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Driving from Richmond to Dulles

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Driving from Richmond to Dulles

I have a 10:20 international flight out of Dulles on Friday May 16th. I live in the West End of Richmond. What time should I leave Richmond to be sure I leave myself enough time?

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1. Re: Driving from Richmond to Dulles

Allow three hours for security, minimum two hours for drive, five am is latest you should leave. factor in parking and getting from the long term lots to the terminal via shuttle, leaving at four would be better.

It might save you time and stress and money to stay overnight at one of the airport hotels and take their shuttle to the airport in the am, some of the hotels have a deal on parking your car there if you stay before the trip. Or check rates for Groome transportation shuttle from Richmond airport to Dulles.

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I'm assuming you mean 10:20 and not 22:20? I live in Goochland county and nine times out of ten will take US-522 to Rt 15/29 up to 66. I avoid all the potential traffic problems on 95. It's a longer distance, but usually it ends up to be a shorter drive once you calculate the stop-and-go traffic on 95 (or worse, traffic at a stand still). It's definitely better to get there sooner rather than later; I wouldn't risk missing the flight. I'd plan to get to IAD between 7:20-7:40 (or 19:20-19:40), get through security, and just chill in the terminal.

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3. Re: Driving from Richmond to Dulles

I would say, around 4am to be safe.

That would leave you 3 hours for the drive, 45 minutes to park, and 2.5 hours for security.

As long as you get to the DC BEFORE the morning rush hour starts you should be good. I don't think you will need the full 3 hours for driving (probably just 2), but that's really the only thing that can REALLY swing, time wise, and mess up your plans. You just never know with that stretch of 95.

Good luck!

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4. Re: Driving from Richmond to Dulles

I live near Dulles Airport - the morning rush on a Friday and the Friday Security lines at IAD Airport -- I think the 4 - 4:30 AM departure time is not unreasonable to consider. Just drove back and forth to Richmond this past weekend - 95 is undependable! To avoid the traffic nearer to town take 95 to 234 to IAD. Google maps will show you the way!

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