How To Use Baltimore’s Public Transportation
It’s easy to travel around Charm City, thanks to an abundance of public transportation options. Whether you choose to bike, take the bus or enjoy a scenic boat ride, these Baltimore transportation options will help you explore the city like a local.
Baltimore Water Taxi
The Baltimore Water Taxi offers one price for all-day, unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods. If traveling between waterfront neighborhoods, this is the most picturesque way to get there. For information on water taxi stops, schedules and pricing, visit the Baltimore Water Taxi website.
Charm City Circulator
The Charm City Circulator is a free downtown bus system to help visitors and residents get around. Buses run about every 15 minutes along the four following routes:
- Orange: Hollins Market through Harbor East
- Purple: Inner Harbor/Federal Hill through 33rd Street
- Green: City Hall, Fell’s Point through John Hopkins
- Banner: Inner Harbor through Fort McHenry
Visit the Charm City Circulator website for a full list of stop locations, hours and more information.
Dockless Scooters & Bicycles
Electric scooters, and sometimes bicycles, such as Lime, Bolt, Jump and Spin are available throughout the city. For a small fee you can pick up a scooter wherever you find one and drop it at your destination. (Riders are encouraged to wear a helmet and use bike lanes.) Simply download your preferred brand’s app, plan your route and you’re ready to go.
MTA Bus, Subway and Light Rail Service
MTA bus service currently has more that 60 bus routes, which include high frequency CityLink, LocalLink and Express BusLink routes which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore. In addition to bus service, MTA operates Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink which operates in and around the downtown Baltimore area. Fares are $1.90 for one-way and $4.40 for a day pass and can be paid by CharmPass mobile fare app or cash when boarding the bus.
Taxi & Car Services
When the weather is inclement, a taxi or car service may be the quickest and easiest option. A number of ride sharing services are available in Baltimore, including Uber and Lyft. You may also schedule a pickup from traditional taxi cabs such as Yellow/Checker Cab, OnCabs Baltimore and zTrip.
How do I use the Baltimore Water Taxi?The Baltimore Water Taxi offers one price for all-day, unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods. Routes are seasonal and schedules can vary depending on the weather so we encourage you to check out the water taxi website for the latest information.
What forms of public transportation are available in Baltimore?The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates commuter and local bus routes, Metro Subway, Light Rail, and weekday MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Call the MTA 410-539-5000 or visit www.mtamaryland.com for more information about MARC and our other services. Click here for more information about other transportation options.
Where can I find parking in Baltimore?There are a number of affordable garages located throughout downtown Baltimore. Click here for more information, and for additional parking information, please visit the Parking Authority of Baltimore City’s website.
How much is the bus fare in Baltimore?One-way bus fare for CityLink, LocalLink, Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink is $1.90. A day pass can be purchased for $4.40. The Charm City Circulator is free to ride!
How do I book the trolley tour?Book tickets for the Baltimore Trolley Tour, which is a two hour comprehensive tour of the city, online here. All tours leave from the Baltimore Visitor Center.
How many buses are in Baltimore’s MTA?The MTA is the 13th largest public rapid transit system in the country and operates up to 1,350 vehicles during peak hours. There are up to 80 bus lines servicing Baltimore’s public transportation needs, including a fleet of 24 free Charm City Circulator buses.