Getting Around Baltimore

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is an extension of the downtown area, and visitors can use the Charm City Circular to travel between the most popular destinations in the city, The Charm City Circular operates free shuttle bus service on four different routes. The Purple Route operates between Federal Hill and Penn Station, the Orange Route travels from Harbor East to the Hollins Market, and the Green Route runs from Fell's Point to City Hall. A fourth route is known as The Banner and operates between Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor neighborhood.

The Maryland Transit Administration is the city's public bus, light rail, and subway service. The surface buses operate routes from the Inner Harbor to every outlying neighborhood in the city. The Metro Subway operates between 14 underground stations from the northwest sector of the city through downtown and on to John Hopkins Hospital. Visitors staying in or near the downtown core or the Inner Harbor can take the subway at the Lexington Market or Charles Center stations.

The MARC train service connecting Baltimore to Washington, DC, operates from Penn Station and travels southward directly by Camden Yards in the Inner Harbor district. The MTA operates a light rail service in a north-south direction between Hunt Valley and the Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport. The route travels through the Inner Harbor and the Camden Yards neighborhood. The downtown rail stations are adjacent to the Metro Subway station entrances and the MARC passenger stations.

Yellow/Checker Cab is the city's largest taxi service, operating more than 600 sedans and minivans throughout the metro area. There are fixed fares to the regional airports, and cabs can be hailed at street corners in the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Taxis also form queues outside most of the major downtown hotels.

One of the most popular ways to see Baltimore is a ride on the famous Baltimore Trolley Tours. Visitors can board the trolley at the Baltimore Visitor Center and see the entire downtown area, Inner Harbor, and Fort McHenry on this navigated and guided 90-minute tour.

The Baltimore Water Taxi system consists of a dozen taxi boats that are the oldest of their kind in the nation. Visitors to Baltimore can board a vessel at one of six locations in the Inner Harbor including Harbor Place, the aquarium, and the Science Center dock. Schedules include service to Fell's Point and Maritime Park.

Visitors can also use the eCruisers 5-passenger electric vehicles to get around the Inner Harbor and downtown areas. These electric cars are very eco-friendly and can be rented with driver for efficient, rapid transit to convention sites and scenic landmarks. They are also a fun way to commute between hotels and the water taxi docks.