Not too long ago, if you wanted to get around a city without a car, you either used public transportation or caught a taxi. Both have their drawbacks. Public transport can be slow, inefficient, and crowded. Taxis can be expensive, and not everyone has had the best experience. Many times they won’t want to give rides out of town, either — a major issue if you are coming from somewhere outside the city limits.
Enter transportation network companies (TNCs). Since hitting the market a few years ago, the services have spread like wildfire. There’s a good reason. The services offer highly efficient transport for relatively cheap prices. Drivers use their own cars, which are usually newer and nicer than your typical cab. And since there are so many drivers, you never have to wait long for a ride and they are fairly cheap.
Best of all, the services cover the entire Maryland and Baltimore area, including Washington D.C. So no matter where you are in the region, you can get a ride to the cruise port.
Note: If you are a first-time user with Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $50 free ride credit good toward your first rides.
Here are maps of the Uber and Lyft service areas for both Baltimore and D.C. It gives you a better sense of coverage. If you are in the shaded region, then you can get a ride to the port:
If you’re unfamiliar with using the services, they operate as an app on your smartphone. With just a click on their app, you can request a ride on your smartphone and have a car within minutes. There is no having to call or hail down a cab. And you can see below, the cost to get around town is often cheaper than a cab.
Estimated Fares to Baltimore Cruise Terminal
We’ve rounded up the estimated cost of catching an Uber or Lyft from various points in the area. Keep in mind that for these rates up to four passengers can ride (UberXL and Lyft Plus are for six riders). So the more people you are traveling with, the lower your cost per rider.
Taxi fares include a customary 15% tip. Uber doesn’t use tipping, and it is optional with Lyft.
And yes, as of now Uber & Lyft can pickup/drop-off at BWI, Dulles, and Reagan airports. There is a $4 extra charge for picking up at Dulles, but it is still cheaper for most routes than using a taxi.
For those unfamiliar, here is a breakdown of the different options shown above:
UberX – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
UberXL – Upgraded service, carrying up to six passengers in an SUV
Lyft – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
Lyft Plus – Service carrying up to six passengers
If you are not already an Uber or Lyft user, you can sign up in minutes by downloading the app to your smartphone. If you planning to use Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $50 free ride credit good toward your first rides. That makes Lyft usually your cheapest option.
More on Cruising From Baltimore
Getting to the Port of Baltimore — Transportation options from airports and the Baltimore area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Baltimore Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.
Baltimore Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.