Originally Posted by vinmaker
Is there also a college park metro stop? Could this be checked if the metro station at Greenbelt is full?
Are there any express trains that one can jump on to get to the city or are they all normal trains that stop at every stop along the way?
Btw. How long is the train ride from Greenbelt to the city?
I think the DW and I have settled on the Cherry Hill CG since it does seem to be closer. And in April, we do not mind being in the open sun. It might make us warmer.
There is not a College Park station, but there is a WMATA bus stop right outside the campground gates.
I've never seen Greenbelt totally full up. If it does, drive 7 miles east on 495 and go to New Carrollton. I've never seen that one full, either. I have heard of parking pains at the Silver Spring station.
The are all normal trains. No express.
I plan on the train portion taking 40 minutes. But the walk in from the parking lot is long and figuring out the machines can be tricky for tourists. The metro employees are hit or miss as to their level of helpfulness.
Get SmartCards, they cost a couple of bucks but metro charges you a dollar each way any time you use a paper card. You'll be able to pay for parking with the SmartCard if you drive to a metro lot. It's a flat $5-ish for the day.