Columbia travel guide

Columbia Tourism | Columbia Guide

You're Going to Love Columbia

With a population of 99,615, Columbia is a must-see destination in Maryland, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Columbia has to offer.

Where to Eat in Columbia

If you’re looking for affordable options, Maggiano's - Columbia (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway) and Uncle Julio's - Columbia (10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 2530) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Cazbar - Columbia (9400 Snowden River Pkwy Ste 122) and Homeslyce - Columbia (9400 Snowden River Pkwy) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Columbia.

When to visit Columbia

Columbia in December
Estimated hotel price
$103
1 night at 3-star hotel
Columbia in December
Estimated hotel price
$103
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Columbia

Plane

When flying to Columbia, you’ll arrive at Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI), which is located 10 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Columbia departs from Miami and takes around 2h 34m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Columbia. The train journey from Columbia to Richmond takes 1h 47m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Philadelphia, expect to pay about $17 for a 1h 56m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Columbia is to pick up a car rental from New York, which is about 185 miles from Columbia. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Kyte, among others, in New York.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Columbia, including Megabus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and Washington Deluxe. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Columbia takes 170 miles and will cost you around $20. From New York, the ticket costs about $22 for a journey of 240 miles. Columbia’s bus station is located 3 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Columbia, you’ll arrive at Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI), which is located 10 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Columbia departs from Miami and takes around 2h 34m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Columbia. The train journey from Columbia to Richmond takes 1h 47m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Philadelphia, expect to pay about $17 for a 1h 56m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Columbia is to pick up a car rental from New York, which is about 185 miles from Columbia. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Kyte, among others, in New York.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Columbia, including Megabus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and Washington Deluxe. From Philadelphia, the bus ride to Columbia takes 170 miles and will cost you around $20. From New York, the ticket costs about $22 for a journey of 240 miles. Columbia’s bus station is located 3 miles from the city center.

Airports near Columbia

Airlines serving Columbia

KLM
Good (839 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,749 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,445 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,597 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,100 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,937 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,352 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,231 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Finnair
Good (765 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,932 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (776 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (561 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,543 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (189 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,359 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Columbia

Most booked hotels in Columbia

DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, 420 reviews)
$138+
Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 1083 reviews)
$149+
Hampton Inn Columbia
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 329 reviews)
$113+
Staybridge Suites Columbia - Baltimore, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 768 reviews)
$120+
Sonesta Select Columbia
3 stars
Good (7.9, 1144 reviews)
$115+
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Baltimore - BWI Airport
4 stars
Good (7.9, 880 reviews)
$125+

Renting a car in Columbia

Renting a car in Columbia costs $73 per day, on average, or $219 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 2% more expensive than at Baltimore/Washington.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Columbia (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Columbia is Luxury (Tesla Model Y or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Toyota Corolla or similar) are, on average, 56% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Columbia costs $73 per day, on average, or $219 if you want to rent if for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 2% more expensive than at Baltimore/Washington.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Columbia (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Columbia is Luxury (Tesla Model Y or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Toyota Corolla or similar) are, on average, 56% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.