Baltimore Transportation

Baltimore Penn Station; Soul Of America

Baltimore Transportation


Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is an attractive 5-terminal airport with modern artwork selectively paced throughout. One of America’s 20 busiest airports, BWI features flights to nearly all major cities in North America. It has WiFi, charging stations, retail, dining, lounge, meditation room and business service amenities in each terminal. The concourse between Terminals C and B features a tribute and monument to Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court Justice and Baltimore native. Unusual for an airport, it has a very nice greenbelt jogging trail surrounding the premises. BWI AIRPORT TERMINAL MAP

In 2023, MTA Light Rail should return to service every 15-30 minutes from BWI Airport to downtown Baltimore Mon-Fri 6a-11p, Sat 7a-11p, Sun and Holidays 11a-7p. Super Shuttle is available for the 10-mile ride to downtown Baltimore. Make your reservation via 800-258-3826. Taxis: Diamond and Yellow cabs at the ground transportation level are plentiful.

Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty provide service. Board the Rental Car bus as you exit any terminal. From BWI Rental Car Facility, carefully follow signs to Baltimore-Washington Parkway, then go northbound to Baltimore or southbound to Washington as befits your itinerary.

Train Station

Penn Station, with its neo-classic architecture, café, gift shop, airy atmosphere and close proximity to U. of Baltimore, is a great little venue for travelers. Located just north of downtown at 1500 North Charles Street, this intermodal transportation center hosts Amtrak, Metro Light Rail, MARC Commuter Rail, taxis, Uber/Lyft and several Amtrak routes:

Acela: DC-Baltimore-Philadelphia-NYC-New Haven-Providence-Boston
Crescent: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Charlotte-Atlanta-New Orleans
Palmetto/Silver: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Jacksonville-Miami
Carolinian: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Raleigh-Charlotte
Cardinal: NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Cincinnati-Indy-Chicago
Vermonter: St Albans-Burlington-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC

Amtrak’s Acela and Northeast Regional trains run between New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington every 20-30 minutes. Acela & Amtrak Regional trains going north of NYC to New Haven, Providence, and Boston leave about every hour from Baltimore.

Though delayed by the pandemic, nextgen Acela trains featuring speeds up to 160 mph begin service in fall 2023. They will run more frequently and include more amenities for an exceptional passenger experience. See Amtrak Acela journey towards world-class service.

Rapid Transit

Mass Transit Administration (MTA) provides 1 Metrorail (subway and elevated) line and 3 light rail lines radiating from Downtown to BWI Airport, 2 train stations, colleges, and entertainment and centers. Metrorail uses a fare card common to transit systems worldwide and operates 5a-Midnight with 8-20 minute frequency. See routes on METRO RAIL SYSTEM MAP

MTA is in a holding pattern to construct a long-awaited Red Line light rail for the Social Security-West Baltimore-Downtown-Harbor East-Canton-Dundalk corridor.

MARC commuter rail system is managed by the MTA and features two routes from Baltimore to Washington: MARC SYSTEM MAP

MARC commuter trains traveling 40 miles between Baltimore Penn Station and Washington Union Station cost less than $8, but make stops every 5-6 miles. If you need to get between the cities faster, take Amtrak. A shuttle bus from the MARC-Amtrak BWI Station runs every 10-15 minutes to BWI Airport. The other MARC commuter train leaves from Camden Station, located next to Baltimore Convention Center, then to to Washington Union Station.


Renaissance Productions and Tours
DESCRIPTION: Award-winning tour guides, they create special events of historic significance in period costume which enables one to relive by-gone eras; tours offered for African American Landmarks, Underground Railroad, and Civil Rights; reservations required
PHONE: 410-728-3837

African American Cultural Tours and Travel
DESCRIPTION: Visit a wide range of African American Heritage sites, including historic Underground Railroad sites, nightlife and shopping tours; adding a Civil Rights Tour; reservations required
PHONE: 410-727-0755

Baltimore Black Heritage Tours
DESCRIPTION: Louis Fields, a member of the African American Tourism Council of Maryland leads Underground Railroad, plantations, churches, restaurants, day and evening tours, Fells Point, Black Heritage and customized tours; Louis is a specialist on the history of Pennsylvania Avenue; reservations required
PHONE: 410-783-5469

Baltimore Shuttle
DESCRIPTION: Ride a small bus between The National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Fells Point, Little Italy, Fort McHenry and Camden Yards stadiums; small fee to ride all day; seats up to 25 passengers on a mini-bus or van
PHONE: 410-732-5098


Major Cruise Lines
DESCRIPTION: Passengers depart from from the South Locust Point Cruise Terminal managed by Cruise Maryland; cruise season runs year-round and boasts 67 vessel calls sailing to Bermuda, the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean islands; upon arrival, passengers will be directed to drop off their luggage in luggage boxes for screening and handling; please have your cruise line issued luggage tags filled out and attached to your bags:
– American Cruise Lines
– Carnival Cruise Lines
– Celebrity Cruises
– Norwegian Cruise Lines
– Royal Caribbean International
ADDRESS: 2001 East McComas Street MAP
PARKING: $15/day passenger cars, $30/day RVs
PHONE: 866-427-8963

Baltimore Harbor Cruises
DESCRIPTION: Cruise choices include Inner Harbor, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Crab Feast, Annapolis, Moonlight, Holiday; reservations are recommended; the ships include, Spirit of Baltimore, Lady Baltimore, and aptly named Prince Charming
ADDRESS: 561 Light Street  MAP
PARKING: Royal Sonesta Hotel garage
PHONE: 410-347-5560

Baltimore Water Taxi
DESCRIPTION: These series of short harbor cruises originate from National Aquarium, Harborplace, Federal Hill, Science Center, Pier Five, Harbor East, Maritime Park, Anthem House, Locust Point, Captain James Landing, Lighthouse Point, Fells Point, Canton Waterfront Park and Fort McHenry
PRICES: $12 All-Day Adult ticket; $6 All-Day Child ticket
ADDRESS: 901 South Broadway Street  MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 410-563-3900


Baltimore Freeway Network features a “wheel and spoke” network of 6 freeways that mostly go to Downtown. Each freeway has 6-10 lanes. The network has well designed intersections and exit/entry lanes. Nevertheless, the freeway network is a victim of decades of growth with an inadequate rapid transit system.


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