Rental Car Washington D.C.

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Rent a car in Washington DC

Everyone knows Washington D.C. At least in name. Everyone knows that it is the capital of the USA, the seat of the president. If you are planning a trip to the East Coast of the USA and would like to visit Washington D.C., you should book a flight to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), get in a rental car there and drive off. The rental car is ready for you if you have cleverly employed it. What do we mean by that? It's very simple: You book one in advance with driveboo so that you can pick it up directly at the airport. This is where the offers are cheapest, the selection the largest and the opening hours the longest.

Discover Washington D.C. by rental car

Washington is the seat of government and since 1800 the capital of the States. That's why the city is something very special right from the start. About 700,000 inhabitants live directly in the city, in the metropolitan region there are about 8.5 million inhabitants. The very sight of the White House or the Capitol or the Lincoln Memorial will make your heart beat faster.

Rent a car in Washington D.C. - Getting there

Fly directly to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). It is located about 26 miles west of the city and is a hub of United Airlines. Approximately 22 million passengers are handled here every year. It's easy to imagine that things are rather stressful here. Good, if you already know on arrival that a rental car is available and waiting for you to be picked up. You should know in advance that you need an entry permit. This so-called ESTA document is easy to obtain and costs a small amount. You can ask a search engine about the details. As being said - this procedure is simple. The climate is relatively pleasant. The temperature differences are somewhat extreme. Winters are cool and sometimes snowy, summers are almost subtropical. Expect temperatures in summer to often exceed 30 degrees Celsius. You should adjust your clothing accordingly. But be careful because everything inside will be cooled down with AC.

Rent a car in Washington - All you need to know

The clichés spread in films are true. The Roads are gigantic, wide, multi-lane, often long straight and heavily trafficked. In metropolises, the bumpers line up. Those who race on the lush highways will be asked to pay. We therefore recommend a passive driving style. Keep in mind that you can be overhauled on both sides.

Which speed limits apply in the USA?

Where maximal speed
inner cities 25 - 30 mph
outer cities 55 - 70 mph
highways 55 – 70 mph

Traffic rules with the rental car in Washington

These penalties may apply if the speed limits are not observed:

Delicts Fine in Euro
over speed up to 10 mph 180 Euro
overspeed up to 15 mph 225 Euro
overspeed up to 20 mph 250 Euro
parking offences up to 160 Euro

Parking with a rental car in Washington D.C.

In itself, the parking situation in the cities of the states is quite easy to describe. Don't park anywhere you're not allowed to. Otherwise it will get expensive. Hydrants and entrances must be kept free without exception. The marked parking spaces are generously laid out. Parking garages are easy to find. Payment is simple. A credit card is usually sufficient. Cash also works.

Due a deposit for the rental car?

Whenever you rent a car, you must leave a security deposit, the bail. If anything is damaged, the rental company wants to be on the safe side as far as the costs are concerned. If nothing is damaged, you will get the deposit back immediately.

Roadtrip through the USA - additional driver for the rental car

Maybe there are vacations where a second driver is superfluous. They certainly are not in the US. Keep in mind that the distances are often very long and it is pleasant to be able to take turns. For this to be possible, you must include a second driver in the contract. The costs involved are shown on driveboo.

Which telephone numbers are important when driving a rental car?

Emergency Phone number
emergency number 911
Phone and street information 411
Traffic Information 511

Rent a car and take a trip around Washington

Location name Distance by rental car travel time
Baltimore 39 miles 42 min.
Philadelphia 140 miles 120 min.
New York City 225 miles 170 min.
Boston 440 miles almost 7 hours
Virginia Beach 228 miles 3.5 hours

If you have time and want to discover the East of the USA, you can start your round trip in Washington and discover great cities and coasts. A good rental car trip should be planned in any case. Bring some peace and defensive driving with you into the traffic, then you will experience a relaxed journey with many highlights.

The best sights with the rental car

When is the best travel time for Washington?

Those who are not afraid of the heat can travel to Washington at any time from May to September. If you can withstand the cold and are not afraid of snow, you can also do so in winter. But beware: We warn against occasional blizzards that may not make your winter vacation very pleasant.

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