Getting Around Rehoboth Beach
The best way to get around Rehoboth Beach is on foot. Although you'll need a car to get here (the closest major airports are in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, New Jersey), once you arrive you'll find navigating within the 1-square-mile city easiest on foot. However, if you plan to check out sites like Cape Henlopen State Park or the Tanger Outlets, which are located outside city limits, having a car will make it much easier to explore beyond the beach. The city also offers public transportation options, though many only available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Rehoboth Beach is served by a few airports. Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is located about 70 miles north, but you'll have to take the Cape May ferry to reach Delaware. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) are both about 113 miles to the north and west, respectively. The smaller Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY), about 42 miles southwest, is the nearest airport, though it offers limited service. Rental car services are available at all the airports.
The city itself is only about 1 square mile, making it easy to navigate on foot. Most locations within city limits are less than five blocks from the beach.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Delaware Transit Corporation offers the Resort Transit Bus Service. The eight lines operate around Rehoboth Beach and travel north to Wilmington, Delaware, and south all the way to Ocean City, Maryland. Times of operation vary by line. If you're staying outside of Rehoboth Beach, you can utilize the seasonal park and ride. Riders can park in the lot on Shuttle Road just south of the Tanger Outlets, pay an $8 parking fee for up to four people and receive a free daily pass for bus service. Regular fares start at $2 one-way and $4.20 for a daily pass.
Along the beach, the Jolly Trolley offers a cash-only service that runs from the boardwalk to Dewey Beach just south of Rehoboth. It operates daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, and only operates most weekends during the rest of the year.
If you're interested in exploring nearby sands, such as Dewey Beach, or one of the state parks, your own wheels will give you the flexibility to travel outside city limits. You'll want to make sure you have quarters to pay for parking meters (effective from the Friday before Memorial Day to the second Sunday after Labor Day from 10 a.m. to midnight); nonmetered parking spots require permits. Meters cost $2 per hour; if you don't have quarters, you can pay via a mobile app.
Those arriving from across the Delaware Bay can take advantage of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The trip will take you 85 minutes, but it'll save you from fighting traffic along the Atlantic coast. Passengers can park their cars and travel on foot or call ahead to reserve a spot for their vehicle on the ferry. Fares vary depending on the time of year and whether or not you're traveling with a vehicle. Note that you must purchase a return fare with your initial sailing.
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