Traveling to Campus

Airplane arriving into DCA

Washington, D.C. is easily accessible with three major airports, the Metrorail and bus system, and ground transportation options.  As a major metropolitan area, travel times can vary considerably depending on the time and date of travel.  It's also important to keep in mind our 3:00pm check-in and 11:00am check-out time when planning your travel to and from campus.

Traveling To/From Campus

DCA Reagan National Airport

National Airport is the closest and most convenient to the University. From the airport, the Metrorail Blue Line connects directly to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station.

Estimated Time & Cost:

  • Super Shuttle: 15min, $14
  • Metrorail Blue Line direct to Foggy Bottom-GWU Station: 15min, $2.60
  • Cab: 15min, $14

Directions To Campus Using Public Transportation

The Metro Station is directly accessible from the Concourse level in Terminals B&C across from the information desks

  1. Board the Blue Line in the direction of Largo Town Center
  2. Arrive at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station

Directions To Airport Using Public Transportation

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station is located at I "Eye" and 23rd St. NW

  1. Board the Blue Line in the direction of Franconia-Springfield
  2. Arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Station

Additional Information: Reagan Washington National Airport 

 

IAD Dulles International Airport

Dulles Airport is more distant in the Virginia suburbs and serves as the regions main international airport.  The new Silver Line Express Bus easily connects the Dulles terminal to the Wiehle Reston East Station where you can board a Silver Line train directly to campus, allowing guests to bypass traffic within the DC Beltway.

Estimated Time & Cost: 

  • Super Shuttle: 40min, $30
  • Silver Line Express Bus connecting to Metrorail Wiehle Reston East Station direct to Foggy Bottom-GWU Station: 40min, $10.90
  • Cab: 40min, $78 

Directions To Campus Using Public Transportation

  1. Purchase tickets and board the Silver Line Express Bus at Door 4 on the Arrivals level of the Main Terminal 
  2. At the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, board the Silver Line in the direction of Largo Town Center
  3. Arrive at the the Foggy Bottom-GWU

Directions To Airport Using Public Transportation

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station is located at I "Eye" and 23rd St. NW

  1. Board the Silver Line in the direction of Wiehle-Reston East
  2. Arrive at Wiehle-Reston East and look for the Silver LIne Express Bus signs
  3. Board the Silver Line Express Bus to Dulles Airport ($5.00)

Additional Information: Dulles International Airport

 

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

BWI Airport, in Maryland, is the most distant area airport from the campus.  BWI is accessible to DC by Amtrak into Union Station, Metrobus B30 connecting to Metrorail at Greenbelt Station, and by Super Shuttle.

Estimated Time & Cost: 

  • Super Shuttle: 60min, $38
  • Metrobus (B30) connecting to Metrorail Greenbelt Station with transfer to Foggy Bottom-GWU Station 90min, $11.45
  • Cab: 60min, $95 

Directions To Campus Using Public Transportation

  1. The BWI Express/B30 Metrobus is located on the lower level of Concourse A&B or E, look for the "Public Transit” signs  
  2. At Greenbelt Station, board the Green Line in the direction of Branch Ave. 
  3. Transfer at L’Enfant Plaza to the Orange/Blue/Siver Lines in the direction of Vienna/Franconia/Wiehle
  4. Arrive at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station

Directions To Airport Using Public Transportation 

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station is located at I "Eye" and 23rd St. NW

  1. Board the Orange/Blue/Silver Line in the direction of New Carolton/Largo Town Center
  2. Transfer at L’Enfant Plaza to the Green Line in the direction of Greenbelt
  3. Arrive at Greenbelt and bus shelter for the BWI Express/B30 Metrobus is located directly outside the Metro Station
  4. Board the The BWI Express/B30 Metrobus and arrive at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Additional Information: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

 

Rail & Bus / Union Station

Rail service into Washington, D.C. terminates into Washington Union Station. This is also where you can find BoltBus, Greyhound, and Megabus. Inside Union Station, you can board Metrorail for a short subway ride to the heart of the Foggy Bottom Campus.

Rail service is provided by AmtrakMARC (Maryland Transit Administration), and VRE (Virginia Railway Express)

Estimated Time & Cost: 

  • Metro Rail: 16min, $2.15
  • Cab: 20min, $18.70

Directions To Campus Using Public Transportation

  1. The Metro Station is located on the Street Level,First Street NE side, of Union Station
  2. Take the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove
  3. Transfer at Metro Center to the Orange/Blue/Silver Lines in the direction of Vienna/Franconia/Wiehle 
  4. Arrive at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station

Directions To Union Station Using Public Transportation

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station is located at I "Eye" and 23rd St. NW

  1. Board the Orange/Blue/Silver Line in the direction of New Carolton/Largo Town Center
  2. Transfer at the Metro Center Station to the Red Line in the direction of Glenmont
  3. Arrive at the Union Station Metro Station
  4. Commuter Rail, Amtrak, and buses are located upstairs on the main level. 

Additional Information: Union Station, DC

 

Metrorail & Mertobus

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides an extensive network of train lines that serve most of the city and Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as Reagan Washington National Airport.  Metrorail service is complimented with Metrobus service throughout the DC metro area. 

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station is located on campus at 21st and I Streets, NW and is served by the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines.


By Car

Washington D.C., is located inside the Capital Beltway (I-495), accessible from north and south on Interstate 95, and from the west on I-66. Traveling by car around the Washington area can be challenging, particularly for first-time visitors.  

  • Street Parking: Limited street parking is available at metered spots. Please be sure to obey DC Residential Parking Permit and Zone regulations
  • GW Summer & Conference Housing Office: 2350 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Visitor Parking Garage

Hourly visitor parking is avaibale in the Science and Engineering Hall 24/7.  The parking garage itself is located on H St between 22nd and 23rd streets.  You can use the following address for Fulbright Hall which is directly next to the garage entrance to guide you to the correct street and block. 

  • Address directly next to garage entrance: 2223 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Travel Resources

Visitor Parking

Hourly visitor parking is available on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses. Weekly parking is also available for Long-Stay guests only. 

DCA Airport

Reagan National Airport is the closest to GW and connected directly by the Blue Line Metro. Travel time on rail and road is about 15 minutes. 

IAD Airport

Dulles Airport is more distant in the Virginia suburbs and serves as the regions main international airport. Travel time by road and rail is about 60 minutes. 

Silver Line Express Bus

The Silver Line Express Bus connencts Dulles Airport directly to the Silver Line Metro during construction. The Silver Line serves the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station.

BWI Airport

BWI Airport, in Maryland, is the most distant area airport from campus. Travel time by road and rail is between 60-90 minutes.