General Information/ Directions
Getting to NIH
ON SATURDAY the main Visitor Gateway is closed, so visitors should enter via the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF Building 67), located on Rockville Pike. If you are arriving by metro, turn left onto Rockville Pike and walk down to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility. If arriving by car, visitors gain entry into the CVIF traveling southbound on Rockville Pike.
Visitors to NIH will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.
Once you have cleared security follow the signs to Natcher Auditorium.
Please use the following links to aid you in finding the Natcher Building (#45 on the NIH Campus) using the Commercial Vehicle Entrance (CVIF)
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is approximately 20 miles from NIH.
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 20 miles from NIH.
- Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is approximately 35 miles from NIH.
Each of the hotel websites referenced below can provide helpful area information in addition to what is provided on this page.
- Hyatt Regency (Bethesda) – on NIH shuttle route
2.26 miles from NIH
- Double Tree Hotel, Bethesda – on NIH shuttle route
1.48 miles from NIH
- Residence Inn Bethesda
2.07 miles from NIH
- Pooks Hill Marriott
0.88 miles from NIH
Other hotels and inns listed on NIH’s website and on the NIH shuttle route can be found at: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/about/visitor/hotels.shtml
Additional NIH visitor information
Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus.
Visit the "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules http://www.wmata.com/.