Baltimore City Parking and Transit Information
Federal Hill Parking
Federal Hill is a great, popular neighborhood that was built in the 1800's prior to cars. It is very lively, with lots of bars, restaurants and things to do. However, like many historic urban neighborhoods, parking can be hard to find. Particularly on nights, weekends and during sporting events. We HIGHLY suggest reserving a space in the West Street Garage for weekends and events. Sometimes the garage fills up and parking can be hard to find.
Federal Hill Parking Permits
To park on the street beyond the two hour limit, you MUST have a visitor parking permit or you WILL get a ticket if you leave the car parked for more than 2 hours. We only have one (1) visitor parking permit available for Area 30 for use by guests during their stay. This permit allows you to park on the street beyond the two hour limit, but DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SPACE.
Since these visitor permits CANNOT be replaced, we charge a $75 deposit, payable by paypal. (or cash). When the pass is returned at checkout, the deposit is refunded (minus paypal fees). If the pass is needed a few hours prior to check in or after checkout, additional fees may apply. If the pass is not returned at checkout, your deposit will not be refunded and $500 will be charged to your security deposit.
Please let us know in advance and pay the deposit via PayPal prior to arriving, so we can make arrangements to have the permit at the house for you. The permit goes inside your dashboard by the driver side with the text (and the sticker) facing out so it's clearly visible to the parking attendant. Be sure to check the signs carefully and only park in legal parking spaces (not blocking any driveways or alleys). Guests are responsible for any parking tickets obtained by parking illegally.
Federal Hill Garage Parking
The West Street is one block from our Marshall Street Location and two blocks from the Cross St. Location. For busy nights, weekends or game day, it is a great alternative to street parking. You can reserve your parking in advance using the City Parking locator. For busy nights and weekends, we HIGHLY recommend reserving a space in advance.
Bolton Hill Parking
We have plenty of street parking available. Off street parking may be available- ask for details. No permits are required for W. Lafayette from Linden Green to Eutaw St. Please check the signs to make sure you are not in an area that requires permits. No permits are needed for anywhere on W. Lafayette on the weekends.
Canton & Patterson Park Parking
Most Canton residents and visitors use a car to get to places outside of the neighborhood. There are currently no residential parking permits required to park on the street, but sometimes parking can be difficult to find in the evenings and weekends. There are some great options for those without a car or those who prefer not to drive. And many restaurants and attractions are easily walkable from the Dillon Street House.
Uber & Lyft (Car Sharing Services)
Car Share & Hourly Rentals
Uber and Lyft legally operate in Maryland- with vehicles and drivers licensed and inspected by the state. Both companies offer rides from privately owned vehicles driven by their owners similar to a taxi. They are the best way to get around without having to worry about parking relatively inexpensively. There are plenty of cars available and you rarely have to wait for more than 5 minutes for one to arrive. Most rides to anywhere in Baltimore are about $5-$8. From BWI airport to Canton is about $15-20. You can download the apps on any smart phone.
UBER- use promo code: lla2y or this link to get your first ride free.
LYFT - Use this code to get your first $20 worth of rides for free: https://www.lyft.com/invite/RACHEL592405
UberEats now offers a food delivery service that will deliver takeout from many restaurants around town right to your door!
Hourly Bike Rentals
Baltimore Bike Share is the City’s newest form of public transportation and a great option to get around 24/7. There are stations where you can pick up or return a bike near all of our properties! Marked with a lightning bolt decal, the Pedelec bikes act like a regular bike and don’t have any complicated gears or buttons to learn. Just simply begin pedaling and the bike will provide an extra boost to get you moving and up Baltimore’s hilly terrain – all without breaking a sweat! For those looking for a more traditional ride, Baltimore Bike Share also has standard 8-gear bicycles available at every station.
Going for a ride is simple – with a dense network of 50 stations and hundreds of bikes, riders can register for a Single-Trip or Monthly Pass on the website, App, or station kiosk and be riding within minutes. Try one out today!
