MARC Train Service: Commuter Rail Line to Washington DC

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••• MARC Train. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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, DC; Perryville, MD and Washington, DC; and Martinsburg, WV and Washington, DC. MARC Trains operate Monday through Friday only with limited service on select holidays. (Note: weekend service is now available on the Penn Line only). 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 Rail Lines

  • Penn Line - operates between Baltimore’s Penn Station, through the BWI Airport Train Station, and Union Station in Washington, DC. Stops include Baltimore City, Odenton, and Bowie State University. In addition, there are 4 stops north of Penn Station at Martins Airport, Edgewood, Aberdeen, and Perryville. 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 - 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 - 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

    The best way to buy a MARC train ticket is in person at the Amtrak Quik-Trak ticket vending machines. One-way tickets may be purchased on board MARC Trains with cash only. Tickets purchased on trains are subject to a $5.00 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 through mta.commuterdirect.com or by calling 410-697-2212. Note, MARC Train Service does not offer electronic ticketing – all tickets must be mailed

    Daily Fares: Range from $4 to $16 one way

    Discounted Fares:

    • Discounted weekly and monthly passes are available
    • College Students - 15% discount available with the Student Advantage Card
    • Children - Under the age of 6 ride free with any passenger paying the full fare (limit of two children per full fare passenger).

    MARC Train Information: (866) 743-3682 and (410) 539-5000

    Website: www.mtamaryland.com/services/marc

    While MARC Train offers a convenient way for many people to travel into the city, there are many transportation options available. Read more about Commuting to Washington DC