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Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Washington (DCA)

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Reasons to fly Qantas

Food and drinks

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.  

Baggage included

Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

Inflight entertainment

Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight, including TV and films.

Frequent Flyer program

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points in Australia and around the world and can earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

Visiting from Melbourne to Washington DC (Reagan)

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When to visit

April through October is the best time to visit Virginia. Being dry and warm, April marks the start of spring, the sun is shining and the city has amazing experiences everywhere from annual festivals that draw people to colourful art. May can be rainy, the beginning of the peak season. Summer in Virginia is usually hot with possible thunderstorms. When the suns out it’s great to lay out at Belle Isle on the river or visit a brewery in Scott’s Addition. Winter gets a little snow in December and January. In autumn, (October and November) join the Fire, Flour and Fork Festival.

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Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), also known as National Airport, Washington National, Reagan National Airport, DCA, Reagan, or simply National, is a national airport in Arlington, Virginia. Ronald Reagan Airport is located in Virginia, 10 km south of downtown Washington D.C., the capital city of the US.

Arriving in Virginia

The helpful staff at Virginia Airport will be greet you when you land. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are a number of different transport options available to get you on your way.

Getting into Virginia from Virginia Airport 

Getting to and from Reagan National Airport is easy with many different transport options on offer. From public transport to app-based ride services, you can find a mode of transport to meet your travel needs. Rental car counters are located on the first floor of Terminal Garage A. Ride the rental car/economy shuttle to the rental car stop. Uber and Lyft are ride share options that are available, plus a taxi service from each terminal. Shuttle buses pick up customers to take you to your accommodation. The Washington, DC Metrorail system provides easy and affordable access to locations throughout Washington, Virginia and Maryland. It is possible to bike ride, with bicycle racks available at the airport.

Getting around Virginia

Once you arrive in Virginia, there are a number of transport options to get around Virginia. Travelling in your own car is by far the best way to see Virginia. Interstate highways link all the major cities and many towns, and the prime advantage of driving is that you can explore all the scenic routes. Amtrak trains are good for getting to and from Virginia. The Greyhound bus may be the least expensive way to travel around Virginia. Other public transport options include the Metrorail, Fairfax Connect bus and Metrobus. Virginia is a bike friendly destination and a great way to explore the country with extensive bike routes. There are multiple taxi companies, ride share services and walking or a hike through Shenandoah National Park is a top choice to see one of the most spectacular national parks in the country.

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Departure information

Fly from Melbourne

Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.  

What is the main airport called? 

Melbourne Airport. Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.

Baggage allowance

 Passengers on Qantas flights from Melbourne are allocated checked baggage If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.      

Checking in 

Ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.

Important information

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: ± Inflight entertainment varies by route and aircraft.

Disclaimer: #You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.