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Airports

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located near the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland only a half-hour drive south of downtown Baltimore and about 35 miles north of Washington D.C.

You may read more detailed information on our Baltimore-Washington International Airport page.

Train

Amtrak has several routes stopping at Baltimore's Penn Station and Baltimore Airport. These routes link many east coast cities with routes connecting to other popular U.S. cities.

Baltimore MARC train Public Domain
MARC Train Service includes the Camden Line, Brunswick Line and Penn Line. It services 84 weekday trains along 187 miles of track, with runs to West Virginia, Washington D.C. and the northwest corridor of Maryland.

MARC Trains run between Baltimore's Penn Station, Washington D.C. and other cities throughout Maryland ($4-11).

Bus

Greyhound buses are an inexpensive way to move between the east coast cities. There are two Greyhound bus terminals in Baltimore. One is located downtown and the other is the Baltimore Travel Plaza off I-95 in southeast Baltimore. The Travel Plaza also serves as a stop for the inexpensive Chinatown Buses and Apex Buses which run between New York, Baltimore, and other eastern cities ($15-20 one-way).

Driving

You can drive to Baltimore from New York City or Philadelphia by taking Interstate route 95 south. It is only four hours from NYC and only two hours from Philadelphia. From Washington DC it is less than one hour north on Route 95 or a bit longer if you take the Baltimore Washington Parkway or old Route one.

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Getting around

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Navigation

Baltimore is an easy city to get around. When staying in a hotel near the harbor a car isn’t necessary but it is a good idea if you plan to visit Annapolis or other towns in the area.

The centrally located Inner Harbor is one of the oldest seaports in the USA as well as popular tourist attraction. The Inner Harbor is within walking distance of the Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.

Fells Point is located on the waterfront east of the Inner Harbor. The historic area has boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. There are plenty of parking garages on the west side of Fells Point.

Bus, Light Rail and Subway

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) operates the Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway. The Local Bus has 50 bus lines throughout Baltimore, the Subway has 14 stations including stops in downtown and the Light Rail has 32 stations also with stops downtown. The fare for each is $1.60 one-way. Passengers may purchase an All Day Pass for $3.50 which can be used on all three modes of transportation. Sightseeing trolleys offer guided tours around Baltimore ($15-25).

The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is not longer running in Baltimore.

Water

Ed Kane's Water Taxi takes passengers around the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Fell's Point, Canton and Fort McHenry. The Water Shuttle takes pride in being a tourist attraction rather than a quick transportation option. The boats run regularly April thru October but during the winter months the few boats that do run are weather permitting. The fares are good for the entire day and the ticket has several discounts ($10/adults and $5/kids 10 and under).

Handicapped Access

Metrorail and Metrobus are extremely accessible transit systems with elevator access to the train platforms and lift-equipped on the buses.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: Andrew Horne
Photo Description: Baltimore Light Rail outside Camden Yards.