Annapolis Travel Guide

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Getting Around Annapolis

The best way to get around Annapolis is by car. Although Historic Annapolis is small and best explored on foot, the greater Annapolis area requires wheels to see. You can also call a taxi. And although the city does offer bus service, it's really not a convenient or efficient way to explore the city.

The closest major airport is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Baltimore. To traverse the 20-some miles to downtown Annapolis, you can take a taxi or hire a rental car. The Airport Shuttle also offers service between BWI and downtown Annapolis.

Car

A car will give you the most freedom to explore the city on your own terms. Not only will it give you the ability to book accommodations outside of the city, you'll also be able to take day trips to nearby cities like Baltimore or Washington, D.C., if you want.

However, when you're touring around Historic Annapolis, it's easier to park in one of the city's public garages and enjoy the charming area on foot. A $1 trolley (which runs every 20 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays) will pick you up from the Gott's, Hillman, Knighton or Park Place garages and deliver you to downtown Annapolis. Parking will cost you $2 to $20 per day depending on which garage you choose and how long you're there.

On Foot

Historic Annapolis, where most of the top things to do are located, is small and quite pedestrian-friendly. Maneuvering the area by foot is the best way to experience its cobblestone sidewalks, centuries-old homes and quaint shops. 

Bus

Although the city does offer a bus system, the seven different routes (all of which run on different days with varying hours of operation) aren't very convenient for tourists hoping to sightsee. Single rides cost $2 and unlimited day passes cost $4.

Taxi

You can also hail a taxi in Annapolis. The well-reviewed Annapolis City Taxi starts its meters at $2, and charges $2 for every mile. Uber also operates in Annapolis. 

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