Amtrak links Baltimore to the rest of the Washington-New York corridor. From New York, it’s about two hours and 40 minutes to Baltimore. Cheap MARC trains connect Baltimore to D.C. on weekdays; you’ll have to opt for the more expensive Amtrak service on weekends. All regional trains pull into gorgeous Penn Station. Then again, MARC trains have a bad habit of getting delayed and breaking down in the summer heat.
Baltimore’s public transportation is provided by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which operates bus and light rail service in Baltimore and to surrounding areas. The MTA has a good track record with this sort of thing. The breadth of service doesn’t really compare to Washington, D.C., or New York but reliability is pretty solid.
● For visitors, an easy, free way to get around town is the Charm City Circulator, which connects most of the major sites of tourist interest, including the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fells Point and Mount Vernon, via three free bus lines. Buses run every 10 minutes from 6:30AM-9PM on weekdays, until midnight on Friday, 9AM-midnight Saturday and from 9AM-9PM on Sunday. Check the schedule page for more details.
● The Baltimore Light Rail and Subway lines provide rail transportation links between downtown Baltimore and the outlying suburbs. Using a combination of these two services you can access plenty of what the city has to offer. The subway runs from 5AM-midnight and from 6AM-midnight on weekends. The light rail runs from 6AM-11PM daily except Sundays (11AM-7PM). One-way fares are $1.60.
● The Baltimore bus system provides good public transportation links throughout the entire Baltimore metro area. While the circulator covers most sites of tourist interest, if you want to really dig under Baltimore’s skin, take a ride on a city bus. The system is quite extensive; a comprehensive list of schedules and maps can be found here. Fares are $1.60 one way.
Cabbies in Baltimore can be as kind or jerky as cabbies anywhere else. Fares start around $1.80 from the flag drop and add 20 cents for waiting time or each 1/11 of a mile, with the usual little surcharges for night pickups, going out of the city limits, and so on. There are plenty of unlicensed cabs in Baltimore that we can’t recommend—some of these guys are honest, but some aren’t, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Go for cabs with light-up tops; Yellow Cab is generally reliable. Water Taxi: An excellent way of seeing the city is from the water, on one of Baltimore’s distinctive blue and white water taxis. For $10 you can take all day to be boated around the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton and Fort McHenry. Sure, the water may not be clean, but when the weather is nice there’s no better means of getting around town..