Washington D.C. prices
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Washington D.C. hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
23.00 - 36.00
star
45.00 - 85.00
starstar
65.00 - 240.00
starstarstar
110.00 - 320.00
starstarstarstar
160.00 - 450.00
starstarstarstarstar
400.00 - 1,100.00


hotel seasons

Hotels in Washington DC tend to be busy all year long, with prices that match New York City most of the time. This is a big tourist town and also huge for business travelers, and the cheapest time of year for hotels is January through March. High season is spring and autumn, and summer usually brings prices down a bit. Good deals can be had on weekends, but usually only at the business-oriented places.


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Washington DC is a must-see for any serious traveler, with North America’s largest collection of huge monuments and free museums, plus great nightlife and interesting neighborhoods.

This can be a tricky city for visitors since the downtown area is fairly small and hotels in the center can get away with charging a fortune. There are some cheap hotels in non-touristy parts of town, but honestly you are much better off in Virginia in the suburbs a bit, and public transportation does a great job of quickly getting you into the center during the day. On the other hand, cheap flights to Washington DC are usually easy to find due to 3 major airports in the region.

Almost every museum and interesting building is free to enter and tour, courtesy of the American taxpayer. This helps keeps costs reasonable, though food and drinks do also tend to be pricey in the main tourist centers.

Washington D.C. attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
National Cathedral One of the world's largest cathedrals has a suggested donation. Tours are recommended. adults 10.00
children 6.00
Kreeger Museum One of the very few museums that isn't free, this one is only open without reservations on Saturdays. adults 10.00
students 7.00
seniors 7.00

Washington D.C. Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from Reagan airport to city 15.00 - 20.00
Metro from Reagan airport to city 2.00
Taxi from Dulles airport to city 60.00 - 80.00
Metrobus from Dulles to city 6.00
3km taxi ride in Washington DC 7.50 - 11.00
Metro ride in Washington DC 1.70 - 5.75

Washington D.C. food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast Parts of the city lack fast food and casual dining options, so things can be pricey. 6.00 - 10.00
Budget lunch There's some good fast food, but not much else in the budget category. Museum cafeterias are never good value. 7.00 - 12.00
Budget dinner Plenty of great restaurants in the nightlife districts, but in the downtown hotel zone it can be tricky on a budget. 10.00 - 18.00
Beer (pint) Go to the nightlife areas for fun bars and to avoid expensive hotel bars. 4.00 - 7.00
Cocktails (glass) Again, prices range greatly and are highest in hotels and clubs. 6.00 - 15.00

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Washington D.C. facts

Population 600,000
Metro area 5,400,000
Time zone UTC-5
Currency US dollar
Airports Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 43 27 3.2
Feb 47 30 2.6
Mar 56 37 3.6
Apr 63 46 2.8
May 75 56 3.8
Jun 84 65 3.1
Jul 88 70 3.7
Aug 86 69 3.4
Sep 79 62 3.8
Oct 68 50 3.2
Nov 57 40 3.0
Dec 47 32 3.1

Weather Advice

Washington DC has a fast-moving climate, with summers that can be unbearably hot and humid, and winters that can be frozen and snowy. For this reason the spring and autumn are the recommended times to visit, and the mild temperatures help make up for the large crowds.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 7:10am 7:21pm
21 Jun 5:43am 8:37pm
21 Sep 6:55am 7:07pm
21 Dec 7:23am 4:49pm