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.