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i am planning on staying in the columbia area..is it wise to take a train into the dc area instead of driving? or is driving ok and parking near the mall ok? thanks for your repley.

Baltimore, Maryland
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Parking near the mall? Only if it's on a weekend and you get there before 8:00a.m., otherwise you will be looking for a parking space until noon.

I used to live in Columbia and work in DC. If you plan on going into the city during the week TAKE THE TRAIN! Save yourself HOURS of frustration being stuck on the beltway with our crazy drivers.

The trains are safe, comfortable and reliable. The MARC train will take you straight into Union Station where you can access the Metro (our subway system) or grab a taxi. One thing though - the MARC train only runs in the mornings and the late afternoon/evening. Be sure to check the schedules as some people are under the impression that they run all day long and end up stuck downtown for several hours.

Genesee, CO
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Hi I just got back from the DC area and stayed in Columbia. I wouldn't recommend driving in. We drove to the Greenbelt station on the two days we went into DC (Friday and Sunday).

The DC subway seemed clean and safe. We had no hassle with traffic getting to Greenbelt even on Friday. You can get an all day pass for $6.95 for the subway (but be aware these aren't available until 9 am on weekdays). Also, parking is $3.50 on weekdays at the greenbelt and you have to get a smart card to pay on weekdays, but parking is free at the greenbelt on weekends.

I would definitely recommend taking the metro from greenbelt, it was easy, stress-free, and very convenient. The DC metro site has a website where you can get maps, plan your routes, etc.

Parker, Colorado
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Help! I also will be staying in Columbia MD and planning to go into DC on a Saturday, and want to take the train. I am trying to understand how to do this: I have to take a train? from Baltimore then switch somewhere to the DC metro? Where are Columbia locations to get on the train? I plan to stay around Hwy 100 and 29. Any and all direction on this is appreciated ....

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