From northeast of Washington (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore), follow Interstate 95 south to Interstate 495 west toward Silver Spring. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).
From south or west of Washington (Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville) follow interstate 95 north or Interstate 66 east to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway. Follow Interstate 495 north. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).
From northwest of Washington (western Pennsylvania, western Maryland), follow Interstate 270 south. Where Interstate 270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward norther Virginia (not towards Washington). Merge with Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, and soon afterwards take exit 39, River Road. See from Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway).
From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway), take exit 39 and carefully follow the signs for River Road (Maryland Route 190) east toward Washington. Continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue (Maryland Route 396). Continue on Massachusetts Avenue for about two miles, through the first traffic circle (Westmoreland Circle). About on mile further on, enter a second traffic circle (Ward Circle). Take the first right turn out of the circle, onto Nebraska Avenue. The campus is on your right.
From Nebraska Avenue, you may enter the university's visitor parking lot by turning left at the first traffic light onto New Mexico Avenue and then left into the parking lot adjacent to the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. Or you may drive directly onto the campus by driving past the first traffic light on Nebraska Avenue and turning right at the first gate. Very shortly, you will see a campus map on the right. It will direct you to the Office of Admissions, located in Hamilton Building, where you will find a metered parking lot for visitors.
By Bus or Metro:
From Union Station, National Airport or downtown Washington: Washington's Metro trains start running at 5:00 a.m. on weekdays and at 7:00 a.m. on weekends. Metro trains stop running at midnight on Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, trains run until 3 a.m. the next day. (Be sure to consult the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) website for the latest information on opening and closing times and for special holiday schedules.)
The closest Metro stop to American University is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. Metro buses run regularly from Tenley Circle to American's campus, less than a mile away. Metro can give you information on specific route and timetables for buses and trains. Call its information service at (202) 637-7000, or you can contact the Admissions Office for a free AU shuttle pass and schedule information for AU's campus shuttle.
Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) for interactive trip planning, route maps, and timetables.