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For cab service, call Taxi Taxi Inc at (301)577-2000 or (301)864-7700, or
the local taxi network of multiple companies at (301)322-8877.
Parking on Campus
On-line Reservations PHONE: 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUEVAN)
Offers 24-hr. door-to-door service to most hotels, homes, and offices in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia metropolitan area. The fare between College Park and BWI Airport is ~$40-$60; from/to National Reagan Airport the fare is ~$28-$33; from/to Dulles, ~$50-$70. Reservations are not needed for passengers leaving the airport; you need only to follow the signs to Ground Transportation (Courtesy Desk) to check in for the next available van. (You may have to wait for them to receive all shuttle passengers.) If the desk is closed, and/or the van already left the airport, pick up the Courtesy Phone and follow the directions given you; transportation will be arranged for you. Reservations for your return to the airport are needed, and they require 4 hrs. advance notice.
Also available at the BWI Ground Transportation located at the lower level are LIMOUSINE SERVICE [(301) 912-2000] and BWI TAXI SERVICE [(410) 859-1100; the fare is ~$75 to College Park.
Dulles Ground Transportation
Washington Flyer Taxi
Washington Flyer Taxicabs serve Dulles International Airport exclusively with 24-hour service to and from the airport. Taxicab Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day at the East and West ramps on the lower level of the Main Terminal. Wheelchair mini buses only accommodate 1 chaired or disabled passenger and 3 additional non-chaired passengers. Smoking and non-smoking vehicles are available by request.
For information or to arrange transportation for your return trip, call 703-661-6655. Taxicabs accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Discover Card, and Visa, and provide transportation at metered rates to any destination in metropolitan Washington. Approximate one way fares to College Park is $65-$75.
SUPER SHUTTLE SERVICE is ~$40-$60 to College Park.
METRORAIL subway station is Not located at Dulles. However, their Ground Transportation [(703) 685-1400] includes shuttle bus service where you can purchase a ticket to the Metrorail. (If you'll be returning to Dulles via Metrorail, you may find it convenient to purchase a ticket that includes your return bus fare as well.) Taxi service is also available to the Metrorail. [Although considerably less expensive than taking a taxi to College Park, it may take you about about 1-1/2 hrs. to get from Dulles Airport to College Park using the Metrorail service.]
Using Metrorail Subway service, take the "Orange Line"; transfer to the "Green Line" at L'Enfant Plaza to College Park. Then take a taxi to campus or your hotel. The UM Shuttle bus runs between campus and the College Park Metro stop (see METRORAIL paragraph below).
NOTE: Taxi Fares fluctuate between the Washington, DC - Maryland - Virginia districts. Thus the above fares mentioned are indeed estimates.
If you Rent a Car at the airport, directions from the airports to College Park are at the end of this note. You should note that our ``Rush-Hour'' traffic is typically VERY crowded from 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM, and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
If you want to visit Washington, DC, you may find it easier to take the Metrorail instead of driving to the downtown areas. The College Park Metrorail Station does have all day parking on the East side of the station. From Route 1, take Paint Branch Parkway (at the traffic light, across from Campus Drive) to the Station, and follow the signs for the appropriate parking lots.
FROM THE NORTH, follow the lanes to College Park, Route 1. NOTE: I-95 is 4 lanes and will open up to 6 lanes. Stay in the middle 2 lanes. Basically you just follow the signs that say "College Park, Route 1". Take Exit 25B to go South to the University of Maryland.
(What happens is I-95 joins I-495 (Beltway) in different ways: the 2 left lanes take you on to 95 South, bypassing Rt. 1. The 2 right lanes take you on to 495 North. The 2 middle lanes take you on the overpass of the Beltway and bring you around along the Beltway but keep you on the exits to Route 1--you'll want Route 1 South (Exit 25B).) The main gate into the University of Maryland will be on the right at a light on Route 1 about 3 miles from the I-495 Beltway.)
FROM THE SOUTH, take I-95 north to the Washington Beltway, I-495, where you should head east across the Wilson Bridge into Maryland towards Andrews AFB, New Carrollton, Greenbelt, College Park [about 40 minutes if traffic isn't heavy]. NOTE: DO NOT TAKE THE ROUTE 1 EXIT WHILE YOU'RE IN VIRGINIA!--you want to go around Washington on the Beltway to take either Kenilworth Ave South (Route 201) at Exit 23 or Route 1 South at Exit 25B to College Park.
KENILWORTH AVE: Just past the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is the exit for Kenilworth Ave. (201). You can take that exit, staying to your left (towards Bladensburg), and head South. Once you've gone through the light onto Kenilworth Ave., go about 2 miles and make a right at the 3rd light onto Paint Branch. You will pass the Metro Station, go under the tracks, and soon will come to the traffic light at the main entrance of the University of Maryland. To enter the campus, go straight; to go to the Clarion College Park Inn or Comfort Inn & Suites, turn right; to go to the Quality Inn, turn left.
ROUTE 1 SOUTH: Soon after you pass the exit to the Greenbelt Metro Station, you will come to U.S.Route 1. Head South on Route 1 (Exit 25B); the main gate into the University of Maryland will be on the right at a light on Route 1 about 3 miles from the I-495 Beltway.
FROM THE WEST, I-270 comes into I-495, but drive past the Virginia exit and head towards Washington. Soon after Old Georgetown Road you'll stay to your right lane to get onto I-495 heading South toward Silver Spring, College Park, to Route 1 South (Exit 25B). The main gate into the University of Maryland will be on the right at a light on Route 1 about 3 miles from the I-495 Beltway.
FROM THE SOUTHWEST, I-66 comes into I-495, head North on I-495 towards Baltimore. After you pass the I-95 exit, stay in your right lane to get onto the exit for Route 1 South (Exit 25B) to College Park. The main gate into the University of Maryland will be on the right at a light on Route 1 about 3 miles from the I-495 Beltway.
The COMFORT INN AND SUITES is located about a mile north of the University's campus at 9020 Baltimore Ave. [US Route 1], College Park, Maryland (301)441-8110.
The QUALITY INN AND SUITES is located about 3 blocks south of the University's campus at 7200 Baltimore Ave. [US Route 1], College Park, Maryland (301)276-1000. They're also about 3 blocks from the Metrorail station as you come up Calvert Road to Route 1. The phone number to a local taxi service is (301)322-8877 or (301)864-7700, however often taxis are already at the hotel.
The FOLLIN GUEST HOUSE is located about 4 blocks south of the University's campus at 6801 Baltimore Ave. (US Rt. 1), College Park, MD 20740 (301) 277-9633. Well-kept brick cape cod home with a few bedrooms; the front faces Route 1; the back faces a wooded yard. Guests share bathroom facilities.
To get to the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER from U.S. Route 1, turn West on Campus Drive (if you're traveling South on Route 1 that will be on your right), go half-way around the "Big M" cirle and continue straight. Campus Drive will curve towards the left. Then take the first right after the curve continuing on Campus Drive. Just before the signal lights at Campus Drive, Adelphi, and Rt. 193, turn right onto the drive to the Inn and Conference Center.
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