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Directions and Maps to Building 40

Below are directions to the Vaccine Research Center located on the National Institutes of Health campus in building 40. If you are a volunteer, please see Directions for Volunteers: Directions to the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10).

National Institutes of Health
Vaccine Research Center
40 Convent Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

NIH Entrance Hours

New security measures are in place on the NIH campus.

If you are arriving on the weekend or after 7 p.m. on a weekday, you will need to enter via the entrance on Rockville Pike/Rte. 355. After heading south on Rt. 355, continue to the fifth traffic light and take a right onto South Drive, then follow the signs to the appropriate parking area. Due to increased security at NIH, you can expect your vehicle to be searched upon entrance and possibly again if you are parking in an underground garage. We appreciate your patience with these security precautions and ask that you arrive a few minutes earlier to accommodate any minor delays.

Parking Information

Visitor Parking is extremely difficult to find at NIH, so if at all possible, take public transportation. There is a Metro station on the NIH campus with shuttle bus service to the main buildings. Short-term, metered parking and long term, attendant-controlled parking are available to visitors at a cost of $2 per hour for the first three hours or $12 per day.

Taking the Metrorail

Take Metro's Red Line to the Medical Center Station. The station's escalators come out onto the NIH campus. To get to Building 40, go to the last bus shelter to take the NIH campus shuttle bus, which provides free service to Building 40 and stops at the Metro station every 15 to 20 minutes, OR walk from the top of the escalators past the bus shelters, down South Drive. Keep straight and cross over Center Drive and Memorial Drive. Turn left on Service Road West. Turn right on Lincoln Drive. Turn right on Convent Drive. At the 1st stop sign, Building 40 is on your left. Cross over Convent Drive and make a right into the main entrance of Building 40.

Disclaimer

Driving Directions

From Baltimore and All Points North of Washington, DC

Take I-95 south toward Washington, DC. At I-495 (Capital Beltway), head west toward Silver Spring/Bethesda. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 34 which is Rt. 355 (Wisconsin Ave./Rockville Pike) and head south toward Washington/Bethesda. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Cedar Lane. Proceed down Cedar Lane. At the traffic light (next to the fire station), turn left onto Route 197 - Old Georgetown Road. Turn left into the NIH campus at Center Drive. Make a right turn on Convent Drive. Building 40 will be on the right side. To park in garage, continue going straight on Convent Drive. You will see two garages. Make a left turn on Lincoln Drive. Then make an immediate right into the parking garage MLP8. Visitor parking is available on the 8th floor of the garage at a cost of $2 per hour for the first three hours or $12 per day.

From Virginia and All Points South of Washington, DC

Take I-95 north toward Washington, DC. At I-495 (Capital Beltway), head north toward Silver Spring/Bethesda. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 34 which is Rt. 355 (Wisconsin Ave./Rockville Pike) and head south toward Washington/Bethesda. At the second traffic light, turn right onto Cedar Lane. Proceed down Cedar Lane. At the traffic light (next to the fire station), turn left onto Route 197 - Old Georgetown Road. Turn left into the NIH campus at Center Drive. Make a right turn on Convent Drive. Building 40 will be on the right side. To park in the garage, continue going straight on Convent Drive. You will see two garages. Make a left turn on Lincoln Drive. Then make an immediate right into the parking garage MLP8. Visitor parking is available on the 8th floor of the garage at a cost of $2 per hour for the first three hours or $12 per day.

The information above is cited from the NIH web site: Directions to NIH page.

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Last Updated May 12, 2008