Location of Physics Department

The Physics Bldg. is located at the corner of North Campus Drive and Regents Drive, adjacent to the circle which has a very large, noticeable "M" outlined in flowers, small bushes or mulch (depending on the time of the year). [Upon entering the main (north) campus entrance at Route 1 and Campus Drive, get into the left lane to continue up to the "Big M" circle.] The phone numbers to a local taxi is 301-322-8877.

Parking on Campus

Upon entering the Main (north) entrance to campus from Route 1, stay in your right lane, which will force you onto the first right, Paint Branch Drive. Go straight, pass the Jeong Kim Engineering Bldg. on the left, and at the second stop sign make a left and then an immediate right into the Paint Branch Visitor Parking Lot, where you take a ticket from the entrance machine and pay the attendant when you leave according to the time you're there. If you bring your ticket in for us validate it, you will not have to pay the lot attendant when you leave.

Travelling by Air

Reagan National Airport (DC) and and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport are relatively nearby. Dulles International Airport in Virginia is further away (about an additional 30-45 minutes's drive away from College Park).

Ground Transportation from Each Airport

Airport Super Shuttle/Blue Van Services

Online 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 to College Park from BWI Airport is ~$27; from National/Reagan Airport the fare is ~$25; from Dulles, ~$38. 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.

From Reagan/National Airport:

Taxi fare from Reagan/National Airport to College Park is typically ~$50. (You should verify with the driver that the fare is near that range.) There is a metrorail line servicing College Park from National/Reagan to College Park. Take the "Yellow Line" to Mt. Vernon Square Convention Center, then transfer to the "Green Line" to College Park.

From BWI Airport:

The Greenbelt-BWI Airport Express Line is a Metro nonstop bus service from BWI to Greenbelt Metro Station (fare is $3--MUST have exact change). It runs every 40 minutes. From the Greenbelt Metro station, take the Metro one stop to the College Park station where you can ride the UMShuttle to campus.
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 ~$60 to College Park.

From Dulles International Airport:

TAXI fare to/from College Park is ~$75 (about 45-60 minutes' drive).


The METRORAIL system includes Metrorail maps at all stations and on each car of their trains which easily indicate every stop for each (color-coded) rail line. You'll find phones to call a taxi [the numbers to a local taxi (Capitol Cab) is (301) 322-8877], although often there are cabs already waiting for passengers at the stations. As you approach College Park from Washington, to your left is the West side of the Metro Station (Calvert Road) (~20-40 minute walk to Campus). However, taxis and shuttle bus pickup lanes are located on the East (right) side.


The University of Maryland operates a shuttle service (red & white UM Shuttle buses) which runs Mon.-Fri. to the College Park Metrorail station at 15-minute intervals beginning at 6:40 AM from the East Side of the metrorail station. (The last return from campus will be at 7:50 PM; during academic year the last run is at 3:00 AM. Stop and Pick-up points on campus are at the UM Circle in front of the Physics Bldg. and at Lot HH by the Stamp (Student) Union, which is two blocks up from the Physics Bldg. (see Campus Map.) 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.


There are AMTRAK Train Stations in Washington, DC (Union Station) and at New Carrollton, MD. From either station, you would take a taxi to College Park; the fare would be around $20 from New Carrollton. If there are no taxis already at the station, our local Maryland taxi network can be reached at (301) 864-7700.


Clarion College Park Inn

The Clarion College Park Inn is located about a half-mile or so north of the University's campus at 8601 Baltimore Ave. [US Route 1], College Park, Maryland (301)474-2800. The Hotel has a shuttle bus that comes to the campus and also goes to the College Park Metro subway station. You should check at the desk about using their service. They will also pick you up from the Metro staton to bring you to the hotel. When you come to campus, the Physics Building is near the the bus stop near the Big "M" circle on Campus Drive.

Comfort Inn and Suites

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.

Quality Inn and Suites

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)864-5820. 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 (Capitol Cab) is 301-322-8877, however often taxis are already at the hotel.

Follin Guest House

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.

University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center

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.