When Metrorail’s Silver Line opens its doors to passengers on July 26, a new bus connection will whisk passengers nonstop between the rail line and Washington Dulles International Airport. The Silver Line Express bus from Metrorail’s Wiehle-Reston East station will replace the existing Washington Flyer Coach service from the Orange Line’s West Falls Church station. Passenger amenities will include free Wi-Fi, spacious luggage storage, reduced fares, brand-new buses and front door service at the airport.
Fares on the Silver Line Express will be just $5 each way, payable with cash or credit card. When combined with Metrorail fares, a trip from anywhere in the Metrorail system to or from Dulles will cost $11 or less. The Silver Line Express will provide passengers with a direct, speedy connection to Dulles Airport, with buses operating every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours and every 20 minutes off-peak.
The Washington Flyer Coach served 14,000 passengers per month last year. Four newly purchased buses will make up the Silver Line Express fleet. Each bus seats 29 passengers with additional standing room for 14.
- Fare: $5 one-way—payable with cash or credit card
- Tickets for the Silver Line Express will be available for purchase at the ticket counter located inside Door #4 on the Arrivals level of the Main Terminal. Passengers boarding at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station will pay for their ticket when the bus arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has created a webpage atflydulles.com/silverlineexpress with schedules, maps and additional information for future riders of the Silver Line Express. The new bus will be on display at an open house on July 19 inside the parking garage on the north side of the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station. Representatives will be onsite to answer questions between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Information about Washington Flyer and the Silver Line Express are available 24 hours per day at 1-888-WASHFLY (1-888-927-4359) or washfly.com.
Below is a summary of ground transportation changes affecting Dulles Airport passengers that will take effect on July 26:
- Metrorail’s Silver Line opens at noon. Dulles Airport passengers can connect to Metrorail at the Wiehle-Reston East station.
- Orange Line Metrorail customers can reach Wiehle-Reston East by transferring to the Silver Line at the East Falls Church station.
- Washington Flyer Coach service at West Falls Church will be replaced by Silver Line Express service at Wiehle-Reston East. The airport stop will remain at Arrivals Door #4 in the Main Terminal. New lower fares and increased bus frequency will take effect. Buses will travel directly between the airport and the Metro station with no other stops.
- Fairfax Connector will begin bus service (Route 983) between Dulles Airport and the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.
- Virginia Regional Transit Authority (VRTA) bus service at Dulles Airport and at the Udvar-Hazy Center will be discontinued.
A complete list of ground transportation options at Dulles is available at flydulles.com/easy.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, established in 1987 by the governments of Virginia and the District of Columbia, manages and operates Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which together serve more than 40 million passengers a year. The Airports Authority also operates and maintains the Dulles Airport Access Road and the Dulles Toll Road and manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail system into Loudoun County, Va. No tax dollars are used to operate the toll road, which is funded by toll revenues, or the airports, which are funded through aircraft landing fees, rents and revenues from concessions. The Silver Line construction is funded by a combination of toll-road revenues, airport contributions and federal, state and local government appropriations. The Airports Authority is led by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the president of the United States.