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. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Alexandria has to offer.

Where to Eat in Alexandria

Old Town is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Alexandria. These include popular favourites such as Mia's Italian Kitchen (100 King St.), Emmy Squared Pizza – Old Town (124 King St) and Landini Brothers (115 King Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, Geranio (722 King Street) and Del Ray Cafe (205 East Howell Ave) 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 November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 198
1 night at 3-star hotel
Alexandria in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 198
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 Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 1h 27m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Alexandria. 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 rental 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 Washington Deluxe. From Coral Hills, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 72 km and will cost you around C$ 27. From Richmond, the ticket costs about C$ 29 for a journey of 177 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the downtown.

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 Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 1h 27m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Alexandria. 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 rental 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 Washington Deluxe. From Coral Hills, the bus ride to Alexandria takes 72 km and will cost you around C$ 27. From Richmond, the ticket costs about C$ 29 for a journey of 177 km. Alexandria’s bus station is located 2.4 km from the downtown.

Airports near Alexandria

Airlines serving Alexandria

KLM
Good (847 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,745 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,443 reviews)
Air France
Good (975 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,604 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,944 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,368 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,212 reviews)
LOT
Good (667 reviews)
Finnair
Good (772 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,176 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (928 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (848 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,930 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (774 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (556 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,544 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,363 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 vacation rental options in Alexandria, with prices from C$ 82 to C$ 618 per night. Old Town is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Alexandria are about 62% 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 neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Alexandria

Most booked hotels in Alexandria

Citizenm Washington Dc Capitol
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 192+
Hotel Washington
5 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 388+
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 269+
Washington Plaza Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 193+
Hamilton Hotel - Washington DC
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 228+
Yotel Washington DC Formerly Liaison
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 217+

Renting 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 rent a car in Alexandria is the Hertz branch at 501 S Pickett Street, which is 7 km from the downtown.

Expect to pay C$ 1.39 per litre in Alexandria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.58 and C$ 22.11.

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

Expect to pay C$ 1.39 per litre in Alexandria (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.58 and C$ 22.11.