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Air and Rail Travel

Air Travel to Washington, DC
Three major airports serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area: Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Reagan National Airport (DCA). The closest and easiest access airport to George Washington University is Reagan National.

Travel from Reagan National Airport (DCA) to the Avenue Suites Georgetown Hotel

  • The Reagan National Airport Metro station is connected to the airport and directions are clearly marked in the airport
  • Take the Blue Line train in the direction of "Largo Town Center."
  • Ride the Blue Line six stops to the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
  • Exit the station using the main exit. Walk 1 block north (right) on 23rd street. Turn left on Washington Circle NW. Walk approximately 1 block (heading west) around circle and then bear left on to Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Continue walking about 1 more block on Pennsylvania Ave.
  • The Avenue Suites Georgetown Hotel is located at 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037. About .3 mile (3 blocks) from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
Note. The DC Metro runs until Midnight (Sunday through Thursday) and through 3:00am on Friday and Saturday.

The DC metro is similar to other metro/subways located in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Metro Fare Cards can be easily purchased at the vending machine located at every Metro station. You can calculate exact costs by viewing the fare schedule located near the vending machines. If you purchase a paper fare card, add $1 dollar, each way, to the fare. Metro Fare Cards can be purchased with coin, currency, ATM or credit card. Keep your fare card easily accessible! You will need it when you enter and exit the station.

Travel from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI):

  • BWI operates a free shuttle from the airport terminal to the BWI Amtrak/MARC station most times of the day, 7 days a week. (This is a 5 minute ride between the airport and the train station.) The shuttle is accessible by following the signs to the shuttle stop just outside the baggage claim area in each terminal.
  • MARC (commuter rail run by the state of Maryland) operates trains to Union Station Mon-Fri most times of day and tickets are $5.
  • If you're traveling on the weekend, you can take an Amtrak train to and from BWI Amtrak Station and Union Station in Washington, DC and tickets cost approximately $12-13 each way.
  • Once you're at Union Station, follow the Union Station directions listed below. If you arrive after hours to BWI, there are moderately expensive taxis and shuttles that can take you directly to your hotel in DC.
  • For just $6 per person (exact change required), the B30 Commuter bus (located directly outside the BWI terminal) takes you to Greenbelt Metro station on the Green Line of the Washington DC Metro. Take the Green Line metro 13 stops in the direction of Branch Ave to L’Enfant Plaza.
  • At L’Enfant Plaza transfer to either an Orange Line train that says "Vienna" or a Blue Line that reads "Franconia-Springfield"
  • On either of those trains travel six stops to the Foggy Bottom Metro station and get off the train.
  • Follow the directions to the hotel that are listed above (last two bullets) under the Reagan National Airport information.

From Dulles Airport (IAD):

  • If you're traveling during the hours of 5:50am to 11:30pm Mon-Fri, the Metro runs a shuttle bus to the West Falls Church Metro station. From West Falls Church Metro station take an Orange Line train in the direction of "New Carrollton." Exit the Foggy Bottom - GWU station (approximately seven stops away).
  • Follow the directions to the hotel that are listed above (last two bullets) under the Reagan National Airport information.
  • If you are traveling after hours you can take a cab to West Falls Church Metro Station and then follow the directions above taking the Orange Line metro to Foggy Bottom. Note: Due to extreme traffic congestion in the DC Metro area, it is advisable to avoid the use of shuttles or taxis during rush hour on the weekdays as it is not uncommon that it can take upwards of an hour to travel 8 miles within the Washington DC district limits.

Shuttle service is available from all of the DC metro’s local airports to the GWU campus and local hotels. Reservations can be made on-line at www.supershuttle.com or by calling (800) BLUE-VAN (258- 3826).

Taxi cabs in Washington, D.C. are metered; you'll pay an extra $1.50 for each additional person. A rush-hour surcharge of $1 is in effect from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. For more than one bag or suitcase per person, there is a $0.50/piece addition, and larger objects will cost $2.00 each. Because there is a $1.00 charge for radio-dispatched cabs, try hailing a taxi in a well-traveled location before calling. (Note: Check fares as these prices may have changed.)

Train Travel to Washington, DC

  • Amtrak trains are regularly scheduled to Washington, DC and arrive at Union Station.
  • Once you arrive at Union Station, there are moderately priced cabs that can take you to the hotel, or you may take the Metro, which is connected to Union Station.
  • Take the Red Line train in the direction of "Shady Grove" or "Grosvenor."
  • Ride the Red Line three stops to the Metro Center station. Get off the train and walk downstairs.
  • Get on either an Orange Line train that says "Vienna" or a Blue Line train that reads "Franconia Springfield." On either of those trains travel three stops to the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
  • Follow the directions to the hotel that are listed above (last two bullets) under the Reagan National Airport information

Ground Transportation

From Union Station Bus Terminal:

  • If you are arriving in DC by bus into Union Station: Walk into the station and follow signs to the Metro Station. Take the Red Line train in the direction of "Shady Grove" or "Grosvenor."
  • Ride the Red Line three stops to the Metro Center station. Get off the train and walk downstairs.
  • Get on either an Orange Line train that says "Vienna" or a Blue Line train that reads "Franconia-Springfield." On either of those trains travel three stops to the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
  • Follow the directions to the hotel that are listed above (last two bullets) under the Reagan National Airport information

Directions to the GW School of Media and Public Affairs

From the Avenue Suites Georgetown Hotel to the School of Media and Public Affairs:

  • Turn right onto Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
  • At Washington circle, continue straight following around the edge of the circle and staying on Pennsylvania Ave, NW
  • At 21st Street, turn right and walk two blocks to the School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st Street, NW.
  • Walking distance is .6 mile (6 city blocks.)

From Foggy Bottom Metro Station to the School of Media and Public Affairs:

  • I Street (also known as Eye Street) will be almost straight ahead (a little to the right) when coming out of the Metro Station.
  • The first street you will see will be 23rd Street.
  • Take I street straight for almost two blocks. At 21st street turn right and go one block, the School of Media and Public Affairs will be on your left.
  • Walking distance is .3 mile (3 city blocks.)

Parking

If staying at the Avenue Suites Georgetown parking is available to guests for a daily fee.

Parking near the School of Media and Public Affairs Building is available for a fee at the Marvin Center Garage and Colonial Parking at the Shops at 2000 Penn. The addresses of these lots are as follows:

  • The Marvin Center Parking at 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Colonial Parking at the Shops at 2000 Penn, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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