Visitor Information for Washington D.C.


This page is a compilation of transportation & accommodation information to assist you in planning for the EarthCube Domain End-User Workshop: Petrology & Geochemistry at the National Museum of Natural History.


Transportation From Local Airports to Downtown Washington DC


Dulles International Airport (IAD) 

SuperShuttle's door-to-door shared ride van service is available to and from Washington Dulles International Airport. The SuperShuttle ticket counters are located on the far ends of the Ground Transportation Level of the Main Terminal. Shuttles operate on an on-demand basis. No reservations are needed for outbound service from the Airport. For individual travelers the cost is $26/person.

Washington Flyer Coach Service
Tickets for the Flyer Coach can be purchased at the ticket counter located inside the vestibule of Door 4 on the Arrivals Level of the Main Terminal (location map). Travel time between Washington Dulles International Airport and the West Falls Church Metro Station (location map) averages 20 to 30 minutes. Times subject to change based on traffic and weather conditions. Cost is $10/person one way, $18/person round trip. Download Schedule.

Washington Flyer Taxi
Washington Flyer Taxicabs serve Dulles International Airport exclusively with 24-hour service to and from the airport. Taxicabs accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Discover Card and Visa, and provide transportation at metered rates to any destination withing hte Metropolitan washington area. Approximate one-way fares to Washington, DC range from $51 to $58. Follow the signs for "Ground Transportation" or "Taxi" to the lower level of the Main Terminal, where a taxicab dispatcher is on duty 24 hours a day.


Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Washington Metrorail
The Washington DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metrorail station connected to the concourse level of terminals B and C at Reagan National Airport. Metrorail fare cards may e purchased at machines located at all entrances to the Airport Metrorail station. The station is also fully accessible via elevators.

To Access the Metrorail Station from the Terminals:

  • Terminal B and C: Use either of two enclosed pedestrian bridges on the concourse level which connect directly to the station.
  • Terminal A: Exit the terminal to the streetside curb, and board any "Airport Shuttle" bus. At the stop for Parking Garages B and C (bus shelter #3 and bus shelter #5) you may access an enclosed bridge which connects to the Metrorail station.

For more information on the Metrorail System, click here.

SuperShuttle's door-to-door shared ride van service is available to and from Reagan National Airport. Upon arrival proceed to the outside curb and contact the SuperShuttle representative. After hours, call 1-800-258-3826 and press 1 for dispatch or 2 for reservations. For individual travelers the cost is $14/person.

Taxicab Service
Taxicab stands are conveniently located near the Arrivals (baggage claim) exits of each terminal. Dispatchers at each stand will help you select a taxicab based on your destination in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland. No advance reservations are required—service is on a first-come, first-served basis. The estimated rate to Downtown Washington, DC is approximately $20.



Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)

BWI Airport Taxi
The BWI taxi stand is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall Airport Terminal. Please note that this service is available from BWI only. The estimated rate to Washington, DC is $90/person.

SuperShuttle's door-to-door shared ride van service is available to and from Baltimore/Washington International Airport. For individual travelers the cost is $35.00/person.

BWI Express Metrobus
Catch the BWI Express from BWI Airport. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Concourse and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B. The B30 will pick you up outside at the bus shelter. Follow the signs that say “Public Transit.” The Greenbelt Metro Station connects to Metro Stations throughout Washington, DC, Virginia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties.

Trains provide service to Union Station. The BWI Rail Station is just a few miles from the airport and free shuttles are available. For Amtrak schedules and information call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), or visit Estimated fares range from $18.00 to $48.00 per trip.

Trains depart from the BWI Rail Station and run to Union Station in Washington, DC and New Carrolton, Seabrook and Bowie stations in Prince George's County. Free shuttles are available from the airport terminal to the rail station. For information and MARC schedules call 1-800-325-RAIL or go to



Hotels in Washington DC

The following hotels are well-located for visitors to the National Museum of Natural History (google map). Other resources for finding accommodations are Washington Landmarks and TripAdvisor.




Daily Rate (USD)

Metro Station


Hamilton Crown Plaza

14th & K St, N.W.


Metro Center                 


Marriott Metro

775 12th Street, N.W.


Metro Center                 


Jurys Doyle

1500 New Hampshire Ave, N.W.


Dupont Circle     


Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol

550 C St, S.W.


L'Enfant Plaza            


Phoenix Park

520 North Capitol St, N.W.


Union Station      


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

2660 Woodley Rd, N.W.


Woodley Park/Adams Morgan     


Hilton Garden Inn

815 14th St, N.W.


McPherson Square           


L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

480 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W.


L'Enfant Plaza            


State Plaza Hotel

2117 E Street, N.W.


Foggy Bottom/GWU           


Hotel Harringon (Request Smithsonian Rates)

436 11th St, N.W.


Metro Center                   

  Capitol Hill Suites (Request Smithsonian Rates) 200 C St, S.E. Per Diem Capitol South           
  Club Quarters (Request Smithsonian Rates) 839 17th St, N.W. Per Diem  Farragut West          
  The Hotel George (Mention Member No. GBP4628) 15 E St, N.W. 15% Discount Union Station      
  Henley Park (Request Smithsonian Rates) 926 Massachusetts Ave, N.W. Per Diem  Metro Center                    
  Hotel Monaco (Mention Member No. GBP4628) 701 F St, N.E. 15% Discount Gallery PI-Chinatown                
  Morrison-Clark Inn (Request Smithsonian Rates) 1015 L St, N.W. Per Diem  Metro Center                     
Mandarin Oriental (Request Smithsonian Rates) 1330 Maryland Ave, S.W. Per Diem Smithsonian         


Getting Around DC

Washington  Metrorail System
Introductory information on using the Metro system can be found here. Other important information to be found on the Metro website is the System Map, the Trip Planner feature, and the Visitor's Kit. The suggested Metro stop for the Natural History Building is the Smithsonian stop, located on the Orange and Blue lines. Other nearby metro stops are Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue), Federal Triangel (Orange, Blue) and L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Blue).

TaxiCab Services
A comprehensive list of taxi cab services is available on this webpage.