Getting Around Baltimore
The best way to get around in Baltimore is by car, whether it be your own or a rental; most visitors use the agencies at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). A range of taxis and shuttles are also available to drive you the 10 miles north from the Airport to the city's downtown area. Once you get in, you can try the public transit systems, run by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), but fair warning, it tends to be unreliable.
You'll find that Baltimore's public transportation system, run by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), leaves something to be desired. The light-rail system is generally only useful for getting into the city but not around it, while the bus system is confusing and inefficient.
Water taxis are an option, and they make stops at Harborplace, Little Italy, Fells Point, Canton and Fort McHenry. Despite being limited to the harbor area and somewhat ineffective and unreliable, these taxis do offer a scenic way of getting around.
|Car||The parking situation downtown can get a little hairy, and the congestion during rush hour is brutal, but still -- driving in Baltimore is relatively easy. There's plenty of parking on private hotel lots, and the road's grid pattern makes navigation easy, even with the many one-way streets. If you're coming downtown you will want to avoid Orioles or Ravens game days; street parking is nearly impossible, and the traffic is horrendous.|
|On Foot||Your feet are the second best method of getting around, but wear some good walking shoes. The promenade that runs along the water at the Inner Harbor will take you past several attractions and even up to the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Fells Point and Canton. This is a bit of a hike however, and walking outside of the Inner Harbor isn't really feasible.|