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Travel Options, Visiting STScI, and
Baltimore and Local Attractions

The following information is provided for official visitors to Space Telescope Science Institute.

STScI Facility Location:

3700 San Martin Drive
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
Baltimore, MD 21218 USA
Phone: 410-338-4700

Directions and Maps

Travel options between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are discussed below for those participants that will also be attending the "Communicating Astronomy to the Public Conference that immediately follows this workshop on October 1-3, 2003 in Washington D.C. (


Current weather conditions for the Baltimore area.

How to Get to Baltimore:

By Air

Airport: The closest is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), which is about 13 miles (25 minutes) from the Institute.

Washington National, located in Washington, D.C., approximately 35 miles south of Baltimore, or Dulles International, west of Washington D.C., could also be used.

Taxis are available at all arrival times.
  • BWI airport cab (410) 859-1100
  • Yellow cab (410) 685-1212

  • BWI to/from STScI ($30.00)
  • Downtown to/from STScI ($10.00)
  • BWI to/from Downtown ($20.00)
  • BWI to/from Washington National ($60.00)

Rental car: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty have rental counters at BWI.

Limousine service: (410) 859-7545 BWI to/from Inner Harbor ($10.00 one way)

Fares are approximate and subject to change.

By Train

AMTRAK (1-800-USA-RAIL) and MARC (local commuter 1-800-325-RAIL) serve Pennsylvania Station between Charles and St. Paul streets, three blocks south of North Avenue (ten minute ride to STScI).

Taxi: Taxis are available at all arrival times. Fares to downtown Baltimore (a five-minute ride) run about $5.00.

Rental car: There are no car rental counters at Penn station. However, Avis provides a courtesy phone at the station. If you call them, they will pick you up.

From Washington, D.C. to Baltimore: MARC train service between Pennsylvania Station (Baltimore) and Union Station (Washington, D.C.) (total travel time roughly one hour) is available for less than $10 one-way. See the MARC train web page for more information.

By Car


From the South:
(BWI, Washington, D.C.).
Display Map (Acrobat PDF 84kB)
Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (295) north or I-95 north. Follow the signs to downtown Baltimore and use the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (MLK) exit. Follow MLK north to Howard Street. (Directions continued)

From the West: (Frederick, Pittsburgh)
Display Map (Acrobat PDF 84kB)
Follow I-70 to I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway). Take I-695 north (Inner Loop) to Towson, continue around the Beltway to I-83 south. Take the 28th street exit east to north Howard street. Turn left. (Directions continued)

From the North:
Display Map (Acrobat PDF 83kB)
From I-83 south take the 28th street exit east to Howard street. Turn left. (Directions continued)

From the Northeast: (Philadelphia, New York City)
Display Map (Acrobat PDF 84kB)
Take I-95 south to I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway). Take the Beltway west (Outer Loop) toward Towson until you reach I-83 south. Use the 28th street exit east to Howard street. Turn left. (Directions continued)

Directions Continued:
Continue north on N. Howard Street. After crossing 29th Street, continue straight ahead, but keep to the left lane. Turn left on Wyman Park Drive until you arrive at a fork in the road (one block) where Wyman Park Drive intersects with San Martin Drive. Bear right onto San Martin Drive and follow this curving road to the Institute's main building on the left.

Parking is available for STScI visitors at the Colonnade for a $5 fee. This hotel is within easy walking distance to STScI. Please inform the parking attendant that you will be attending a conference at STScI.

The Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade
4 West University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218

Getting Around

Public Transportation: The Mass Transit Administration (410-539-5000) operates bus, Metro subway, Light Rail, and MARC train service. Buses and Light Rail run daily, 24 hours a day. Metro operates Monday through Saturday. The MARC train operates weekdays along the Baltimore/Washington corridor. For fares and schedules call the MTA. Baltimore Trolley Tours (410-752-2015) offers service throughout downtown daily.

Helpful links:

  • Baltimore Area Convention and Visitor Association
  • Visiting Baltimore
  • Baltimore Zoo
  • National Aquarium
  • Maryland Science Center
  • National Historical Seaport
  • Inner Harbor Attractions
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Harbor Boating and the Water Taxi
  • Preservation Society's Walking and House Tours
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Baltimore Museum of Art (Walking Distance from STScI)
  • Washington D.C. Attractions, Dining, Transportation

  • Nearby Cities


    Home of the U.S. Naval Academy and the nation's oldest state capitol in continuous use, Annapolis is located at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River. The Annapolis Visitor's Bureau (410-280-0445) can provide information on tours of the Naval Academy and the State House, as well as sight-seeing cruises from the city dock, self-guiding tours of the historic district, and special events for late September.

    Washington D.C.

    The District of Columbia is about 35 miles southwest of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Popular visitor's attractions include the White House, residence of the President of the United States; the U.S. Capitol building; the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Vietnam Memorials; the Washington Monument; the Library of Congress; the Supreme Court; and the Smithsonian Institution, including the Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, and National Archives. The D.C. Visitor Information Center (202-789-7038) can provide detailed information.

    If you need to contact us for more information, please send an e-mail to meeting organizers.