You can arrive in a car, a bus, a train, or a plane when going to Annapolis. The BWI, Baltimore/Washington International, airport is the best airport to choose when going to Annapolis. Even for a trip to Washington D.C., arriving at BWI is usually less expensive than Dulles International in Virginia or Reagan National in Washington D.C..
If you do decide to fly, keep checking out the windows of the plane on approching the area, you might get to see the Blue Angels practicing formations and that would be an exciting and unique event! Okay, it highly unlikely that you will ever see the Blue Angels outside your plane. The skys are cleared in any area they are flying.
Annapolis is not on any of the train based transportation systems - no MARC train or Amtrack or Metro. The former Baltimore-Annapolis rail line is now a hiking trail. The only public transportation available would be the bus or possibly boat. There used to be (in the summer anyway) a dinner cruise that went from Baltimore to Annapolis, but I can't find the information on it ATM
The Maryland Mass Transit Administration operates a route from Baltimore to Annapolis (Bus 14). You can take the light rail to the Patapsco Light Rail stop, and Annapolis has city buses that make it pretty easy to get around the city at the other end.
Similarly the MTA contracts a route from Annapolis to the Metrorail/Amtrak stop at New Carrollton (921)
When you visit Annapolis, please try to arrive early--preferably before 10:00 am. The best places to park are in the garages near the edge of the old city. I found a good one at Calvert St and West St. There are others near it. And that area is only a few blocks away from the city's attractions. When you leave, it's a short drive out of town.
If you park near the City Dock, the Naval Academy, or the Statehouse, it will be very tough to make your way out of the city, along with all the others who parked there. Afternoon traffic grinds to a halt, and just sits there.
The midshipmen at the Naval Academy were prohibited from owning cars when my husband was there. Really the downtown historic district is very walkable and there is not much parking downtown. (I have many memories of trying to park the cars that Bob's dad lent me to drive down and see him including a hearse and a sky blue Cadillac)
There is parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard; and from there you can take the free trolley-shuttle (which you pay for with your parking) into downtown. During the boat show, they commandeer all the local school buses to handle the increased traffic.
Other options include Gott's Court Garage or the Whitmore Garage, both located off Calvert Street. The downtown Hillman Garage on Duke of Gloucester Street fills quicker and is busier than the other garages. Costs are $1.00/hour.
You can try parking at a metered space,or parking in a residential zone, but for no more than two hours. After two hours you must move to ANOTHER ZONE. Parking Enforcement Officers are constantly on patrol downtown and THEY know where the zones are. Violators are likely to be fined.
There are however actually city buses also which run circular routes in the city. The one pictured is the Yellow Route, but there are also Red, Green, Orange, Gold, and Brown Routes. The Brown route deviates for curb-to-curb service for the physically challenged.
Base fare is only $.75 for each one-way trip. The buses also appear to have bike racks.
Coming from Washington, D.C., it is easy to take Rte. 50 straight in.
There are two garages: one off of West St. near the main Visitor's Center and another that is closer to City Dock. i've never had a problem finding spaces and depending upon the time of day, you can find street parking if you're willing to walk because Main St. spaces are hard to come by. You can also park near Phillip's restaurant at the dock as well.
It is not easy to get to Annapolis if you don't have a car, and once you get there, there's no place to put it. There's no railroad station in town. There's no really local airport
[From BWI airport, if you are driving it takes about 35 minutes. Exit airport following signs leading to I-97 south. Take I-97 south approx. 18 miles to where it ends at U.S. Route 50. Take eastbound Rt. 50 for approx. 3 miles, exit right onto Rowe Blvd]
So what are your options?
Ride a bus.
* Annapolis Transit operates a transit system serving Annapolis, Parole, Arnold, and South Anne Arundel County.
* MTA Commuter Buses connect Anne Arundel County to the greater Washington region Monday through Friday during peak commute times.
* Dillon’s Commuter Bus provides service to and from Anne Arundel County and downtown Baltimore.
* MTA Local Buses serve Maryland.
Walk or ride a bike.
Avoid the downtown parking hassles! Park once and ride their FREE Trolley-bus shuttles as often as you wish to get around downtown, the Naval Academy and West Annapolis.
The City operates the shuttle bus service using gasoline-powered trolleys within the central business district. Paid parking is available at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard.
Check their Website below for a Map!
The City also provides a regular fixed-route bus service and regular route and on-demand services for seniors and handicapped persons through the Annapolis Mobility program.
If you're going to drive in;
Two large parking garages are located in the City's Historic District as are several surface parking lots.
Depending on where you're coming from, there are a variety of options. If you're flying, BWI is the closest airport, but Washington National is only about an hour away, and you can take a shuttle from there. You can also take the train or Metro to New Carollton, which I think is the closest stop, and a shuttle from there.
Explore the picturesque streets of Annapolis by horse-drawn carriage. Your driver is your personal guide to all the historic sites and sounds.
Annapolis is not directly served by any commercial airports, the closest is Baltimore-Washington International.
But here is Lee Airport, a nearby place to land if your coming in a small plane.