Alexandria travel guide

Alexandria Tourism | Alexandria Guide

You're Going to Love Alexandria

With a population of 139.966, Alexandria is a must-see destination in Virginia, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Alexandria to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Alexandria

Old Town is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Alexandria. These include popular favourites such as Emmy Squared Pizza – Old Town (124 King St), Landini Brothers (115 King Street) and Mia's Italian Kitchen (100 King St.). If you’re looking for affordable options, Geranio (722 King Street) and La Tasca - Alexandria (607 King Street) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Josephine - Old Town (109 S St Asaph St) and Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap (401 E. Braddock Rd.) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Alexandria.

When to visit Alexandria

Alexandria in December
Estimated hotel price
$212
1 night at 3-star hotel
Alexandria in December
Estimated hotel price
$212
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Alexandria in July, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -2 °C, with an average temperature of 2 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in May, when precipitation is around 97 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Alexandria, with an average rainfall of 66 mm.

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How to Get to Alexandria

Plane

When flying to Alexandria, you’ll arrive at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is located 5 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Alexandria from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 21h 03m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Alexandria, followed by Acela. The train journey from Alexandria to Baltimore takes 0h 27m and costs around $17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Richmond, expect to pay about $27 for a 1h 53m trip. The train station in Alexandria is called Alexandria, and is located 1.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Alexandria is to pick up a car hire from Washington, D.C., which is about 11 km from Alexandria. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Washington, D.C..

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Alexandria, including Megabus, CoachRun and Peter Pan Bus Lines. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 274 km and will cost you around $30. From New York, the ticket costs about $23 for a journey of 418 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Alexandria, you’ll arrive at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is located 5 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Alexandria from Australia departs from Melbourne and takes around 21h 03m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Alexandria, followed by Acela. The train journey from Alexandria to Baltimore takes 0h 27m and costs around $17 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Richmond, expect to pay about $27 for a 1h 53m trip. The train station in Alexandria is called Alexandria, and is located 1.6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Alexandria is to pick up a car hire from Washington, D.C., which is about 11 km from Alexandria. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Dollar, among others, in Washington, D.C..

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Alexandria, including Megabus, CoachRun and Peter Pan Bus Lines. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 274 km and will cost you around $30. From New York, the ticket costs about $23 for a journey of 418 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Alexandria

Airlines serving Alexandria

KLM
Good (839 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,673 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (684 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,804 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (536 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (746 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,569 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,370 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (188 reviews)
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Where to stay in Alexandria

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria - Fort Belvoir and Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Belvoir Alexandria South. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Alexandria, with prices from $92 to $681 per night. Old Town is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Alexandria are about 65% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Old Town - In Alexandria’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, Hilton Garden Inn Alexandria Old Town National Harbor and Hilton Alexandria Old Town.

Old Town - In Alexandria’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria, Hilton Garden Inn Alexandria Old Town National Harbor and Hilton Alexandria Old Town.
Most popular hotel in Alexandria by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Alexandria

Most booked hotels in Alexandria

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$291+
Washington Plaza Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$221+
Hampton Inn & Suites Alexandria Old Town Area South
2 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$165+
Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$224+
Yotel Washington DC Formerly Liaison
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$236+
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
4 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$224+

Hiring a car in Alexandria

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Alexandria is the Hertz branch at 501 S Pickett Street, which is 7 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.50 per litre in Alexandria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $17.92 and $23.89. The most frequently booked car type in Alexandria is Economy (Kia Rio or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Kia Soul or similar) is, on average, 66% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Budget, Hertz and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Alexandria is the Hertz branch at 501 S Pickett Street, which is 7 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.50 per litre in Alexandria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $17.92 and $23.89. The most frequently booked car type in Alexandria is Economy (Kia Rio or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Kia Soul or similar) is, on average, 66% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.