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Rent a Car in Washington, D.C.

Inside the Beltway, outside the Beltway … these expressions are more than just figures of speech. Rent a car and see for yourself: The Capital Beltway, formed by interstates 495 and 95, completely encircles the District of Columbia, with US-50 approaching from the east and I-66 and US-50 approaching from the west. Interstates 95 and 270 take drivers and their riders north. Two airports serve the region: National—located just south of the city next to the Potomac River—and Dulles International Airport—straddling the border of Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Northern Virginia. Public transportation is so good in this city and parking so difficult that renting a car is only essential if you need to drive outside the city limits or if you've flown into Dulles Airport. Whether you pick up your rental car at the airport or from one of the many car rental companies in town, you will find some useful information below to help you get the right rental car for the right price.

Location, location, location
If you're arriving at Washington Dulles by plane, you may wish to pick up your rental car from one of the many car rental companies at the airport. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty all have counters to serve you at Dulles International Airport (IAD). Dollar and Hertz have pick-up counters inside National Airport (DCA), while Enterprise is just a shuttle ride away. Expedia can also show you a map of the nearest car rental locations to your hotel and the rental cars they carry. (And keep in mind that off-airport car rentals are often cheaper than at the airport, even from the same car rental company.)
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Picking the rental car that's right for you
Expedia offers a choice of rental cars, minivans, luxury autos, and SUVs to meet nearly every need. If you need any special equipment, like a child seat or a navigational system, let us know and we will forward your request on to the rental car company. And what's more, when you choose to "hire a car" (as the British say) from one of our car rental partners* in Washington, D.C., you'll be dealing with a rental car company that has made a special commitment to provide Expedia customers with great customer service, a wide choice of top quality cars, and competitive total pricing.

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Unlike some other online travel sites that show you a cheap discount rate for your car rental when you're shopping and then heap on taxes and fees when it comes time to pay, Expedia shows you the final price up front. What you see is what you pay.

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