Regardless of how you travel, once in the city you’ll find it easy to get around on foot or by using the Metro system of buses and underground rail.
The Washington region is served by three major airports:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
- Dulles International Airport
- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Reagan Washington National Airport in suburban Virginia is closest and most convenient to the University. From the airport, you can hop on a Metrorail train or take a taxi directly to the Foggy Bottom Campus.
Dulles International Airport is more distant in the Virginia suburbs. You may want to rent a car, take a taxi or use the Washington Flyer shuttles to get into the city. There is not yet direct rail transport from Dulles to Washington, D.C.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), in Maryland, is the most distant area airport from the campus. From BWI, you can rent a car or take the Super Shuttle or Amtrak train into Washington, D.C.
The Washington region is served by Amtrak. If traveling by rail, you will arrive at Union Station, not far from the Capitol. MARC trains (Maryland Transit Administration) and VRE trains (Virginia Railway Express) serve commuters from the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. They share the Union Station hub with Amtrak. Inside Union Station, you can board Metrorail for a short subway ride to the heart of the Foggy Bottom Campus.
By Metro (Subway)
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides an efficient subway system for navigating the city. Extensive Metrobus routes complement it. An extensive network of underground and aboveground trains (Metrorail) serves most of the city and Maryland and Virginia suburbs, as well as Reagan Washington National Airport. Planned future extensions include service to Dulles International Airport.
Washington D.C., is located inside the famous 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.
A fleet of thousands of licensed, metered taxis serves Washington, D.C., close-in suburbs and the airports.
By Enterprise Car Share
Need a car on occasion? Sign up for Enterprise CarShare, a convenient, by-the-hour, self-service car rental program. Vehicles can be found on campus, at WMATA Kiss & Ride locations at most metro stations, and throughout the District of Columbia. Anyone is eligible to use GW's Enterprise CarShare program, and GW students 18 years of age and older can join at a discounted rate. Fuel, insurance and Enterprise-only parking are included in the rental rates.
Washington, D.C., is on the leading edge of bike travel. More than 700 bike racks have been installed around the city since 2000. Countless miles of bike paths go along the Potomac River, through historic neighborhoods, past Civil War sites, around town and into Virginia and Maryland. You can even take your bike on the Metro.
The District of Columbia also has a self-service, public bike-rental program. Capital Bikeshare is an alternative transportation network designed to enhance the city's public transportation system. Capital Bikeshare are parked at designated points throughout the city. Like ZipCar, you can register online and unlock the key to your temporary wheels.