With its central location on the east coast of the US, Baltimore is easy to reach by car, bus and train as well as by air. Its airport, bus and train stations are major regional transportation centres, and the travel times from major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC range from 1 to 4 hours by surface transport.
Major highways serving Baltimore include I-695, I-95, I-83 and I-70, with these highways linking the city with all major points on the eastern coast of the US. Two tunnels pass under Baltimore’s harbor: Fort McHenry Tunnel and the Harbor Tunnel.
Driving from the north, take the I-95 southward passing into the Fort McHenry Tunnel and on through the toll until you get to Exit 53. After exiting, take the left and follow the signs that point the way to the Inner Harbor. From I-83, continue south until I-83 merges with I-695 west. From this point, continue for about one mile, exiting at Exit 23A (I-83 south, Downtown). As you continue on the I-83 south, you’ll see that the expressway comes to stop at Exit 1.
Travelling to Baltimore by bus is quite convenient, with services to both the main bus terminal in the city centre and to the Baltimore Travel Plaza on the city’s outskirts. The center city bus terminal is located at the corner of Hanes and Russell streets and the terminal at the Baltimore Travel Plaza is just off route I-95, at O’Donnell Street
All Amtrak trains operating in the northeastern US, between Boston and Washington DC, stop at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Station. Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC) trains also travel from Washington DC and Baltimore Washington International Airport to the city. The journey from Washington DC takes about an hour by train; while BWI Airport from Penn Station takes about 20 minutes. MARC trains do not operate at the weekends.