Travel Information

Lodging and Meals

  • Patients age 29 and under are eligible to stay free of charge at the Children’s Inn.  If you choose to stay at a local hotel rather than at the Children’s Inn, NIH will reimburse $120.00 per night for the hotel.
  • Patients age 29 and over pay for their own hotel accommodations. If approved for financial assistance, then the patient and guests will be housed at a local hotel at no charge. If the patient chooses not to stay at one of the hotels that NIH reserves for them, then a reimbursement of $120.00/night towards hotel accommodations will be given.  


NIH does not pay transportation for first time visits; however, a special exemption has been made for patients participating in a specialty clinic.  What will be provided is:

  • For patients 21 and under, airfare for the patient and one guardian is provided.
  • For patients over 21, airfare is provided for the patient only.
  • Travel expenses are only authorized for patients residing outside a 50-mile radius of the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • For patients who reside less than 50 miles from the NIH, travel expenses are not provided.
  • For patients who reside outside the United States, airfare will be provided from the closest point of entry within the United States.
  • Free round trip shuttle service is available from the three local Washington, DC airports.  The Children’s Inn will arrange a car to pick you up at the airport for first time stays at the Children’s Inn.


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