Bethesda was a quiet suburb until 1984, when the Metro Red Line was extended. This brought a mammoth growth, and many multi storey high rise office and apartment buildings were built. Bethesda became the major suburban destination in Maryland for wining and dining, and is much more family-friendly than anywhere in Washington D.C. itself. In 2009, Bethesda was ranked #1 in Forbes’ list of most educated towns, #1 in CNN Money’s list of highest earning towns, and #1 Total Beauty’s Hottest-Guy Cities.
You’ve undoubtedly seen the vans on the street, plastered with huge signage promising minuscule prices for rides to the airport:
We decided to canvass the many companies that provide Bethesda Limo Service, Affordable Airport service Bethesda to the area’s three airports and find out who’s charging what to go where. All of this presumes, of course, that a traveler has other options, too: there’s Metro to get to Reagan National, and buses from downtown or suburban Metro to get to Dulles; there’s satellite parking (at least $6 a day, plus the hassle of shuttling forth and back from the remote lots) or phoning for a limo service or private car.
So when should you choose a “door-to-door Affordable Airport service?” as folks in the business refer to these operations? When money’s more important than time, since the lowest van quote is always less than a simple limo fare. But there are catches. The route you take to or from the airport by van is likely to be more circuitous than the route you’d take by limo. You may have to cool your heels while the Singh Limo DC is picked up first. You may find the van wants to pick you up three hours before your flight is due to leave. That said, most shuttle companies promise to make no more than two or three stops per trip, and rarely do they range far off-route just to fill up a van. Depending on the timing of your trip, you can wind up devoting no more time to transit than a limo would require.