Traveling from Washington DC to Abu Dhabi
The Best DC Airports
Before you call airlines looking for flights from Washington, DC, you should check with Orbitz.com. The two major airports in DC are Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Alaska Airlines, US Airways, and Frontier Airlines handle domestic flights from Ronald Reagan, while Virgin America, ExpressJet Airlines, and Colgan Air operate out of Washington Dulles. Ronald Reagan is only three miles from the downtown area, and Washington Dulles is 26 miles from downtown.
Long-Term Parking Options
The five parking lots at Ronald Reagan offer daily and hourly parking rates, and the airport charges $20 per day for parking in the long-term lots. The economy lot only charges $12 per day, but this lot is open and uncovered. Washington Dulles has two long-term parking lots that charge $17 per day and one economy lot that charges $10 per day. For $30, you can use valet parking.
Public Transportation Choices
The Metrorail and Metrobus make at least one stop at each airport every day. The stops are clearly marked around the city, and you can find maps that help you find the correct line. Taxis are not as low cost as the public transportation options because the drivers charge a pickup fee, baggage fee, fee per mile, and a fee for any time that the driver must wait.
Places to Eat
Both airports offer a range of dining options. Washington Dulles is home to Dulles to Go, Five Guys, Subway, and Wendy's, while Ronald Reagan has Dunkin' Donuts, Euro Cafe, and Jerry's Subs & Pizza. Once you have something to eat, you can browse through the sales at some of the shops surrounding the restaurants. If you want to enjoy your vacation, use Orbitz.com to look for flights from Washington DC.
Airports in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi International Airport is the main airport that serves the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is located 21 miles southeast of the city and comprises three terminals with complimentary shuttle services between them. If you are looking to book cheap flights to Abu Dhabi, check Orbitz.com as it can search many airlines to find tickets that will fit your budget. Although terminal space in Abu Dhabi airport is dominated by Etihad Airways, over 30 airlines serve the airport, including Air Berlin and British Airways.
Transportation from the Airport
The public 901 bus runs every 40 minutes from the airport to the city center 24 hours a day. The bus fare is just 3 AED and the trip takes about 45 minutes. There are also metered taxis available outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you would like to drive, the six rental car companies operating from the airport are located in Skypark parking across from Terminal 3. You can book your rental car from Orbitz.com in advance at bargain rates for a fuss-free transit to the city upon arrival.
Weather in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has a hot, arid climate. During the summer months from June through September, average high temperatures reach into the 100s. From November to March, temperatures are considerably lower with average highs in the 70s. There is very little precipitation with an average of just four inches per year.
Major Attractions in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is home to the world's largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, boasting the world's fastest roller coaster. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offers tours for visitors to view its 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, gilded gold chandeliers and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet. The Emirates Palace hotel is also a famous Abu Dhabi landmark. If you are planning a trip to explore these marvels, check Orbitz.com for cheap flights to Abu Dhabi.
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