Columbia Transportation

Centrally located between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Columbia is easily accessible by car or bus via major thoroughfares. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is located in the heart of Anne Arundel County, offering service from major airline carriers including Southwest Airlines. Amtrak offers a convenient East Coast stop near the airport. Airport shuttles from BWI to Columbia are available through SuperShuttle, but reservations will need to be arranged ahead of time and will cost up to $24 per person. Taxis from the airport to Columbia are also available at $30, one way. Public transportation from BWI to Loyola is available through the Howard Transit system. Simply take the Silver Route.

Exiting I95 onto 175 West will take you into downtown Columbia.

Columbia's initial plan called for a minibus system connecting the village centers on a distinct right-of-way. This was never constructed. Six Howard Transit bus routes now serve Columbia and connect it with its neighboring areas (such as Ellicott City and BWI Airport), while several Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) routes provide access to and from both Washington and Baltimore. In addition, proximity to Washington Metro stations in Montgomery and Prince George's counties provides public transportation to Washington, D.C., while the MARC commuter rail -- which services both Baltimore and Washington -- and easy access to Interstate 95 puts both cities within easy reach.