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san diego
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rail question (s)

Traveling to baltimore and D.C. May 8-12. Being from southern california we are use to driving everywhere. HAve been told public transportation in Baltimore/D.C. is great. Is their a rail that can take me from Baltimore to D.C. and if so how long does it take and how much would it cost. Also, will be staying in the Inner harbor so would it be smart to take the rail from BWI or should I cab it. Going to Camden Yards May 8 and 9. Any recomendations on things to do around the stadium and Inner harbor? THANKS!

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carneasada, (hmmm, carne asada!)

DC public transportation is great, Baltimore's is servicible. The journey between the 2 is pretty easy. Camden Yards is a train station...and serves the Light Rail, which comes in fron BWI, and MARC trains, weekday commuters between DC and Bmore. That's perfect for you...as long as you don't stay too late...MARC also goes to Bmore's Penn Station, about 2 miles north of the Inner Harbor.

http://www.mtamaryland.com/

What do you like to do? The Inner Harbor offers the usual tourist/traveler interests. The Aquarium, Science Center...2 new museums have recently opened, The Reginald Lewis Museum...http://www.africanamericanculture.org/, and Sports Legends, http://www.baberuthmuseum.com/shop/, there are various ship/sub tours...and the water taxi.

Head to Fells Point for that carne asada burrito. The growing hispanic population is centered there currently and there are quite a few little taquerias along Eastern Avenue, Fleet St. and Broadway. Less adventurous? There is a Chipotle right across from the aquarium...

san diego
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Thanks for your help. Didn't know their was a mexican food following in Baltimore. Being from San Diego everyone eats mexican. Thanks for your help.

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There's two types of rail that you'll potentially be dealing with - Light Rail and Commuter Rail.

Light Rail (MTA) can be used to get from the Airport terminal to the Inner Harbor/Camden Yards area - about a 30 minute ride. Depending on which Hotel you're staying in, it can be used to get from the airport to your hotel. If your hotel is more "Harbor East" it would probably make sense to cab it, given that you've got a week's worth of luggage with you. The cost per trip of this service is $1.60, though a $3.50 day pass is also available that allows you unlimited rides on all MTA local services.

Commuter Rail (MARC) is the service between Baltimore and Washington DC. The ride is about 50-60 minutes. The service consists of two lines - the CAMDEN line which is more convenient to the Harbor, but as Prankster mentioned, only runs in peak hours (5-8am) (3-6pm). If you prefer to sleep in late, the PENN line operates all day long until the late hours, but is a couple of miles from the Harbor. It is still convenient however, you can easily walk to Charles and Pratt Street and catch the #3 bus up Charles St. right to the front of the station. When you return, St. Paul street houses the #3, 61, and 64 buses that all go back to the harbor - or if you prefer, use a cab. Bus fare is just like the light rail - $1.60 per trip - IIRC, MARC round trip fare to DC is $14.00.

Enjoy your stay - Go Birds!

san diego
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Thanks for all your help. It will be my first time to Baltimore/DC so should be fun. Being from San Diego I am curious of what kind of weather to expect. Can you help? Also, shocked on how much hotels are in the Inner Harbor. Any suggestions on an affordable hotel. Thanks again.

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If you're willing to go the Hotwire route, there's a 3 star in Downtown at $67 a night. My best guess is that it's either the Wyndham (probable) or the Tremont Plaza.

I don't think you would have many caveats to booking a 3 star sight unseen in Downtown. Besides $67 a night is good bit less than $150!

Peek at Hotwire.com, search for Baltimore for your desired dates - include Downtown in the selections, and you should see it come up for $67 a night! Looking forward to seeing how you make out!

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Thanks- Just saw a $57 rate for a 3 star hotel in inner harbor. Really can't go wrong at that price. Hotwire descibes the hotel as 3 stars and close to Chesapeke Bay. Which one do you think it is? Thanks.