GETTING TO THE CONVENTION CENTER
As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak and a first-rate subway system, Metro. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown DC, right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC
Three major airports service the Washington, D.C., area:
The National Airport is five miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. A taxi ride will cost approximately$14, or you may take D.C.’s excellent subway system (www.wmata.com) from the airport’s concourse level. Board the yellow line train marked Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center for a 15-minute trip to the convention center, and expect to pay between $1.35 and $2.10 depending on the time of day. Shuttle service information is available at www.supershuttle.com and rental car information at http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/142.htm
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
BWI is 35 miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and a taxi ride will cost about $90. Public transportation will involve a bus or train plus the metro and costs between $6 and $12 (www.dcconvention.com/directions.aspxbwimarc).
Shuttle service information is available at www.supershuttle.com or by calling
1/800-BLUEVAN, and you can find rental car and other ground transportation information at www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation.
Dulles International Airport
Dulles is 26 miles from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. A taxi ride is approximately $52, or you may take a combination of bus/metro for between$12 and $16 depending on the time of day. See www.dcconvention.com/directions.aspxbwimarc. Other ground transportation options are available
at www.metwashairports.com/dulles/parking_transportation_3/ground_ transportation.
Call Delta's Association Desk (booking fee applies) at 1-800-328-1111. Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST Mon-Fri.
For inbound travel, use code NMK8S to receive discounted rates.
If you drive into D.C., you may very likely be on the dreaded Beltway at some point, so drive carefully, drive defensively, and stay off the phone. Driving in D.C. while using a cell phone is illegal, punishable with a $100 fine. For directional information, see www.dcconvention.com/directions.aspx.
BY RAIL OR BUS
From Union Station towards Shady Grove, Get off at the Gallery Place station and transfer to the yellow/green line towards Greenbelt, disembarking at the Convention Center stop. Expect to pay between $1.35 and $1.65, depending on the time of day.
The Greyhound bus station is also about a mile and a half from the convention center, and the closest Metro service is about a half-mile walk.
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
Washington is a very walkable city, and maps will be available at the hospitality desk. Other options include the very safe and clean Metro rail and bus system (see the trip planner function at www.wmata.com).
The convention center is on the subway’s yellow/green line; the hotels are also close to that line, as well as to the red line and orange/blue line. Depending on where you are going, the circulator bus is another option, and the fare is always $1 (www.dccirculator.com). D.C. taxis are also an inexpensive option.