Your proposal got accepted and you are planning to come to Green Bank for training and/or observations.

Congratulations and welcome!

We look forward to working with you. Below you will find information that ensure an easy and rewarding visit.

International or Domestic Flights

You may choose a number of area airports for your travel to Green Bank, WV. These include:

  • Washington-Dulles, VA (IAD)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
  • Roanoke, VA (ROA)
  • Charleston, WV (CRW)

Rental cars are available at most of the airports.

As a service to our visiting observers, GBO can send a driver for pickup at any of these airports or stations for a modest charge. It is most convenient though if you can make travel plans and connections to Charlottesville whenever possible.

In addition, limited Amtrak train service is available to Charlottesville, VA and White Sulphur Springs, WV.

On site Parking

Parking is available on site, including a limited number of EV charging stations.

Site Access

You are welcome to tour our site by foot. Please stay on the paved roads and do not go underneath any of the telescopes. Please return to the main campus area at the east end of the site by dark.

GBT observations are carried out from the Control Room in the Jansky Lab on the main campus, in walking distance from the Residence Hall and Bunkhouse.

There are two options for meals onsite.

The Starlight Café is open seasonally (see table below) and offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas (more info).

Time of YearDaysTimes
Before Memorial DayThursday – Monday (Closed Tuesday – Wednesday)11:00 – 18:00
After Memorial DayOpen Daily11:00 – 19:00

The site cafeteria is located on the south end of the Residence Hall. It is open for business at the following times:

Monday – Friday7:30 – 9:3012:00 – 13:00

The cafeteria is closed all other hours.


  • A self-service coffee room is available for employees and observers in the basement of the Jansky Lab (turn left at the base of the stairs) and in the Operations Canteen on the second floor of the Jansky Lab Addition, near the Control Room.
  • Residence Hall guests may purchase essential grocery items for storage in the Residence Hall Lounge kitchenette at any time.
  • Residence Hall guests may order special items for consumption during periods when the cafeteria is closed. Pre-order forms are available from the cafeteria. Orders must be placed by 16:00 Monday – Friday. These items will be identified for the guest and placed in the refrigerator in the lounge.

We have a residence hall and bunkhouse available for observers and educational groups. In addition, there are four one-bedroom apartments with equipped kitchens.

If you are a student attending a degree conferring college or university and coming to Green Bank to use the telescope, you will pay a discounted rate.

The Observatory also maintains a few 2-4-bedroom furnished houses on the observatory property which may be available from time to time for astronomers wishing to come to Green Bank with their families for extended periods.

Cribs, high chairs, and fold-up beds are also available.


Housing reservations may be made by through the Green Bank Observatory Reservations System (GBORS) –  Questions can be sent to the reservation desk (gro.y1721230567rotav1721230567resbo1721230567bg@sn1721230567oitav1721230567reser1721230567)


Payment for lodging expenses should be made, if possible, prior to departure to Mark Barnes in Room 112 of the Jansky Laboratory between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


11:00 a.m. Please drop key in the key return box in the Jansky laboratory.

Bed and Bath Linen & Laundry

The Residence Hall rooms will be made-up prior to check-in and will be provided with adequate towels, wash cloths, soap, etc. For residents staying a week or more, rooms will be cleaned and linens changed once per week.

A washer and dryer are available for Residence Hall guests at the north end of the basement. Laundry detergent is provided.

Exercise and Recreation Rooms

An exercise room with a number of exercise devices, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair-steppers, weight machine, and free weights are available for use by Observatory visitors. The Exercise Room is located in the basement of the Residence Hall. In addition, a recreation room with a pool table and air hockey table is also located in the basement.

Local Calls: dial 9 and the 10-digit number. Long Distance: dial 9-1 and the 10-digit number. The site operator (Dial 0) located in Room 112 of the Jansky Lab (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) can provide assistance and directories.

Business Calls

Observers and other official visitors to the site may use the telephone facilities for legitimate calls in connection with Observatory business, within reason. Personal calls should be paid by the visitor (see below).

Personal Long Distance Calls

All commercial long distance calls should be paid by the visitor. There are two ways to do this:

  • use a personal telephone credit card
  • use a pre-paid telephone calling card

Pre-paid cards are available for purchase at the Reception Desk at the Jansky Lab. Please do not make direct-dialed long distance calls for personal business, if at all possible.

The following individuals should be contacted if you have questions in their areas of responsibility:

Area of ExpertiseTitleNameExtension
– Transportation Arrangements,
– Residence Hall Housing
– Cafeteria Services
Office Service AssistantMark Barnesx2227
– Business Management
– Administrative Services
GB Business ManagerChristine Plumleyx2270
– Proposal SchedulingGBT SchedulersToney Minter
Karen O’Neil
– Astronomical SupportHead of Science Operations
Your Project Friend
David Frayer
check your DSS project page

All visitors should be aware that radio emission from common devices such as cell phones, portable computers and other appliances can be detrimental to the ongoing observations with all telescopes onsite. There are some restrictions on the use of such devices in the Green Bank area.

Useful Resources

Reservation System (GBORS)

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