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Transportation in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is easy to reach and convenient to explore! Whether it’s by air, rail, or car, getting there and finding transportation in Montgomery County is simple!

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By Car

Interstate 270 is the easiest way to see western Montgomery County, taking a driver through Rockville, Germantown, and Gaithersburg. Just north of the county, I-270 provides easy access to Interstate 70, which connects Baltimore and western Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) circles Washington, DC, and provides access to Bethesda and Silver Spring. It’s just a short drive away from Interstate 95, the East Coast’s main highway, which allows travel to Washington, DC, and has a direct connection to the Intercounty Connector, leading a driver westward through Montgomery County.

By Rail

The Red Line of the Washington Metro begins and ends in Montgomery County, taking a rider from Rockville to Glenmont by way of the District of Columbia. The Red Line is Metro’s original line and carries passengers directly into the center of Washington. It offers a direct connection to all five of the Metro’s other lines, making the District, Virginia, and other parts of Maryland an easy trip from Montgomery County. Additionally, Amtrak, which offers train service from the Montgomery County to the rest of the U.S., is accessible from the Rockville Metro station.

By Air

Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) are all within 30 miles of Montgomery County and offer easy access to Montgomery County from anywhere in the world. All major domestic airlines serve at least one of the three airports, with many offering service from all three.

By Bus

Metrobus can take riders throughout Montgomery County, providing more than 12,000 stops throughout the Washington Metro area. With almost 1,500 buses running through the Metrobus system, almost any destination is just a short ride away.

Ride On, operated by Montgomery County Department of Transportation, serves neighborhoods, subdivisions, and main thoroughfares with more than 75 routes and 5000 stops throughout the County. Most Ride On routes serve one or more of 13 Metrorail stations and 8 MARC stations. For more information, go to www.RideOnbus.com

Outside of Metrobus, Vamoose Bus offers service from Bethesda to New York City, about a four-hour ride.

By Ferry

The only remaining ferry crossing of the Potomac River, which divides Maryland from Virginia, is in Montgomery County. White’s Ferry connects Montgomery County with Leesburg, Va., providing a unique way to get a scenic view of one of the country’s most important waterways.