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Flights from Sydney (SYD) to Washington (DCA)

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Food and drinks on every flight

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Baggage included in every fare

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


Frequent Flyer program

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

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Visiting from Sydney to Washington DC (Reagan)

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Virginia, a southeastern U.S. state, stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. Virginia's natural beauty is as diverse as its history and people. Pine forests, marshes and rolling green hills form the central Piedmont region, while the rolling Blue Ridge mountains and stunning Shenandoah Valley are worth a visit. There's plenty for travellers to enjoy, including world-class tourist attractions such as Colonial Williamsburg, loads of outdoor activities, a foot-tapping mountain-music scene and wine, beer and spirit trails to explore.

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.

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)Opens in a new tab or window, 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.

Departure information

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). Is an international airport in Sydney, Australia located 8 km south of the Sydney central business district, in the suburb of Mascot. 

Baggage allowance

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. 

Checking in

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.

Why Qantas

Experience the Qantas difference

Fly with Qantas and enjoy a comfortable journey with familiar smiles waiting to welcome you onboard. 

Included baggage

Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Find out all you need to know about checked baggage.

Food and drinks on every flight

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

Inflight entertainment

Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight including TV, the latest movies and more+.

Important Information

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.

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 and offerings vary between flights and cabins. Alcohol offered during select flight times on select flights.