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 northern 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 for about 4 miles . Turn right 42nd St NW and then take the 3rd left onto Yuma St NW. The Tenley campus is on your right.
Directions from Union Station, National Airport or Washington Metrorail
Washington's Metrorail opens 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights, it stays open until 2:00 a.m. 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