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Travel and Exclusive Discount Information

The DIA 2020 Global Annual Meeting will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Getting to the Convention Center located in the heart of Washington, DC

As one of the country’s most accessible cities, Washington, DC is surrounded by three major airports, Amtrak, and a first-rate subway system, Metro.

Airline Discounts
Washington, DC is accessible by three major airports. Travel times and taxi fares may vary depending on traffic.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and only 5 miles (20 minutes) from downtown Washington, DC and the Convention Center.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Located in suburban Virginia and 26 miles (50 minutes) from downtown Washington, DC and the Convention Center.

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Located 32 miles (60 minutes) from downtown Washington, DC and the Convention Center.

Discounted Fees

Special meeting fares have been negotiated with United and Delta airlines for the DIA 2020 Global Annual Meeting. Applicable restrictions may apply and online booking is encouraged to avoid service fees associated with reservations made by phone.


Valid dates: June 11-21
  • Book online here and use Offer Code: ZHQM559142. MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.
  • Call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at +1.800.426.1122, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-10:00PM ET, or Saturday-Sunday, 8:00AM-6:00PM ET. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.


Valid dates: June 9-23
  • Call Delta Meeting Network® at +1.800.328.1111, Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-7:30PM CT and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2YW. There is no service fee for reservations booked and ticked via the 800 number.

Union Station Train and Bus Information
Union Station in Washington, DC is a major transportation hub with several transportation modes available. The terminal is served by Amtrak, METRO, MARC, and VRE commuter railroads and is the main bus terminal of Washington DC, as well as a drop-off and pick-up center for many DC tour bus operators.

Driving and Parking

Detailed directions to Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Parking is not available at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. However, there are more than 3,000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the Convention Center, which are available on a first-come, first served basis. As ticketing is heavily enforced in the area surrounding the Convention Center, we strongly encouraged to view the parking map and make use of public parking facilities.

Advance parking is available through ParkWhiz. Book your spot today for the Convention Center or for any other DC destinations.

Getting Around Washington, DC

Metrorail and Metrobus
Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest, and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail is the most convenient way to get around DC. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has a dedicated Metro station (Mt Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center Station) and is serviced by the yellow and green lines. Use Metro Trip Planner to determine your travel time and fare to/from the airport, hotel, convention center, etc. Metrobus provides connections for locations not serviced by Metrorail.

If you plan on using Metrorail throughout the week, we suggest purchasing a SmarTrip Card which allows you to load a designated amount on the card for repeated swiping. The cards can also be used as payment for Metrobus rides and can be purchased online or at any Metrorail station.

Metro Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 5:00AM-11:30PM
  • Friday: 5:00-1:00AM
  • Saturday: 7:00-1:00AM
  • Sunday: 8:00AM-11:00PM

Taxi Service
There are several companies that provide taxicab service in Washington, DC. Taxicabs are easily accessible at the convention center, major hotels, and other downtown locations and attractions. Pick-up and drop-off occurs at the Mt. Vernon Place entrance of the Convention Center. You can also download the DC Taxi Rider app for your iPhone or Android device, which allows you to choose from a regular, large, or wheelchair-accessible taxi. You can see a fare and time estimate before you hail the cab and pay either through the app or in the vehicle.

DC Circulator
The DC Circulator is free for all riders and travels along five specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest throughout the District. It’s routes include neighborhoods such as Anacostia, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Woodley Park/Cleveland Park, U Street, and more. Buses arrive at stops every 10 minutes, making your travels around the District a breeze. View the Circular Map and Information Guide.

Biking Around DC
For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, Capital Bikeshare has numerous stations throughout DC and the system is easy! Options range from single trip for $2 or a 24-Hour Pass for $8. Bicycles are accessible 24 hours a day.

DIA Courtesy Shuttle to/from Convention Center
Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between the Convention Center and official DIA 2020 hotels, Monday-Thursday. The shuttle will be available in the morning and the conclusion of DIA events each day. The DIA shuttle does not service hotels that are within walking distance of the Convention Center. Please reference the DIA Hotel list for the shuttle status of your hotel. Please note that you must be staying in an official DIA 2020 hotel in order to utilize the DIA shuttle. Shuttle passes will be issued at hotel check-in and will be strictly enforced.

A detailed shuttle schedule will be posted closer to the meeting date.

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