Getting There, Getting Around

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You have three airport options.

Washington, DC/Dulles - IAD    Hotel direction: 25 mile(s) NE

Ronald Reagan Washington National - DCA    Hotel direction: 23 mile(s) NW

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - BWI    Hotel direction: 36 mile(s) SW

Reagan is the most convenient to fly into (because of direct DC Metro access), but it has fewer flights per day and thus the ticket prices are usually the most expensive. All three will get you there.

Airport Transfer:

The easiest way to get from the airports to the hotel is via the Super Shuttle shared van shuttle. Click here to book: http://www.supershuttle.com/

The Super Shuttle does transfers from all 3 major airports. 

***COUPON CODE! Enter "AAWAY" and get a 10% discount on your Super Shuttle.***

The approximate (one way, based on round trip) cost is:

Dulles - $31

Baltimore Washington - $42

Reagan - $30

From Reagan airport, however, I would recommend taking the DC Metro instead.  At peak time, it will not cost more than $5.20, and will take approximately the same amout of time.

(Take the Yellow line toward Fort Totten or Mt. Vernon Sq. 7th St. - Convention Center, get off at Gallery Place - Chinatown, then take the Red line toward Shady Grove and exit at the White Flint Station.)

Your destination is the Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road · Bethesda, Maryland 20852 USA. There are multiple Marriott's in the region, please make sure you have found the right one.

***Update regarding the Metro (Subway)*** (update posted June 14) We just learned that on Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, the DC Metro will not be operating trains between Friendship Heights & Grosvenor on the Red line. http://www.wmata.com/rail/trackwork.cfm If you're staying at the Holiday Inn above, or another hotel in Rockville, you will not be affected and can take the subway one stop to White Flint, but if you are staying closer in to DC, this is probably your route in to the conference. The Metro will supplement with busing in between the stations, but please allow extra time for this change. The Metro will run normally on week days.

A Taxi will cost $55-$70 (each way), depending on the airport.

By Train:

Go to Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, and exit to the DC Metro Station, and take the Metro to the hotel. Take the Red Line toward Shady Grove, exit at the White Flint Station (no train changes required).

By Car:

Use the convenient tool here for driving directions: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/wasbn-bethesda-north-marriott-hotel-and-conference-center/

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20852 USA

Parking at the hotel is $5 per hour, or $15 per day. HOWEVER our conference attendees can park at the hotel for the discounted rate of $6 per day (whether you're staying at the hotel or not).

You can also park at the White Flint Metro Station (if you prefer).  The overnight fee, for non-commuters, is $8.50. http://www.wmata.com/rail/parking/parking_detail.cfm?station=15

You must pay for parking at the White Flint Metro Station with a "SmarTrip Card" (no exceptions). You can purchase this rechargable card online or at any DC Metro station. (The card costs $5.)

How to Use the DC Metro Rail (Subway):

***Update regarding the Metro (Subway)*** (update posted June 14) We just learned that on Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, the DC Metro will not be operating trains between Friendship Heights & Grosvenor on the Red line. http://www.wmata.com/rail/trackwork.cfm If you're staying at the Holiday Inn above, or another hotel in Rockville, you will not be affected and can take the subway one stop to White Flint, but if you are staying closer in to DC, this is probably your route in to the conference. The Metro will supplement with busing in between the stations, but please allow extra time for this change. The Metro will run normally on week days.


It's extremely convenient and easy to use. Trying to drive and park within DC is not recommended if you can help it.

1. Purchase a fare card at a machine in the Metro Station. (If you need assistance there is an attendant on duty in most stations during the day.  Fewer have a staff person available in the evenings to assist you.). You need at least enough money on your card to make the shortest trip possible. ($1.95 or $2.15 depending on the time of day; Yes, fares do vary a bit depending on the time of day/ day of the week.) There is a "SmarTrip card" which is a rechargeable plastic card.  It costs $5 to purchase, then you just recharge it.  (You can purchase a paper fare card to avoid this charge, but a $1 surcharge is added to each ride.)

2. Put your fare card into the gate (at hip level) and retrive it when it comes out the top of the gate, and step through. KEEP YOUR FARE CARD! (you need it to exit). (If you have a SmarTrip card, you just wave it over the circular pad with the SmarTrip logo.)

3. Take the correct colored Metro line (if multiple train lines come through the station you're at) going in the right direction.  For example, if you're at our conference hotel, and get on at the White Flint station, the trains that say Shady Grove on the front are going away from DC. Trains to Glenmont are going toward DC. Check out the maps to see what I mean.

4. Transfer as many times as you like. Do not go through a gate/turnstile until you've reached your final destination.

5. When you've reached your destination, and are ready to exit the Metro system completely, you need to put your fare card into the exit gate (just like you did when entering the Metro). If you do not have enough money on your card, the gate will not open and your card will be given back.  Don't worry, in each Metro Station, before the exit gate, there is a machine where you can add money to your card.  You will be informed about how much money you need to add to your card in order to exit.

Each person needs his/her own farecard or pass to ride Metrorail. A pass or farecard cannot be shared with another person (during the same trip). Farecards hold between $1.60 and $45 and are available at fare vending machines in Metrorail stations. These papercards are rechargeable as long as they remain undamaged. Unused fare credit is non-refundable.

Putting your farecard into any Metro Passes/ Farecards machine will tell you how much money is left on the card.

$14 One Day Pass (Unlimited Trips) - With a One Day Pass, you can ride Metrorail as much as you want in a day. Buy online or at any Metro station from a Passes/Farecards machine. See bus & rail pass options here.

Children 4 years old and under ride free.  5 years old, and up, pay adult fares.

How to use the DC Metro Bus

You can use the same fare cards for the Bus as you do for the Rail.  If you have a SmarTrip card (rechargeable, plastic card which costs $5 to purchase), the bus costs $1.60 per trip (you may transfer or even do a round trip on that $1.60 if all of your travel occurs within 2 hours). If you don't have a SmarTrip card, the bus fare is $1.80. The bus driver can not make change, so exact fares are required. For more about the Bus fares check here.

If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express (Rockville-Bethesda North) (formerly the Legacy Hotel and Meeting Center), you can take the following bus routes to the conference at the Marriot:

• Ride on Bus 46 (pickup at ROCKVILLE PIK & THOMPSON AVE)

• Ride on Bus 26 (pickup at CHAPMAN AVE & BOUIC AVE)

• Ride on Bus 5 (pickup at HALPINE RD & ROCKVILLE PIKE)

• all buses drop off location at » ROCKVILLE PIK & MARINELLI RD

• Alternately, you can take the metro (Red line) from the Twinbrook station to the White Flint station (1 stop)

• For departure and arrival times, go to http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm

For starting point, enter: 1775 ROCKVILLE PIKE (or Twinbrook metro station)
For ending point, enter: 5701 Marinelli Road (White Flint metro station)
 

Local Attractions and Dining:

Interested in the sights, foods, and activities near the conference? There is plenty to see and do! Read more here.

Or download the amazing document that the local MAC-ACBS (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), has put together with local dining, transportation, sites, etc. Thanks for this MAC-ACBS!

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