Housing and Travel
NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo Hotel Reservations are now available!
NAFSA is pleased to offer our annual conference attendees vetted, high-quality hotel accommodations at affordable and guaranteed rates. NAFSA has partnered with Orchid Events, a world-class travel partner, to provide you a trusted selection of choices to meet your unique travel needs. Please explore these wonderful options that are available to you. Remember to book your hotel early through the Official Housing Website.
Did You Know?
The success of the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo depends on attendees and exhibitors using NAFSA’s contracted hotels to offset the sizeable cost of producing this event. In general, hotels require groups like NAFSA to fill a minimum number of hotel rooms so that we do not incur additional costs. By booking your hotel accommodation through NAFSA, you are helping us deliver the largest and most important annual international education event of the year. Please support NAFSA by selecting one of our vetted, affordable hotel options.
Traveling to Washington, D.C.
There are three major airports in the Washington, D.C. region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.
Traveling to D.C. from the Airport
The closest airport to D.C. is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Located just across the Potomac river in Virginia, the airport is accessible by its own metro stop (Yellow and Blue lines), and is a $15-$20 taxi into D.C.. Washington Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles outside of D.C. in suburban Virginia. The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located about an hour away in Baltimore, Maryland. Detailed travel information from all three major airports into D.C. can be found on the Destination DC Guide to Washington, D.C. Area Airports website.
Washington, D.C. is a metropolitan city with ample public transportation options, however if you have chosen to drive you can find detailed driving directions to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (located in downtown D.C.) on the Events DC website.
Need a place to park? There are over 3000 parking spaces within a thee block radius of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. View a PDF parking map of the area.
Visit Destination DC's Where Can I Park in Washington, DC? for additional tips for driving and parking in D.C.
Train & Bus Information
D.C.'s Union Station (WAS) is served by METRO, Amtrak, MARC and VRE commuter railroads, and is the main bus terminal of Washington, D.C.. Visit the Union Station website for additional information about travelling through this historic and iconic transportation hub.
Traveling to Washington, D.C. from Abroad
If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident you may require a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the U.S. temporarily. To request a letter of invitation for NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, please submit your request.
- U.S. Visa Information for Temporary Visitors
- Find out if you're eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)
- General Questions about U.S. Visas
Transportation Within Washington, D.C.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown D.C., right across from Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Detailed directions to the convention center are available on the Events DC website.
Get a Lyft to the conference!
Destination DC has partnered with Lyft rideshare service to provide attendees of the NAFSA Annual Conference a special discount code. Attendees who use the promo code EVENTSDC will receive ]$5 off their first two (2) rides. Promo code only valid for new users of Lyft. Visit the Lyft website for instructions on how to apply the code to your rides.
NAFSA Accessbility Conference Shuttle
A complimentary shuttle service will be offered for attendees with ADA needs between designated conference hotels and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC). Please contact [email protected] to make arrangements.
D.C.'s metro system, WMATA, is one of the busiest public transportation systems in the country. Visit the Navigating Washington, D.C. with Metro website for metro maps, fares, and additional services information.
Looking for more ways to see the city? Check out Destination DC's Getting Around Washington DC for city maps, transit routes, and more.