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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The JHMI shuttle and the Charm City Circulator are fantastic.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Having a car is vital for traveling to anywhere other than inner harbor and Towson

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are shuttles that run between the different braches of JHU (although undergraduates won't need to go other campuses except for research) and there is the collegetown shuttle that will take you to the mall, target, grocery stores and other colleges.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Blue Jay Shuttle is generally useless - point-to-point service does not give you estimates of time before you're picked up, so you can end up waiting over an hour, and the routes seem to have been drawn by a 5 year old, with no regard to order. Also, the fact that it only goes within a mile of campus means you are limited in choices for 'fun' outings. The JHMI shuttle, which runs to Peabody and the Medical Campus, is fairly reliable (although shuttles can get very crowded), but it won't take you to 'fun' spots, just to more school/work. Zipcar is fabulous, with cars all over campus (you can pretty much get one at any time, although you should book for weekends early because they may all be in use on Saturday/Sunday afternoons), but can get expensive pretty fast. If you want to go grocery shopping, Zipcar or your own car is your best bet (although you can go on the Blue Jay Shuttle...but see above for that option).

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation options for Hopkins students are practical and free. Hopkins is also close to the Baltimore Penn station, so taking buses or trains from there is never a problem.

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Many students do not find a need to use Baltimore City public transportation. Instead, they use the free shuttle service, called the Collegetown Shuttle, which can get them to the Harbor, the Hopkins Medical School, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Towson, the mall, other area universities, and anywhere else within a mile of campus. When students want to go to D.C., they take the Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station and then take the Amtrak or MARC trains. Students who do use the city’s public transportation describe it as reliable and cheap.

Baltimore public transportation isn’t great, but it will suffice. The main complaint about it is that it takes many connections to reach certain points in the city. There are also entire sections of the city and suburbs that are not accessible by public transportation. Some students feel unsafe on the buses because of the mix of individuals who use them for travel. Since many students do not have cars, they use mostly shuttle services and taxis to get around Baltimore. Students don’t generally cite lack of public transportation as a reason that they don’t leave the Homewood campus, though.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Find a friend with a car
  • Hopkins and Collegetown shuttle
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi
  • Charm City Circulator
  • Baltimore bus system-actually very reliable
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs approximately $30.
  • Hopkins-run shuttle (only during the major holidays and the end of the semester)
  • Light rail from Penn Station
Local Taxi Services
Yellow Cab is a popular taxi service and can be reached at (410) 683-1212.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Johns Hopkins University Escort Van
(410) 516-8700
Daily 5 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle

(410) 516-4600

(410) 516-PARK

Monday-Friday 6:20 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Maryland Transit Authority (MTA)

Regular fare is $1.60.

(410) 539-5000

(866) 743-3682 toll free

(410) 539-3497 TTY

6 St. Paul St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport

BWI Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive from Johns Hopkins.

7062 Elm Road

(410) 859-7111

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is located in downtown Baltimore, approximately three miles from campus.

2110 W. Fayette St.

(410) 752-7682

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Penn Station

Penn Station is located on the shuttle route, approximately one and one-half miles from campus.

1500 N. Charles St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 84 responses

  • 54% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 26% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 59% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 27% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 5% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 55 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 55 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 55 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 83 responses

  • 28% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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