Three major airports serve the Washington area: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is the closest to Georgetown, and is the only one with metro access. Dulles Airport is the largest and has the most flights, especially for international travelers. BWI Airport is the farthest from DC (it is closer to Baltimore), but some airlines offer cheaper fares there.
All three of the airports have taxi service available at Ground Transportation and SuperShuttle, a door-to-door shared van-ride system. Check the SuperShuttle website (www.supershuttle.com) for fares and for the location of the SuperShuttle within the airport. The fare should be between $15-40 for the first passenger depending on your airport of arrival. Additional passengers are deeply discounted, so this is a good option if you are traveling in a group. No reservation is needed leaving from the airport. To take SuperShuttle back to the airport, reserve online or call 1 (800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826). Below you will find more airport-specific options.
From Washington Dulles
MetroBus 5A ($6) is an express bus from Dulles Airport to Rosslyn MetroRail Station and L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station (downtown DC). 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 Metro stop. From Rosslyn, taxis and buses (GUTS, DC Circulator, or MetroBus 38B) will take you to Georgetown. (See Getting Around.)
Washington Flyer Coach is a coach bus to West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line). Their ticket counter is on the upper level, Door 4. Regular fare is approximately $10. 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.
From Reagan National Airport
MetroRail’s Blue Line stops adjacent to Terminals B and C at National Airport. Take the Blue Line to Rosslyn (direction: Largo Town Center). From Rosslyn, buses (DC Circulator, MetroBus, or GUTS) and taxis will take you to the Georgetown area. (See Getting Around.) Alternatively, you can walk across Key Bridge.
From Baltimore-Washington International
— MetroBus —
MetroBus B30 ($6) runs between BWI and the Greenbelt Metro station (Green Line): PDF Timetable. There are two bus stops at BWI. One stop is on the lower level of the International Pier and the other is on the lower level of Concourse A/B. From Greenbelt Metro station, take the Green Line 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 Getting Around).
— MARC Train —
The Penn Line of the Maryland Transit Authority MARC trains runs from BWI to Union Station in DC. Fares are around $6. Check MTA website for schedules, price updates, and instructions for getting to the train stop. From Union Station, take the DC Circulator straight to Georgetown. Alternatively, take the Red Line to Dupont Circle (in the direction of Shady Grove) and catch a cab or bus (GUTS or MetroBus D2, G2, D6) from there.
— Amtrak —
Amtrak trains take you from BWI train station to Union Station in downtown DC. There are free shuttles 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 their website. The fare varies and will increase as your departure nears. It should start at $16 (check their website for price updates).
We recommend taking public transportation to Georgetown University, as parking can be difficult (for parking information, see the Campus Tab). Most people take a combination of MetroRail and some sort of bus to get to campus.
The easiest way to plan your trips into Washington DC is with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) online Trip Planner or transit directions in Google Maps. WMATA runs MetroRail (locally known as “the Metro” — the DC subway system), MetroBus, and the DC Circulator. Tickets are available at kiosks in the stations, though you also might consider purchasing a reloadable SmarTrip card, as fares are reduced. The tickets and cards work for both the rail and bus systems. Buses will also accept cash, but only the exact amount of fare.
— MetroRail —
Unfortunately, Georgetown does not have a metro stop. The closest stops are Rosslyn (1.1 miles away on the Blue and Orange Lines) across the Key Bridge in Virginia; Foggy Bottom (1.5 miles away on Blue/Orange Lines), or Dupont Circle (1.6 miles away on Red Line). From each of these stops you can find buses or taxis to take you to the campus (see MetroBus, DC Circulator, or GUTS below). Here is a map of the Metrorail system.
— MetroBus —
This map shows all of the DC-run buses that pass by Georgetown and their connections to Metro stations, including the DC Circulator. The bus lines G2, D2, and D6 will get you to and from Dupont Circle (Red Line). The 38B will help you get from Rosslyn station (Blue/Orange), and the 31, 32, and 36 will get you from Foggy Bottom (Blue/Orange). You may need to walk a few blocks from Wisconsin Avenue for these lines. Check the trip planner at www.wmata.com for timetables and stop locations.
— DC Circulator —
The DC Circulator is a red bus that operates like a shuttle. It runs constantly, has short routes to the most popular destinations, and only costs $1 per trip (SmarTrip cards also accepted). Two of the routes go to Georgetown: the Rosslyn Metro-Georgetown-Dupont Circle route, and the Georgetown-Union Station route. More information can be found here.
In addition to DC-wide services, Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles (GUTS) run frequently between campus and Rosslyn Metro Station and Dupont Circle on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and Saturdays. On weekdays, there is also a shuttle between campus and Nos. 2115 and 2233 on Wisconsin Avenue.
GUTS operate every 5-10 minutes during peak commuting times, and every 20 minutes at other times. The GUTS service is free, but visitors must present an ID upon getting on the bus.
In Rosslyn, the GUTS stop is at the Metro stop at 19th and Moore Streets. At Dupont Circle, the GUTS stop is at 20th Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Different shuttle routes have diffrent pick-up and drop-off location on campus. For more information about the shuttle service please visit the GUTS Website.
Following the lead of Paris, DC now has Capital Bikeshare with bicycle stations all around the city if you are interested in cruising on two wheels. Subscriptions can be for a few hours up to a year. There is a station just outside the front gates of Georgetown University.
The Wisconsin Avenue Holiday Inn (but no other Holiday Inn) offers free hotel shuttle service to the Georgetown campus upon request. Please ask at the reception for assistance.
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
- The official tourism site of Washington, DC
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority