Three airports serve the Washington, D.C. metro area, but we strongly recommend flying into
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA, often referred to simply as "National" or "Reagan")
(http://metwashairports.com/reagan/reagan.htm) if possible.
This airport is two miles away from the con hotel and there is complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel.
The second-closest airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD) (http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/dulles.htm), which is approximately 28 miles from the hotel.
From Dulles you can reach the hotel by SuperShuttle (approximately $45, reservation required), cab (approximately $65), or metro (approximately $10, requires transfering from bus to train).
We do not recommend flying into the Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI), as this airport is on the far side of the city from the hotel.
Amtrak trains (http://www.amtrak.com) run regularly from all locations, particularly the northeast corridor (Washington to Boston) and to and from Union Station,
the primary train station for Washington, D.C.
We recommend taking the train to the Alexandria, VA station (one stop away from Union Station)
if your train route serves it, since this station has direct metro service to the con hotel.
From here you can take the Yellow or Blue Metro lines from the King Street metro station to the Pentagon City metro station (see Metro travel).
VRE trains (http://www.vre.org/)
run from points in Virginia during commuter hours on weekdays and stop at Crystal City, VA, only blocks from the con hotel. Note that VRE trains do not run on the weekends.
MARC trains (http://mta.maryland.gov/marc-train) run from points in Maryland and West Virginia
, hourly on weekdays and less frequently on the weekend, to Union Station. From Union Station you can take the metro or a cab to the con hotel.
Greyhound buses (http://www.greyhound.com/) arrive in DC at Union Station.
From Union Station you can take a cab or the metro to the hotel.
The public transit system in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is called the Metro; it has both buses and trains. The Metro is the least expensive way to move around the city if you are going any notable distance.
For more information on traveling by Metro, see Getting Around: Metro.
To get the latest Metro alerts for issues such as track work (which delays trains) or elevator servicing (which may put some or all elevators at a station out of commission),
see the Metro alerts page
or check the Metro website's page for each station (links to relevant stations are provided in the directions above or can be found from the alerts page).
The Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City is one block from the Pentagon City station which is served by the Blue and Yellow lines.
The Metro system uses fare cards, which you can purchase at the fare card vending machines in the stations.
The machines marked "Farecards" take only cash and dispense only farecards; the machines marked "Passes/Farecards" take credit cards and cash and dispense passes (like one-day passes and weekly passes) as well.
There is a $1 surcharge on purchasing disposable farecards. You need your farecard in order to exit the station at the end of your trip, so hold onto it.
Metro fares depend on the time of your travel: fares are higher during peak hours (and the trains and buses are usually more crowded).
Peak fares are in effect on weekdays from 5:00 am to 9:30 am and from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 3:00 am. Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times.
From the Pentagon City Metro station you will emerge underneath S. Hayes Street. Turn right and take the escalator or elevator to the surface. You are at a T-intersection where 12th Street S. ends at S. Hayes Street.
Cross 12th Street and continue along Hayes to the end of the block; turn left and walk along Army-Navy Drive to the end of the block. Cross S. Fern Street and you will arrive at the hotel.
The hotel is located in Arlington, VA, which is just across the Potomac River from the heart of downtown D.C.
Driving in the D.C. area, particularly downtown D.C., can be confusing - and the traffic can be horrendous.
Parking can also be difficult (see the parking section).
Our recommendations: drive with a friend who can navigate and keep an eye out for street signs and landmarks, and do everything possible to avoid morning and evening rush hours.
Interested in arranging rideshares to the con? Comment on the ride sharing post to set something up!
Note: If you are following GPS directions, do not be alarmed if you are directed through a Pentagon parking lot. Many efficient routes skirt the edges of the Pentagon. We have picked directions below which do not!
If you are coming from south of D.C., take I-395 North to exit 8-C for US 1 South. Turn left off of the exit ramp onto Army-Navy Drive; the hotel is one block away.
If you are coming from downtown D.C., take I-395 South across the 14th Street Bridge and stay left (or use HOV lanes) for exit 8-C, US 1 South.
On the exit ramp, stay to the right and immediately take the 15th Street exit off of US 1. Turn right on 15th Street and go two blocks to S. Fern Street. Turn right on S. Fern St. and go two blocks to the hotel.
If you are coming from west of D.C., take I-66 East into Arlington and just before crossing into D.C. take exit 75 for Route 110 South.
After 2 miles, take the split to the right for I-395 North/US 1 North/Pentagon City. On the ramp, immediately take the split to the left for Pentagon City instead of continuing onto I-395.
Go straight on Army-Navy Drive; the hotel is one block away.
If you are coming from Dulles Airport, take Route 267 East to I-66 East and follow the directions above for approaching from the west.
(If you are going to Dulles Airport, be sure to take the airport lanes on Route 267 West. The non-airport lanes are a toll road.)
If you are coming from north of D.C., go around the city on the Virginia side of I-495 and follow the directions above for approaching from the west.
If you are coming from east of D.C., go around the city on the Maryland/south side of I-495 and follow the directions above for approaching from the south.
If you are heading to the south of D.C., head west (the direction the hotel faces) on Army-Navy Drive. At the next light, turn right and stay to the left for I-395 South.
If you are heading to downtown D.C., head east (the direction the hotel does not face) on Army-Navy Drive. At the next light, turn left and then take the first right onto I-395 North.
If you are heading to the west of D.C., go south on S. Fern St. After 2 blocks, turn left on 15th St. S. Follow the signs for Route 110 North. After about 2 miles, follow the signs for I-66 West.
If you are heading to Dulles Airport, follow the directions above for heading to the west. From I-66 West, be sure to take the airport lanes on Route 267 West. (The non-airport lanes are a toll road.)
If you are heading to the north of D.C., follow the directions above for heading to the west, then take I-495 North off of I-66 West.
If you are heading to the east of D.C., follow the directions above for heading to the south, then take I-495 East off of I-395 South.