11 January 2014
ShmooCon 2014 Travel ProTips: Arrivals
First of all, keep in mind that two stations on the Red Line, including Dupont Circle (which is the closest stop to the Hilton), will be closed all weekend for maintenance. It is unclear when on the 17th this maintenance will start, so you might be able to get to the Hilton from Dupont Circle on Friday if the maintenance shutdown doesn't start until later on Friday. Stay tuned, and I'll update this post when more information becomes available. You might be better off looking into Super Shuttle or some other means from the airport and avoiding the Metro.
If you still intend on riding Metro, you'll have to disembark the Red Line at Woodley Park (if you're coming from the north) or Metro Center (if you're coming from the south); alternatively, you could ride the Orange Line to Farragut West. From there, you'll have to walk to the Hilton or take a cab or Uber.
Arriving via DCA (Reagan National)? Take the Yellow Line to L'Enfant Plaza and then the Orange Line to Farragut West. Walk/cab/Uber to the Hilton.
Arriving via IAD (Dulles)? The Metro doesn't reach out that far yet. Try the Super Shuttle or take a cab to somewhere along the Orange Line. Take the Orange Line to Farragut West. Walk/cab/Uber to the Hilton.
Arriving via BWI? Take the MARC Penn Line to Union Station, then follow the directions below via Union Station. The MARC Penn Line schedule is here.
Alternate BWI method: Alternatively, you can take the B30 bus from BWI to Greenbelt, then hop on the Metro Green Line.
Arriving via Union Station? Take the Red Line to Metro Center, then the Orange Line to Farragut West. Walk/cab/Uber to the Hilton. Alternatively, cab/Uber to the Hilton from Union Station.
A few extra tips:
Metro trains run less frequently on the weekends. You can expect to wait 10-20 minutes (or more) for a train.
As of December 2013, the MARC Penn Line runs a limited weekend schedule.
"DC Metro Rails" is a useful Android app for Metro arrival times. There are several similar ones for the iPhone.
If you have any other questions about travel in the local area, don't hesitate to ask. You can find me on Twitter at @theprez98.