Why Rent a Bus in Baltimore?
Like many cities in the Mid-Atlantic region, Baltimore has a strong public transit system that’s great for people who are able to travel independently. But for large groups, especially large groups with children, public transit may not always be the best option. Here are a few transportation methods your group can choose from in Baltimore:
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA): Baltimore’s public transportation system includes buses, the Metro subway, and a light rail. The BWI airport also has access to the MARC train that runs from the airport into the city. But Baltimore’s public transit can be confusing if you’re not from the area, and it can be difficult to navigate for small children or people with disabilities.
- Taxis/rideshares: Taxis and rideshares are easier to use than public transit because you don’t have to worry about finding a station or getting off at the correct stop. However, since most rideshares can only hold 4-6 people, you’ll need to split up your group. Taxis and rideshares can also quickly become expensive.
- Charter buses: While charter buses can be expensive, just like rideshares, you pay up front so the cost won’t surprise you. Charter buses also offer comfortable features like plush seats, climate control, and overhead storage, and you can go exactly where you want to go without the stress of navigating transit stations.
College Tours in Baltimore
Baltimore is a city that’s deeply devoted to higher education. It’s the home of prestigious private schools like Johns Hopkins as well as great public schools like the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. If you’re bringing your high school students to tour potential colleges, a charter bus offers a convenient way to transport everyone safely.
Request free WiFi so your STEM-focused students can do research on their way to Johns Hopkins, or let your students watch DVDs on their way to Loyola University. You can also ask your driver to drop you off at a restaurant in Inner Harbor for some Old-Bay seasoned crabs after your tour of University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Johns Hopkins University
Address: 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Charter bus parking: The university has two parking garages open to visitors, but since charter buses probably won’t fit in those garages, your bus driver can park in the North Visitor Lot.
Loyola University Maryland
Address: 4501 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210
Charter bus parking: You will receive parking information when you pre-register for a tour at Loyola University.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Address: 1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250
Charter bus parking: Visitors will receive information about designated lots when they book a tour through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Field Trips in Baltimore
In addition to its prestigious colleges, Baltimore has many educational attractions for K-12 students, and quite a few of them are located near one another. The National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center, two of Baltimore’s most popular attractions for kids, lie about one mile apart in the Inner Harbor area, so your charter bus can easily take you to both in a single trip.
At the National Aquarium, your students can meet 20,000 animals from 800 different species, including Atlantic puffins, giant Pacific octopuses, and broad-shelled turtles. They can also learn more about marine ecosystems at exhibits like Australia: Wild Extremes and Atlantic Coral Reef. The nearby Maryland Science Center expands kids’ knowledge of the natural world with three floors of interactive exhibits. Take your group to gaze at dinosaur fossils, see a show in the planetarium, and experiment with different forms of energy, force, and motion at Newton’s Alley.
Address: 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Charter bus parking: The Aquarium validates parking for the Parkway Lockwood Place and LAZ Inner Harbor garages. If you’re in a full-size charter bus that can’t fit in those garages, your driver can park in a nearby paid surface lot.
Maryland Science Center
Address: 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Charter bus parking: The Science Center validates parking for the 414 Light Street Parking, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, and Arrow Parking garages. If your bus can’t fit in a garage, your driver can park in a paid lot or metered space on Light Street or Key Highway.
Lexington Market in Baltimore
After your field trip or college tour, plan a lunch at Lexington Market, the oldest food market in the U.S. Founded in 1782, the Lexington Market features more than 100 vendors selling seafood, fresh-baked bread, and Baltimore favorites like crab cakes and chicken and waffles. You’ll also find treats invented in Baltimore, like Berger cookies and peanut-coconut taffy from Konstant & Son. Grab some treats to go and stash them in the overhead bins on your charter bus.
Address: 400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Charter bus parking: There are many paid street spots around Lexington Market. The Market also has a parking garage, although minibuses are more likely to fit here than full-size buses.
Sporting Events in Baltimore
Many people visit Baltimore just to see Oriole Park at Camden Yards. When this field was built in 1992, it was the first ballpark to incorporate a deliberately retro design, an aesthetic that was quickly adopted by the stadiums that came after it. Take your group of fans to this ballpark to cheer on the Orioles and munch on crab cakes, oyster po’boys, and fries dusted with Old Bay.
If you’re more into football, Baltimore is the home of Ravens, named for the poem by former resident Edgar Allan Poe. Their home, M&T Bank Stadium, is nearly 35 feet taller than Oriole Park and features distinctive purple seats and high-definition, 4K video screens to help you get a better view of the players.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Home of Baltimore Orioles Baseball
Address: 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Charter bus parking: The ballpark ahs three drop-off areas for buses: the east side of the Warehouse at the breezeway (next to Gate A), Home Plate Plaza on the Russell Street service drive (next to Gate D), and the north end of the service drive (next to Gate F). Your bus driver can then park in Lots F, G, or H.
M&T Bank Stadium
Home of Baltimore Ravens Football
Address: 1101 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Charter bus parking: All parking lots at M&T Bank Stadium require you to buy a permit in advance. If you don’t have a permit, you can park in a nearby paid lot.
Rent a Charter Bus to Explore Baltimore
Baltimore offers plenty of schools, museums, markets and stadiums to keep your group engaged throughout your stay. When you’re ready to start planning your trip to Maryland, give Shofur a call at 1-800-436-8719 and we’ll find the right charter bus rental for your group.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Baltimore
$110 - $170
$105 - $160