Car hire Washington: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Washington

Distance from
Washington city centre
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23 mi
28 mi

Car hires in Washington: practical information

Where to rent a car in Washington

The US capital is an amazing city with plenty to discover both in and around the city. Start planning your trip with cheap flights to Washington Dulles International Airport. Then, take a look at what car hire deals are available. From the airport, choose from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National and Hertz right on the airport premises. Outside the terminal are Advantage and Dollar.

It’s also possible to hire a car from Washington city centre. All major car hire companies and even plenty of smaller ones are located at both the airports and in the city centre, near Union Station. Dates are often cheaper at the airport however. Save money and hire a car for an entire week! It’s cheaper than the daily rate.

Driving in Washington: parking and other tips

Driving in Washington is a breeze, just watch your speed as the District of Columbia has photo-enforced speed limits so you will be charged by the car hire company later if they receive a ticket in the mail for your vehicle. Washington traffic can get pretty bad, so avoid rush hour like the plague!

During the week, visitors will need to make use of car parks around the city as on-street parking is very limited and metered with a limit of two hours during daylight hours. Residential zone parking is free but limited to two hours a day per zone. Better to just book a hotel in Washington with its own car park.

Road trips from Washington: what to do, what to see



Located just across the Potomac River from D.C., Arlington has a ton of tourist attractions like the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery where John F. Kennedy is buried, the Iwo Jima Memorial statue and the Artisphere. Arlington is the perfect spot to discover American history and a tour of the Pentagon can be arranged in advance.

Great Falls

Great Falls

Great Falls Park is an incredible 800-acre park along the Potomac River and is just 14 miles north-west of Washington D.C. This is a great place to hike and explore the region’s nature and while you’re there, visit the area’s largest waterfall. It’s the perfect place to bring the kids!



Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, a must while you’re in the DC area. A day is certainly enough to discover this city. The U.S.S. Constellation is also here, along with plenty of shops and restaurants. During the summer, catch a baseball game at Camden Yards!

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Find a cheap flight to Washington

KLMoutbound: 02-Mar-2020
1 stop (14h55m)
KLMreturn: 16-Mar-2020
1 stop (9h40m)
Swissoutbound: 21-Jun-2019
1 stop (24h55m)
United Airlinesreturn: 28-Jun-2019
1 stop (11h50m)
United Airlines
TAP Air Portugaloutbound: 13-Dec-2019
1 stop (14h35m)
TAP Air Portugal
TAP Air Portugalreturn: 15-Dec-2019
1 stop (12h05m)
TAP Air Portugal
British Airwaysoutbound: 23-Nov-2019
1 stop (11h15m)
British Airways
British Airwaysreturn: 30-Nov-2019
1 stop (12h35m)
British Airways
Aer Lingusoutbound: 17-Jul-2019
1 stop (25h05m)
Aer Lingus
Aer Lingusreturn: 24-Jul-2019
1 stop (10h40m)
Aer Lingus

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