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By Train, by Car, by Plane, Getting Here is a Snap

Baltimore is easy to find no matter how you choose to travel.

Several major highways, train tracks and airlines will take you directly to this centrally located East Coast city. Once you’re here, there are many public transportation options to navigate your way around Charm City.

Hop Around

Arriving by Plane

Just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, BWI Airport offers more than 600 domestic flights daily, and a variety of transit options to get you to your next destination:

  • Taxis, shuttles and ride-share—Uber and Lyft—all serve BWI.
  • Rail: There is a train station located at the airport for travelers taking the commuter rail service (MARC) or for those who wish to take Amtrak.
  • Light Rail: Baltimore’s light rail system also services the airport and can take you on a route passing through downtown Baltimore on its way north to Hunt Valley.

Arriving by Bus

Baltimore is accessible from around the country via Greyhound and other national bus lines; several budget-priced bus services run frequent trips to New York City and other Northeast destinations.

Arriving by Car

Charm City is less than four hours from New York City, two hours from Philadelphia and one hour from Washington, D.C. by car.  Several major highways are easily accessible from the city, including I-95 and I-83 for drivers heading north and south.

 

Parking

If traveling by car, there are plenty of parking options in Baltimore. Keep an eye out for street parking but be sure to double check nearby signs for restrictions or costs. Reserve a spot in a garage or lot ahead of time (and possibly save some money) with online services like Parking Panda and Spot Hero.

Arriving by Train

Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Station is a popular stop on Amtrak’s busy Northeast corridor. Located in the heart of the city, just steps from the Station North Arts & Entertainment District, it’s also less than two miles from the Inner Harbor. You can also catch a train on the commuter rail service to Washington, D.C. Tickets are available inside the station or on self-serve kiosks.

When you arrive, transit options are available within steps of the station. Here’s a quick roundup to help you find your way:

  • Grab a cab right outside the main entrance.
  • Board the Light Rail.
  • Take the Charm City Circulator (more information below) south to downtown hotels and the Convention Center or north to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Hop on an MTA bus at a stop on St. Paul Street, going south, or on Charles Street, going north.
  • Tap an app for an Uber or Lyft.

The city’s secondary train station Camden Station, adjacent to the Convention Center, provides a downtown option for those commuting from Washington, D.C. If you’re looking to take a day trip to the nation’s capital, this is a convenient way to go.

Mass Transit Options

Once you’re here, try these convenient Baltimore transportation options to get around the city.

Baltimore Water Taxi

Baltimore’s most scenic way to get around, with stops from the Inner Harbor to Canton. For a one-price, all-day pass, you can ride around the harbor or hop on and off to visit attractions or grab a bite to eat.

Charm City Circulator

A free bus service with four routes that go north-south and east-west to many attractions and hotels. Take the Banner Route to get from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. Take the Purple Route north to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The circulator runs every 15-20 minutes seven days a week. Check CharmCityCirculator.com for hours and tracking.

Electric Scooters

Electric scooters such as Lime, Bolt, Jump and Spin are available throughout the city. With an app, you can pick up a scooter wherever you find one, scoot around town and drop the scooter when you are done.

MTA

Maryland’s public transit authority operates the Light Rail and the Metro subway, plus more than 60 bus routes throughout the city. Check the website for schedules and routes at MTA.Maryland.gov.