Baltimore City Transit Options
Maryland Light Rail (above ground train)
Best way to get to BWI airport out to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium offering daily service from 5 am to midnight weekdays 6 am to 12 midnight Saturdays, 11 am - 7 pm Sundays. It serves BWI Marshall Airport, Hunt Valley/Timonium, Penn Station and Camden Yards. This is a great, affordable way to get to either Federal Hill or Bolton Hill from BWI Airport
Fleet of 30 free shuttles service residents, downtown employees, students and tourists and anyone else who wishes to ride. It is the best (and cheapest) way to get around Baltimore. And it goes to most places you would want to visit. There are four separate routes—the Green Route which runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins, the Purple Route which runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill, the Orange Route which runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East and the Banner Route which runs from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. A shuttle arrives every 10 -15 minutes at the designated stops on each route. Visit www.charmcitycirculator.com for more info!
Public Transit Options
BALTIMORE CITY FREE CIRCULATOR BUS
Fleet of 30 free shuttles service residents, downtown employees, students and tourists and anyone else who wishes to ride. It is the best (and cheapest) way to get around Baltimore. And goes most places you would want to visit.
There are four separate routes—the Green Route which runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins, the Purple Route which runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill, the Orange Route which runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East and the Banner Route which runs from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. A shuttle arrives every 10 -15 minutes at the designated stops on each route. Visit their website for more info!
MARYLAND TRANSIt ADMINISTRATION OR MTA
All of the public transit systems (MARC, buses, subway and Light Rail are operated by the state of Maryland and are intended to work together. Visit the trip planner on their website to figure out the best route for getting where you need to go! Or download a transit map.
Maryland Light Rail (above ground train)
A good option for getting to Federal Hill or Bolton Hill from BWI airport, to the Stadiums from Bolton Hill or to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Daily service from 5 am to midnight weekdays. 6 am to midnight on Saturdays, 11 am - 7 pm Sundays. It serves BWI Marshall Airport, Hunt Valley/Timonium, Penn Station and Camden Yards. Visit their website for more info!
MARC TRAIN (TO DC)
MTA BUS SYSTEM
The public bus system currently has 57 bus routes, which include 47 local buses, 4 limited stop routes (known as QuickBus), and 4 express bus routes (which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore). Visit their website for more information. See the transit map for Downtown Baltimore.
METRO SUBWAY SYSTEM
The 15 mile, 14-station Metro Subway system operates every 8-10 minutes during the week and every 15 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. It is a great way to get from downtown Johns Hopkins Hospital from State Center. Visit their website for more info.
Hourly Rental Cars: Zip Cars
Zipcar is the world’s largest car sharing service, giving you convenient access to vehicles located in cities, airports and campuses all over the world. Simply reserve cars by the hour or day, all for one low rate. There are many Zip car locations throughout the city which means you won't need your own personal car if you want to drive somewhere during your stay. It is an affordable way to get around town when you want to drive. There are multiple Zip Car locations near each of our properties. Visit their website for more info!
Note: If you plan to use Zip Car during your time in Baltimore we HIGHLY suggest you sign up in advance.
Baltimore Water Taxi
The Water Taxi is a great way to see Baltimore from a different perspective and has stops all around the Harbor, from Fort McHenry to Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor and everywhere in between, the Baltimore Water Taxi connects you to the finest attractions, restaurants, bars, shopping, and history that Baltimore has to offer. Visit their website for more info!
- Landing 14 - Captain James Landing and Landing 16 - Canton Waterfront Park & Korean War Memorial are the two closest stops to out Canton and Patterson Park Houses.
- Landing 3 - Maryland Science Center and Landing 4 - The Rusty Scupper are the closest stops to our Federal Hill Houses.
Getting to Baltimore!
Getting to Baltimore without a car is relatively simple. You can take a bus, train, or plane. getting to Federal Hill is a quick and easy ride from any of these places.
BWI is the closest airport to Baltimore and is easily accessible via car, (15-20 minutes), public transit (light Rail) or Uber $15-20. You can also take a super shuttle or taxi, but these are a bit more expensive.
The BoltBus offers safe, non-stop, premium level bus transportation with fares as low as $1 between Baltimore, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Boston. You can purchase tickets online at www.boltbus.com until 30 minutes before departure, but it s recommended to make a reservation in advance to get a cheaper fare. The Bolt Bus drops off passengers near Penn Station in Baltimore. Visit their website for more information.
Greyhound bus is another way to get to and from Baltimore. The station is location at 2110 Haines St about 5-10 min drive from Federal Hill. It is suggested that you take an uber from there, rather than walking on nights and when there is not a lot of foot traffic. Visit their website for more information.