The Center for International Education (CIE) will provide transportation from the aiport to UMW for new international students, provided you follow the instructions on the International Student Arrival and Orientation website. All other travel, including transportation back to the airport during school holidays and at the end of the term will be the responsibility of the student. CIE can assist you in finding the best option, but the cost will be paid by the student. Below is a list of transportation services in the Fredericksburg area that fulfill a variety of travel needs. Options include:
Free with your UMW ID! The Fred bus has two regular routes that stop at the University of Mary Washington, one with service to the train station in downtown Fredericksburg and the other to the Central Park and Spotsylvania Towne Centre shopping locations. For more information regarding bus schedules, look for the Eagle Express Route here.
Taxi service is available 24 hours a day. Taxi service is also available to the airports with pickup at the University and delivery to the airline terminal for $130-$150. This service could be shared by up to 4 students for the same price. (Call ahead for rate information.) There are several taxi services in the area; here are three to get you started!
The Uber app is another option for finding a cheap ride to a local destination.
Bus and Rail Services:
Amtrak trains stop at the Fredericksburg train station and offer service north to New England and south to Florida. In addition to their regular service, Amtrak trains run on weekends and holidays when the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) trains are not in service. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit their website.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is the fastest and most convenient way to make day trips to all the cultural attractions of the nation’s capital or to make Metro connections to the Washington, D.C. airports. These commuter trains start running as early as 5:15 a.m. and return as late as 7:40 p.m. during the week. Weekend service is offered by Amtrak. For more information on VRE call 703/684-1001.
Taking the DC Metro is a wonderful way to get around our nation’s capital. It is easy to make connections to Metro from the VRE or Amtrak. Metro also makes convenient connections to Reagan National and Dulles airports. At each station there are large color-coded maps showing fares and travel times. Each passenger needs a farecard to ride and fees are based on when and how far you travel. Farecard machines are in every station. Take a friend from the University and have a day of adventure seeing where you can go on the Metro! Metro operates on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. until midnight and on weekends from 8 a.m. until midnight. For more information on Metro schedules, fares or parking call 202/637-7000.
**While not convenient with large amounts of luggage, it is also possible to get to Reagan National Airport using the metro via the Yellow or Blue lines and Dulles International Airport via the Silver line +Metrobus Route 5A.
Vamoose Bus provides service between Virginia, Maryland, and New York City. One of the bus stops is in Lorton, which can be accessed via the Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Student could take the VRE from the Fredericksburg station to the Lorton station, then transfer to the Vamoose Bus.
Airport Shuttle Services:
TAXI Service : (see above) The local taxi companies will provide door-to-door transport to the airports. Call ahead to get current price information. This service could be shared by up to four students to reduce the price.
ChopChop SHUTTLE: 703-441-9999 $125 (CIE uses ChopChop regularly)
GLOBAL CAB: A new, reasonably priced service for rides to the airport (currently $75 one way), is being offered by Global Cab. Call 540-657-CABS (2227), or visit Global-Cab.com.
VAN/LIMO service to DC area airports is available for a wide range of prices beginning at $100. Limousine contact numbers include: Elsie Belman Limousine Service, 540-899-LIMO (5466), $195 (1-3 people) – $267 (5 people); Fredericksburg Limo Service, 540-899-6150