Public Transportation

Charm City Circulator

The Charm City Circulator is a fleet of 21 free shuttles that travel three routes in Baltimore City.

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)

  • The Maryland Transit Administration, known as the MTA, operates most mass transit in Baltimore, including the buses, metro subway, light rail and the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service. 
  • Get a student rate with the All Access College Transit Pass.
  • MTA has introduced CharmCard, a “smart” credit card-sized, electronic, reusable fare card that’s good for travel on Baltimore’s Metro Subway, Local Bus and Light Rail systems, as well as on bus and Metrorail services in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Northern Virginia.  For more information about CharmCard, click here


  • The MTA operates nearly 50 local bus lines throughout Central Maryland. Many local bus lines connect with Light Rail, Metro Subway and MARC Train service. When riding MTA Local Bus service, pay the fare as you board. Exact fare is required.
  • For individual local bus routes and schedule information, call the MTA Information Line at (410)–539–5000 or 1-866-RIDE-MTA (743-3682), or visit their website.

Light Rail

  • The Light Rail travels from Baltimore County’s Hunt Valley through Downtown Baltimore, past Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium at Camden Yards Sports Complex to Anne Arundel County. There is also service to BWI Marshall Airport and Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station.
  • The Light Rail  operates at street level, traveling on bridges to cross several bodies of water. You must purchase a ticket from the ticket vending machine before boarding Light Rail. Tickets are not available onboard.
  • Bicycles are permitted on all MTA Light Rail service except on crowded trains.

MARC Train

  • The MARC Train is a commuter rail system which makes an easy hour trip between Baltimore’s Penn Station and Union Station in D.C. There are three different lines of service connecting Baltimore with the region, and the MARC also connects Baltimore City to BWI airport.
  • MARC Train operates on weekdays only with limited service on select holidays. Seats are not reserved on MARC train. Only folding bikes are allowed on MARC trains.

Metro Subway

  • The 15.5 mile metro subway system operates throughout Downtown Baltimore and out to Owings Mills in Baltimore County. Bicycles are permitted on all Metro Subway service except on crowded trains.

Information courtesy of Live Baltimore.