Washington, DC Ground Transportation
Washington, DC Metro
The Metro System can be used to travel into Washington, DC from Reagan National Airport (DCA). A SmarTrip® card is needed to enter and exit the DC Metro system, and can be purchased online or at any metro station; the blue fare vending machines take cash, credit, and debit. The SmarTrip® card is $10.00 USD, which includes $8.00 USD worth of fare.
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Please note: Debit/credit cards may be used only three times in one day on SmarTrip® machines.
Should an attendee prefer to use private transportation for their airport arrivals and departures, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301)-622-5800 to make reservations.
Please reference the group code Global Grand Challenges Airport to receive 10% off your fare. Make sure to book your transportation at least 24 hours in advance.
There are three airports in the Washington DC area: the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the location of the 2017 GGCS. The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has easy accessibility to Washington DC public transportation.
The Global Grand Challenges Summit has reserved a limited number of rooms at conveniently-located hotels. These Summit hotels are all within walking distance of the events at George Washington University. Shuttles will also be available for transportation from these hotels to the Summit venues.
To receive Summit discount rates, bookings must be made by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Attendees are encouraged to book hotel rooms as it is likely the rooms will fill before the deadline.
Attendees may book their room reservations by calling the hotels and giving the Summit discount code, or by clicking the link below for their preferred hotel. Special accommodations are available for students. Additional information will be provided to students in registration confirmation emails.
Please contact GGCS staff at email@example.com if you require further assistance with hotels.
What To Wear?
July is hot and humid in Washington DC. Business casual dress is suggested – lightweight slacks and short-sleeved, collared shirts. Jackets are not required for evening receptions. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Washington DC Tours for GGCS Participants
The GGCS is pleased to provide the following tour exclusively for Summit attendees. Touring with other attendees is a great way to network while seeing the city. The tour below can be purchased through the GGCS registration website. Information about tour pick-up and drop-off locations will be provided at a later time.
The Monuments by Moonlight Tour must be purchased before June 1, 2017 and can be completed on the Summit registration website.
Monuments by Moonlight
July 20, 2017
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
$53.00 USD per person
The guide will share fascinating facts about Washington’s illuminated monuments and landmarks. In this all-encompassing night tour of the US capital city, guests will enjoy such sights as the White House, the US Capitol Building, the Old Post Office Building, the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, World War II Memorial, Tidal Basin, and Jefferson Memorial.
Map of DC
Attendees that require a visa must apply and pay the visa application fee separately.
Please note that attendees needing visas should apply at least four months ahead of the conference date in case of administrative processing delays.
Specific directions to apply for either a B-1 business visa OR a B-1/B-2 combination business and tourism visa can be found here. A simple B-2 tourist visa will not work.
Information about the visa waiver program (VWP), which may apply to some applicants, and a list of countries and more details are available here.
Upon completed registration, attendees checking "I need a Visa" during Summit registration will be sent a Letter of Invitation and a Supporting Letter.
Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Global Grand Challenges Summit has reached capacity and is now closed.
Please check back soon for details about the GGCS2017 livestream.