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Baltimore, MD Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 75
Total Sleeping Rooms 12,405
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 757
Committable Meeting Rooms* 77
Convention Center Space 407,216 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 300,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 300,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $161
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $69
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $188
*Maximum for a single hotel

Baltimore, MD Airport Information

Baltimore is served by three major airports: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Maryland, Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia.

Baltimore - Washington International Airport (BWI)

Approximate taxi fare: $35 USD

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Approximate taxi fare: $112 USD

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Approximate taxi fare: $159 USD

Baltimore, MD Train Information

Baltimore, MD Train Information

Amtrak's 5th busiest station, Penn Station serves more than 855,000 passengers each year. Baltimore is a major stop for Amtrak's high-speed Acela service. The MARC commuter train provides easy transport to and Washington, DC.

Baltimore, MD Ground Transportation

Subway/Metro/Bus

Baltimore's Light Rail and Metro systems carry passengers from the city to outlying hotels in addition to the BWI airport. The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail and MARC train services.

There are two motorcoach-friendly unloading locations in the city. Please adhere to the following loading, unloading and parking instructions to make your visit as seamless as possible. Note that unattended and illegally staged coaches are subject to street violation fines up to $102.

Inner Harbor Loading and Unloading Zones

  • Area One (West)-Baltimore Visitor Center/Light Street: Loading and unloading is only permitted in the parking lot next to the Baltimore Visitor Center-do not unload on Light Street. No staging is allowed.
  • Area Two (North/East)-National Aquarium/Pratt Street: Loading and unloading is allowed on the north side of the Inner Harbor at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. No staging is allowed.

Charm City Circulator

Baltimore's Charm City Circulator encompasses a fleet of 21 free shuttles traveling four routes throughout the city: the Green Route from City Hall to Fells Point to John Hopkins; the Purple Route from Penn Station to Federal Hill; the Orange Route from Hollins Market to Harbor East; and the Banner Route from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. Used by residents, tourists and students alike, the Charm City buses are intended to reduce congestion and provide a reliable, eco-friendly option for public transportation.

Hours vary by day and season. Shuttles arrive every 15 minutes at designated stops.

Motorcoach Parking Facility

The City of Baltimore has opened a new motorcoach parking facility adjacent to the B&O Railroad Museum. The secure, 24-hour facility features a drivers lounge, complete with vending machines, Wi-Fi, and television for the comfort of drivers. The facility may also be used for shuttle buses and semis for conventions and tradeshows. Information is a available from Visit Baltimore.

Taxis

Due to Baltimore's relatively tight-knit structure, certain areas of the city can be difficult to access by bus or rail. As a result, taxis are a viable option. Taxis can be booked by telephone, hailed on the street and found in taxi waiting areas such as the Inner Harbor and the airport. Good locations to hail a taxi are at South Charles and Cross streets in Federal Hill, at Light and Pratt streets in the Inner Harbor and at Thames and Broadway streets in Fells Point. Yellow Cab Downtown Cab are two of the main operators.

Most street taxis in Baltimore operate on a metered rate (fare charged by the minute) instead of a flat rate (fare charged by all taxis from one set location to another). Taxi drivers and hotel staff can give an idea of approximate cost based on recent fares to main tourist destinations. An average fare within the city is $7-$10, depending on your destination.

Estimated Fares:
  • BWI Airport to Downtown Baltimore: $35
  • BWI Airport to Baltimore Convention Center: $35

Water Taxis

The water taxis stop at 17 different landings including various locations in the Inner Harbor, Fell's Point, Little Italy, Canton and Fort McHenry. Buy an all-day, unlimited-use ticket on-board any water taxi for about $12 for adults and $6 for children, and enjoy dozens of discounts in the neighborhoods serviced by the water taxi.

Cruise Departure Port

The Port of Baltimore's easy access terminal is located 200 yards off I-95, the terminal is the ideal drive-to port for the mid-Atlantic region. The May through November cruise season offers fun-filled cruises to the Caribbean and Bermuda, as well as a New England/Canada excursion.

Biking

Bike rentals are offered at Light Street Cycles located at 1015 Light Street; however, the facility is not open on Sunday. Children's bicycles and accessory items can also be rented, such as vehicle racks, child trailers, and cycle luggage racks. Bike Baltimore offers an alternative option to Light Street Cycles. Located at 1001 Fell Street, it provides both bike rentals and cycle tours.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Washington, DC 39 mi 57 min n/a N/A
Philadelphia, PA 106 mi 1 hr 45 min 49 min USD $360+
Richmond, VA 146 mi 2 hr 42 min 3 hr 10 min USD $310+
New York, NY 191 mi 3 hr 3 min 55min USD $254+
Pittsburgh, PA 244 mi 3 hr 55 min 55 min USD $177+
Boston, MA 404 mi 6 hr 43 min 1 hr 15 min USD $118+
Columbus, OH 411 mi 6 hr 4 min 1 hr 15 min USD $149+
 
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