How to get around in Baltimore?

How To Get Around In Baltimore?

What are the best ways to get around in Baltimore?

How to get around in Baltimore? One of the most common questions when traveling to a new city. Figuring out how to get around efficiently and cost effectively is important when traveling to a new city. Visiting a new city can be a ton of fun, but pricey if you don't know your way around. We have created a list of some of the most popular transportation options available in Baltimore during your sports trip. Plan the ultimate trip with the help of our travel experts and don't get caught unprepared when traveling to a new city!

How to get around in Baltimore

If you’re traveling to Baltimore, most likely you’ll be staying downtown by the Inner Harbor. This area has many attractions within walking distance to one another, making exploring on foot fairly reasonable. The airport will have plenty of taxis and shuttles to get you through the 10 mile trip from Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) to the downtown core.

How to get around in Baltimore?

Here is a list of options on how to get around in Baltimore:

  • MTA
    • Light Rail
      • Runs north to south
      • Key stop within the city is Camden Station, next to the Orioles’ ballpark at Camden Yards
      • Runs every 15 - 30 minutes daily and stops at midnight
      • Fare: $1.60 one-way, $3.50 for a day pass

  •  Subway (Metro)
    • Connects downtown with the northwestern suburbs
    • More suitable for commuters getting to work

  • Bus
    • Charm City Circulator - The best public transport option if you’re looking to visit attractions
      • Five color-coded circulator routes go through all the top city attractions
      • Free of charge

  • Water Taxi
    • Baltimore Water Taxis
      • Easily identifiable blue and white colored boats.
      • Fare: $9 one way, $16 all day pass

  • Rideshare
    • Uber
    • Lyft

These are some of the best transportation options when trying to figure out how to get around in Baltimore.

Airport (BWI) to Downtown Baltimore

# of Major Baltimore Airports: 1


  1. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)


How to get to and from BWI

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is the largest airport in Baltimore and the one most commonly used by travelers heading to Baltimore. This international airport is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.   


Located only 9 miles from downtown Baltimore, which is about a 20-minute drive, it is quite easy to get to and from BWI. If you are flying in for a Baltimore Orioles, or a Baltimore Ravens game be sure to give yourself some added time before the game(s), traffic around any major airport can be unpredictable and you don’t want to miss being late to the game! 


Below are your best available options for how to get to Downtown Baltimore from BWI so you can start your sports getaway!


  • Light Rail: This is the cheapest and most convenient option, especially during rush hour. The most popular hotel location in Baltimore is the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor is also close to both sports venues in Baltimore. Light Rail travels from BWI making stops at Camden Yards and the Convention Center both are close (walking distance) to the Inner Harbor. This will be your stop if you are staying downtown Baltimore or in the Inner Harbor. Taking the Light Rail will take you 30 minutes to get to downtown with trains running every 30 minutes. Estimated price for tickets is $3 CAD per trip. The Light Rail station terminal is located outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.


  • Taxi: Taking a cab from the airport to downtown Baltimore may be your best bet in terms of convenience. There is a taxi stand located outside the lower level of the BWI Terminal near baggage claim. Taxi Drivers aren’t allowed to charge flat rates so rates will vary depending on your destination however it will usually cost $35-$45 CAD. The ride to downtown will take 15 minutes one way. Taxi providers we suggest are Diamond Cab Taxi and Baltimore Yellow Cab.  


  •  Ridesharing (Uber/Lyft): Another convent way to get to downtown from BWI is ridesharing companies. Elite Sports Tours suggests Uber or Lyft. Fares estimates will be provided via the app. Something to keep in mind Uber X rides are cheaper than the taxis rates, usually. However, if you are interested in taking a different classification of Uber, you can expect to pay a little more. BWI do not have an Uber Stand, you will need to work with the driver after you call your ride. The best for pick up is the departures and ticketing level between doors 9 & 11.   


  • Car Service: There are town car services available to pick you up at BWI and take you downtown. However, this is something you will need to arrange before you arrive. There are multiple local car services in Baltimore so be sure to read the reviews to make the best decision for you. Elite Sports Tours recommends “Jayride Private Transfers”. The estimated price will be between $50 - $75 CAD and you can purchase your tickets online.  


  • Rental Car: BWI offers a couple different car rental counters offering options from Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and more. Renting a car is a great way to explore a city at your own pace. Keep in mind rates will vary depending on demand, the type of car you want, and how many days you need it. If you want to rent a car for your trip, get an Elite Sports Tours representative to add it to your package before your trip!


  • Bus: Public Transit is a very reasonable price option however it can take much longer to get to your downtown. On average it will take around 1-2 hours depending on the time of day. The estimated price for a one-way ticket is $2 - $7 CAD. Buses will run around 5 times a day. 


  • Airport Shuttles: Some hotels in Baltimore offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from BWI for their guests. Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative about your hotel’s shuttle service, if applicable. Pick-up times can be coordinated by communicating your flight information with your hotel.


For getting to Downtown Baltimore from BWIwe recommend either taking an Uber or the Light Rail. Uber is an ever-reliable option. It is your most efficient choice and the cost is very reasonable. With that said the Light rail would be our first recommendation. It will be your cheapest and fastest way. It is also very easy to navigate as well. The choice is yours. 

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