Travel and Housing in DC 

We are working on securing mass housing for people traveling into DC for the Earth Day to May Day actions, but if you're not excited about sleeping on the floor of a church, check out these options for travel and housing in DC.  

Travel Information 

By Plane

Reagan National (DCA)

  • Location: Arlington, VA (15 min drive to DC)

  • The closest to DC

  • Smaller with limited airlines

  • Metro:  Yellow and Blue lines

Dulles International (IAD)

  • Location: Dulles, VA (about 45 min drive to DC)

  • Large international hub

  • Metro:  Shuttle bus to the Silver line


Baltimore Washington International (BWI)


Union Station

  • Location: Downtown Washington DC

  • MARC

  • Amtrak

  • VRE

  • Metro:  Red line







Getting around DC

Metro-Contains both trains and buses

  • You will need a SmarTrip card (plastic, reusable)

  • Got a SmarTrip  card that you won’t use when you go back home? Give it to your affinity group —we can donate it!

  • Service ends around 10PM—can be much pricier to move around after that!

Bike Share

Capital Bike Share                     

  • $2 per trip, $8 per day, $17 for three day pass

  • Multiple stations in DC but must be locked back up at a station

  • No helmets provided (DC does not require helmets for bike riders)

Jump Bike

  • Reserve using the Uber app

  • Find where the last person left and leave wherever

  • Reserve through the Uber app

  • No helmets provided



Only four companies allowed after 4/1/20

  • Jump (through the Uber app)

  • Lyft (through the Lyft app)

  • Skip

  • Spin

DC does not allow electric scooters on sidewalks in the Central Business District (Downtown and the US Capital grounds




  • $1 unlock, $0.31/minute

  • Provides helmets!

  • Need a valid driver license






Consider AirBnB, which can be affordable in DC neighborhoods


Individual/small group (borrowed in part from the Washington Peace Center)

First Trinity Lutheran Church


Hostelling International

  • Address: 1009 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC

  • Telephone: 202-737-2333

  • reserve@hiwashingtondc.orgEmail Address: 


  • Fee: $25 – $40 / person / night (also have private rooms for more).  Breakfast is $2/ person extra

  • Description:  Near Chinatown / Metro Center / Mt. Vernon Square and is an Eco Hostel (they’re energy star certified).


Washington International Student Center

  • Address: 2451 18th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009

  • Telephone: 1-800-567-4150


  • Fee: $24 / night, includes breakfast

  • Description: First night of parking free / free pickup from Union Station and Greyhound


DC International Hostel


Capitol City Hostel 

  • Address: 2411 Benning Rd NE, Washington D.C. 20002

  • Telephone: (202) 387-1328


  • Fee: $15 to $20/person per night

  • Description: Capitol City Hostel is an environmentally friendly, co-ed housing option, and comes complete with beds, linens, computer service with free internet, two bathrooms with showers, full kitchen, and a TV room.


William Penn House

  • Address: 515 East Capitol Street SE, Washington D.C. 20003

  • Contact Person: Andrei Israel (Executive Director)

  • Telephone: (202) 543-5560

  • info@williampennhouse.orgEmail Address: 


  • Fee: Individual Rate – $45-$55/night

  • Group Rates – $35-$45 per person per night, depending on group size.

  • Capacity: Up to 30 people in bunk beds

  • Description: William Penn House is a Quaker center for exploring and making visible the Quaker testimonies of peace, community, simplicity, equality, and truth.  House is complete with 30 available beds in shared rooms, and linens, towels, and a simple daily breakfast are provided.  7 showers and 5 bathrooms are available.


Large Group Hosting