Getting Here &

Travel Instructions


Baltimore Washington International Airport BWI Airport is south of Baltimore and offers Metro shuttle service or MARC train service to Union Station in Washington, DC.
See: BWI local transportation options include rental cars, shuttles and taxis, at this link

Dulles International Airport IAD Airport is near Leesburg, Virginia and has taxi or metro bus services to American University via the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. For trip planning go to

Reagan National International Airport DCA Airport is in Alexandria, Virginia is the nearest airport and has the same transportation options (rental cars, shuttles, and taxis).

Also DCA has convenient and efficient Metro access to American University campus. Look for the Metro entrance on the concourse at Terminal B & C (free shuttles from Terminal A will transport you to the Metro location if needed.) Purchase an $11 basic fare SmarTrip®card at any of the kiosks outside the Metro turnstiles. (See GETTING AROUND with DC’s Metro System below.) Enter the station and proceed to second level platform to access Yellow line or Blue line Trains to intersect with the Red line trains at Gallery Place or Metro Center. Proceed on the northbound, Shady Grove Red line train to Tenleytown/AU stop. See DC Metro map and instructions and American University Shuttlebus instructions below for more information.

Taxis or airport shuttles using GPS should drive to 3501 Nebraska Ave., NW Washington DC, just off Ward Circle and Massachusetts Ave., for safe and convenient passenger drop-off and surface parking nearest East Campus Conference Center and Residence Halls. Taxis and shuttles must approach the driveway from East bound lanes only and proceed through the tunneled entryway at the same address to drop off passengers behind Constitution Hall. Taxis are free to loop through and continue back to Nebraska Avenue in the eastbound lanes just before Massachusetts Ave. at Ward Circle.


Looking for carpools or group rides? Post your arrival time/location on the waitlist if you need a ride. If you can offer a ride, post your car to start the carpool. Attendees are responsible for finding their own rides. See link for waitlist:

courtesy of American University Admissions:

From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)
Follow I-95 south to I-495 west toward Silver Spring. (See "From I-495" below).

From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland)
Follow I-270 south. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia. (Do not take the branch toward Washington.) Merge with I-495 (Capital Beltway). (See "From I-495" below).

From south or west of Washington (northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville)
Follow I-95 north or I-66 east to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Take I-495 north toward Silver Spring. (See "From I-495" below.)

From I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue NW through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). Continue one more mile to 4400 Massachusetts. The entrance to the Admissions Welcome Center at the Katzen Arts Center parking garage will be on your left. ** Please note: Daily and overnight parking is available ONLY in the East Campus surface lot during the program week of July 15-21, 2018. Enter at 3501 Nebraska Ave off-ramp.


Daily and overnight parking is located at 3501 Nebraska Avenueon the surface lot adjacent to Constitution Hall.(Please note: no other campus lots are open to conference guests!)

Drivers should turn into the lot from the east bound lane of Nebraska Avenue, passing through tunneled entry below Constitution Hall, and turn left toward the open surface parking lot. (Google Map to parking lot)

Look for the standing meter along the sidewalk to register your car tag and pay for parking. Enter YOUR VEHICLE'S LICENSE PLATE on the keypad and follow prompts to pay for hourly or daily parking between 8:30am-5:30pm. Cash or credit cards accepted; no change or refunds will be given. Parking after 5:30pm and overnight is free.

Tip: take a picture of your car tag an keep it handy for each day's parking permit if needed.

You do not need to display any ticket in the car. You only need to register the tag number for the day and duration you will be parking.

Hourly parking is $2/hour, (by cash, credit, debit) with a daily maximum of $16. Parking after 5:30pm and overnight is free, but is not secured. Each day before 8:30am, conference guests must register their license plate and pay for daily parking to avoid towing and/or ticketing by Campus Police.

WARNING: 2-hour and 4-hour metered street spaces are limited to a few areas in the campus vicinity and all are strictly enforced by Metro DC Police. Violators will be fined and/or towed, so please do not park along the adjacent streets if at all possible, and if you do, be sure to park legally and stay within the limits, paying careful attention to restrictions and rush hour policies.

GETTING AROUND with DC’s Metro System
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), known as Metro is a rapid transit system and busses that operates in Washington DC and portions of Maryland and Virginia. There is a Metro station stop, the Tenleytown/AU station, near American University (see shuttlebus instructions below), for easy access to the National Mall and other areas of interest.


Metrorail fares vary by time of day and the distance between stations. Use Metro's Trip Planner to calculate the fare for your trip.

Each person needs his/her own SmarTrip® card to enter and exit Metrorail. However, up to two children under age five may travel for free with each fare paying adult.

Metro farecards or SmarTrip®vending machines are located inside each station. Debit, credit and cash can be used to purchase daily, weekly or one-way fares.

(FYI: bills larger than $20 are not accepted; up to $10 in coins will be returned as change on fares less than $20.) ONLY purchase fare cards from authorized vending machines or station agent!

Single ride fares vary depending on the time and distance traveled but usually average $4 to $6 each way. Start with $11 fare card for one round-trip fare, or $20 if you think you will ride 2 or 3 times within the metro area during the week.


If arriving on the Metro from the airport or other location, use the following instructions:

Exit to the East side of Tenleytown/AU Metro station at the top of the escalator, you’ll find Red and Blue AU shuttle stops along Albemarle Street at 40th. Red & Blue Shuttles circle every 10 to 20 minutes, arriving at the Main Campus within 10 minutes. Exit at the Hannay Gate stop or at the School for International Service (SIS) entry to cross over to the East Campus.

Look for GNSI signs directing you to East Campus Registration and Residence Halls on Nebraska Avenue. You will enter the East Campus Quad between Constitution and Congressional Halls, near the Conference Center and Campus Police offices

To catch an AU Shuttle bus from the campus, back to the Metro station or to the College of Law, consult the Conference Maps page.