RENTAL CARS

Rental cars is a pretty good way to get around D.C. Yes, there is traffic and parking does cost money but it is far less to park in D.C. than it is to park in New York. Getting around in New York using public transportation is easy but D.C. is more similar to Los Angeles than it is to New York meaning that things are further away from eachother and metro stations are not that prevalent. 

One of the best new options in D.C. is peer-to-peer car rentals. People put their own cars for rent at competitive prices and you don't have to pay the tons of fees associated with rental car companies. Also, insurance is fully covered by the peer-to-peer company called RelayRides. This option has really become a trend. If you really want to enjoy your stay you can even rent luxury options like a BMW M235 or Porche 911!  Visit RelayRides.com for more information and to browse the inventory. 

However, those who prefer to get around by car will find a good selection of major rental companies located at each of the three area airports:  Reagan Washington National AirportBaltimore/Washington International Airport and Dulles International Airport.

A rental car can help if you're planning to visit Baltimore or the more historical areas of Virginia because these areas are not widely served by Metro. 

If you need a car for a longer time, consider Zipcar, where you can rent a car or truck by the hour - locations are scattered throughout the city, and insurance and gas is included. However, the initial registration process and expense involved with Zipcar makes these programs more practical for those staying for extended periods.. 

 

 

TAXIS

How do you know a taxi is available in Washington, D.C.?

He stops for you. Unlike New York, few of the cabs have lights on the roof telling you whether or not they're available.  Some D.C. cabs flip down "On Call" signs from their sunvisors, but sometimes that's just to excuse them from picking up shady-looking passengers.

How much is a taxicab in Washington, D.C.?

The initial fee is currently $3.25 and is about $2.16 per mile afterwards.  The wait charge, when the taxi is traveling slower than a certain speed, e.g. red light, stop signs, traffic, is $25 per hour.  There are additional fees from certain locations; for example, trips from Reagan International Airport incurs additional $2.00.  For fare estimates, try an online calculator such as Washington DC Taxi Fare Calculator.

Where's the best place to catch a cab?

It is easier to hail a cab in front of a nice hotel.  Otherwise, you can find them anywhere downtown.  In the evenings, you might have to head to one of the busier streets to find one, as they tend not to scour the neighborhoods for fares.

How do you signal you're looking for a ride?

Just wave your hand when you see one - even if they're headed in the opposite direction, they'll make an illegal U-turn if you look like you can pay the fare.

DC's cabs formerly used a zone system, but have now changed to using the normal time/distance-based fares. Note that there will be surcharges for extra suitcases, additional passengers, during snow emergencies, rush hour trips and fuel during times of high gas prices.

Off-Site Links:

WMATA

Metro Guide

Zipcar

 

Chauffeur Services

If you want to make sure you get to your destination on time and in style you should hire a chauffeur service to pick you up from the airport. When searching for a Limousine service Keep These 3 Things in mind.

  1.  Determine ahead of time how many people will e in your party and how much luggage you will have so you will have a clear understanding of your needs.
  2. If you decide to go with hourly services you should ask if there are a minimum amount of hours for the vehicle you requested.
  3. Make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples, ALWAYS Ask if the rate is "All Inclusive" or if they have additional fee's.Normal fees to expect are 20% gratuity, 7% fuel, early morning / late night if the trip is between 12am - 5am, airport fees, parking and wait time.

There are plenty of Local, National & International services available, remember that you get what you pay for, most services like Elite Limo will give you a free quote. Its always a good idea to make your reservations as far in advance as possible but usually you can get a Vehicle in as little as 1-2 hours' notice in 40 U.S. cities. You can get a single bill and single point of contact for all of your rides, worldwide.There is a  24 Hour dispatch service so you can speak to a real person anytime and Every ride is watched closely by their staff through GPS tracking of the vehicle and status updates directly from the driver via a mobile app.