DC to Dulles Taxi Fare Quiz: How Much?

If you take a DC taxi from downtown Washington to Dulles Airport, what do think the fare should be?$50? $60? $70?

Better yet, what have you been charged, and why did you pay?

I ask this as I just had my very first Dulles taxi ride where the driver used actual mileage for the rate.

DC cabbies are supposed to use miles but they never do. Hacks always want to offer me an imaginary fixed price that varies wildly.

So what is the real price from McPherson Square to Dulles? $51 dollars.

How close were you?

15 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    $51’s not bad for a cabbie, but I bet you could’ve had a car service for around $60 or so. Lincoln Towncar > DC Cab.

  2. darpino (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    Geezus! Or you could take the shuttle from Rosslyn Metro or L’Enfant Metro for like $8 dollars ($5 shuttle + $3 short metro ride).

  3. Don (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
  4. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    My friend was running late to meet me and decided to cab it, instead of metro’ing from Dupont to Stadium-DC Armory. The cabbie took her for a tourist and tried to charge her for 3 zones, instead of 2. Luckily, she foiled his attempt at dishonesty by busting him.

    It is a rare find to ride with a cabbie who charges as he is supposed. Get his name and number and give him your business exclusively.

  5. stacey (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    yep, $50 – $55. the difference comes in going vs. coming back. from dulles you have to take washington flyer – going there, you could take whoever.

  6. darpino (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    Not the Falls Church Shuttle Don. I’m talking about WMATA runs a Dulles dedicated express bus (5A) from L’Enfant and Rosslyn Metro stops – it runs once every hour, seven days a week in both directions.

    And it actually only costs $3 + metro fare. My wife took it last weekend.

  7. Boybert (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 8:50 am

    $55 + tip from IAD to Woodley Park last week. BUT, the cabbie gave me a terribly hard time about accepting my credit card. “They charge me 10%!,” he raved. “That’s $6, and there goes my tip!” Listen pal, who said anything about a tip?

  8. T&A Lady (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    Darpino is totally right–there’s a Metrobus to Dulles, the 5A, that stops at L’Enfant Plaza and Rosslyn, and costs $3. Read it and weep:


  9. Wayan (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    You mean ride it and weep. Who has the hours it would take to be sure to be there for the bus’s scheduled departure (you know it would leave early anyway) and then wait for the next bus?

    Not I, especially when work is covering the ride.

  10. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    I did this when I came into town about five years ago and as I recall it cost about $45 each way. The employer was paying so I didn’t care.

  11. kat (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    From McPherson to National is less than $20.

  12. Wayan (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 10:30 am


    Oh yeah, the DC to National rate is a whole other post. It should be $15, but I’ve yet to get it less than $20.

  13. Mike (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    You should check out the nifty fare calculator on the web site of the DC Taxi Commission. It can provide a fairly accurate estimate of zone fares and interstate trips (like to the various airports). Don’t forget that the National airport is in Virginia therefore the taxis should charge you for the miles and not by zone. Web site: http://citizenatlas.dc.gov/atlasapps/taxifare.aspx

  14. Wayan (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm


    I am very aware of the taxi fare calculator. Its only too bad Google hasn’t made it mobile so we could use it on the fly.

  15. Wayan (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    And it doesn’t work for DC to Dulles routes – the site returns a runtime error

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