Thanks everyone. I’m a bit torn. Since this is business, I’m transporting coworkers, and the place we need to be is only 5mi from Dulles, I’m somewhat torn about arriving someplace that’s 25+ miles away from our ultimate destination.
It looks like my two options are:
Toronto -> Dulles -> 5mi ride to meeting (shuttle)
Toronto -> Buffalo (customs) -> Leesburg -> 25mi cab ride
I don’t mind spending a few extra bucks (within reason) if I can optimize for reducing hassle, so let me ask the question again, in terms of hassle reduction as opposed to saving every last penny.
a) is custom’s at IAD efficient? i.e. will it be less of a hassle to make an extra stop at BUF, deal with customs, and then take off again, or would I be better off just flying direct to IAD and dealing with customs once I land there?
b) How efficient is it to land at IAD? If I’m going to get vectored for 60 minutes or stuck on my ass behind a row of 30 jets when it comes time to leave, then perhaps Leesburg + a long cab ride is more efficient. I don’t know. Some big airports run GA off of separate runways (e.g. SJC, OAK)?
How bad is IAD for a guy who’s just flying in, spending a couple nights parked there, and then departing?