Marine Corps Base Quantico - Millie Marine Corps Base Quantico - Millie

Marine Corps Base Quantico


What was established as a humble Marine Barracks in 1917 has evolved into a massive installation that is coined “The Crossroads of the Marine Corps.” Marine Corps Base Quantico occupies roughly 55,000 acres of land in southern Prince William County, northern Stafford County, and eastern Fauquier County. It is bordered to the east by the tiny town of Quantico, which has been almost completely engulfed by the base. Unique among military installations, the public has access to the base and housing areas. There’s also a publicly accessible commuter train station on base with service for both the Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak.

As the home of the Marine Officer Candidate School, every Marine officer will train at Quantico and many enlisted Marines will pass through its gates as well. The Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and Staff College, and the Marine Corps University are also located at MCB Quantico, attracting senior-ranking Marines and officers from across the services. The FBI, DEA, and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) all have training academies on base, and Marine One’s helicopters are also stationed here (you know…the folks that fly the president!). There’s also the Marine Corps Brig, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and the Marine Corps Research Center at Quantico.

Living off post is popular, as base housing is usually reserved for students attending one of the many schools or training facilities, or for International exchange officers. The nearby town of Stafford is a popular choice, as well as Woodbridge or even further north for the reverse commute. Spend some time on our neighborhood guides — especially the commute sections — to get an idea for the area. Often times, those stationed at MCB Quantico will do a follow on assignment at The Pentagon or another area installation. You’ll want to consider that possibility, and the commute implications, if you’re thinking of living in Stafford or any other Southern NOVA suburb.

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Base Location

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
45 minutes
Dulles International Airport
58 minutes

Greyhound Bus – 22 minutes
1040 Express Dr.
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Amtrak – 0 minutes
Quantico Station
Potomac Avenue (inside)
Quantico MCB
550 Railroad Ave
Quantico, VA 22134

Washington D.C. – 55 minutes
Richmond, VA – 1 hour 14 minutes
Baltimore, MD – 1 hour 35 minutes
New York City, NY – 4 hours 31 minutes


Drive Transit
North Arlington (Ballston) 40 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS (reverse)
*3 HRS Bus TO NE Regional Train
South Arlington (Alcova Heights) 40 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS (reverse)
2 HRS Bus to NE Regional Train
City of Alexandria (Old Town) 45 MINS
*2 HRS 30 MINS
*1 HR NE Regional Train (limited schedule)
Fort Hunt/Mount Vernon 45 MINS
*1 HR
Kingstowne 45 MINS
*1 HR
Falls Church 45 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Annandale 45 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS
Vienna 45 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
Reston 50 MINS
*1 HR 25 MINS
Herndon 55 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Springfield 33 MINS
*1 HR
Burke 40 MINS
*1 HR 5 MINS
Fairfax Station 35 MINS
*1 HR 15 MINS
Lorton 25 MINS
*45 MINS
Centreville 45 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Chantilly 50 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Manassas 35 MINS
*50 MINS
Woodbridge 20 MINS
*30 MINS
12 MINS Amtrak
Stafford 20 MINS
*25 MINS
Chevy Chase 55 MINS
*1 HR 50 MINS
Silver Spring 1 HR 15 MINS
*2 HRS 10 MINS
Frederick 1 HR 30 MINS
*3 HRS
Annapolis 1 HR 20 MINS
*2 HRS 20 MINS
Bethesda 55 MINS
*1 HR 30 MINS
Northwest DC 1 HR
*1 HR 40 MINS
Northeast DC 1 HR 10 MINS
*2 HRS
Southwest DC 50 MINS
*1 HR 20 MINS
1 HR 24 MINS Amtrak to Metro (Green/Yellow)
Southeast DC 50 MINS
*1 hr 40 MINS

Impact of Peak Hours 6a – 9a | 4p – 7p

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Nearby Neighborhoods

  • Alexandria

  • Arlington

  • Fairfax

  • Southern NOVA