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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything you need is close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have my own car on campus, but have used shuttle for transportation to and from the freshman parking.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is absolutely nothing near my school so if you want to do anything but sit in your room and stare at the walls you need transportation!! However this school has terrible transportation hours, and many of the buses only run on the weekends and end running at 10PM! I think that students would be willing to pay a bit more for buses if they had better hours and went to more locations.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: My way to school is through public transportation but only through public transit: MTA. So my commute is about 2 hours whenI only live about 18 miles away. It would be a lot more beneficial if they had UMBC transit busses that go to my home area and take me to school.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't really know much about public transportation, but I've used the shuttles a few times. They tend to run late, and you have to make sure they see you or they might not stop...there's a good range of locations that you can go to though.


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UMBC is located near airports, train stations, and bus stops, and the University offers a free shuttle service. The shuttle is particularly beneficial for students who need to get to their off-campus apartment, the mall, the bus or train station, or the airport. It runs every hour from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and more varied times from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends. Service to the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is not available on the weekends, but students can take a taxi during off hours, which costs approximately $20, or the 77 bus to the Patapsco Light Rail Station, then take the light rail to the BWI stop.

Getting to Baltimore City is easy, too, because public transportation is available most hours of the day and is very affordable. However, be careful when taking the bus from the city late at night—either bring a friend along or catch a cab if you’re alone. Taxis are not readily found around campus, so if you need one, you have to call the Baltimore County cab companies, which can be very unreliable at times. Getting to Washington, DC is also possible. UMBC students can take the free BWI shuttle that goes to the Amtrak train station on weekdays. From there, they can take the affordable MARC train to DC, which only costs $7. On the weekends, students can take public transportation or a cab to BWI, and then take the B30 bus to the Greenbelt Metro station, which is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMTA).

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Maryland Transit Administration bus
  • UMBC Transit
  • Taxi
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab to the airport is around $20 and takes 5-10 minutes.
  • During the week from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., the University shuttle goes to BWI.
  • If the campus shuttle isn't running and there are no cabs, take the 77 Patapsco bus to the Patapsco Light Rail to the BWI stop. The average time to catch both is around 1.5 hours.
Local Taxi Services
You won't be able to hail a cab near campus. If you need a cab, you have to call one to come get you.
Did You Know?
  • UMBC provides free shuttles for students.
  • The Maryland Transit Authority buses are available as late as 2 a.m.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Student Marshal Escort Service
Evening and early morning hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

UMBC Transit

(410) 455-3974

Monday-Friday 7:15a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Maryland Transit Authority (MTA)

Off-campus students can purchase monthly passes at discounted rates through UMBC's Off-Campus Student Services.

(410) 539-5000

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Baltimore Washington International Airport

Campus is about 7 miles from the airport.

(410) 859-7111

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The station is in downtown Baltimore, approximately 7 miles from campus.

2110 Haines St., Baltimore

(410) 752-7682

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Penn Station

The station is approximately 10 miles from campus.

1515 N. Charles St., Baltimore

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 111 responses

  • 32% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 23% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 19% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 33% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 38% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 63 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 62 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 62 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 111 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.


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