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Getting to Washington, DC and Georgetown University

Georgetown University is located in northwest Washington, DC, just across the Potomac River from Rosslyn, Virginia. Below are detailed some ways to reach the city and the campus.

By Air | By Train | By Bus | Public Transportation around DC | Resources and Links

By Air

There are three major airports in the Washington area: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and BWI (Baltimore Washington International) Airport. Dulles Airport is the area's largest airport and has the most flights, especially for international travelers. National Airport is the closest to Georgetown University's main campus. BWI Airport is the farthest from DC (it is close to Baltimore), but some airlines offer cheaper fares going there.

Ground Transportation from Airports

From Dulles Airport

1) SuperShuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com): SuperShuttle is a shared van-ride system. The fare is around $25 to Georgetown main campus for the first passenger in your group and $8 for each additional passenger (up to 5 passengers), excluding tip (check their web site for price updates). The ticket counter is located on the lower level (Ground Transportation/Shared Van Rides). No reservation is needed leaving from the airport. To take SuperShuttle back to the airport, you can use their online reservation system or call the phone number available on their web site to make a reservation.

2) Washington Flyer Taxi: This is the only authorized taxi company for Dulles Airport. It is approx. $50 one-way to downtown. Please follow the signs inside the airport.

3) MetroBus 5A is an express bus going from Dulles Airport to Rosslyn MetroRail Station and L'Enfant Plaza (downtown DC). The fare is $3. The bus leaves right outside the airport on the lower level (in Section E). To get to Georgetown University, get off the 5A at Rosslyn, which is the nearest subway stop to Georgetown. From Rosslyn, there are buses and taxis that take you to the Georgetown area (see below - Public Transportation around DC).

4) Washington Flyer Coach (+ MetroRail + MetroBus): This coach service (http://www.washfly.com/) takes you to West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line). Their ticket counter is on the upper level, Door 4. Regular fare is $8 ($14 round trip). Once you arrive at West Falls Church Metro Station, take the Orange Line (direction: New Carrollton) to Rosslyn, which is the nearest subway stop to Georgetown. From Rosslyn, there are buses and taxis that take you to Georgetown (see below - Public Transportation around DC).

 

From National Airport

1) Taxis: There is a designated taxi line (i.e., queue) outside the airport. Please be advised that Washington, DC cabs operate on a zone system instead of meters. A ride for one passenger between National Airport and Georgetown is about $12-$15.

2) MetroRail + MetroBus: MetroRail's Blue Line stops adjacent to Terminals B and C at National Airport. To get to Georgetown, take the Blue Line to Rosslyn (direction: Largo Town Center). From Rosslyn, there are buses and taxis that take you to the Georgetown area (see below - Public Transportation around DC).

3) SuperShuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com): SuperShuttle is a shared van-ride system. The fare is around $12 from National Airport to Georgetown main campus for the first passenger in your group and $8 for each additional passenger (up to 5 passengers), excluding tip (check their web site for price updates). No reservation is needed leaving from the airport. To take SuperShuttle back to the airport, you can use their online reservation system or call the phone number available on their web site to make a reservation.

 

From BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) Airport

1) SuperShuttle (http://www.supershuttle.com): SuperShuttle is a shared van-ride system. Their ticket counter is located between bag claims 6 and 7 at BWI Airport. The fare is around $30 from BWI to Georgetown University for the first passenger in your group and $10 for each additional passenger (up to 5 passengers), excluding tip (check their web site for price updates). No reservation is needed leaving from the airport. To take SuperShuttle back to the airport, you can use their online reservation system or call the phone number available on their web site to make a reservation.

2) Train: Amtrak trains take you from BWI train station to Union Station in downtown DC. There are free shuttles running from the airport to the BWI train station. For Amtrak schedules and information call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or go to http://www.amtrak.com. The fare is $14 (check web site for price updates).

Also, the Maryland Transit Authority runs MARC trains from BWI train station to downtown DC destinations, including Union Station. Fares are around $6 (check http://www.mtamaryland.com for schedules and price updates).

