Welcome To Montgomery County, MD
If you’re looking to explore Montgomery County and the surrounding areas, there are many transportation options available to you. This page will give you some basic information on how to get around Montgomery.
Travel by Road
If you will be driving around the county, the major roadways include the following:
- Interstate 270
- Interstate 495
- Interstate 95
- Highway 200
- Highway 29
The major cities of Germantown and Gaithersburg are both located just off of I-270. Rockville (another major city and the county seat) is also located off of I-270 between Highway 200 and I-495. Silver Spring is located close to Washington, DC, just off of Highway 29. Highway 29 will also take you straight into DC itself if you’re choosing to visit the city via car.
Travel by Air
Are you flying into or out of the area? There are 3 major airports located around Montgomery County:
- Thurgood Marshall Airport is located to the northeast, and can be accessed via Highway 29.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is located to the south of Montgomery County, just outside of Washington, DC, and is easily accessed on I-495.
- Washington Dulles International Airport is to the southwest; you can get there by crossing the Potomac River via I-495.
Taxis and other public transportation options are available to get you to and from the airport if needed.
Travel via Metro
Montgomery County has access to a great metro rail system that allows you to take an easy day trip to DC. There are 2 rail systems that travel through Montgomery County, passing through major cities like Rockville, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, and Silver Spring. Here are a few tips if you’ve never used the rail system before:
- Look for the large metro signs to guide you to the stations. Large, brown columns will be marked with an “M” to identify station entrances. The colored stripes on the columns will show you which rail lines are accessible via that station.
- Read station signs carefully in order to find which platform to use for your desired destination.
- When a train arrives, the destination will be posted on the side above the windows; always double check the train’s destination before boarding.
- Fare cards can be purchased if you plan to be traveling to Washington, DC, many times on your visit.
It is a good idea to plan your trip ahead of time using the metro rail website, so you can find the right stations and know the train schedules in advance.
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