Transportation

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Very close to DCA and lots of taxi options.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Georgetown does not have a metro stop; however it does have buses and it is also very close to Foggy Bottom metro if you need it to go to any local airports.

4 College Senior

Transportation: GU offers shuttles to and from the surrounding areas. It's not on a metro line, which is a bummer, but they definitely accommodate.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: The Georgetown busing system is not terrible, but getting out of Georgetown is difficult. We do not have a Metro stop and the only buses other than the Georgetown buses to use are the Circulators. It takes a solid effort to get out of Georgetown and into greater D.C.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: You have shuttle buses from the main campus to Dupont Circle, plus the circulator and the DC buses. Also there is the metro. Really, you don't need a car in DC and to get to collegue unless you want to paid for really expensive parking.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 440th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1382nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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If Georgetown students ever have any doubts about how much they are hated by the area residents, they need only to take a walk to the nearest Metro to remember that—yes, indeed—the residents hate them a lot. The biggest gripe among students about their grown-up neighbors is that the permanent residents of Georgetown will not allow a Metro (subway) stop to be built in the community. As a result, the nearest station is a brisk 20-minute walk across the river. This fact, combined with the difficulty of parking in Georgetown, means that public transportation can be a bit of an annoyance. Students are reluctant to credit the administration for doing anything to improve the situation—though, there is a free shuttle running to two nearby Metro stations until 12 a.m. on weekdays and in the afternoons on Saturday.

If you can stand the walk to the Metro station, you’ll be home free. The Metro goes everywhere you need to go, and it runs until the wee hours of the morning. Part of the problem is that all of the other universities in the city have their own stations, and so the trek that Hoyas have to make to get on the train ends up seeming like a cosmic injustice. But the public transportation in D.C. is very clean and cheap, unless you’re talking about cabs, which are rank and expensive. Most students get around with a mix of buses, cabs, and the subway, depending on where they’re going and how quickly they have to get there. The truth is that walking is a sorely underutilized form of public transportation—D.C. is a great town for walking.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Biking
  • A combination of the GUTS bus and the Metro
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab or the Metro is your best bet. At peak times (before Christmas or summer breaks), it's easy to split a cab with another student who is waiting for one.
Local Taxi Services
D.C. is swarming with taxis; there is almost always a taxi at the front gates no matter the time.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe Rides
(202) 784-7433
Sunday-Wednesday 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS)

Buses are free to students and faculty, and travel to and from Arlington Loop, Dupont Circle, Law Center, Rosslyn, and Wisconsin Avenue.

(202) 687-4372

Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Metro, buses, and metrorail lines connect all points of D.C. with points in Virginia and Maryland.

(202) 637-1328 customer assistance

(202) 637-7000 Metro information

(202) 962-1234 administrative offices

600 Fifth St. NW, Washington D.C.

www.wmata.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ronald Reagan National Airport

Reagan is the closest airport to Georgetown, roughly 15 minutes by cab from campus. It is also easily reached on the Metro.

1 Aviation Circle, Washington, D.C.

(703) 417-8000

www.metwashairports.com/reagan

Dulles International Airport

Dulles is farther from campus than Reagan, but it offers different airlines.

1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles, Va.

(703) 572-2700

www.metwashairports.com/dulles

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is about a 15-minute drive from campus.

1005 First St. NE

(202) 289-5141

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The station is located at Union Station, reachable via Metro or a short cab ride.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 22% You can't have a car here.
  • 61% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 17% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 41 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 56% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 32 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 41 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 41% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 32 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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