UMD: A Globally Connected University



Getting to ISSS and around campus

International Student & Scholar Services
1126 H.J. Patterson Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Refer to the UMD campus maps for help in navigating your way around campus.


National and International Public Transportation

Amtrak operates limited service throughout the US and Canada.  Locally, it goes to and from BWI Airport from Washington, DC's Union Station, but MARC is much cheaper. Amtrak's website has lots of information about schedules, routes and fares throughout the country.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Located in Maryland, this is the closest airport to College Park, and many airlines fly in and out of BWI daily.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
Catch the BWI Express from BWI Airport. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Pier and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B. The B30 will pick you up outside at the bus shelter. Follow the signs that say Public Transit. This will take you to the Greenbelt metro stop. From there you can take the green line to the College Park-U of MD metro stop. At the College Park stop, you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Also known as Reagan National or just National, this airport is very close to downtown DC and is the only airport located on the Metrorail system. It is located in Virginia, on the blue and yellow lines, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stop.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
Take the yellow Metrorail line in the direction of Mt. VernonSquare/7th St. Convention Center. Transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Located in Dulles, Virginia, Dulles Airport (or just Dulles) is about 26 miles from downtown DC.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
The bus Route 5A operates between Dulles airport and L'Enfant Plaza metro station.  Transfer at L'Enfant Plaza station to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Regional Public Transportation

It is not necessary to own a car in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to get around. There is a good public transportation system covering the area, including buses, subway, and trains.


The University of Maryland, College Park operates a free commuter shuttle service for students, faculty and staff of the campus. You must show a valid UMCP ID to ride. Spouses and visiting scholars or faculty may be able to ride the shuttle for a small fee with special Department of Transportation permission.

Metro Bus/Rail

The Washington, DC metro area has an extensive bus and subway system run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The Metrobus and the Metrorail (the subway) extend well into Montgomery and Prince George's counties. You are not allowed to eat or drink on the bus or metro or in the stations, and the law is strictly enforced. Rides start at $1.65 for Metrorail and increase in price the farther you go and during rush hour. Metrobus costs $1.50 (with SmarTrip card).

The University of Maryland is located on the green line, College Park/UM metro stop. You can take the Shuttle-UM, a taxi, or walk about 15 minutes to the campus.

TheBus - Prince George's County

Ride On - Montgomery County

MARC Trains
These trains are operated by the Maryland Transit Authority, and are mostly used by commuters in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. MARC is a cheap option to get to downtown Baltimore, but it doesn't run on the weekend. MARC trains also run to BWI Airport, but it might be cheaper to take the Metrobus from the Greenbelt metro station. Check out the MARC website for fares and schedules.

UMD Zimride
Have a car? Add your ride offer and split the costs by driving with friends, coworkers or classmates. Don't have a car? Add your ride request and find a ride. Sign up and post where you're coming from and when. Maryland's Zimride system will help you find others making similar trips.

Do you have a valid driver's license?  Do you need a car for a few hours only?  If so, Zipcar is another option to consider.  After registering online, you will be able to select a car that you can rent for a few hours.  Cars are available on campus and at most Metro stations.

Taxis are not the cheapest mode of transportation in the United States, but are convenient and fast. Taxis in Maryland and Virginia are metered, which means you will pay for each mile driven. In Washington, DC, the city is divided into zones, and you pay by the number of zones you pass through. Tipping taxi drivers (10-20%) is expected.

Taxi companies in the College Park area:
Greenbelt Taxi Service: (301) 441-8400
Ontime Transportation Incorporated: (301) 474-6111
Langley Park Taxi: (301) 559-0000
Silver Cab: (301) 577-2111


If you need to register your car in Maryland, visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration's website. To get a Maryland driver's license, follow the instructions for International Applicants on the Maryland MVA's website.