Car Rental - Most visitors to Washington
are surprised to learn that Washington has some of
the worst traffic congestion in the United States.
The most congested roads are located where the Capital
Beltway (I-495) meets interstates. If at all possible,
avoid these roads during the morning and afternoon
rush hours. In addition, the main access arteries
of Washington can also become clogged at rush hour:
Massachusetts Ave, Wisconsin Ave, Connecticut Ave
and Georgia Ave.
However if you need to rent a car, especially to
reach the sites that are outside Washington, there
are numerous car rental agencies located within the
metro area. Most major Washington Car Rental
Agencies and local agencies are represented
in Washington. Most agencies maintain offices at the
airport, downtown and at Union Station. Car rental
prices fluctuate with the tourist season. The best
advice to obtain the best price on your car rental
is to book early and search for fares through online
sites and the individual rental agency’s website.
In addition, credit card companies, automobile associations
and professional organizations may offer special deals
for their members. Also remember to bring your driver’s
license and keep in mind that most major agencies
won’t rent to anyone under the age of 25.
The following are a list of Car Rental Agencies
in Washington DC:
Alamo Car Rental: Dulles Airport
800/327-9633 or 703/260-0182, www.alamo.com,
Avis Car Rental: located at 1722
M St NW 800/331-1212, 202/467-6585, National Airport
703/419-5815 and Dulles Airport 703/661-3505, www.avis.com.
Budget Car Rental: Union Station
800/527-0700 or 202/289-5373, National Airport 703/920-3360
Dollar Car Rental: National Airport
800/800-4000 or 703/519-8700 and Dulles Airport 703-661-56630,
Enterprise: Vermont Ave NW 800/325-8007.
202/393-0900, National Airport 703-553-7744 and Dulles
Airport 703-661-8800, www.enterprise.com
Hertz:901 115h St NW 800/654-3131,
202/628-6174, National Airport 703/979-6300 and Dulles
Airport 703/471-6020, www.hertz.com.
National: Union Station 800/328-4567,
202/842-7454, National Airport 202/783-1590 and Dulles
Airport 703/471-5278 www.national.com
Thrifty Car Rental: 1001 12th St
NW, 800/367-2277, 202/783-0400, National Airport 703/658-2200
and Dulles Airport 703/481-3599 www.thrifty.com