Washington state is the heart of the Pacific Northwest in the USA. Washington is a lively city with waterfront views and countless parks in the nation's capital. DC is where you can access the world's best museums – many that are free to visit, where you go to explore neighbourhoods, events, shows and diverse communities. Be sure to explore the lush, green Olympic Peninsula, the wild white peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the relaxed, kayaker-friendly San Juan Islands and George Washingtons Estate. The best experiences are to be had in the outdoors, so plan a visit this US city.
Flights from Sydney (SYD) to Baltimore (BWI)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Sydney to Baltimore
When to visit
The best time to visit Washington D.C. is typically in autumn (September to November). The weather is comfortable (10ºC to 20ºC), crowds are smaller and there's still plenty to do around the city. Whenever you decide to go, there is always plenty on in the Nation's Capital. If you visit in March to April, you can catch the popular National Cherry Blossom Festival. Memorial Day weekend is 4th of July and Thanksgiving weekend is another popular time to visit. Winters are often very cold and snowy dropping to -1ºC.
What is the main airport called?
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). Thurgood Marshall Airport, commonly referred to as BWI or BWI Marshall, is an international airport in the Eastern United States serving mainly Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. It's the 22 busiest airport in the United States and the busiest in the Nation Capital. BWI Airport is located around 14 km south of downtown Baltimore and 48 km northeast of Washington D.C.
Arriving in Washington
The helpful staff at Washington Airport will greet you when you land and assist you with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Washington from Washington Airport
Getting to and from the BWI Marshall Airport is easy with all of the different transport options that are available. Choose from public transport to app-based ride services, you can find a mode of transport to meet your travel needs. For public transport you can take the Amtrak or MTA light rail bus service. Rental cars are a great option from the terminal with a free shuttle service from the terminal to the car hire facility. Shuttle services are available to various hotels or the Bay runner shuttle is a convenient way to get to town. The taxi stands are located just outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level of the BWI Marshall Airport terminal near doors 5 and 13. App-based ride services pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal curb on the upper level/departures.
Getting around Washington
There are many ways to get around Baltimore/Washington, with the following modes of transport available. Explore the national’s capital with ease by using public transport. The most commonly used transport systems for getting around the DC area are operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It's also possible to take the MetroBus with hundreds of routes throughout the city and the greater Washington, DC area. The DC Circulator is a bus and for $1 for all riders, travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District. One of the best ways to experience Washington, DC is on foot. The city’s wide sidewalks meander past the inspiring monuments and museums found on the National Mall, as well as the intimate museums, world-class theatres and splendid gardens in the city’s collection of neighbourhoods. For an economical way to explore the city there are plenty of options for renting bikes, scooters or mopeds. Taxis, the Vamoose Bus, limousines, chaffuer cars, ride share and guided tours are also available.
Fly from Sydney
Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Sydney, there are a few things you should know so you’re prepared for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).Opens external site in a new window Is an international airport in Sydney, Australia located 8 km south of the Sydney central business district, in the suburb of Mascot.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Sydney are allocated checked baggage. If you require extra luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online before departure.
Passengers travelling from Sydney, ensure you check-in online or via the Qantas App before you arrive at the airport from 24 hours before departure.
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