Transportation Services

Whether you’re going around the block or across the globe…

Members of our GW Community can explore our campuses and the city of Washington, D.C., by foot. They can also take advantage of a number of other transportation options on the campuses, between campuses and throughout the city.

4-Ride Escort Service and Colonial Express Shuttle Bus

The George Washington University Division of Operations coordinates two safe-travel options. 4-Ride is a fleet of escort vehicles that pick up and drop off GW students, faculty and staff anywhere within three blocks of campus. The Colonial Express shuttle bus runs two routes around campus, stopping at residence halls and major campus buildings.

The Vern Express

The Vern Express shuttle service connects the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses seven days a week, 24-hours a day, during the academic year. (It offers more limited service during the winter and summer breaks.) The Vern Express makes four stops on the Foggy Bottom campus and three on the Mount Vernon campus. Departures run as frequently as every five to 10 minutes during the middle of the academic day, with departures every 15 to 30 minutes in the evenings, overnight and on weekends.

The Virginia Science and Technology Campus Buses

The University provides convenient shuttles between the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus and the GW Foggy Bottom Campus, as well as the West Falls Church metro station in Virginia. Buses are free for GW students, faculty and staff.


All GW students over the age of 18 can join Zipcar at a discounted rate. Zipcar is a service that permits by-the-hour or by-the-day rental of small, eco-friendly vehicles. Fuel, insurance and Zipcar-only parking are included in the rental rates.

Metrorail and Metro Bus

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority offers a safe, convenient and affordable way for students to travel throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Two Metro subway stations serve the Foggy Bottom campus. They are the Foggy Bottom-GWU station and the Farragut West station. Street-level buses also serve the University.