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I've seen a related post on how to get to/from Dulles airport, but I wanted to see if there is any specific further advice to traveling from the airport to Annapolis. Maybe the advice given will also be generally applicable to other places in Maryland?

So far I've seen some instructions on how to make the trip using public transport. Although I'm not entirely sure whether the information there is still accurate.

Another option that seems promising is the SuperShuttle, but when I ask for a quote online I get a price of $150 for a single person! Is that for real, even on a shared van?

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Welcome to travel.SE. Advice on travelling to Annapolis cannot apply generically to the entire state of Maryland as it too spread out geographically. – Karlson May 3 '13 at 11:44
Where in Annapolis do you need to go? Dulles is around 60 mi / 100 km from Annapolis and on the directly opposite side of Washington; it would be far easier to fly into BWI or DCA if possible. – choster May 3 '13 at 14:45
Yes I know, but I'm travelling from UK, so arriving to IAD was the most convenient/cheap at the moment. – Juan A. Navarro May 3 '13 at 14:55

There are 2 bus routes that service Annapolis from Washington D.C. 921(Young Transportation Services and 922(Maryland Transportation Authority Commuter Bus), so you will need to get from Dulles to Washington and then with 1 or 2 transfers depending the route to Annapolis.

You can use Google's Maps to get the routes, which will be serviced by DC Metro Transit and YTS, or Maryland's MTA

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

So I've just been there and back, and I'm posting a bit more info in case it's useful to someone else. The single trip using public transport does take something between 2.5 and 3 hours, and cost in total between $18-$22 (single trip), but is definitely doable and convenient, particularly if you are travelling alone and with not much luggage.

  • First one has to get from the airport (IAD) to Washington D.C. For these either the Washington Flyer bus (to West Falls Church) or the Metrobus 5A (to Rosslyn) seem convenient. I decided to go for the Flyer bus, which costs $18 round trip (you can return at anytime within one month) and runs every half an hour (on the 15 and 45 every hour). On retrospect, the Metrobus might be a (slightly) better choice, as then I would get at least a chance to “see” a bit of DC since Rosslyn is closer to the center of the city, but anyway.

  • Either way, now one has to cross the city using the metro, most likely using the Orange line to New Carrollton. Make sure to have small notes to pay for your fare on the machine. How it works is that you look up your destination on a list on the machine, identify the fare that you must pay (chances are that you have to pay the peak fare and add an extra $1 for the paper ticket), select that amount on the machine and enter then the bank notes. From West Falls Church to New Carrollton I paid $6.75 (and the same when coming back).

  • At New Carrollton you can then take the YTS 921 to Annapolis which costs $5 a ride. This one was a bit tricky, first you have to exit the metro station through the south exit onto a big parking lot. You will see several bus stops, with maps and clearly marked signs of the bus routes stopping there; but 921 does not stop on any of those. It stops at some at some nondescript “kiss and go” area within the parking lot, only some small numbered stickers “921” will give you an indication that this is the place to wait. The small white bus/van itself is also rather nondescript, it may or may not say “Annapolis” on the side. Anyway, the people around and the drivers were typically nice and helpful, so ask if in doubt. It might also come handy to have with you a printed schedule, as this bus doesn't run often, and you might have to wait some time.

The return trip works easy as well, following the same instructions in reverse order. It might only be helpful to know that the bus stops for 921 in Annapolis are similarly rather nondescript, sometimes the only indication is a sign with the YTS logo. Also the bus might be late (once I waited some 10-15 minutes), so allow yourself some extra time for the travel, don't make too tight a plan if you need to catch a plane.

As I said, although it takes a bit of time, the trip is somewhat cheap and convenient. Specially if you are travelling light. I did ask at the counter of the SuperShuttle, but the price for a single trip would have been of $70. This might make more sense only if you are travelling as part of a big party and you can split the costs among yourselves.

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Congratulations on your adventure. Note that you aren't limited to the cost of your trip when purchasing a WMATA Metro farecard; you can add the round trip value (or more) and save yourself a stop at the farecard machine on your return. But even better, if you buy a $5 SmarTrip card and register it online, Metro will give you a $3 rebate five days afte registration, so your investment in the card will pay off with a single round trip. – choster May 13 '13 at 14:23

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