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Air Transportation

Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) all serve the Washington, DC area.  Reagan National Airport is the closest to American University and the most easily accessible to Metrorail.

Ground Transportation

Taxis and Metrorail are available at Reagan National Airport. Taxis cost approximately $23. Proceed from any terminal Baggage Claim through the doors to the curbside where taxi lines are clearly marked. When taking Metrorail, the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop is just one block from AU’s Washington College of Law Campus and three-quarters of a mile from AU’s main campus (shuttle service is provided).

Washington Flyer offers a variety of transportation options for service to and from Dulles International Airport. Super Shuttle is available from Dulles and BWI airports. Passengers are encouraged to contact the companies for details about cost and times of shuttles.


Maryland Area Regional Commuter operates a rail service from BWI to DC’s Union Station metro.

You can travel to Washington, DC by Amtrak and MARC trains to Union Station and then take the Red Line Metrorail to the Tenleytown/AU Station.

AU Shuttle Service

AU offers a free shuttle service to all summer guests. The shuttle service is available from Main Campus to Tenleytown metro station.


From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)
Follow I-95 south to I-495 west toward Silver Spring. (See “From I-495” below).

From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland)
Follow I-270 south. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward northern Virginia. (Do not take the branch toward Washington.) Merge with I-495 (Capital Beltway). (See “From I-495” below).

From south or west of Washington (northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville)
Follow I-95 north or I-66 east to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Take I-495 north toward Silver Spring. (See “From I-495” below.)

From I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue NW through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). Continue one more mile to 4400 Massachusetts.


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