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Visitors Guide

How To Use The Guide
Use the MTA Visitors Ride Guide to quickly determine which MTA mode will take you to the attractions you want to visit. Refer to the “Places to See” listings on the other side of this brochure. Each listing features the name, location, and MTA service modes for each attraction. It also has a map grid reference number (example: Inner Harbor B-7). Simply match the letters and numbers on the sides of the map that correspond with each grid reference number to locate attractions. The Visitors Ride Guide also features hotel listings. You may use the same map grid reference system to quickly determine where you’re staying in relation to where you want to go.
View Visitors Site Map

FaresScience Center photo:
The basic one-way fare on MTA Local Buses, Light Rail and Metro Subway is $1.60. Customers may purchase a $3.50 Day Pass, which allows unlimited daily travel on Local Buses, Light Rail, and Metro Subway. Reduced fares ($.55 one-way/$1.20 Day Pass) are available for seniors and individuals with disabilities.



Eligibility for Senior/Disability Reduced Fares:

Senior citizens (age 65+), Persons with Disabilities, and Medicare Cardholders must show one of the following to be eligible for reduced fares on MTA transit services:

·        a valid MTA Senior/Disability photo ID card, OR

·        any valid government issued photo ID with proof of age, OR

·        a valid disability ID from another transit agency and any valid government issued photo ID, OR

·        a Medicare card and any valid government issued photo ID.


Senior photo ID cards are issued at the MTA Certification Office located in the lobby of 6 St. Paul St. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Senior photo ID cards are also issued at various locations throughout the MTA service area. For further information or a current list of locations, email the MTA or call the Certification Office at 410-767-3441, TTY 410-333-2051 for people who are hearing and/or speech impaired. 


MARC Train fares are based on distance. One-way adult fares range from $4.00 to $14.00. From Baltimore you can reach Washington, D.C. for only $7.00. There are special low rates for seniors ($2.00-$7.00 one-way) showing proof of age. Up to two children under age 6 may ride free with each person paying full fare. Call 1-800-325-RAIL for schedule and fare information, refer to a MARC timetable available at MARC stations or visit www.mtamaryland.com.

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The MTA operates nearly 50 Local Bus lines throughout the Baltimore area.  Many Bus lines connect with major hotels in the metropolitan area.  For individual Bus routes and schedule information, call the MTA Transit Information Line at 410-539-5000 or 1-866-RIDE-MTA (743-3682) or visit www.mtamaryland.com


How to ride the Local Bus

  • Pay the fare as you board.  Exact fare is required.
  • Smoking, eating, drinking, or audio devices without earphones are not allowed onboard.
  • Listen for the operator stop announcements.
  • Press the yellow strip to alert the operator that you want to exit.
  • Exit through the back door when possible.
  • Take all your belongings with you.


Special Events/AttractionsCamden Yards
Orioles Baseball at Camden Yards: April-September
Take Light Rail to the Camden Yards Stop for direct access to the ballpark. Or take Metro Subway to the Lexington Market Station. Or take Park & Ride Express Bus Service from 3 Baltimore area locations.


Ravens Football at M&T Bank Stadium: August - December
Take Light Rail to the Hamburg Street Stop, Metro Subway to State Center Station and then the Shuttle Bus to the stadium, or take Park & Ride Express Bus Service from 7 Baltimore area locations.

Preakness at Pimlico: 3rd Saturday in May
Take Metro Subway to the Rogers Avenue Station and then take the free shuttle to Pimlico. Or take Light Rail to the Cold Spring Lane Stop and take the free shuttle to Pimlico. Or take Express Bus Service from the Poly-Western Park & Ride, or MVA Park & Ride.

Artscape: July
Take Light Rail to the University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal Stop, Cultural Center Stop or Centre Street Stop for direct access, or Metro Subway to State Center/Cultural Center Station.

Maryland State Fair: (11 days ending Labor Day)
Take Light Rail to the Timonium Stop for direct access to the Fairgrounds. (Other special events throughout the year.)



MARC Train is the most convenient and affordable way to travel between Baltimore and Washington, DC.  Every weekday, 23 trains leave Amtrak’s Penn Station-Baltimore for Union Station-Washington, DC.  And 9 trains leave MARC’s Camden Station in Downtown Baltimore for Union Station-Washington, DC.  The fare from Penn Station and Camden Station to Union Station-Washington, DC is only $7.00 one-way.  For more information on MARC train Service call 1-800-325-RAIL (7245).  MARC Train schedules are available online at www.mtamaryland.com.


