Called “Charm City” for a reason, Baltimore is a place that has a little something for everybody.
Baltimore is a spirited city – a unique blend of historic charm, cultural heritage and urban vitality. With hanging out at the Inner Harbor, attending neighborhood festivals, biking to school and more, Johns Hopkins medical students and residents have a lot they love about Baltimore.
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Living in Baltimore
A collection of resources for those moving to and living in Baltimore.
How to Get Around
A variety of transportation options makes it easy to get around Baltimore and the surrounding areas.
- The MTA local, express and neighborhood buses operate in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area. Several routes make stops at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
- The Charm City Circulator, a fleet of 30 free shuttles, operates multiple routes in Baltimore City. The Green Route travels to the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus.
- The Metro Subway, an aboveground and underground train, follows a northwest-to-southeast route from Owings Mills to The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
- The Light Rail, an aboveground train, takes a north-to-south route from Hunt Valley to Glen Burnie and the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport. To get to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, get off at Lexington Market and transfer to the Metro Subway.
- The MARC Train is a commuter rail system that serves several Maryland counties, Washington and parts of West Virginia. Trains make stops at Penn and Camden stations in Baltimore City. To get to The Johns Hopkins Hospital from the MARC, transfer to a local bus or the Charm City Circulator.
- The Baltimore Water Taxi and the free Harbor Connector offer water transportation to dozens of attractions and neighborhoods around the Baltimore harbor.
Taxis, Rideshares and Rentals
Baltimore has a wide variety of taxicab services, and rideshares such as Uber and Lyft, to get you where you need to be. You can also rent a car, or an electric scooter for shorter commutes.
Whether for your commute or as weekend recreation, biking is a great way to get around Baltimore. Bike lanes and shared-use trails accommodate the city’s active bike culture.
Johns Hopkins ShuttlesThe Johns Hopkins courtesy shuttles provide free-of-charge transportation for students and employees to the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, and several satellite offices and parking lots. A Johns Hopkins ID is required to ride the shuttle.
Things to Do
A vibrant and eclectic city, Baltimore has something to offer every mood, lifestyle and budget.
Baltimore is host to numerous arts and music festivals, neighborhood block parties and cultural events, many of which are family-friendly and free to the public. Immerse yourself in art and music at Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival. Watch custom-built works of art race over land and water in the Kinetic Sculpture Race, hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum. Celebrate all things books at the Baltimore Book Festival, and be dazzled by the awe-inspiring art installations of Light City.
Roller skaters at the Artscape arts and music festival.
From fine dining to authentic neighborhood spots, when it comes to food and restaurants in Baltimore, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Spend your Sunday browsing the stalls of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, or stop by one of the city’s historic public markets for a tasty lunch or a quick grocery run. Adventurous foodies can tour Baltimore’s dynamic culinary scene with a delicious discount during Restaurant Week.
Sports fans can catch an O’s game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards or see the Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium. Prefer to be on the field rather than in the stands? Join a social sports league or participate in the Baltimore Running Festival, which is held every fall.
Residents from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery enjoy an Orioles baseball game.
Baltimore’s proximity to cities like Washington, Philadelphia and New York makes weekend getaways as easy as hopping on an Amtrak train, and the Southwest Airlines hub at the nearby BWI Airport offers low-cost flights throughout the United States.
Baltimore is centrally located in Maryland, which means there are plenty of opportunities for fun day trips around the state. With a diverse landscape including mountains, marshlands and beaches, Maryland is truly “America in miniature.” You can take a hike through a state park, go boating or fishing along the many waterways, or set up camp for a few nights and explore some of the 214,000-plus acres of designated state forest. Be sure to keep an eye out for Maryland wildlife!
Residents from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery hiking at Shenandoah National Park.
Experience Baltimore at night: Try your hand at duckpin bowling, catch a late-night movie, or take an evening stroll through the galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art or The Walters Art Museum. And whether your scene is live music, nightclubs or unique bars, you’re bound to discover a new favorite nightspot or two.
My Baltimore | Why Hopkins Med Students Love It!
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine students share their favorite things in Baltimore and the hidden gems of Charm City. From the Inner Harbor to the festivals, parks and the food, watch to find out what Baltimore has to offer.