Quantico Marine Base
MCB Quantico Relocation Information
Image via quantico.marines.mil
Quantico is known as the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps.” If you’re a Marine, you’ll likely be stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia once, if not multiple times, in your career.
Just 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River, you’ll find the area bustling with events and activities. While Quantico has some separation from the D.C. area, you’ll find numerous military installations and their facilities within an easy drive, along with access to city life, beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities.
With over 28,000 military, civilians, contractors, and students, the base has a huge economic impact on the surrounding area.
Marines take their posts before morning colors in front of Lejeune Hall on Nov. 18, 2013. The Marines conduct morning colors every morning to represent the spirit of Marines running into the fray. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cuong Le)
There’s a little something for everyone at Quantico!
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking, camping, boating, and fishing on the Potomac River.
History buffs can visit the numerous Civil War battlefields and the Marine Corps Museum and then head up to the National Mall in D.C. to explore the many monuments, memorials, and museums. City lovers can venture into cities like D.C. and Baltimore, MD, to enjoy the culture, shopping, and night life.
Quantico itself hosts a number of events, creating community through smaller unit specific gatherings as well as the yearly Modern Day Marine Expo.
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Frequently Asked Questions about MCB Quantico
1) How many people are stationed at Quantico?
Over 28,000 military, contractors, and civilians work on MCB Quantico.
2) What do the terms NOVA and DMV mean?
Quantico is located in the area known as the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia). The terms National Capital Region (NCR) and Northern Virginia (NOVA) are also used to describe this location.
3) Can you tour the National Museum of Marine Corps?
The museum is open to the public. Guidance from the museum advises you allow 3-4 hours to tour the galleries and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park. Docent led tours are free and open without reservations, based on availability. Get more information about the museum and plan your visit.
4) How many gates does Quantico have?
MCB Quantico has 5 gates. Gate locations and hours:
- Gate 1 (Main Gate/Fuller Road) – Open 24 Hours
- Gate 4 (Back Gate/Commissary) – Open 5am-10pm
- Gate 5 (Ponderosa Y/next to CVI Lot) – Open 24 Hours
- Gate 6 (Onville Rd/TBS) – Open 5am-10pm
- MCU/Q-Town Gate – Open 5:40am-5pm weekdays (pedestrian only gate)
View of the National Mall in nearby Washington, D.C.
Base Location and Information
Some of the Military Bases Near MCB Quantico
Quantico Marine Base is located at 3250 Catlin Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134, off Interstate 95 in Virginia. The base is approximately 36 miles south of Washington D.C. and 20 miles north of Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg, VA. Other cities even nearer to Quantico MCB, also located off of I-95, include Stafford, Triangle, Dumfries, Montclair, Woodbridge and Dale City, VA.
The airports closest to Quantico are Dulles International, located in Centerville, VA, and Ronald Reagan Washington National in Washington, D.C.
The NOVA/D.C. area is host to NRO Chantilly, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, The Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and many other military bases.
There are two sides to Marine Corps Base Quantico. Mainside, which is home to downtown Quantico, Quantico Station, the MCX, commissary, gym, community events, and base housing, is located by the Iwo Jima statue and the Marine Corps Museum. It houses the Marine Corps Air Facility and HMX-1, the squadron that flies the President.
The other part of Quantico, which is across I-95 and open to Stafford, is larger and home to training for Marines, the DEA, and the FBI.
Even with the large number of military in the area, the area outside the north side of base is widely diverse and mostly civilian.
National Museum of the Marine Corps. Image by Mr.TinDC
Quantico isn’t exempt from D.C.’s traffic. I-95 is the primary method for northern Virginia commuters to drive to the city, and it’s often bumper-to-bumper traffic for hours in the morning headed north and in the evening headed south.
You’ll want to be sure which side of Quantico you’re reporting for duty so you can choose a home in the right location and minimize rush hour traffic.
Expect to hear explosives and sirens frequently during base training and exercises. But don’t worry, you’ll soon learn to tune them out!
Base lodging and local hotels for initial lodging needs – Quantico Lodging Crossroads Inn.
3018 Russell Rd
Quantico, VA 22134
The Crossroads Inn is located on the main side of Quantico Marine Corps Base and has 78 standard rooms, 42 efficiencies and 24 suites. PCS families can make reservations up to six months in advance, and it’s recommended to make reservations as early as possible.
Phone: (703) 630-4444 or (800) 965-9511
View of Quantico Housing via Lincoln Military Housing
Military housing at Quantico Marine Corps Base is privatized. Housing consists of 1137 homes located within 9 different communities serving the military community at Marine Corps Base Quantico. It is managed by Lincoln Military Housing.
13201 Perkins St.
Quantico, VA 22134
Phone: (703) 432-8500
Quantico Family Housing Office: (703) 784-2711 or (DSN) (312) 278-2711
Quantico Off-Base Housing
Homes for sale and houses for rent near Quantico MCB – Quantico MCB Homes.
Where you’ll be reporting for duty at Quantico will best help you determine where to live. If you’ll be working on the south end near the MCX and commissary, you may want to look for a home in Stafford. Although you’ll be traveling with the rush-hour traffic, your proximity to base should offset the inconvenience.
If you’ll be on the north side near the main gate, look for property in Triangle, Dumfries, or even Woodbridge. You can afford to live a few more miles off base when you look north because your drive will be against most commuters. The same is true if you’re headed to the other side of Quantico for training or to be an instructor.
Area Weather and Climate
When it comes to picking a wardrobe for your time spent at Quantico, you’ll want a little bit of everything.
While the winters get cold and even snowy, the summers are hot and humid. When you add to that the frequent spring showers, you can expect your closet to expand to incorporate clothing for every type of weather.
You might even see a weakened hurricane or two make its way up the coast during your time at Quantico, during which the area experiences many overcast days and heavy rain.
Marine Corps Base Quantico Area Schools
Elementary School Boundary Map via Prince William County Public Schools. Visit their site for middle and high school boundary maps, and also see the Stafford County Public Schools.
MCB Quantico is located in Prince William County, Virginia. If you reside in Quantico housing, your children are eligible to attend one of the DOD schools located on base, including Crossroads Elementary and Quantico Middle/High School.
Choose from a variety of top rated public schools, private schools, or homeschool with the support of other homeschooling families in the area.
Get plugged into your military community and find which type of schooling works best for your family at Quantico. View the local school ratings on Great Schools or hop on VAHomeschoolers to find a support group.
There are many schooling options for your military family while stationed at Quantico. Here are a few resources:
Support for Military and Families
Your time at Quantico could be a great opportunity for you to finish your degree, continue your current line of work, or even jump into politics with an internship in D.C.
With military spouse employment always a concern, you’ll be glad to hear that the unemployment rate for Prince William County is below the national average. The largest employing industries in the area are education, healthcare, and the DOD.
Of course, there’s nothing like connecting with others in the area before you arrive! Take a look at these area groups and resources:
(All links are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute endorsement.)
3250 Catlin Avenue