Car Rental at Dulles International Airport

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Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, USA - Virginia
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$69.61 per day
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$72.58 per day
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$86.52 per day
Standard
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$92.28 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Toyota Camry or similar
Toyota Camry
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$94.65 / per day
Minivan
Chrysler Pacifica or similar
Chrysler Pacifica
  • 7
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$124.69 / per day
Luxury
Cadillac XTS or similar
Cadillac XTS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$137.18 / per day
Premium
BMW 2 Series or similar
BMW 2 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$152.52 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:01 on 2023-01-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand side
Country code
1
Average car rental price
$103.75 / per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.3
Washington Dulles International Airport Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is one of the three major airports that serve the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. The other two are Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA). BWI, located near Baltimore, Maryland, is about the same distance from Washington as Dulles. Reagan Airport, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, is the closest airport to the capital. 

However, Reagan Airport only has flights from cities on the east coast and midwest. If flying from further away, either domestic or international, you will have to fly into Dulles or BWI. 

Though Dulles is larger,  Baltimore-Washington International Airport actually has more passengers mainly due to the popularity of Southwest Airlines which uses it as a focus city.

Top international routes

  • London-Heathrow
  • Frankfurt
  • Paris
  • Amsterdam
  • Tokyo
  • Munich
  • Munich
  • Beijing
  • Dubai
  • Toronto
  • Brussels

Main airlines

United Airlines is by far the largest airline at IAD with the airport being one of its main hubs. Delta, American, Southwest, and Alaska are also popular domestic airlines at the airport. Lufthansa, Avianca, Air France, British Airways, and Emirates are the main international airlines.

Location

IAD is roughly 25 miles from Washington, D.C. The drive takes an average of about 40 minutes along the Dulles Access Road (State Road 267) to I-66. The road runs alongside, but is separated from, the Dulles Toll Road. The former road runs directly to the airport and is toll-free for those transiting to or from the airport to the city. The latter road is tolled for local drivers. When leaving the airport, make sure to take the exit to Washington via NO TOLL 267 to avoid paying the toll.

If you are planning to take this route, be aware that I-66 is a toll road (even though HOV’s with 2 or more people in the car don’t have to pay the toll, this doesn’t work for rental cars), but only during rush hours, so between 5:30 AM and 9:30 AM if heading into the city and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM if heading from the city towards the airport. This toll is cashless and requires an EZ-Pass. If you want to avoid the rental companies administrative fees for this, take I-495 from the Dulles Access Road to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, though be prepared for the traffic.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $84 per day
  • Medium cars - from $67 per day
  • Vans - from $112 per day
  • Premium cars - from $109 per day
  • Small cars - from $66 per day
  • SUVs - from $99 per day

Car rental desks

Unfortunately, while many other airports in the United States have built rental car facilities that house all of the car rental companies that serve them, Dulles does not have one. At Dulles, you must find the shuttle bus for the specific company you are renting from. These shuttles all stop at section 2C of Curb 2 outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level of the terminal. When returning to the airport, each company will provide a shuttle from the rental car drop off to the terminal.

Services and facilities

At Dulles, you will find all of the facilities that you would expect to find at a major international airport. This includes free charging stations through the concourses and free wifi (FlyDulles) in the terminal and concourses. There is one hotel on the airport property, a Marriott. Many more are right outside of the airport (and most of these have lower rates). Most of these have free shuttle services so you can drop your rental car off the night before if you have an early flight. Dulles airport also has a unique startup that serves as an alternative to hotels. The Sleepbox Lounge offers tiny rooms with beds and desks that you can reserve for at little as an hour. They are located in Concourse A past security and can be cheaper than a hotel. You must book on their app.

IAD, being an international airport, has multiple currency exchange booths, both in the concourse as in the International Arrivals Building. As is usually the case, you are best off exchanging money before departing your home country or using ATMs to withdraw cash as your bank will invariably give you a better exchange rate than you will get at the exchange office in the airport. Of course, most businesses in the United States accept credit cards so you may not need much cash (thought the Dulles Greenway near the airport that goes away from Washington has toll booths that only accept cash).

Passengers will find many shops and restaurants both in the terminal building and in the concourses. The airport has an online directory of the options with a good map.

Nearest gas station

There is a Sunoco gas station located on Rudder Road in the airport’s territory that is almost directly on the way to where renters need to go to return their cars. You may think that gas must be expensive at such a location, but the company’s contract actually stipulates that it offer fuel at competitive prices. In fact, it’s prices are generally lower than other stations in the surrounding area. There are also Subway and Laredo Taco (known for its fresh tortillas and salsa) at the station if you want a bite before your flight.

