How to get to Baltimore by train
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Baltimore is a seaport in Maryland best known for its crab cakes and baseball legend, Babe Ruth. As there is plenty to see in Charm City, you'll be singing "Good Morning, Baltimore'' as soon as you experience all of the sights and activities this quirky town has to offer.
Some of Baltimore's most impressive attractions are centered in and around Inner Harbor. This scenic waterfront is filled with historic ships, dating as far back as the Civil War in the case of the USS Constellation. Alongside shops and restaurants, Inner Harbor also hosts the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and several entertainment venues where you can catch live music. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the harbor from atop Federal Hill Park, or if you prefer the view that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner," head out to Fort McHenry, known for its role in the War of 1812.
Baltimore is one of the stops on Wanderu's recommended East Coast wine tour, but don't worry about racking up a hefty tab; luckily, Baltimore is also one of the cheapest drinking cities in the U.S., with the cheapest bottle of beer going for just $1.42. Enjoy your wine or beer along the Avenue in Hampden, a neighborhood known for its hipster bars, restaurants, and boutiques.
Ready to plan your Baltimore adventure? Numerous bus and train options make Baltimore affordably accessible by ground transportation, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport not only offers hundreds of daily flights, it also is one of the best airports for food in the U.S.
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Pennsylvania Station, commonly referred to as just Penn Station, is the main train station in Baltimore. Owned and operated by Amtrak, the station serves as a regional hub for all of the train carrier’s nine services that pass through Baltimore, including the Acela, the Northeast Regional, the Crescent, and the Palmetto. Conveniently located near Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor, Penn Station is accessible from all parts of the city via several transit bus lines and two commuter rail services. The Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Collegetown shuttles also serve Penn Station, allowing students to travel easily between the train station and campus.
Popular train stations in Baltimore:
Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St
Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)
What train companies travel to Baltimore, Maryland?
Located in Maryland, Baltimore is accessible by train from 387 other cities. You can choose from 1712 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Baltimore on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Baltimore are also available.
Train companies serving Baltimore
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Amtrak Northeast Regional||48||2h 59m||$63.72|
|Amtrak Silver Service||40||8h 32m||$114.29|
|Amtrak Crescent||31||6h 14m||$106.56|
|Amtrak Vermonter||29||3h 10m||$73.10|
|Amtrak Cardinal||26||3h 43m||$105.52|
|Amtrak Carolinian||23||3h 43m||$74.70|
|Amtrak Palmetto||22||3h 19m||$65.97|
|Amtrak Acela||12||2h 37m||$177.53|
Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.
The Northeast Regional is Amtrak’s passenger rail service that runs between Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA, connecting over 50 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. While the line’s downtown-to-downtown train service makes traveling between the biggest cities in the Northeast convenient and hassle-free, the train’s amenities make the journey comfortable and relaxing as well. Amtrak passengers can enjoy large seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as free WiFi and clean bathrooms. The Northeast Regional is the busiest and most popular among all Amtrak routes.
The Silver Service is an Amtrak train line that runs from New York City to Miami, connecting the largest cities in the Mid-Atlantic region with key destinations in the South and many places across the Sunshine State. Two trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star, collectively comprise the Silver Service. The trains come equipped with a variety of sleeper cars that travelers taking an overnight train can choose from, as well as a variety of amenities like free WiFi, power outlets, and a café car.
The Crescent is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs from New York to New Orleans by way of Atlanta. As an overnight service, the Crescent offers a variety of amenities and accommodation options. There’s also a café car where you can enjoy freshly prepared meals and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages. Like all Amtrak trains, the Crescent offers free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom.
The Vermonter is an Amtrak passenger train that connects St. Albans, VT to Washington, D.C. by way of New York City. The journey is renowned for the beautiful scenic views that it presents as it passes through the Green Mountains and the Berkshires. Aboard the Vermonter, passengers can enjoy free WiFi, power outlets at every seat and extra legroom. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing beverage from the train’s café.
The Amtrak Cardinal is a long distance passenger rail service from New York to Chicago, connecting a total of 31 cities. As one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the Cardinal is a popular train line connecting the Northeast to the Southeast, and offers top-notch comfort thanks to its seats with extra legroom, free WiFi, power outlets, and snacks available for purchase in the Cardinal Café.
The Acela is Amtrak’s flagship high-speed rail service. Connecting 15 cities along the Northeast Corridor of the United States, the Acela is Amtrak’s fastest running passenger train, developing a speed of up to 82.2 mph. Acela trains are equipped with free high-speed internet, power outlets and extra comfortable seats. In addition, all Acela passengers have access to the line’s signature Corridor Café where they can unwind and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. As it is Amtrak’s most premium service, the average Acela train ticket often costs more than other lines' offerings.
Which train carrier has the best service to Baltimore?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Baltimore by train with Amtrak Vermonter giving them a 4.7 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Cardinal had the most comfortable train service to Baltimore taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Cardinal offers. They rate Amtrak Cardinal a 5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Baltimore punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Cardinal has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Baltimore, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
$5.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Baltimore, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Baltimore. In the last month, trains from Burke to Baltimore had the lowest average price at $5.50. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Baltimore:
The busiest train station in Baltimore is Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St. As Baltimore's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI).
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