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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: During the daytime there's a few buses that circulate the entire campus and aren't super convenient, so no one really uses them. At night though, there is a great system of buses that runs all over campus and even across route 1 to where apartments and greek life is located. They start running at 5:30 and stop at 2 or 3 am most nights and come to each stop every 10 minutes at most.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: nothing to really complain about in regards to the transportation on campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that run until late at night to make sure that drunk students make it back. Everything is nearby and easy to access.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: UMD has a great bus system that will take you all around campus! The times that the buses run are limited, but they are very helpful for students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Shuttles are you best friend, those things go almost everywhere


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Most students can’t complain about the transportation on and around campus. Along with the Shuttle-UM service, Maryland has its own Metro station that offers train rides to a handful of locations throughout the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas, giving students quick solutions to their transportation needs. Thanks to these two significant aspects of Maryland’s public transportation, happiness comes easy to students who don’t have access to a car on campus or simply don’t want to face the hassles of having a car while attending school. The impossible task of finding a parking spot is offset by convenient alternatives.

The Shuttle-UM runs practically 24/7 during the fall and spring semesters. If you have the patience, take a ride on a few of its routes to get a feel for the area. When the Shuttle-UM stops running in the early hours of the morning, UMD also provides Nite Ride, which serves as a campus taxi free to students.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • Walk
  • Shuttle-UM
  • Metro
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Metro
  • Shuttle/taxi
  • Shuttle-UM offers a free ride to the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) for all university breaks.
Local Taxi Services
The College Park Taxi meters start at $3, and from then the cost runs $1.75 per mile. Call (240) 345-8689 for more info.
Did You Know?
The Metro is rated as one of the best transportation systems in the country. It runs until 3 a.m. on the weekends.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

24-Hour Escort Service
(301) 405-3555 (off campus); extension 3555 (on campus)
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


Need a ride? Shuttle-UM can probably get you there in a somewhat timely fashion. With more than 10 routes running seven days a week, including four that run until 3 a.m., there's no reason to traipse around campus by foot.

(301) 314-2255

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 a.m.

Nite Ride

The Department of Transportation Services also includes Nite Ride, which works as a free, safe taxi for students who find themselves off campus and need a ride somewhere off a bus route. Nite Ride serves the following locations: Norwich and Rhode Island Avenue (Lot 1d), the Veterinary Science Complex (Lot 2g), and Lot 6.

(301) 314-NITE (6483)

Daily 5:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Bus schedules are available in the Stamp Student Union.

(202) 962-1234

(202) 637-7000 (customer service)

(202) 962-1212 (24-hour recorded info)

600 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 15 miles and approximately a 40-minute drive from UMCP.

1 Aviation Circle, Washington, D.C.

(703) 417-8000

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The Dulles International Airport is 35 miles and approximately a one-hour drive from UMCP.

1 Saarinen Circle, Sterling, VA

(703) 572-2700

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

Baltimore Washington International Airport is 25 miles and approximately a 35-minute drive from UMCP.

501 McCormick Dr. #J, Glen Burnie

(800) IFLY-BWI

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Washington Greyhound Station

The Washington, D.C. Greyhound station is in downtown Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the Union Station stop on the Metro.

1005 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.

(202) 289-5141

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Washington, D.C. - Union Station (WAS)

This station is in downtown Washington, D.C., within Union Station.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.

(800) 872-7245

MARC Trains

These low-cost commuter trains leave a few times in the morning and evening Monday through Friday from College Park's Metro station.

4931 Calvert Rd.

(800) 325-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 317 responses

  • 65% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 317 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 79% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 161 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 161 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 160 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 316 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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