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Travel to Baltimore

Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland
Known as "Charm City," Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland and has become a top tourist destination. Baltimore's temperature in April ranges from 64 - 74 degrees Farenheit. The name Baltimore comes from Lord Baltimore, the founder and proprietor of the colony of Maryland.

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Baltimore Attractions and Dining

Baltimore is an alluring, romantic city with lovely attractions and cozy restaurants. Baltimore features a beautiful waterfront, world-class museums, African-American traditional sites, and festivals and cultural events. The 13th largest city in the U.S., Baltimore offers visitors so much to see and do. Baltimore is famous for its Inner Harbor lined with attractions, restaurants, shopping - all within a quick walk of the Baltimore Convention Center. Take advantage of the fast, free and green Charm City Circulator or water taxis, trolley tours and harbor cruises. Baltimore is close to Washington, D.C. The area is full of American history and culture and makes for a great family vacation destination.



Local Airports 

    Baltimore, MD Airport

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is conveniently located south of Baltimore, Maryland, approximately 10 miles from the Baltimore Convention Center and the SPIE contracted hotels. The Light Rail is runs directly from BWI to downtown Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center. Phone: 800-435-9294 or 410-859-7111

     Washington, DC Airports


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located in Arlington County, Virginia, and is the closest airport to downtown Washington, D.C., and Union Station. Find out more about Airlines, parking, and ground transportation at Washington National. Phone: 703-417-8000

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 26 miles from Washington, D.C., in Chantilly, Virginia. Dulles is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Washington, D.C., (in non-rush hour traffic). Union Station in Washington, D.C., offers train service to Baltimore with a station near BWI. Find out more about Airlines, parking, and ground transportation at Dulles. Phone: 703-572-2700

Transportation from Local Airports: BWI, DCA & IAD

SUPERSHUTTLE has offered a discount rate (Code 4SPIE) for all attending SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2016 attendees. Discount rate applies ONLY when booked in advance, one way or roundtrip. Super Shuttle runs 24/7. Make a Reservation for SuperShuttle Online with Discount Code 4SPIE (discounts already factored in online and apply at check-out). Discounts are:
BWI: $1 off one-way, $3 off round-trip
DCA: $2 off one-way, $5 off round-trip
IAD: $2 off one-way, $5 off round-trip
You may also call 1-800-258-3826 to make reservations; please quote group code 4SPIE for discount.

TAXI rates from BWI to the Baltimore Convention Center and downtwon Baltimore hotels ranges from $25 - $35 one way based on traffic and time of day. Locate the taxi stand just outside baggage claim area of the lower level of the BWI terminal.
Light Rail from BWI to downtown Baltimore, Convention Center and Hotels (PDF)
Charm City Circulator
A fleet of 21 free shuttle busses travel fast, frequent and free via three routes around downtown Baltimore. A shuttle arrives every 15 minutes at the designated stops on each route.

Train Service: From Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

From DCA, take SuperShuttle to Washington Union Station (WAS). From WAS (Washington Union Station), take the Amtrak train to Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI) Amtrak Station. Then catch the Light Rail to the Balitimore Convention Center Station and further stops servicing the downtown hotels. BWI is located approximately 45 miles north of Washington, D.C.
From DCA, an alternate method of transportation to Washington Union Station (WAS) is the Metrorail. At DCA, locate the Metrorail station connected to the concourse level of Terminals B and C. Take the YELLOW line (towards Mt. Vernon) to Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station. Change lines there to the RED line (toward Silver Spring) to Union Station (WAS). The fare is approximately $4 one way on the Metrorail (subject to change). From Union Station, take the Amtrak train to Baltimore WA Airport (BWI) Amtrak Station. Then catch the Light Rail to the Baltimore Convention Center Station and further stops servicing the downtown hotels. MTA Light Rail Schedules & Maps

AMTRAK - Amtrak FARES vary depending on the route and trip time you choose from Union Station to BWI. The 2110 Acela Express is a faster trip (21 minutes), with fewer stops, and reserved seats from Union Station to/from BWI. 84 Northeast Regional, 176 Northeast Regional and 94 Northeast Regional are 25 -27 minutes. Fares depend on fastest routes and departure times. See Amtrak Schedules for all routes. NOTE: Amtrak trains have restricting checked luggage or carry-on luggage rules.

Special Discounts on AMTRAK for SPIE DCS 2016 Attendees!
Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest available rail fare to Baltimore, MD between April 10 - April 27, 2016 to attendees of DCS16. The Convention Fare Discount is only for attendees going to and from the convention. Conventions cannot be booked via the internet. To make your reservation, call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 and refer to the Convention Fare Code X50A-944 to get the discount offer. This offer can only be booked through the toll free number 1-800-872-7245. No other discounts will apply. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer also valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable sleeper accommodation charges.

From BWI, take the Light Rail to the Convention Center stop by Baltimore Convention Center or further stops servicing the downtown hotels.
MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) operates Monday through Friday ONLY. MARC runs on the Penn Line from Baltimore/Camden Station to Washington Union Station ($7 one way subject to change) and takes just over 1 hour each way. The Baltimore Convention Center is on the Camden Line. The Penn Line and the Camden Line never meet. Therefore from BWI, take the Light Rail along the Camden Line to the Baltimore Convention Center stop.
METRO SUBWAY - The Metro Subway System travels to/from Baltimore suburbs and John Hopkins Hospital. It does NOT travel to/from Baltimore Washington International Airport. Metro Subway Map

Driving Directions from BWI to Baltimore Convention Center & Downtown Hotels


Parking nearby Baltimore Convention Center Parking Map

Parking at the Baltimore Convention Center

Best Parking - select 'Baltimore' for parking garages & map

Use Parking Panda to reserve parking at the lots and garages surrounding the Baltimore Convention Center. Click here to reserve your space for the SPIE.DCS Conference! Use promo code "SPIEDCS16" for an additional 10% off your first purchase. 

Parking Rates at Downtown DCS Hotels (PDF) 

Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental is the selected as the official car rental agency for this Symposium. To reserve a car, identify yourself as a Defense + Commercial Sensing conference attendee using the Hertz Meeting Code CV# 029B0021. Discount rates apply for rentals up to one week prior through one week after the conference dates. Note: When booking from International Hertz locations, the CV # must be quoted with the letters CV before the number, i.e. CV029B0021. Click here to book online Book Hertz Online

 • In the United States call 1-800-654-2240.
 • In Canada call 1-800-263-0600, or 1-416-620-9620 in Toronto.
 • In Europe and Asia call the nearest Hertz Reservation Center or travel agent.
 • Outside of these areas call 1-405-749-4434.

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