From Union Station, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle (direction: Shady Grove). From Dupont Circle, buses (G2, D2 and D6) and taxis will take you to the Georgetown area (see below - Public Transportation around DC).

3) MetroBus B30: There is an express MetroBus (B30) running between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro station. The fare is $3. There are two bus stops at BWI: one is located on the lower level of the International Pier and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B. From Greenbelt Metro station, you can take the Green Line to downtown. Change to the Orange or Blue line at L'Enfant Plaza (direction: Vienna on the Orange; Franconia/Springfield on the Blue) if you want to continue to Rosslyn, or change to the Red Line at Gallery Place/ Chinatown (direction: Shady Grove) if you want to continue to Dupont Circle. From Rosslyn or Dupont Circle, buses and taxis will take you to the Georgetown area (see also below - Public Transportation around DC).

By Train

Trains from around the US arrive directly downtown at Union Station. In addition to the designated taxi line outside the building, Union Station has a MetroRail stop (Red Line) in its basement.

To get to Georgetown, take the Red Line (destination: Shady Grove) to Dupont Circle. From Dupont Circle, buses (G2, D2 and D6) and taxis will take you to the Georgetown area (see also below - Public Transportation around DC).

By Bus

The main bus terminal in Washington, DC is located at 1005 1st Street NE, close to Union Station (10 minutes walk). Union Station has a MetroRail stop (Red Line). To get to Georgetown University, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle (direction: Shady Grove). From Dupont Circle, Metro Buses (G2, D2 and D6) and taxis will take you to the Georgetown area. However, if you arrive late in the day, we strongly recommend you take a taxi to get to Georgetown from the bus terminal and avoid walking around the area at night.

Public Transportation around DC

MetroBus and MetroRail are the public bus and subway systems running through DC and the nearby areas of Virginia and Maryland. All the MetroBuses and MetroRail trains mentioned above are operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (http://www.wmata.com). Please check their web site for maps, schedules, fares, a trip planner, and other visitor information.

The closest subway stops to Georgetown are "Rosslyn" and "Foggy Bottom" on the Orange and Blue Lines and "Dupont Circle" on the Red Line (subway map). The closest bus lines include G2, D2, D6, and 38B. If traveling by taxi, the driver should be asked to go to 37th and O Street NW (Georgetown University main gate). Some of the many different ways to reach our campus are detailed below.

Getting to Georgetown University from Rosslyn, Virginia

1) MetroBus 38B (direction: Farragut Square) takes you across the Key Bridge to the stop 'M Street and 34th Street'. This is the closest stop to Georgetown University. The fare is $1.25. The Georgetown University main gates are at the intersection of 37th and O Street.

2) The Georgetown Metro Connection (sometimes called the 'Blue Bus' for its color) also takes you from Rosslyn to M Street and 34th Street. The fare is $1. See their website at http://www.georgetowndc.com/shuttle.php. The Georgetown University main gates are at the intersection of 37th and O Streets.

Getting to Georgetown University from Dupont Circle:

MetroBuses G2, D2 and D6 will take you to the Georgetown area, with MetroBus G2 stopping right outside the Georgetown University main gates (37th and O Street).

GUTS Shuttle

On weekdays (Monday-Friday), Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles (GUTS) run between campus (outside the Leavey Center) and the following destinations: Rosslyn Station, Dupont Circle, and Nos. 2115 and 2233 on Wisconsin Avenue. The GUTS service is free, but visitors must present an ID (e.g. driver's license or passport) upon getting on the bus. Shuttles operate every 5-10 minutes during peak commuting times, and every 20 minutes at other times. For Rosslyn, the GUTS stop is at 19th and Moore Streets. For Dupont Circle, the GUTS stop is at 20th Street and Massachusetts Avenue. For more information about the shuttle service, please visit their web site at http://otm.georgetown.edu/guts/.

Resources and Links

The official tourism site of Washington, DC   http://www.washington.org

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority http://www.wmata.com

WMATA Bus and Rail Maps http://www.wmata.com/tripplanner/maps.cfm

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority http://www.metwashairports.com/

Amtrak http://www.amtrak.com