Popular one-way rentals

  • New York City (227 mi / 365 km). The Big Apple is one of the world’s most visited cities for a reason - it is home to more world-famous landmarks than it’s possible to include in a single list. The city is also a hub of arts, innovation, science, music, and cuisine - whatever you’ll be looking for, you’re likely to find it in NYC.
  • Philadelphia (153 mi / 246 km). The largest city in Pennsylvania, Philly, as it is affectionately known among Americans, is a great travel destination. The city is home to many parks and museums, as well as attractions like the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and Fairmount Water Works.
  • Charlotte (425 mi / 684 km). Located in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte has its fair share of attractions for a traveler to enjoy. These include the Carolinas Aviation Museum, Bojangles’ Coliseum, and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. The city is also near the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Nashville (666 mi / 1,071 km). The country music capital of the world, Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the beautiful Musica sculpture, country bars and convert venues, and many centers and sites dedicated to famous musicians who hailed from or worked in the city. If you don’t care much about the country, the city likely still has something for you - it is home to the Lane Motor Museum, Adventure Science Center, and Belle Meade Plantation.
  • Cincinnati (501 mi / 806 km). Located in the state of Ohio near the border with Kentucky, Cincinnati is an up-and-coming travel destination. Travelers enjoy visiting the Carew Tower & Observation Deck, Cincinnati Observatory Center, and John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Other attractions include the Holy Cross-Immaculata Catholic Church and American Classical Museum Hall of Fame.
  • Pittsburgh (241 mi / 388 km). Located in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is a city of museums - it has the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Toonseum cartoon museum, and the National Aviary. But there’s even more about this place, from large public parks to the impressive Cathedral of Learning.
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Airport info

Rating
7.4
  • Getting to the airport 6.0
  • Check-in and departures 7.1
  • Terminal facilities 6.4
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.8
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.9
  • Lounge 4.7

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

  • IATA: IAD
  • ICAO: KIAD
  • Name: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Passengers (per year): 22,892,504
  • Distance from city: 20 miles / 32.2 km W of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +1 703 572 2700

Top 7 Locations near Dulles International Airport IAD

  1. 36.8 km / 22.9 miles away
  2. 126.0 km / 78.3 miles away
  3. 161.7 km / 100.5 miles away
  4. 219.3 km / 136.3 miles away
  5. 237.5 km / 147.5 miles away
  6. 253.8 km / 157.7 miles away
  7. 286.1 km / 177.8 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at Dulles International Airport?

The cost of renting a car at Dulles International Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at Dulles International Airport
$92.33
January
$44.56
February
$59.05
March
$67.64
April
$84.82
May
$67.10
June
July
$149.24
August
$38.65
September
$51.54
October
$40.08
November
$41.52
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at Dulles International Airport is September when prices for an Economy class start from $38.65. You can see that this is 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 74% cheaper than renting a car in August (when rental prices start at $149.24 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are just average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most frequent rental length at Dulles International Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in October the average rental period is 11 days, while in August, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length
7
January
6
February
7
March
7
April
6
May
7
June
6
July
5
August
9
September
11
October
11
November
10
December

Which is the busiest month for car rental at Dulles International Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at Dulles International Airport in July, while they are least likely to to rent in in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
73%
January
58%
February
75%
March
97%
April
123%
May
129%
June
146%
July
128%
August
85%
September
95%
October
95%
November
94%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Dollar Ford Focus 3 2 Medium cars
SIXT Nissan Versa 4 1 Medium cars
Alamo Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
SIXT Toyota Rav4 4 2 SUVs
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Volkswagen Jetta 2 2 Large cars
Dollar Chevrolet Spark 2 1 Small cars
Dollar Mazda 3 2 2 Large cars

FAQ

Can I take a rental car from Dulles Airport to Maryland?
Yes, almost always you are allowed to travel to Virginia, D.C., and Maryland with your rental car.
How old do I have to be to rent a car at Dulles Airport?
You must be at least 21 to rent a car at Dulles Airport, though you'll be charged a Young Driver Fee if you are under 25.
How can I pay for tolls in my rental car?
The easiest way is to have an E-Z Pass transponder. Most rental companies offer a package that includes the use of one, though it usually comes with an extra fee.
Where are the rental desks at Dulles Airport?
You have to take a shuttle to the rental desks which, you can find in section 2C of Curb 2 outside of the baggage claim area. Some have shared shuttles, so be sure to look carefully for your company's shuttle.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.68 / 10
Lowest rated company
Thrifty
7.98 / 10
Total number of reviews
3
Total rental companies
9
Average daily price
$103.75
Lowest daily price
$69.61
Total cars available
108

Top 9 Suppliers at Dulles International Airport in 2023

Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 4 reviews
8446481605
23430 AUTOPILOT DR,
$85 - $231
SIXT
Excellent 8.7 / 3 reviews
+18887498227
23390 Autopilot Dr Sterling, VA 20166
$132 - $230
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
8446481602
23430 Autopilot Dr
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
7034716020
23540 Autopilot Dr
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
+18446481604
23430 Autopilot Dr, Dulles, VA 20166
$89 - $181
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5 / 4 reviews
+17034379559
23360 Autopilot Drive
$93 - $158
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
+18664342226
23320 Auto Pilot Drive
$73 - $125
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Avis
Excellent 8.2 / 19 reviews
+17032605631
23480 Autopilot Drive Washington Dulles Intl Airport, Sterling, VA 20166, United States
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8 / 10 reviews
+18772830898
23320 Auto Pilot Drive
$70 - $139
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
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