Getting Around Ocean City, MD
The best way to get around Ocean City is on foot or by public transit. Most of the top things to do are centrally located on the Coast Highway, an easy 10-mile north-south thoroughfare. The buses and boardwalk trams can get you to the destinations that are farther away at affordable fares. Rentals are available at Ocean City Municipal (OCE) and Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional (SBY) airports, although most visitors opt to drive to O.C., not fly. If this is you, you might find parking hard to come by; we recommend taking advantage of the park-and-ride program.
The 3-mile stretch of
is lined with many of the top attractions, making it easily navigable on foot. But if you want to venture out to attractions farther away like the
Ocean City Factory Outlets
Assateague Island National Seashore
, you'll have to make use of the public transit system or your own set of wheels.
During the summer, the roads tend to get very congested and parking is hard to come by, so cars aren't always the smartest choice. Larger chain hotels usually offer complimentary parking, but if you're staying in a locally owned establishment that charges, it might be cheaper to leave the car at the park-and-ride lot on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Free parking is available for extended stays, and the shuttle buses passes into the city cost $3 per every 24 hours.
Buses, run by the Ocean City Transportation Department, are an easy way to get around and operate 24 hours a day. The one route runs north and south along the Coastal Highway and fare is an affordable $3 per day. Buses run every 10 to 20 minutes from late May to late September and every 20 to 40 minutes from late September to early November. There are several ways to purchase tickets, including as you board, at the bus depots and tram booths at City and at the Ocean City Police Department.
To travel up and down the boardwalk, we suggest the Boardwalk Tram, especially for families. Running almost the entire length of the boardwalk through 27th Street, you can flag the tram down at any location. Tickets can be purchased at stations located at either end of the route, or directly from tram conductors. Fares are about $4 per ride or, for $8, you can purchase the daily unlimited ride pass that can be used between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The tram is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to midnight weekdays and from 10 a.m. to midnight weekends, holidays and special events. It's also available select days in September on an abbreviated schedule.
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