The gateway to Maryland is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), 10 miles south of Baltimore and 20 miles north of Annapolis. Hundreds of domestic and international flights arrive daily, and it's a hub for several airlines. Most cities and towns are also convenient to Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, both major international airports but deep in the heart of many D.C. traffic jams.
Most major airlines fly into BWI, including Air Tran (tel. 800/247-8726), American (tel. 800/433-7300), British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297), Continental (tel. 800/525-0280), Delta (tel. 800/221-1212), Northwest (tel. 800/225-2525), Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792), United (tel. 800/241-6522), and US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322).
Commuter flights fly into Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport, near Ocean City, Maryland.
International visitors should note that insurance and taxes are almost never included in quoted rental car rates in the U.S. Be sure to ask your rental agency about additional fees for these. They can add a significant cost to your car rental.
The Eastern Seaboard's major north-south link from Maine to Florida, I-95, passes through Wilmington and Newark in Delaware as well as Baltimore and central Maryland. Other interstate highways that traverse Maryland are I-83, which connects Baltimore with Harrisburg and points north, and I-70 and I-68, which connect Western Maryland to the rest of the state and to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. There are no other interstates in Delaware, but to access the state from Maryland and points south, use U.S. Route 13 or Route 113.
Maps and brochures are available at visitor information centers on I-95 and I-70. Most are open only from 9am to 5pm. Some locations even offer hotel reservations services.
Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL [872-7245]; www.amtrak.com) offers frequent daily service to Baltimore, at both Pennsylvania Station (downtown) and BWI Airport Rail Station. There's also daily service to Newark, Delaware; and Aberdeen and New Carrollton, Maryland. Amtrak has limited service to and from the west at Cumberland and Rockville, Maryland. The high-speed Acela train runs along the Northeast Corridor.
MARC (tel. 800/325-RAIL ) commuter service runs between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore during the week. MARC also serves Western Maryland in Brunswick and Frederick.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222; www.greyhound.com) serves major points in Maryland and Delaware, including Wilmington and Dover, Annapolis, Baltimore, Ocean City, Easton, and Frederick, with express service from New York City to Baltimore (at South Baltimore and East Baltimore's Travel Plaza).
All cruise vessels depart from the Port of Baltimore's South Locust Point Marine Terminal, 2001 E. McComas St., about 5 miles from the Inner Harbor, where many of the best attractions and hotels are located. To get to Baltimore, follow I-195 west to Route 295 north, which will take you into downtown. Taxis to downtown attractions run about $22.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.