The majority of tourist attractions are located within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, but the surrounding neighborhoods also offer a variety of off-beat sights, cultural activities, and small-town charm hidden in a big city. It is very easy to get around Baltimore and the adjoining areas.
The LightRail Transportation System runs seven days a week and has stops from Hunt Valley to Anne Arundel County. A Lightrail line also runs from Penn Station in downtown Baltimore to BWI Airport. So if you don’t have a lot of baggage and don’t have the need to rent a car you can hop on the Lightrail for an inexpensive ride downtown.
The Metro Subway also runs seven days a week and has stops from Owings Mills to Johns Hopkins.
The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) runs seven days a week and offers a quick, convenient way to get to downtown attractions. This mode of transportation is perfect for tourists trying to see a lot of sights in a few days.
The WaterTaxi System, the oldest of its kind started in the United States, allows riders to pay one price for an all-day ticket. The platform boat cruises its passengers around the bay and has stops at the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Fell’s Point, Canton, and Fort McHenry.
Regular Baltimore Taxis are relatively easy to find on the streets or your hotel can call ahead for a car to pick you up at a certain time.
Baltimore runs buses all over the city and surrounding areas.
The MARC Commuter Train runs weekdays from Baltimore to Washington D.C. Since the nation’s capital is in close proximity to Baltimore, many visitors choose to spend a day or two in D.C. The MARC train allows you to travel into the capital for the day and not worry about parking or finding your way around all of Washington’s one-way streets.
Amtrak Train Service runs 24 hours a day connecting Baltimore to numerous cities along the Northeast. It also runs to BWI airport.
The majority of trains have a stop downtown at Penn Station (1500 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The stop offers an enclosed waiting area, short- and long-term parking, a restaurant, snack bar, and taxi and transit services.
As you can see, Baltimore has plenty of transportation modes for visitors to choose from.
Maryland Transit Administration (Bus–local and commuter, Metro Subway, MARC train, Lightrail)
6 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.
217 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ed Kane’s Water Taxi
1735 Lancaster Street
Baltimore MD, 21231
1500 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD, 21201