World Fantasy Convention, Washington, D.C., November 6 - 9, 2014
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Washington, D.C.

D.C. has a temperate, maritime climate.  November tends to be mostly dry and cool, with highs about 60°F (15°C), and lows around 40°F (5°C).

Eastern Standard Time zone,  – 0500 UTC,  5 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.


We're collecting links to tourist highlights in the D.C. area and placing them on a Tourism page.  The number of links and tips will grow as we near convention time.

Getting Here


Three airports serve the Washington, D.C. area.  For airline connections to each:


Amtrak issues this alert:
Passengers are strongly urged to check the status of their train on, our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.

Union Station connects the Amtrak system to the Washington, D.C. Metro system.

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Washington, D.C. between November 3 - November 12, 2014.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Convention rates cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to  Convention Fare Code X59T-910  when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

This Information for Passenger letter (pdf) has all the details.

Hotel Shuttle

The Hyatt provides free shuttle service every 15 minutes between the hotel and both Reagan National Airport and the Crystal City Metro Stop.  Both Blue and Yellow D.C. Metro Lines stop at Crystal City.

Passport & Visa Requirements

International travel requires passports.

Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries may travel to the U.S. without a visa for stays of 90 days or less.  Visitors must still apply for ESTA authorization.

Visa information for citizens of other countries is available at the U.S. State Department web site.

Canadians do Not need visas or ESTA authorization.


Maps & Directions

Super Shuttle Discount

Booking a ride online at the Super Shuttle web site will give you the WFC discount fare of
  $ 27 from Dulles International (IAD)  and
  $ 43 from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).
Booking round trip will get a $ 5 total discount.  Group code: TLGB9.

Booking by telephone ( 1-800-BLUE-VAN ) will incur a $ 2 charge, and there is no discount available at the airport counters.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA;  It consists of two parts, a heavy rail/subway system (the Metro) and a bus system (Metrobus).  The web site includes a trip planner if you wish to go sightseeing.

The most economical (and convenient) way to travel on the system is to purchase a SmartTrip card.  They are available from machines in all of the Metro stations.  For $ 10, you get a refillable plastic card with $ 8 of fare on it.  Most rides cost $ 2-3, depending on the route and the time of day.  Do not buy a paper fare card!  Every time you use a paper fare card, you will be charged $ 1 in addition to the fare for that ride.  In addition, you can use the card on Metrobuses.  When you go home, keep your SmartTrip card for your next trip to D.C. or leave it with Registration so that it can be donated to a good cause.