From the Marriott to the Stamp by foot (map)
Walk 350m directly east out of the hotel, keeping safe as you cross a very large parking lot. Turn left (north) onto the road that skirts the next large parking lot, and walk 160m north till your reach Union Drive. Turn right and walk 300m. Union Drive then feeds into a northwardly curving road called Campus Drive. Walk northeast along Campus Drive for 120m. The Adele H. Stamp Student Union will be on your left.
From the Best Western Plus to campus entrance by foot (map)
Walk 650m south on Baltimore Avenue, To Campus Drive. Turn west onto Campus Drive, heading into the university campus. Then follow the directions from Route One to Stamp.
From Route 1 to Stamp (map)
The campus lies on the west side of Route 1, or Baltimore Avenue. The Stamp Student Union is directly off of Campus Drive, the main road cutting through campus.
Campus Drive also serves as the main entrance to the university off of Route 1. It is marked by a large brick entry gate. This gate is about 400m to the south of the end of the large apartment buildings and strip malls on Route 1. Pass through the brick gate to enter the campus. About 450m later you will come to a traffic circle with an "M" in the middle of it. Take the second exit to continue on Campus Drive. You will see Stamp ahead of you on the right.
If you are coming from the south -- and in particular if you are walking from the College Park Quality Inn, or walking from the Metro -- you can also take Regents Drive instead of walking along Route 1. This will take you past the Memorial Chapel and the McKeldin Mall and will meet up with Campus Drive at the traffic circle described above.
From the Metro
To get to College Park via the DC Metro, take the Green Line (direction Greenbelt) to the College Park Station. It is best to buy a reusable SmarTrip card. If instead you buy a new ticket for each ride, you will pay a $1 surcharge for for each ticket. There are then two ways to get to Stamp from the Metro Station.
- Red Shuttle Bus
University of Maryland Shuttle Buses to the campus leave regularly from the front (east side) of the station. This is Route 104, which goes directly to the Stamp Student Union.
- Walking (full map)
After exiting the turnstile in the Metro station, take the pedestrian tunnel under the train platform. Walk through the parking lot to Columbia Avenue, turn right onto Columbia, and walk north about 100m. Then turn left from Columbia onto College Ave. Walk about half a mile west on College Avenue to Route 1, known here as Baltimore Avenue. Cross Route 1 and continue straight on what is now called Regents Drive. Walk along Regents drive, which curves from westward to northward, for 700m, until you reach a traffic circle (called "The M"). Turn left, and walk 400m westward. The Stamp will be on your right.
Guests travelling to College Park by air have a choice of three airports: Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), and (least conveniently) Dulles Interational Airport(IAD).
Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Reagan (a.k.a. National) is the most expensive airport to fly to, but often the most convenient. It is very close to downtown D.C. – near the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia – and has its own Metro stop.
To get to College Park from Reagan by Metro, take the Yellow Line, direction Fort Totten, to L'Enfant Plaza. At L'Enfant Plaza, change to the Green Line (direction Greenbelt). Get off the Green Line at College Park Station. During the peak hours of the AM and PM commutes, this transfer is not necessary, and you can take the Yellow Line all the way to College Park. When using the DC Metro it is best to buy a reusable SmarTrip card. If instead you buy a new ticket for each ride, you will pay a $1 surcharge for for each ticket. Taxi service to College Park from Reagan costs approximately $40.00, plus a tip. Super Shuttle is also an option. In a shared van, the price is $28, plus $10 per additional person. Reagan is only about 15 miles from the University. But throughout work hours, traffic is terrible. The ride will take at least 30 minutes, but less than one hour.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Flights to BWI are cheaper than flights to Reagan. It is a hub city for the discount carrier Southwest Airlines, which generates some price competition. BWI has mostly domestic connections, but also a few direct international connections (for example, to the UK and Germany).
There is regular public bus service to BWI from the Greenbelt Metro Station, for only $6, on the B30 Metrobus Metrobus. Greenbelt is just one stop beyond College Park on the Metro Green Line. College Park is about 25 miles from BWI. Taxi service is therefore expensive, in the area of $70. The Super Shuttle costs $32, plus $12 per additional person.
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Dulles is the main international hub in the region, with direct connections from throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Dulles is 25 miles west of downtown D.C, however, and the 40 mile trip from Dulles to College Park is not easy. Options are taxi or shuttle van, or bus-and-metro combination. Taxi service to College Park costs approximately $80. The drive is at least 45 minutes, and most often one hour. Super Shuttle is another option: a shared van is $39, plus $10 per additional person. But be warned! Trips to College Park can be as much as three hours long: in dropping off several customers, the shuttle may follow a circuitous path, and traffic is generally terrible. The cheapest path is by Metro, $11. Take the Silver Line Express Bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. From there take the Silver Line train, direction Largo Town Center, to L'Enfant Plaza. At L'Enfant Plaza, transfer to the Green Line, direction Greenbelt, and get off in College Park. Under ideal conditions, the combination of bus and Metro ride will talk 90 minutes. But you should plan for a two-hour trip, or more to be cautious.
When using the DC Metro it is best to buy a reusable SmarTrip card. If instead you buy a new ticket for each ride, you will pay a $1 surcharge for for each ticket.
Driving to College Park
From the north
Take I-95 South to exit 27 for I-495 West ("Silver Spring"). Immediately after this (very gentle) exit, follow signs for Route 1 South ("College Park"), Exit 25. The campus is about 2 miles down Route 1.
From the south
Take I-95 North to I-495, the Capital Beltway, which is a continuation of I-95. Continue North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore. Take Exit 25 for Route 1 South toward College Park. The campus is about 2 miles down Route 1.
Amtrak to College Park
Union Station (WAS)
Many trains stop at Union Station, which is on several Amtrak routes: the Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Vermonter, Capitol Limited, The Cardinal, and Silver Service / Palmetto.From Union Station it is easy to get to the University of Maryland by Metro. Take the Red Line (direction Glenmont) to Fort Totten. At Fort Totten, transfer to the Green Line (direction Greenbelt). Get off at College Park Station.
New Carrollton (NCR)
Relatively few trains stop at New Carrollton. It is served only by the Northeast Regional and Vermonter Routes. The F6 bus from New Carrollton to Silver Spring stops at the University of Maryland. But this bus is not frequent. You may therefore want to take a taxi or ask a local friend for a ride. The station is about 6 miles from the University. The advantage of New Carrollton over Union Station is that this drive is the easier than the 8 miles through city traffic to Union Station.