MARC Train Service: Commuter Rail Line to Washington, D.C.

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MARC Train Service (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) is a 187-mile commuter rail system that provides service on three lines, between Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C.; Perryville, MD, and Washington, D.C.; and Martinsburg, WV, and Washington, D.C. MARC Trains operate Monday through Friday with limited service on select holidays and weekend service on the Penn Line only (between Baltimore and Washington). Train service is offered during morning and evening rush hours on the Brunswick and Camden Line, with all day and late evening service on the Penn Line. Seating is not reserved. Most rush hour trains have a quiet car, which is located next to the locomotive (Car #1). MARC Train Service is operated under a contract with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and CSX Transportation. MARC Train Service offers a comfortable way to commute to Washington, D.C. and avoid the hassles of congested traffic around the capital region. 

MARC Commuter rail line
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MARC Train Rail Lines

The Penn, Brunswick, and Camden lines serve different stations in and around Washington, D.C. Check the MARC website to see the schedule and plan your trip.

  • Penn Line: This line operates between Baltimore’s Perryville Station, through the BWI Airport Train Station, and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Stops include Baltimore City, Odenton, and Bowie State University. The Penn Line is the only line of the MARC Train Service to offer mid-day trips between Baltimore and Washington. Weekend service is available on the Penn Line, offering much-needed transportation between Baltimore and Washington. Select weekend trains have a designated “bike car” to enable bicycles to be brought on the trains. Bike car spaces are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Brunswick Line: This line operates between Brunswick, Maryland and Union Station in Washington DC. This line also includes an extension to Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia. Stops along the Brunswick Line include Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Silver Spring.
  • Camden Line: This line operates out of Camden Yards in Downtown Baltimore and travel to Union Station in Washington DC. The Camden Line stops include Dorsey, Laurel, and College Park.

MARC Train Tickets

One-way, 5-Day, 7-Day, and 31-Day passes are available for purchase. The exact fares depend on the MARC Station you are traveling to or from.

  • One-way fares: Range from $5 to $17
  • 5-Day passes: Range from $37.50 to $127.50
  • 7-Day passes: Range from $50 to $170
  • Monthly passes: Range from $135 to $459

When deciding which pass to purchase, take note that 5-Day passes may only be used on the designated Monday to Friday, and 7-Day tickets on the designated Saturday to Friday. Monthly passes can only be used during a calendar month.

The best way to buy a MARC train ticket is via the app CharmPass. With a one-way ticket, you can transfer to any of the BaltimoreLink Core Services (including the metro and CityLink buses) for free within 90 minutes of purchase.

You can also get tickets in person at the MARC Ticket Vending Machines, which accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit, and debit. One-way tickets may be purchased on board MARC Trains with cash only. Tickets purchased on trains are subject to a $5 surcharge if the ticket vending machine was available and/or the ticket office was open at train departure time. 

One-way, weekly, monthly and Transit Link Cards are available for online purchase or by calling 410-697-2212. You can also pick them up at Commuter Stores.

Discounted passes and tickets are available for select passengers:

  • Passengers with disabilities: A 50 percent discount is available with a valid MTA Disability Photo ID Card. If you have a valid disability ID from another transit agency, you can bring that with a government-issued photo ID instead.
  • Seniors: A 50 percent discount is available for passengers 65 and up. You must have valid government-issued photo ID.
  • College students: A 15 percent discount is available on one-way, 7-Day, and monthly passes with the Student Advantage Card.
  • Children under the age of 6: They can ride free with any passenger paying the full fare (limit of two children per full fare passenger).

MARC Train Information

Phone: (866) 743-3682 and (410) 539-5000

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