How to ride MARC Train


  • Purchase a ticket before boarding, or buy one from the conductor onboard for an additional $3.00 fee if the station ticket office is open at boarding time.
  • Non-folding bicycles, smoking or audio devices without earphones are not allowed onboard.
  • Listen for the conductor station announcements.
  • Exit when the door opens and take all your belongings with you.

Picture of the CapitolMARC offers three lines:
Penn Line service from Perryville, MD (Cecil County) to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Camden Line service from Downtown Baltimore to Washington, D.C.
Brunswick Line service from Martinsburg, WV and Frederick, MD to Washington, D.C.



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METRO SUBWAY                                                                                                                                    


Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 5:00 a.m.-midnight

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 6:00 a.m.-midnight


The 15.5-mile, 14-station Metro Subway system operates every 8 minutes during rush hour, 10 minutes during the day, and 11 minutes evenings, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.


How to ride Metro Subway                                                                                          Power Plant photo    


  • Purchase a ticket before boarding.
  • Pass through the faregate and get onboard.
  • Smoking, eating, drinking, or audio devices without earphones are not allowed onboard.                
  • Listen for the operator stop announcements. 
  • Exit when the doors open and take all your belongings with you.                                               


Mt Washington photo



Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Sunday & Holidays: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


Light Rail trains operate 10 minutes peak/15 minutes off peak between Timonium and Linthicum and 20-30 minutes between Hunt Valley and Timonium, Linthicum and BWI Marshall Airport, and Linthicum and Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie.  Also, every 20-30 minutes between Penn Station and Camden Station on the Light Rail Shuttle Train.


How to ride Light Rail


  • Purchase a ticket before boarding.
  • Press the button on the outside of the train to gain entry.
  • Smoking, eating, drinking, or audio devices without earphones are not allowed onboard.
  • Listen for the operator stop announcements.
  • To exit, press the green button next to the door.
  • Take all your belongings with you.
Maryland Transit Administration Useful Telephone Numbers

Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and
MARC Train Information

MARC Train Information

TTY for deaf people or hard of
hearing individuals

Call-A-Lift Bus Information
MTA Comment Line
MTA Directory Assistance
MTA Police (24/7)

Lost & Found


1-800-325-RAIL (7245)



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Tourism/Visitors Phone Numbers
Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors
Association (BACVA)
Baltimore Office of Promotion
BWI Airport
Maryland Office of Tourism
Washington, D.C. Convention &
Visitors Association

1-888-BALTIMORE (225-8466)
1-800-I-FLY-BWI (435-9294)





The following list of hotels provides shuttle service between
MTA Light Rail stops and their locations:

BWI Airport Hotels
AmeriSuites (S)
940 International Drive

Best Western-BWI Airport (S)
6755 Dorsey Road

Candlewood Suites

Comfort Suites (S)
815 Elkridge Landing Road

Courtyard by Marriott (S)
1671 W. Nursery Road

Embassy Suites- BWI
Airport (S)
1300 Concourse Drive

Fairfield Inn by Marriott (S)
1734 W. Nursery Road

Holiday Inn Express at
BWI Airport West (S)
7481 Ridge Road

Hampton Inn at BWI (S)
829 Elkridge Landing Road

Holiday Inn-BWI Airport (S)
890 Elkridge Landing Road

Homewood Suites
by Hilton (S)
1181 Winterson Road

Marriott Hotel-BWI Airport (S)
1743 W. Nursery Road

Microtel Inn & Suites (S)
1170 Winterson Road

Ramada Inn (S)
7253 Parkway Drive




Red Roof Inn-BWI (S)
827 Elkridge Landing Road

Sheraton International Hotel
at BWI Airport (S)
7032 Elm Road

Hunt Valley Hotels
Embassy Suites-Hunt Valley (S)
213 International Circle
(Hunt Valley LR Stop)

Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn (S)
245 Shawan Road
(Hunt Valley or
McCormick Rd. LR Stop)

Mt. Washington Hotel
Mt. Washington Conference Center (S)
5801 Smith Avenue

Pikesville Hotel
Hilton (S)
1726 Reisterstown Road

Towson Hotels
Burkshire Marriott
Conference Hotel (S)
10 W. Burke Ave.
(Lutherville LR Stop)

Sheraton Baltimore North (S)
903 Dulaney Valley Road
(Lutherville LR Stop)

(S) Free Shuttle Service provided
to /from hotel from/to Light Rail
stop; call hotel from LR stop.
LR: Light Rail