street) and Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria (1026 King St) are great picks. Families with children usually love to dine at Rustico (827 Slaters Lane), while couples can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Oak Steakhouse- Alexandria (901 N Saint Asaph St), in Old Town.

When to visit Alexandria

Alexandria in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Alexandria in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Alexandria in July, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -2 °C, with an average temperature of 2 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 97 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Alexandria, with an average rainfall of 66 mm.

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How to Get to Alexandria


When flying to Alexandria, you’ll arrive at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is located 5 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Alexandria from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 21h 04m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Alexandria. The train journey from Alexandria to Baltimore takes 0h 30m and costs around $13 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Richmond, expect to pay about $21 for a 1h 49m trip. The train station in Alexandria is called Alexandria, and is located 1.6 km from the city centre.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Alexandria, including Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound and OurBus. From Baltimore, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 56 km and will cost you around $48. From Philadelphia, the ticket costs about $64 for a journey of 290 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Alexandria

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
Good (295 reviews)
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British Airways
Good (940 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (304 reviews)
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Singapore Airlines
Good (154 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (630 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,938 reviews)
ITA Airways
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Where to stay in Alexandria

Average rates range from around $394 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $277 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Belvoir Alexandria South and Hampton Inn Alexandria/Pentagon South. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Alexandria, with prices from $102 to $360 per night. Old Town is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Alexandria are about 130% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Most popular hotel in Alexandria by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Alexandria

Most booked hotels in Alexandria

Willard Intercontinental Washington, An Ihg Hotel
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
The Westin Alexandria Old Town
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
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Hiring a car in Alexandria

Budget, Enterprise and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Alexandria is the Hertz branch at 501 S Pickett Street, which is 7 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.88 per litre in Alexandria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.54 and $30.05. The most frequently booked car type in Alexandria is Full-size (Nissan Frontier or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Hyundai Tucson or similar) is, on average, 52% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.