Cheap Flights to Baltimore

Baltimore overview

The first impression visitors stepping off a flight to Baltimore get is a city of interesting contrasts and happy combinations. Located in a border state, it combines northern energy and innovation with southern friendliness and charm.

Founded by the Catholic Lord Baltimore, Maryland was one of the first colonies to permit freedom of religion, and residents are proud of this heritage. Baltimore played a major role in the American Revolution, becoming the home of Congress when Philadelphia was besieged in 1776. During the Civil War, Maryland remained in the union, but loyalties were sufficiently divided that Union officials arrested many civilians as southern sympathisers. History buffs who book flights to Baltimore should visit the Baltimore Civil War Museum which is an excellent source of information on this period

Baltimore's major attraction is the Inner Harbour, one of the first and most highly praised waterfront redevelopments. You can easily spend a whole day here. The USS Constellation, the US Navy’s last all-sail warship, is docked at Harbourplace. Near Harbourplace is Federal Hill Park, with the finest view in Baltimore and the unusual American Visionary Art Museum, presenting the work of self-taught artists. Not far is the historic Fell’s Point neighbourhood, with old buildings and waterfront promenade.

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Baltimore climate

Spring and autumn have the most pleasant weather, with temperatures between 10 and 15 (Celsius). Summers are hot (20s and 30s) and very humid. Winter temperatures rarely drop below zero, though Baltimore does occasionally get snow.

When to fly to Baltimore

Peak Season:

Spring and summer are the busiest seasons. One of the very busiest times to book flights to Baltimore is in mid to late May, when the city is full of horseracing fans attending the Preakness, the second race in the Triple Crown. In summer, there are many waterfront and neighbourhood festivals.

Off Season:

Autumn can be a bargain time to take a flight to Baltimore, since prices tend to be lower than in spring and summer, yet the weather is very pleasant.

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Getting around Baltimore

If you’re sticking to the harbour during your Baltimore trip, you’ll be able to get around by walking or by water taxi. To get north from Inner Harbour, it’s recommended that you take a taxi. Downtown has limited bus and rail service, but the service in the suburbs is excellent. If you want to rent a car, all the major rental companies are located at the airport, with one shuttle servicing them all. Driving around town is pretty easy, since Baltimore is laid out on a grid with alternating one-way streets. Traffic is usually heavy, even when it’s not rush hour, and parking is expensive and limited. Make sure you watch out for tow zones during rush hour and red-light cameras at intersections.

Baltimore insider information

  • Baltimore claims a number of “firsts,” including first use of an umbrella in the thirteen colonies (1772) and first balloon ascension in the US (1784).
  • Like other port cities, Baltimore offers a variety of tours on the water, including narrated tours and tall ship cruises. One of the best bargains around is the water taxi, which provides a cheap cruise while taking you to many of the attractions around the harbour.
  • The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum presents railroading history on 40 acres within the city.
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, in addition to its collections of art from the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania, offers a three-acre sculpture garden with works from Rodin to Calder, a lovely oasis in the midst of downtown.
  • The Walters Art Museum houses the collection of the Walters family, begun in Paris when William Walters moved there during the Civil War. The collection ranges from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s exhibits show the growth of industry and technology, from a coal-fired tugboat to space exploration. Port Discovery is Baltimore’s children’s museum.
  • Baltimore City Arts Net is a website that gives current information about the arts, including a list of all museums; current art exhibits; music groups and musical performances, including restaurants and clubs; theatre, film, and dance performances; and more.
  • For rides and slides and all the other theme park attractions, there is Six Flags America, about 40 minutes south of Baltimore near Washington, DC.

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How much do things cost in Baltimore?

A dozen eggs
$ 18.33
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 58.58
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 18.68
Large bottle of water
$ 15.90
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 10.54
$ 30.98
Cheap meal
$ 117.15
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 39.05
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 306.40
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 573.15
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 14.06
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 4.91
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 19.64
1 km taxi journey
$ 9.71
How much does an apartment cost in Baltimore?
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 13054
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 8372
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 10683
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 16845

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