Washington, D.C. travel guide

Washington, D.C. Tourism | Washington, D.C. Guide

You're Going to Love Washington, D.C.

With a population of 552.433, Washington, D.C. is the largest city in District of Columbia, United States by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Washington, D.C. has to offer.

Where to Eat in Washington, D.C.

is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Washington, D.C.. These include popular favourites such as Tosca (1112 F Street), The Capital Grille - Washington DC (601 Pennsylvania Ave NW) and Founding Spirits Tour and Tasting (600 Massachusetts Ave NW). If you’re looking for affordable options, Rasika (633 D Street, NW) and Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th Street, NW) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Tico DC & Nama 14 Sushi (1926 14th St. NW) and Joselito Casa de Comidas (660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Washington, D.C..

When to visit Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. in December
Estimated hotel price
$339
1 night at 3-star hotel
Washington, D.C. in December
Estimated hotel price
$339
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Washington, D.C. in July, when the average temperature is 27 °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 102 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Washington, D.C., with an average rainfall of 66 mm.

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How to Get to Washington, D.C.

Plane

Washington, D.C. is served by 2 airports: Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD). The closest to the city centre of Washington, D.C. is Reagan Washington National Airport, which is located 6 km from the city centre. Further away is Washington Dulles Airport, 36 km from the centre of Washington, D.C.. The shortest flight to Washington, D.C. from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 26h 54m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Washington, D.C., followed by Acela. The train journey from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore takes 0h 27m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Richmond, expect to pay about $29 for a 1h 53m trip. The train station in Washington, D.C. is called Washington, D.C. Union, and is located 2.7 km from the city centre.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Washington, D.C., including Megabus, CoachRun and Peter Pan Bus Lines. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Washington, D.C. takes 274 km and will cost you around $33. From New York, the ticket costs about $24 for a journey of 418 km. The most popular bus station is Washington, D.C. Armory Metro, located 5 km from the city centre of Washington, D.C.. Washington, D.C. Wilson Blvd at N Kent St is also a commonly used station, and is 3 km from the city centre.

Plane

Washington, D.C. is served by 2 airports: Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD). The closest to the city centre of Washington, D.C. is Reagan Washington National Airport, which is located 6 km from the city centre. Further away is Washington Dulles Airport, 36 km from the centre of Washington, D.C.. The shortest flight to Washington, D.C. from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 26h 54m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Washington, D.C., followed by Acela. The train journey from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore takes 0h 27m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Richmond, expect to pay about $29 for a 1h 53m trip. The train station in Washington, D.C. is called Washington, D.C. Union, and is located 2.7 km from the city centre.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Washington, D.C., including Megabus, CoachRun and Peter Pan Bus Lines. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Washington, D.C. takes 274 km and will cost you around $33. From New York, the ticket costs about $24 for a journey of 418 km. The most popular bus station is Washington, D.C. Armory Metro, located 5 km from the city centre of Washington, D.C.. Washington, D.C. Wilson Blvd at N Kent St is also a commonly used station, and is 3 km from the city centre.

Airlines serving Washington, D.C.

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (962 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,673 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (684 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,804 reviews)
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Where to stay in Washington, D.C.

From 5-star hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC to great affordable options like the Marriott Vacation Club at The Mayflower, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C. offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $295 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $642 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include U Street Hostel and Hampton Inn Washington, D.C./White House. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Washington, D.C., with prices from $72 to $1,033 per night. Capitol Hill is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Washington, D.C. are about 1% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Dupont Circle - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as Swann House, The Jefferson, Washington, DC and Tabard Inn. The average nightly price for a double room in Dupont Circle is $188.

Georgetown - Rosewood Washington DC, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Washington DC and The Poppy Georgetown have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Georgetown will cost you about $290 per night.

Dupont Circle - Here you’ll find travellers’ favourites such as Swann House, The Jefferson, Washington, DC and Tabard Inn. The average nightly price for a double room in Dupont Circle is $188.
Georgetown - Rosewood Washington DC, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown Washington DC and The Poppy Georgetown have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Georgetown will cost you about $290 per night.
Most popular hotel in Washington, D.C. by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Washington, D.C.

Most booked hotels in Washington, D.C.

Washington Plaza Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$239+
Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$243+
Yotel Washington DC Formerly Liaison
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$255+
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$209+
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
3 stars
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
$162+
Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
3 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
$239+

Hiring a car in Washington, D.C.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Sixt are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Washington, D.C. is the Thrifty branch at 1 Aviation Circle, which is 5 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Washington, D.C. (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Washington, D.C. is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Polestar 2 or similar) is, on average, 51% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Sixt are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Washington, D.C. is the Thrifty branch at 1 Aviation Circle, which is 5 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Washington, D.C. (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Washington, D.C. is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Polestar 2 or similar) is, on average, 51% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.