UMBC is located on the east coast of the United States and is close to a variety of other cities and locations.

Transportation Options
  • Free university buses are available for UMBC students to the airport, train station, Light Rail station, downtown Baltimore, nearby neighborhoods and shopping centers, and six other universities

  • Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport is only 5 minutes from campus with shuttles running daily

Travel Destinations Close to UMBC
  • Downtown Baltimore is only 15 minutes from campus

  • Washington, DC is a 45-minute drive away

  • Philadelphia is 1.5 hours away by car or bus

  • New York City can be as close as 3 hours from UMBC

Traveling around cities in the United States is a great way to learn more about your community but it can also be very different than in other countries.  Students at the ELI have plenty of transportation options available to them to see Baltimore and travel to the areas around it.

  • UMBC Transit
    Free university buses for UMBC students are part of the UMBC transit system. To ride a UMBC bus you need your ID card.  Buses travel around campus and part of Baltimore county including the airport, train station, Light Rail station, downtown Baltimore, nearby neighborhoods, shopping centers, and more. For more information about bus routes and schedules click here.
  • Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
    The MTA operates Local and Commuter Buses, the Light Rail, the Metro Subway, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system in and around Baltimore. For more information about service status and schedules click here.
  • Uber
    Riding with Uber could be another option. To use this service you need to download the Uber App, from the Google or Apple store onto your phone. You can use this App to search for vehicles in your area.  In minutes a car will come to you and take you wherever you need to go. Prices vary depending on the distance you will travel.
  • Taxis
    Like most major cities, Baltimore also has taxi services and is easiest to find at the airport and downtown.  There are several companies in the city, and we can direct you to them with contact information.

The United States is a big country and Maryland is only one place to explore.  There are many different ways to go and see other states. Consider some of the options below while you plan your travels.

  • Bus
    Several bus lines (including GreyhoundBoltBusMegabusTrailways, and the Chinatown Bus) all operate from Baltimore to destinations around the East Coast, the United States, and Canada.
  • Train
    Amtrak operates throughout the United States and the MARC train is a great way to travel between Baltimore and Washington D.C.   There are several stations around Baltimore and UMBC that you can get on Amtrak or MARC trains.
  • Airplane
    The United States is a very big country and one of the best ways to see it is by flying.  The Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport is very close to Campus and there are different airlines that can take you wherever you want to go. Ask friends or the ELI staff about recommended airlines. Two other airports are also close to Baltimore and UMBC  in the Washington D.C. area,  including Dulles and Ronald Reagan International airport.