Directions to the William Penn House

Driving | Parking | Metro & Car Sharing| Train | Bus | Air


The William Penn House is located at 515 East Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003.


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From the South:

Take I-95 to Washington. At I-495/95/395, continue on IH 395 into Washington, past the Pentagon, cross the Potomac River on the 14th Street Bridge to 14th St.  At Independence Ave, turn right and follow Independence past the US Capitol. Just east of the Capitol turn left onto 1st St NE, go one block to East Capitol. Follow East Capitol 5 ½ blocks to 515 East Capitol St SE.


From the West:

From Virginia take I-66.  Cross the Potomac River on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and follow the signs for Constitution Ave, which brings you along the Mall. Immediately past the Capitol, turn right on 1st St and drive one block to East Capitol St. Turning left on East Capitol, the Supreme Court will be on the left and the Library of Congress on the right hand side of the street. William Penn House is between 5th and 6th streets, on the right hand side of the street: 515 East Capitol St SE.

From Frederick, take I-270. Go south on I-495 to the George Washington Parkway to I-66 and the Roosevelt Bridge and follow the directions above.


From the North:

Take I-95 south to Exit 52,  the Baltimore//Washington Parkway/MD-295 to East Capitol St. Exit to the right, cross the Anacostia River go past RFK Stadium and you are on C St NE. Follow C St to North Carolina Ave NE to Lincoln Park and turn left on 11th St NE, ½ block to East Capitol where you turn left toward the Capitol Building. Follow East Capitol to 515 East Capitol between 6th Street and 5th Street.


From the East:

Follow US-50 to Kenilworth Ave (I-295) to Alexandria, Richmond. Follow I-295/Kenilworth to East Capitol St. Exit to the right, cross the Anacostia River go past RFK Stadium and you are on C StNE. Follow C St to North Carolina Ave NE to Lincoln Park and turn left on 11th St NE, ½ block to East Capitol where you turn left toward the Capitol Building. Follow East Capitol to 515 East Capitol between 6th Street and 5th St.


All on street parking on weekdays is severely restricted. On street parking is for two hours only within the neighborhood zone. Parking is available at Union Station.

Subway and Metro Bus


Metro; Rail and Bus: 

One needs a fare card to enter and exit the Metro Rail system. Machines for purchasing farecards are at each entrance. The fares range from $1.85 to $4.60 based on the time of day and the distance. You may also purchase a one-day pass (good all day beginning at 9:30am). The re-loadable Metro Smartrip card, which discounts each ride, is accepted for all Metro travel, and can be purchased for $5 at Metro Center and some CVS locations.

Once you have purchased your card, you put the card into the turnstile gate and it will come up in the center. Take the card and the turnstile will open. Be sure to keep your card as you will need it to exit. When you exit it will keep your card if it is the exact fare or give it back to you if you still have fare left over. If you have miscalculated the cost of fare or decided to travel further there are add-on fare machines to increase the value of your card to exit.

To get to William Penn House on the Metro, take the Blue or Orange Line to the Eastern Market subway station. The station is on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave SE and 7th St SE.   Cross Penssylvania and walk north on 7th St till you reach East Capitol Street (about six short blocks). Turn left and walk one block pass 6th Street. We are the third house on the left, 515 East Capitol St SE.

If you took the Red Line to Union Station, we are still a short walk. Exit Union Station at the statue of Columbus, cross the street to Delaware Street. Walk on Delaware past the Russell Senate Office Building to the Capitol Plaza on the east side of the Capitol. East Capitol Street is to your left between the Supreme Court and The Library of Congress. Walk east on East capitol 5 blocks and you are at William Penn House.

Metro Bus

Metro Bus Washington Metro system also includes and excellent, affordable and on time bus system. The 96, 97 lines service the William Penn House. On the 96 one can visit Adam's Morgan and the National Cathedral. The 30N, 30S lines take you to the National Mall, the White House, Georgetown and the National Cathedral. Metro bus fares range from $1.60 to $1.80  and the Metro card is accepted.

The Circulator is a new bus system with limited stops with major areas as the destinations.

In addition to the DC bus and rail systems there are Regional Systems




Carsharingis a model of car rental where people rent cars for short periods of time, often by the hour. They are attractive to customers who make only occasional use of a vehicle, as well as others who would like occasional access to a vehicle of a different type than they use day-to-day. In the District of Columbia, there are the following:


A car2go is always a pleasure to drive: just take it, drive it, park it. Simple and straightforward. You can always find a vehicle in your area. You open it with the member card you receive after signing up. You go from A to B, park your car2go again and that's that. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment. Car2go is perfect for the city: it’s small, agile and fits in every parking space. Plus car2go is very environmentally friendly with a fleet of easy-to-access, fun-to-drive, low-emission smart-for-twos distributed all over the city.

Zip Car

The beauty of car sharing is that it just makes sense. You drive only when you need to (or want to) and there are no hidden fees lurking. You're not just saving money on car payments or aspirin (for those parking related headaches).Reserve a Zipcar – for a couple hours or the entire day. Do it online or on your mobile. Drive away... and return to the same reserved parking spot at the end of your reservation. That’s it! (And remember, gas and insurance are included.)




Union Station, at 1st Street and Massachusetts Avenue, is the AMTRAK Station for Washington. The MARC trains, a commuter service which operates Monday-Friday only, operates to points in Maryland including Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). This service also departs from Union Station.

From Union Station, one may either walk or (1)  take Metro Bus #96 or #97 which departs from across Massachusetts Avenue. Both of these buses stop at the corner of East Capitol and 6th Street, virtually at our door. (2) Walk out the front door, go south on Delaware Street past the Senate Office building, cross Constitution Street. Walk onto the Capitol Plaza, at the Dome, turn left, cross 1st Street (The Supreme Court will be on your left and the Library of Congress will be on your right).

Follow East Capitol Street 5 blocks to 515 East Capitol Street SE.

The Red Line Metro station is in the basement of Union Station as well as a "Food Mall" which is highly recommended for it's vast variety of ethnic food.

Cabs are also available from the front of Union Station. Cab fares work on a regulated pricing schedule.  Fares increase with extra baggage, more than one person, and rush-hour.


Air Travel

Of the three choices for airports, WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT (DCA) is the most convenient. You can get to William Penn House by Metro, BLUE VAN (1-800-BLUE-VAN) or Cab. If you decided to take the Metro, see the Metro section. The Metro is the least expensive of the three choices.

To get here from DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (IAD) a cab will cost about $50. You can also take the WASHINGTON FLYER shuttle (1-888-927-4359) ($29). Or take the WASHINGTON FLYER shuttle to the West Falls Church Metro Station ($25). Then use the Metro - see directions above - to get to William Penn House.

Metrobus Route 5A to/from Washington, D.C. and Rosslyn, VA $6.00
Fairfax Connector Route 981 to/from Reston and Tysons, VA $1.80 (As of July 2013)

To get here from THURGOOD MARSHALL BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BWI) you can catch a BWI Express bus B30 to the train or to the Metro. There are two trains - the MARC is the cheaper one but it doesn't run on weekends. The MARC costs about $7. MTA Customer Call Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-RIDE-MTA or log onto the MTA website. The other option is the AMTRAK. The AMTRAK costs about $20. For Amtrak schedules and information call 800-USA-RAIL (800-872-7245) or go to The shuttle to the Metro costs about $3 and the Metro costs about $2. For more information call 202-637-7000 or go to

Dulles(IAD) Ground Transportation

National (DCA) Ground Transportation

BWI (BWI) Ground Transportation

Metro Bus and Rail

 MARC   MTA website.