Transportation & Parking

We hope your trip to Children's National Health System is easy to navigate, whether by car or public transportation. Here are tips for traveling to – and parking at – our main hospital campus.

Driving

If you are driving to Children’s National Health System’s main campus, you can find directions on our website or put our address into your GPS: 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20010. If you need to have directions mailed, faxed or emailed to you, contact the Welcome Desk at 202-476-3000.

Where to Park

Parking for families and visitors is available at the main hospital campus. Look for brightly colored signs that direct you into the garage and take a ticket at the entrance gate.

Valet Parking 

Valet parking is available in the parking garage Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for this service, but regular parking rates do apply. Parking garage attendants are stationed throughout the garage to help direct you to the valet parking area. Signs are also posted to help you find the area, which is on the P-1 main level of the garage.

Valet Parking Pick-Up

Between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can pick up your car from the valet station, located in the lobby on the P-1 main level of the parking garage. After 5:00 p.m., and on weekends, you may pick up your keys from the Security Office, located near the Emergency Department on the 1st Floor, East Inpatient Tower.

Weekday Parking Rates

0 - 30 minutes

Free

30 minutes - 60 minutes

$3.00

1 - 2 hours

$5.00

2+ hours

$7.00

Rates are subject to change.

Weekend Parking Rates
(In by 5 p.m. Friday and out by 7 a.m. Monday)

First 30 minutes

Free

30 minutes - 60 minutes

$3.00 

1+ hours

$5.00

Rates are subject to change.

Discount Parking Tickets

Parents or guardians who park in the garage can purchase a validation ticket for $5 at the Parking Office, located near the Emergency Department, 1st Floor, East Inpatient Tower, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This ticket can be used at the exit gate by inserting the original parking ticket taken at the entrance to the garage, followed by the validation ticket. If you do not have a ticket from the entrance, you will pay the daily maximum rate of $7 if your stay was longer than two hours. A discounted parking voucher is recommended if you plan to park for more than two hours.

Special Needs Travelers

Parking for people with special needs is available on the P-1 parking level. When you first enter the garage, after you pass through the entrance gate, turn left and look for these parking spaces. There are elevators from the P-1 level up to the main hospital entrance. Please use the tan-colored phone located on the P-1 level if you need a wheelchair or help with moving yourself, a patient or visitor into the hospital.

Public Transportation

Our main campus is easily accessible if you are taking public transportation. For your convenience, we've listed public transportation information and resources below.

For more information about transportation, contact Concierge Services at 202-476-2220, visit the Welcome Desk in the main atrium or call the Welcome Desk at 202-476-3000.

Washington Metro Area Transit

Washington Metro Area Transit

For public transportation options within the Washington, D.C., metro region, Metrorail trains or buses are the easiest way to get around:

  • Metrorail: The nearest Metro stop is Brookland/CUA (Catholic University) on the Red Line
  • Metrobus: The H-1, H-2 and H-4 buses stop in front of the hospital on Michigan Avenue, NW
Children's Metro Shuttle Services

Children's Metro Shuttle Services


 

The Children's Metro Shuttle Service is free.

Shuttle and Metro bus schedules are available at the Welcome Desk. Children’s Metro Shuttle:

  • Runs regularly between the hospital and the Brookland/CUA Metro station
  • Operates Monday-Friday
  • Does not operate on weekends or holidays
  • Picks up and drops off passengers at the visitor/patient drop-off area near the Emergency Department entrance
Amtrak and MARC Trains

Amtrak and MARC Trains

Several train lines serve Washington, D.C. They arrive and depart at Union Station, which is also a Metrorail stop. From Union Station, you can take the Metrorail to Brookland/CUA Metro, where you will find our free shuttle or a bus to the hospital. From Union Station, you can also take a taxi to the hospital that takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

For more on rail services, visit the websites of AmtrakMaryland Transit Administration (MTA) or the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Taxi and Limousine Services

Taxi and Limousine Services

If you need a taxi, please visit the Welcome Desk in the main atrium, which has a phone with a direct line to area taxi companies. You must remain in the main atrium once a taxi company has been called to receive your taxi confirmation number. When your taxi arrives, you will be asked by the Welcome Desk staff to meet your ride at the P-1 level.

Call Concierge Services for more information on car rentals and limousine service at 202-476-2220 or 202-476-2062.

 

Airports

Airports

Washington, D.C., is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is served by the Metrorail system, shuttles to downtown Washington, D.C., and taxis. Both Baltimore-Washington and Dulles airports have ground transportation services, taxis and shuttles to downtown Washington, D.C.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Please contact your unit social worker regarding accommodations at the Ronald McDonald House. Transportation is provided to and from the hospital on a fixed schedule. See your Ronald McDonald House representative before leaving for the hospital.

Changes to Children's Metro Shuttle Services

Children’s National has closed the UTC, South Dakota and Massachusetts Ave. parking garages, and ended shuttle service for these locations. Our Brookland/CUA Metro shuttles have now increased and will run every 6 minutes to and from the hospital for patients, families and employees.

Shuttle schedule