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Access to the NIH Campus:

The National Institutes of Health, like all Federal Government facilities, has instituted security measures to ensure the safety of patients, employees, guests and facilities.

All visitors must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. Attendees will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors over 15 years of age must provide a form of government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to the Natcher Building:

The AADR meeting will take place in the William H. Natcher Building (Building 45), Rooms E1/E2 and Auditorium. Due to increased security on the NIH campus, a guard or policeman will stop you at the entrance and ask for your driver's license and the purpose of your visit and you will walk through an airport style scanner.

Please be aware: Federal law prohibits the following items on Federal property: firearms, explosives, archery equipment, dangerous weapons, knives with blades over 2½ inches, alcoholic beverages, and open containers of alcohol.

Read the NIH list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to safety and security at the NIH, including information about pedestrian entrances, parking and general campus access.

For more information, please refer to the NIH Visitor Information [nih.gov] page on the main NIH Web site [nih.gov].

 

Getting to the NIH Campus/Bethesda, Maryland from Reagan Washington Airport (DCA)

Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (MEDICAL CENTER) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules.

METRO/Subway:
45-55 minutes
Cost: $5.00 Smart Trip Card; $5.50 estimated one-way fare

  • Walk - 8 min - 0.2 miles to NATIONAL AIRPORT METRO STATION
  • Enter station at NATIONAL AIRPORT METRO STATION entrance
  • Take the BLUE LINE train towards LARGO TOWN CENTER – 19 minutes
  • Arrive at METRO CENTER METRO STATION and transfer to the RED LINE toward GROSVENOR - 23 mins
  • Arrive at MEDICAL CENTER METRO/NAVAL MED CTR & NIH
  • Walk - 10 min - 0.6 miles
  • Exit station at MEDICAL CENTER METRO/NAVAL MED CTR & NIH to destination

Taxi:
11.3 miles; 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day.
Cost: $45 - $55

Uber:
11.3 miles, 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day.
Cost: $35 - $45

Super Shuttle:
35-55 minutes35-55 minutes
Cost: $19-$25 (shared Ride) -  Use AADR’s discount code: ZAW2K

 

Getting to the NIH Campus/Bethesda, Maryland from Dulles International Airport (IAD)

BUS:
With direct service from Dulles Airport to Metro's SILVER LINE, the Silver Line Express Bus provides a convenient, economical connection between Dulles' Terminal and the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station on Metrotrail's Silver Line. The trip takes about 15 minutes to the Metro station.
Bus Fare: $5.00 one way

METRO/Subway: 
55 minutes to 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cost: $5.00 Smart Trip Card; $5.50 estimated one-way fare

  • Enter Wiehle-Reston East STATION entrance
  • Take the SILVER LINE train METRO CENTER – 25 minutes
  • Arrive at METRO CENTER METRO STATION and transfer to the RED LINE toward GROSVENOR - 23 mins
  • Arrive at MEDICAL CENTER METRO/NAVAL MED CTR & NIH
  • Walk - 10 min - 0.6 miles
  • Exit station at MEDICAL CENTER METRO/NAVAL MED CTR & NIH to destination  

Taxi:
11.3 miles; 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day.
Cost: $45 - $55

Uber:
11.3 miles, 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day.
Cost: $35 - $45

Super Shuttle:
35-55 minutes
Cost: $19-$25 (shared Ride) -  Use AADR’s discount code: ZAW2K

For more information visit the NIH Web site: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/visitor-information/getting-nih

 

Area Attractions

Explore attractions and things to do in Bethesda and Washington, DC.  Access the National Institutes of Health, just one stop away on Metro’s RED LINE train. Catch events at Capital One Arena, visit landmarks and museums, or stop by upscale restaurants and shops in Bethesda and downtown DC, easily accessible by Metro.