Cherry Blossom Festival Bus Trip
The Office of International Services is sponsoring a bus trip to Washington, DC on April 13th, 2013 for international students and scholars and their families. We reached capacity in less than eight hours after the invitation was sent. You may add yourself to the waiting list using this form.
Bus will depart from the SMC Campus Center (621 W. Lombard Street). You will need to arrive at the first floor lobby by 7:45am.
The bus will drop everyone off at the Greenbelt Metro station and everyone will be responsible for paying their own metro fare (see details below).
The bus will pick-up everyone from the Greenbelt Metro station promptly at 4pm and will return everyone to the SMC Campus Center (approximately 4:45pm).
If you signed up and need to cancel, please email Gina Dreyer as there is a waiting list of people interested in attending.
Cherry Blossom Festival Information
Each spring Washington, DC celebrates the beauty of the cherry blossom trees with a festival. On the day of our bus trip there will be a parade from 10am-12pm. Other events happening that day can be found here.
When you arrive at the Greenbelt metro station, you will be able to buy fare passes at machines that take both cash and credit cards. [Note: if you use the CharmCard on Baltimore public transit it will work in Washington, DC as well. You will still need to put money on your card as the passes are different for each city.] There are three options for buying fare:
- Buy a day-pass for $14. You can buy at the station using cash or credit card or online ahead of time (need to buy at least four days before to ensure that it arrives to you by the 13th). This option is a good idea if you plan to visit different areas of Washington.
- Buy a fare pass for the exact amount you plan to use. Assuming Greenbelt to L'Enfant Plaza on the green line it will be $4.50 each way ($9 roundtrip) if you purchase a paper farecard. [Fare is different depending on how far you are travelling. Use metro's trip planner if you plan on going somewhere other than L'Enfant Plaza.]
- If you have a SmartCard or CharmCard this price will be be $2 less for roundtrip. If you do not have a SmartCard or CharmCard and would like one, they cost $5 and you can learn more here.
You may notice on the metro map that you can also switch trains at L'Enfant Plaza to a blue-line train towards Franconia Springfield or an orange-line train towards Vienna/Fairfax to get to the Smithsonian station, which is closer to the Cherry Blossom festival events. This is possible but not recommended due to the large crowds that typically use the Smithsonian station during this festival. It is often difficult to get on and off trains at the Smithsonian station.
If you decide that you'd like to stay in DC longer and not go back on the bus to campus at 4pm, here's how you can get back to Baltimore using public transportation.
- Take the metro to Greenbelt.
- Deboard the train and go outside to the bus area and find the bus port labeled B30, which is the bus that will take you to BWI airport. It runs every 40 minutes. The bus costs $6/person and can be paid either using money on a SmarTrip/CharmCard or cash.
- At BWI, deboard at stop 2 (international concourse E/Light rail station) and then pay for Light rail fare ($1.60/person) and board a Light rail train towards either Timonium or Hunt Valley. The stop closest to campus is University Center/Baltimore Street.