How to get to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport During the Metro’s Summer Shutdown


The Summer 2019 Metro shutdown is in full swing!  Six Metro stations shut down on May 25 for much-needed track repair and will be out of commission until September 8. All stations south of Reagan National Airport will remain closed until September 8. That means the airport will be the end of the rail line all summer long. Even if you do not travel south of Reagan, every commuter in Northern Virginia will feel the rifts of the shutdown.

There is rail service between the airport and Northern Virginia, the Pentagon, Rosslyn, and downtown D.C. with Blue Line trains running between Largo Town Center and Reagan National Airport, and Yellow Line trains running from Reagan National Airport to Mt. Vernon Square.

But for commuters South of Reagan, taking Metrorail to the airport will not be an option. To mitigate issues for those traveling to and from Reagan National Airport, Metro is running a shuttle to connect travelers to the airport. The Blue Line shuttle is the only one that will stop at Reagan, which means those traveling on the Yellow Line shuttle will have to transfer at King Street Station to get to the airport.

Weekly hours for the Blue and Yellow line shuttles include the following:

Morning: 4:30 a.m. – midnight Monday through Thursday, every 5 minutes. Pick up runs until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays.

Afternoon: 4:30 a.m. – midnight Monday through Thursday, every 10 minutes.

Weekend: Service is reduced to 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Commuter/Travelling Tips

  • WMATA has created a trip planner for commuters. Simply type in your starting point and destination, and the site will direct you to the fastest alternative route Metro has to offer, whether that be the shuttle or other rail lines.
  • Plan to leave a half hour ahead of your usual departure time.
  • If you have flexibility, adjust your schedule a bit to avoid peak travel times.
  • Want to get there faster? Check out waze.com/carpool to find carpools that will get you to where you need to be faster with the use of HOV lanes on 495 and 95.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) provides commuters who twice a week carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work with a free ride home, in the event of an emergency. Commuters may take advantage of GRH up to four times per year to get home for unexpected emergencies.