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 Vermilion - Alexandria (1120 King St.), Mia's Italian Kitchen (100 King St.) and Barca Wine Bar & Pier (3 Pioneer Mill Way). 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 Uno Pizzeria & Grill - Alexandria (5935 Kingstowne Towne Ctr), while couples can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Landini Brothers (115 King Street), in Old Town. For delicious green meals, Josephine - Old Town (109 S St Asaph St) and Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap (401 E. Braddock Rd.) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Alexandria.

When to visit Alexandria

Alexandria in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Alexandria in August
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 18h 55m.


Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Alexandria, followed by Acela. The train station in Alexandria is called Alexandria, and is located 1.6 km from the city centre.


Another option to get to Alexandria is to pick up a car hire from Washington, D.C., which is about 11 km from Alexandria. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Hertz, among others, in Washington, D.C..


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Alexandria, including Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Baltimore, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 56 km and will cost you around $27. From Baltimore, the ticket costs about $27 for a journey of 56 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Alexandria

Airlines serving Alexandria

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British Airways
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Singapore Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Cathay Pacific
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Alaska Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Malaysia Airlines
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Korean Air
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Japan Airlines
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Where to stay in Alexandria

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 $103 to $763 per night. Old Town is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Alexandria are about 87% 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

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Washington Plaza Hotel
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Yotel Washington DC Formerly Liaison
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)

Hiring a car in Alexandria

Expect to pay $1.85 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 $22.09 and $29.46. The most frequently booked car type in Alexandria is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Smart Fortwo or similar) is, on average, 71% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.