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5 College Freshman

Transportation: DC public transportation is easy to maneuver, cheep, and accessible.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are taxis everywhere, we're close to the metro, and some people use 4ride.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Easy access to an on-campus metro. There are plenty of buses and bikeshares too.

5 College Student

Transportation: DC has a reliable metro system, and getting around even North VA and Maryland can be done with it. Cars are convenient, obviously, but parking's a hassle.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Ronald Reagan International Airport is just a 15 minute Metro ride from campus


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With a Metro stop and bus stops on campus, public transportation is convenient. It is also easy to use and will take students almost anywhere they want to go. The Metro, DC’s subway system, is easy to learn and cheap—a little more than a dollar will get you to most places in and around the District. The taxi system is convenient—many cab drivers park outside of Thurston Hall on party nights. The problem with cabs is that fares are based according to zones, rather than meters, so trips end up being quite expensive. Cab rides usually cost around $6 or $7, depending on time of day. Plus, riders are charged $1.50 for each additional person in the car.

Union Station provides Amtrak service to several major cities and is close to campus. Various companies in the city offer round-trip bus tickets from DC to New York City for as little as $36. Reagan National Airport is accessible via the blue line on the Metro, and GW usually offers shuttles to the Washington-Dulles airport for a reasonable price at the end of each semester. The Zipcar service, which offers students cars for under $10 per hour, is great for nighttime runs to the grocery store or day trips to local sites such as Old Town Alexandria or Baltimore. The bus system is a little tougher to figure out than the subway system, but it is still manageable. The city is relatively small, so even if a student gets on the wrong bus or train, it’s not impossible to find a way home.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Taxi
  • 4-RIDE
  • Metro
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport Take the Marc Train from Union Station to the BWI Rail Station and then take the free Super Shuttle to your terminal. The trip takes about 45 minutes total.
  • The Reagan National Airport is conveniently located just across the Potomac River and is accessible via metro or short taxi ride.
  • To get to the Washington Dulles International airport, take the Super Shuttle, a blue van that comes right to your door. GW students, staff, and alumni can find a discount code online that gets them a one-way trip for $27 for the first person and $8 for each subsequent person in the van.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The Vern Express

All day and night at various intervals, daily

(202) 242-6673

4-RIDE escort service

Call the number above and a van will be sent to you. You just need to show the driver your GWorld card.

(202) 994-RIDE

7 p.m.- 6 a.m. daily

Colonial Express Shuttle Bus

The free service runs 7 p.m.-3 a.m. daily and there are two main routes, with several stops around campus.

(202) 994-RIDE

7 p.m.-3 a.m. daily

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Area Metro Transit Authority

The Metro (subway) runs Monday-Thursday 5 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-3 a.m., and Sunday 7 a.m.-12 a.m. The Foggy Bottom Metro stop is located directly on GW's campus, next to the GW Hospital.The Metrobus operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Georgetown Shuttle Bus

Buses leave every 10 minutes from the Foggy Bottom stop, located outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Washington Dulles International Airport

Ronald Reagan National Airport

Baltimore Washington International Airport

(800) I-FLY-BWI

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Service is available in Union Station, about a 15-minute cab or Metro ride (on the Red Line) away.

50 Massachusetts Ave.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 112 responses

  • 46% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 42% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 13% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 72% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 12% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 64 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 112 responses

  • 70% Very easy.
  • 28% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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