The city of Greenbelt has a good public transportation system, in addition to a well maintained road system and
walkways/park system for pedestrians. County "The Bus" and
Metro buses serve the Greenbelt area, with the Greenbelt Metro Rail/MARC station as the natural
hub. From here you can take the metro to downtown Washington DC
and National Airport, the MARC train to Baltimore, or the bus to BWI airport.
An excellent site to explore the
possibilities of the D.C area metro transportation system is www.wmata.com where you can find/search routes, fares and browse maps and
time schedules. For "The Bus" schedules go to http://www.goprincegeorgescounty.com/Government/AgencyIndex/DPW&T/Transit/thebus.asp?nivel=foldmenu(2)
If you plan to park your car at the metro
station, you need to buy a SmarTrip card, which costs $5, and can be
bought at one of the machines inside the metro station or online.
You can add money to the SmarTrip card at one of the machines
(cash or credit card), or on metro buses (cash only), and the card can
then be used to pay for parking and also pay your fare on the bus or the
Buying a Car
A reliable source is the used cars
network www.carmax.com. You can check
out cars online, then request a test-drive at the local showroom (the
nearest one is Laurel.) They offer a good (free) babysitting
service here while you test-drive the car and complete paperwork.
Also the price is non-negotiable, which saves the hassle of haggling
with the salesperson.
Each US car is issued with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) upon which you can retrieve the vehicle history for free at www.carfax.com.
If you intend to use a car during your
stay in the US it is highly recommended that you contact the Maryland
Vehicle Administration (MVA) as soon as you know that you are going to
the US, and book an appointment for documental review. The normal
waiting time is three months for this procedure. If your documental
review is fine you can take the written and driving tests the same day
and thus convert your international drivers license to a Maryland one.
Note that you are obliged to take the compulsory three hour drug and
alcoholic course and bring proof of participation to the documental
Mobil station, next to Roosevelt
Center, Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
George’s Amoco, 8153 Baltimore
Cherry Hill Exxon, 11417 Cherry Hill
Cars can be rented from various
companies, such as www.enterprise.com
or www.zipcar.com. You should be aware that the point service insurance on international drivers license usually
effectively doubles the rate quoted on the website. Normally to rent a truck or equivalent for moving larger items requires an
American drivers license.
A reliable service is On Time Taxi in College Park,
There are three major airports in the
area: Dulles International Airport
(IAD), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI.) There is a
bus (B30) which offers frequent service between Greenbelt Metro Station
and BWI, and you can take the metro to National Airport. Alternatively, you can take the SuperShuttle, which
offers door-to-door service between your home and any of these airports.
Go to www.supershuttle.com