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American University - - Transportation

The closest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, located at a distance of 3 miles from the city center of Washington, D.C.


The ground transportation options from the airport include taxi services, car rental agencies, limos, Metrorail, Amtrak trains, as well as Greyhound buses and SuperShuttle services.


The car rental counters can be found in Parking Garage A, on the 1st floor, at a walking distance of 10 minutes from terminals A and B.


The shuttle bus service is provided from all the parking areas to all terminals, operating 24h/day, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.


Taxi services are also available at the airport near the baggage claim area, at the exit of each terminal.


Getting around in Washington D.C.

By Car


Washington is a very busy city and traffic can get very stressful. To say that the traffic is very congested would be an understatement. To find a free parking spot on the streets can turn into a very difficult task. If you do need to drive a car inside Washington, at least be sure to avoid rush hour, and that means that you should think twice before driving between 6 am and 9 am, and from 4 30 pm until 7 pm.


By Metro


The best way to find your way around in Washington is by Metro, considered to be `relatively clean and safe`, according to previous visitors. The Metro service starts operating at 5 30 am during the week and from 7 am, on weekends. Depending on the travel distance, the fares are between $1.35 and $4.25.


By Bus


The public bus transportation service is being provided by Metrobus, offering convenient fares, ranging from $1.25 to $3.10. The bus stations can be easily spotted due to the red, white and blue signs or flags. Be sure to check the route number and destination of the bus before you get on it. Washington is a big city and you might get lost if you do not pay attention.


By Taxi


To get around in the downtown area by taking a cab will cost you from $4 to $15. The regular cab fare from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to American University is of about $17.


By Rail


There are 5 different Metrorail lines to choose from, offering travelers routes to and around Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.



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