Patient Services

Access, Directions & Travel Services

We hope this page provides information that helps make your visit to the NIH Clinical Center as smooth as possible. Visit Welcome to Our Patients and Their Visitors for additional useful information.

Visit our Access and Directions for information on getting to campus, pedestrian and vehicle access, travelling around campus and parking for patients and their visitors.

When planning your trip to the NIH Clinical Center, visit NIH's Campus Traffic Updates for the latest information about construction and traffic on campus.

See Directions to the Clinical Center for driving directions from the nearby airports and for using the public transportation system at the nearby airports.

A map of the first floor of the Clinical Center is available for your convenience.

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A free app for smartphone devices called NIHCC Take Me There enables users to pinpoint their current location and view directions to nearly anywhere inside the building. Please note the app works in the hospital's common or public areas, but not within private office suites such as those in the north side of the building.

The NIHCC Take Me There website version allows users to view directions online and share with others via email or print, an important feature for those without smartphone devices. Users can also download the app on their iOS or Android devices. Hospitality staff at the main reception desk can gladly help print directions if needed.

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NIH operates free shuttles to and from BWI, Dulles and Reagan National Airports from Sunday to Friday and on the following holidays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. NIH also operates free shuttles to and from several area hotels, the Children's Inn and the Family Lodge. The shuttles leave from the main entrance of the NIH Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Shuttle schedules are available at the Transportation and Hospitality desks.

For routes and schedules, please call the Travel Office at 1-866-227-9339 or visit the NIH Campus Shuttle.

Taxi cabs are available at your own expense, unless authorized by a member of your research team. The pick-up and drop-off location is at the main entrance of the NIH Hatfield Clinical Research Center.

For more information about this service, contact the Transportation desk at 301-496-1161.

If you need help with travel plans, the travel agency staff can assist you and your family. The staff can provide plane, train and airport shuttle information, make or change reservations and obtain tickets.

For further information and assistance, call or visit the travel office on the first floor of the NIH Hatfield Clinical Research Center weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm or call toll-free 1-866-227-9339.

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This page last updated on 05/01/2024

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