The Catholic University of America

Visiting The Catholic University of America and Washington, D.C.

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Getting to Campus

Driving from the West, I-66:

I-66 from Virginia empties onto Constitution Avenue. Continue east on Constitution Avenue and turn left on 6th Street, NW. Turn right on E Street, NW. Turn left on North Capitol Street. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn right on Michigan Avenue, NE. You will soon see the dome of the Basilica on your left marking a university entrance at 4th Street, NE.

Driving from the South, I-95:

When I-95 intersects the Capital Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, follow I-395 North. After crossing the Potomac River, take the "Route 1 North" exit. The road becomes 14th Street, NW. Turn right on Constitution Avenue. Turn left on 6th Street, NW. Turn right on E Street, NW. Turn left on North Capitol Street. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn right on Michigan Avenue, NE. You will soon see the dome of the Basilica on your left marking a university entrance at 4th Street, NE.

Driving from the East, Route 50:

Take Route 50 West (becomes New York Avenue) and exit on South Dakota Avenue. After approximately 1.3 miles, turn left onto Monroe Street. Follow Monroe Street until it merges with Michigan Avenue. You will see the dome of the Basilica on your right marking a university entrance at 4th Street, NE.

Driving from the Northwest, I-70 to I-270:

From Frederick, Maryland, take Exit 53, I-270 South to Washington. I-270 divides. Take the 495 East, Silver Spring/College Park exit (two left lanes). You will eventually feed onto the beltway, I-495. Continue on I-495 and take Exit 22 B, the Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Continue traveling south on the Parkway and exit at Route 50 West. Take the South Dakota Avenue exit. After approximately 1.3 miles, turn left onto Monroe Street. At Michigan Avenue, Monroe Street ends. Bear left and you will see the dome of the Basilica on your right marking a university entrance at 4th Street, NE.

Driving from the North, I-95 to I-495:

Follow I-95/I-495 South to Exit 22B, the Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Continue traveling south on the Parkway and exit at Route 50 West. Take the South Dakota Avenue exit. After approximately 1.3 miles, turn left onto Monroe Street. Monroe Street ends at Michigan Avenue, NE. Bear left and you will see the dome of the Basilica on your right marking a university entrance at 4th Street, NE.

From Amtrak at Union Station:

Metrorail (recommended): Take a red line train (direction of Glenmont) three stops to the Brookland-CUA station. Exit to the left when leaving the station. Taxis also are available outside the main entrance to Union Station.

From Various Area Airports

Visitors to the University arriving at local airports have a variety of choices in getting to campus. Rental cars, taxis and mass transit are available to transport visitors to Catholic University and downtown D.C. The information and links below will help you plan your travel.

 

Reagan National (DCA):

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closet airport to Catholic University. Upon arrival visitors can take a taxi, Metrorail or rental car to reach campus.

Metrorail is the fastest and easiest way to reach campus. Travelers take Metro's yellow line to the Gallery Place/Chinatown station, transfer to the red line, in the direction of Glenmont, and arrive at the Brookland-CUA metro stop. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Taxis from National to CUA are also available with an approximate travel time of 20 minutes.

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI):

Visitors to Catholic University arriving at BWI on a weekday, can take the Marc train to Washington's Union Station. From there board Metro's red line, in the direction of Glenmont, and take it to the Brookland/CUA stop.

Visitors to Catholic University arriving at BWI on a weekend, who wish to arrive by rail, need to take Amtrak to Union Station. From there board the Metrorail red line, in the direction of Glenmont, and take it to the Brookland/CUA stop.

The Super Shuttle is another way to access CUA from BWI. The shuttle takes you from the terminal and delivers you to the Catholic University campus in about 45 minutes. 

A number of car rental companies have operations at BWI

Taxis from BWI to CUA are readily available with a travel time of approximately 45 minutes.

Dulles International (IAD):

Washington Flyer Coach Service is an affordable and expedient way to travel from Dulles to Washington. Leaving every 30 minutes, Washington Flyer coaches deliver visitors to the West Falls Church Metro Station connecting them to Metrorail. Continue on the Metro to the Brookland/CUA station on the red line. The trip from Dulles to Catholic University via Washington Flyer and Metrorail is approximately 70 minutes.

The Super Shuttle is a convenient way to access CUA from Dulles. Picking you up at the terminal, the shuttle delivers you to Catholic University in about an hour. 

Taxis are also available. Travel time to the CUA campus is about 50 minutes.

The Metropolitan Branch Bike Trail

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is an 8-mile trail from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Maryland. It runs beside the Catholic University campus along John McCormack Drive, NE. Capital Bikeshare stations are located at various locations around the city, including outside of Union Station and at the Brookland/CUA Metrorail station