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There are 6 ways to get from UNION STATION station to Columbia by train, taxi, bus or car

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Train, taxi  •  49 min

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station Northeast Regional / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Columbia

$58 - $147

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Bus  •  2h 11m

  1. Take the bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 1ST ST SE wb to LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb 305 / ...

$1 - $5

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Bus via CONSTITUTION AVE & 9TH ST NW wb  •  2h 9m

  1. Take the bus from CONSTITUTION AVE & 9TH ST NW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb 305 / ...

$1 - $5

Bus via 12TH ST & G ST NW nb  •  2h 22m

  1. Take the bus from 12TH ST & G ST NW nb to LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb 325

$3 - $9

Taxi  •  41 min

  1. Take a taxi from UNION STATION station to Columbia 32.9 miles

$100 - $130

Drive  •  41 min

  1. Drive from UNION STATION station to Columbia 32.9 miles

$3 - $5

UNION STATION station to Columbia by bus

The bus journey time between UNION STATION station and Columbia is around 1h 35m and covers a distance of around 29 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 1h 31m. Operated by Metro Washington DC and Maryland Transit, the UNION STATION station to Columbia bus service departs from H St & Union Station Garage and arrives in LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb. Typically 10 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
1h 35m
Fastest bus time:
1h 31m
Bus distance:
29 miles
Buses per week:
10
Cheapest price:
$3
Carbon emissions:
5 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
16:03
Last bus departs at:
17:03

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

UNION STATION station to Columbia bus schedules

Bus services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
UNION STATION station → Columbia
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The cheapest way to get from UNION STATION station to Columbia is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from UNION STATION station to Columbia is to taxi which costs $100 - $130 and takes 41 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 1ST ST SE wb and arriving at LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 1h 50m.

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The distance between UNION STATION station and Columbia is 25 miles. The road distance is 32.9 miles.

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The best way to get from UNION STATION station to Columbia without a car is to train and taxi which takes 49 min and costs $55 - $150.

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It takes approximately 49 min to get from UNION STATION station to Columbia, including transfers.

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UNION STATION station to Columbia bus services, operated by Maryland Transit, depart from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 1ST ST SE wb station.

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UNION STATION station to Columbia bus services, operated by Maryland Transit, arrive at LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb station.

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Yes, the driving distance between UNION STATION station to Columbia is 33 miles. It takes approximately 41 min to drive from UNION STATION station to Columbia.

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  • Distance: 25.3 miles
  • Duration: 49 min

What companies run services between UNION STATION station, DC, USA and Columbia, MD, USA?

Maryland Transit operates a bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 1ST ST SE wb to LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb every 4 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 1h 50m.

Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Northeast Regional
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$35 - $65
Business Class Seat
$55 - $100
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak Acela Express
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Business Seat
$70 - $110
First Class
$75 - $190
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40
Bus operators
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Bus from INDEPENDENCE AVE & 1ST ST SE wb to LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $5
More information at
Maryland Transit
Bus from CONSTITUTION AVE & 9TH ST NW wb to COLUMBIA MALL & RING RD wb
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $5
More information at
Maryland Transit
Bus from 12TH ST & G ST NW nb to LITTLE PATUXENT PKWY & VANTAGE POINT RD opp wb
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
More information at
Maryland Transit
Other operators
Taxi from Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station to Columbia
Ave. Duration
19 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Diamond Cab Taxi
Phone
+1 410-947-3333
Baltimore Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 410-685-1212

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