Security on the NIH Campus
All non-NIH employees are required to provide picture IDs upon entering the campus whether walking on to campus or driving on to campus, and all belongings are subject to searches. Increased security procedures are in place at all entrances to the NIH campus, including drive-in and walk-in access gates. Please allow adequate time when making your plans to attend the conference functions at the Natcher Conference Center. Visitor parking is extremely limited and driving to the NIH campus for this event is not recommended.
Metrorail Service and Map
The NIH Campus is very accessible by the Washington D.C. area Metrorail (Metro) system. The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is located a short walk from the Medical Center Metro stop located on the Red Line. Note the signs and directions to the gated campus security entrance located behind the metro stop. For more details about the Washington DC area Metrorail services and stops, please visit http://www.wmata.com/ or go directly to http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm for an overview map of the metro stops. For more information on shuttle bus services to the NIH campus, please visit http://dtts.ors.od.nih.gov/NIHShuttle/scripts/shuttle_map_live.asp.
Driving to the NIH Campus
If you will be driving to the NIH campus, please note that all non-NIH registered vehicles must enter at the Rockville Pike-South Drive or Georgetown Road-Center Drive entrance for inspection. Follow the direction signs to Building 45. Please allow extra time for compliance with these security measures. Visitors must park in designated visitor parking lots. Visitor Parking is extremely difficult to find at NIH, so if at all possible, take public transportation. Visitor parking at the Natcher Conference Center is available at $12 per day; however, parking is limited and visitors to the NIH campus are encouraged to take public transportation. For a detailed map of the NIH campus please visit http://dtts.ors.od.nih.gov/visitor_access_map.htm.
Transportation to the Hyatt Regency Bethesda Conference Dinner Location
Please note the April 20th dinner and keynote address will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, located in the heart of downtown Bethesda at One Bethesda Metro Center at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is conveniently located directly above the Bethesda Metro stop (on the Red Line) and is one stop away from the Medical Center Metro stop (located directly behind the Natcher Conference Center) and adjacent to the NIH campus. For a map of the Metrorail system, please visit http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm.
Airports and Ground Travel Information
There are three major airports in the Washington DC/Bethesda MD area. Details regarding travel time to the Bethesda area and to the NIH campus are noted below.
From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Taxi fares are about $30 plus tip, and travel time is about 30 minutes, non-rush hour. Metrorail can be taken directly from the airport to the downtown Bethesda area (Bethesda Metro Center) and to the NIH campus (Medical Center). Take the Yellow Line to the Gallery Place-China Town Metro Center. For all Bethesda area Metro stops, change to the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove.
From Washington Dulles International Airport. Taxi fares are about $40 plus tip, and travel time is about 35 minutes, non-rush hour. Metro is not a convenient form of travel from this airport.
From Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Taxi fares are about $60 plus tip, and travel time is about 50 minutes, non-rush hour. BWI Airport provides free shuttle service to the train station, where you can take AMTRAK or MARC trains to Union Station in Washington, DC. The train takes about 30 minutes. Then take the Metro Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove. Contact AMTRAK at (800) 872-7245 or http://reservations.amtrak.com. Contact MARC at (800) 325-7245 or http://www.mtamaryland.com.
From Washington Union Station/AMTRAK: Take the Metro Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove for all Bethesda area metro stops. Travel time is about 40 minutes.