transportation for parents from airport to academy

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  1. TJsmom

    TJsmom Member

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    My husband and I are flying into BWI with our son for session 2 summer seminar and have decided to stay in Annapolis for the week. We've decided to use public transportation for getting around as opposed to renting a car. Can anybody give feedback on what is the best transportation from BWI to Annapolis. We are looking at the C-60-bus...but cannot find where you buy tickets. We also see there is a super shuttle. Any other ideas? Looks like we can get a ticket for $16.50 week to ride a bunch of buses
     
  2. marvin7794

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    Cab is the quickest/easiest way from BWI to DTA. Do not get on any sort of bus. Public transportation in Annapolis (the city bus) should be left to Plebes. Unless you want to go to the mall though, you should be fine on foot. Supershuttle isn't bad either. Your call.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You might look into SuperShuttle or similar services. No personal experience but it's another option.
     
  4. TJsmom

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    Marvin7794, would you be willing to elaborate on the bus issue any further? We have had pretty good experiences with the bus systems in Seattle and Boston-once you get the blue, orange, red lines or other metro connections and subways figured out. Are there other issues aside from getting on the wrong bus that we need to be aware of?
     
  5. marvin7794

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    Sure, BWI and Annapolis are in two separate locales. Whatever bus you were planning on taking to get you into Annapolis (I'm guessing MTA) takes too long and is not worth your time or effort, which is why I would recommend either a cab or the super shuttle. Once you are in Annapolis, the bus is fine but is really only necessary if you are going somewhere like the mall. Other than that, just about everything you need in Annapolis is within walking distance of the Academy. Public transportation in Annapolis just isn't what you would expect I guess.
     
  6. pilotmom15

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    I live in Maryland. DS is also attending session 2. I also highly suggest cab or super shuttle
     
  7. MJOmom

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    Trying not to use a car for a week is laudable ... but you must do your research ... not so much on this forum as on the internet, with AAA or other travel site to truly plan what you want to do ... Do you plan to go to DC at all? Tour the Maryland shore? Go to Baltimore? there are websites that can help you ... Annapolis itself does have busses of sorts ... but depending on where your hotel is, this may or may not work well ...

    my no-longer plebe son says its a challenge to go anywhere like DC on the bus ... there is no nearby train/subway ... it takes 45 minutes (or less) to drive from Alexandria, VA to USNA (non rush hour) ... it would take all day by bus, to metro, to transfer to walk ...
     
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    My DD used a shared van to travel back and forth to the Yard for trips - this one is nice and they are very flexible if you book over the phone www.coachandcourier.com and another one I've heard good things about is www.theairportshuttle.com. This isn't an advertisement but just passing along info!
     
  9. Meg0427

    Meg0427 New Member

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    I have had great experiences in Boston using public transportation. However in Annapolis not so much. I have been there with no car and while it is doable being there for a long time with no car is not great. If you want to go anywhere but Annapolis you need a rental car.
     
  10. Capt MJ

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    I have mentioned www.airportshuttle.com often, as I've used them to get from Annapolis residence/hotel/Yard to/from BWI since 1996. Book online for best rates, DOD/military discount available. Shared van service.

    http://www.aacounty.org/PlanZone/Transportation/Transit.cfm

    The link above is the best summary I know for bus service in and around Annapolis and going to Baltimore, BWI or DC. It's time-consuming but can be done. Taking an express bus to the New Carrollton Metro station and then Metro'ing into DC museum/monument area is doable, depending what day and bus times. Light rail connection to Baltimore is available at BWI.

    I don't think Zipcars are available yet in Annapolis.

    Don't forget that through early October (mostly), it's gonna be sweaty and sticky in this part of the world, and an exhausting multiple bus jaunt might be the unintended result of a car-free travel adventure.
     
  11. agolson

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    By the time you pay for 3 round trip fares on the super shuttle (from BWI to Annapolis) you could rent a car. I would go to an online service like priceline and name your own price.
     
  12. TJsmom

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    Well we took the supershuttle from BWI to our hotel in Annapolis. We learned that 2 city buses, the gold and brown, ran on Sunday-but they did not go by the posted schedules-flip a coin to see if they arrive. We learned that the Dillion 922 is a commuter bus that goes directly to DC and back to Annapolis-$4.25 each way. It arrived on the minute! We took 922 two days in a row and spent both days exploring DC..cool. When exploring DC you can buy a 2-day hop-on and off trolley ticket for $35 at Union Station (where the 922 can drop you off). Back in Annapolis, the hotel we stayed in has a shuttle that transports within a 5 mile radius. They dropped us off and picked us up when we called. We stayed over in the Riva/Forest area about 4-5 miles? from the city dock. We were able to get around on foot or by shuttle to local shopping centers and explore the Annapolis marine area. I hope this helps others who intend on coming here for a visit!
     
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