Getting Around the DC Metro Area

For easy access to work and play in and around Washington, DC, nothing beats the rail transportation system known as Metro. The Metro system serves the District, Northern Virginia, and the Maryland suburbs. The Metro system map provides excellent information about the system including station information. The Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates the Metro system and Metro Bus, a comprehensive bus transit system that operates throughout the metro area. Regional rail service is also provided in Northern Virginia by the Virginia Rail Express and MARC in Maryland.

Parking on Campus

As in most major metropolitan areas, parking in the heart of downtown D.C. can be scarce and expensive.  For information about campus parking, street parking, meters, residential parking permits, obtaining a local (DC, VA, MD) drivers' license, and other parking- and driving-related matters, visit GW's student parking page.

GW Campus Transportation Options

The University provides a number of convenient and reliable shuttle transportation options to move you around and in between campuses. Click to find more information about:

Rail and Bus

Amtrak provides service into downtown DC at Union Station located near the U.S. Capitol. Service is also available via suburban stations in Alexandria, VA and New Carrolton, MD. Greyhound Bus service is available from various stations in the area. 


The Washington, DC area is served by three major airports. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is just across the Potomac from GW in Arlington and handles domestic flights. Dulles International is at the border of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia and has both domestic and international terminals. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) also services the Washington area. It is located between Washington and Baltimore along the Baltimore/Washington Parkway.