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Location & Transportation

Location & Transportation

Prince George’s County is strategically positioned within the heart of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, adjacent to Northern Virginia, which sits on the other side of the Potomac River. In addition to being minutes from our nation’s capital, the county is approximately 30 miles from historic Annapolis and 37 miles from Baltimore and the Inner Harbor, and it is within a half-day’s drive of New York, New York; Ocean City, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Richmond, Virginia.

Getting around town is made easy via several major arterial highways that make their way through the county. Interstates 95 and 495 (Capital Beltway); U.S. routes 1 (Baltimore Avenue/Boulevard), 50 (John Hanson Highway), and 301 (Crain Highway); and Maryland Route 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) are among the key thoroughfares crossing Price George’s. The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s Metrobus and Metrorail, the County’s “TheBus,” and the MARC Train offer commuters affordable and convenient transportation alternatives. In addition, travelers can take advantage of services by Greyhound bus and Amtrak rail at the nearby New Carrollton Station.

Air travelers have the pick of three major metropolitan airports located within close proximity to the county. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is 22 miles from the county and provides hundreds of daily departures and arrivals to and from a host of destinations across the globe. Prince George’s County also has access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, a quick 17-mile trip, as well as Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, an approximately 42-mile drive from the area. For regional air service, the county is equipped with College Park Airport, Freeway Airport in Bowie, Maryland Airport in Indian Head and Potomac Airfield in Fort Washington.

Businesses also utilize these airports, as well as CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroad and more than 180 local and long-distance trucking companies in order to ship goods across the country and beyond. Additionally, the Port of Baltimore is located within one hour of the county. The Port is ranked No. 1 for auto exports; farm and construction equipment; trucks; and imported forest products, gypsum, iron ore and sugar.

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