Below is a list of transportation services that fulfill a variety of travel needs.
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.
Local 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 popular option for students.
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. Metro operates on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. until midnight and on weekends from 7 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 or Dulles International Airport via the Silver line to Wiehle-Reston East station + the Silver Line Express Bus to Dulles airport.
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 can take the VRE from the Fredericksburg station to Lorton station, then transfer to the Vamoose Bus.
To use Megabus, students can take the VRE/Amtrak from Fredericksburg to Union Station.
- Washington, D.C. to Boston, MA 10-11 hours
- Washington, D.C. to New York City, NY 4-6 hours
- Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA 3-4 hours
Greyhound bus offers services to:
- Boston, MA 12-14 hours
- New York City, NY 6-8 hours
- Philadelphia, PA 6-10 hours
Airport Shuttle Services:
ChopChop SHUTTLE: 703-441-9999 $125, or visit ChopChopShuttleandTour.com
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.