Getting Around Ocean City

Getting Around Ocean City MarylandThere are an unlimited number of things to see and do in Ocean City, and getting to and from those destinations and attractions is easy, thanks to our many public transportation options.

The Boardwalk Tram

The ocean breeze, beach, sand, and family atmosphere are just a few of the reasons why you will want to ride the Ocean City boardwalk trams during your visit to Ocean City! The comfortable boardwalk trams can take you the whole length of the boardwalk, which travels from the Inlet to the North Booth at 27th Street. The Boardwalk tram will stop at most any location along the route to load or discharge passengers. The best part of the half-hour ride will be the detour that takes you on the pier close to the ocean where you can see, hear, and sometimes even feel the ocean water. Now you know you are in Ocean City, Maryland!

Tram fare is $3.00 per person, per boarding, one way ride. Discount fare punch cards are available at $20 for 8 rides. Inquire at either Tram Station or with a Tram Conductor.

New unlimited ride pass, which costs $6, a passenger can get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. The unlimited ride pass will not be available during Springfest, Sunfest, OC Air Show weekend, July 4th weekend or Labor Day weekend. Unlimited ride passes will be sold at both north and south ticket booths and on any tram.

Please note: The tram operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions. See the station operators or call 410-289-5311 or 410-723-1606 for further information.

Schedule
Dates
Times

 

 

 

Summer

May 23-Sept. 1

 11 a.m. to Midnight Daily; 10 a.m. to Midnight/Holidays, Wkends & Spec. Events

Sunfest

 Sept 18-Sept., 21, 2014

 10 a.m.-Midnight/Thurs., Fri. & Sat.

10 a.m. - 6 p.m./ Sunday

 

Coastal Highway "Beach Bus"

Getting around Ocean City won't break your vacation budget. In fact, it will only cost you a few dollars! It's the 'Best Value" ride! Ocean City municipal buses travel along Coastal Highway  7 days a week, and you can ride for just  $3 per day. Our safe and clean buses are reliable and convenient and offer multiple stops along Coastal Highway, so your favorite OC attractions are easily accessible and within walking distance. Ocean City buses also run to and from the West Ocean City Park & Ride facility seasonally. After all, you're on vacation; why not give your car a break as well?

Schedule
Dates
Times
   

 

Summer May 23-Sept 1, 2014

Every 10 min. 6 : 00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Every 20 min. 3 :00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m.

Fall Sept. 2 - Oct. 25, 2014

6 a.m.- 10 p.m. Approx. every 15 minutes

10 p.m. - 6 a.m. Approx. every 30 minutes

 

The Bus – "Express Service"

For the added convenience of our Springfest and Sunfest attendees, the buses will be available for an "Express Service," traveling directly from the 40th Street South Convention Center parking lot to and from the Inlet fairgrounds. The fare is or $3 per day. Fare is transferable to Coastal Highway and Park & Ride Buses. Please review the "Express Service" schedule for specific dates and time of service.

Schedule
Dates
Times

Springfest

May 1-4, 2014

Every 20 minutes. Thurs.-Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m./ Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

White Marlin Open  
Aug. 4-8, 2014    
40 th St. to Jacqueline Ave & 14th St. Every 20 min. 3-11 p.m.

Sunfest            
Sept. 18- 21, 2014                   
40th St South CC parking lot to/from Inlet Sunfest grounds. Approx. every 20 minutes.
Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m./Sun., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

West Ocean City Park & Ride Shuttle Service

You can also park free and ride the shuttle between the West Ocean City Park & Ride and the South Division Street Transit Center for Best Value $3 all day. The Park & Ride Shuttle offers service seasonally from South Division Street to West OC Tanger Outlets and the Park n Ride Station. Service is offered only on the dates listed below:

Summer Park & Ride West OC:

May 23-Sept. 1, 2014.

Every 20 minutes, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

**When Park n Ride Beach Bus is not in operation in the off-season, transportation to/from South Division Street Station to Park n Ride off Rt. 50 is provided by Shore Transit.

OC Air Show

June 14-15, 2014  

West OC Park N Ride to/from 17th St & Baltimore Ave. Approx. every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Please refer to Shore Transit public schedule for additional transportation options.

Please click here for the latest Ocean City Bus Service Schedule.

Outlet Bound?

The shuttle bus service between the West Ocean City Park & Ride and the South Division Street Transit Center in downtown Ocean City now includes a stop at the Ocean City Factory Outlets. This stop is located at the Pac-Sun store and is the only stop in the outlet shopping center. The bus travels from the South Division Street Transit Center to the outlet stop and then continues to the West Ocean City Park & Ride before departing again for downtown Ocean City. Seasonal service only.

Paratransit Origin to Destination Service:

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Ocean City Transportation offers curb-to-curb, or curb-to-beach service to eligible disabled residents and visitors of Ocean City. All eligible patrons may call the Dispatch Office at 410-723-1606 to make a reservation for the Paratransit van 365 days a year. Reservations need to be made at least one business day prior to service. Paratransit service is offered from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Our staff of well-trained drivers offers our patrons a safe ride to their destinations. We can even deliver you right to the front entrance of Springfest or Sunfest events. We can also connect you to DART at the North end and Shore Transit at the south end, if necessary.

Fares:

"The Bus" for Coastal Highway – $3 for an interchangeable Ride-All-Day pass from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

West Ocean City Park & Ride – $3 Best Value for the shuttle service and free parking.

ADA ParaTransit – $3 Ride-All-Day. By appointment/reservation only. Call 410-723-1606.

Senior Citizen Bus Passes (Age 60 and older)

Senior citizen bus passes for residents and property owners, 60 years of age and over are available. The cost of the pass is $7 and it is valid for two years. All applications for bus passes and renewals require proof of property ownership or residency, such as an Ocean City tax bill or drivers license with an Ocean City address. Seniors obtaining a pass for the first time must show proof of age in addition to proof of residency. A senior bus pass allows free rides on the buses and paratransit van (if eligible). For more information, call the City Hall receptionist at 410-289-8221.

A non-resident senior bus pass is available free of charge to anyone 60 years of age or older. This pass will entitle the holder to half-fare passage on the bus and paratransit van (if eligible). The non-resident bus pass is not recognized for reduced or free passage on the trams. For more information, call the Transportation Department at 410-723-1606 or the City Hall receptionist at 410-289-8221.

Parking – The Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot

Boardwalk or beach bound? Parking is easy and convenient in this centrally located lot at the southern-most point of Ocean City. The lot provides 1,200 parking spaces, including 35 handicap parking spaces and quick access to our bustling boardwalk and beautiful beach. Complete with a passenger load and unload zone, this lot is open 24-hours and is in operation from March 29 to October 20.

To gain access to the lot, simply obtain a ticket at the entrance. We suggest leaving your ticket in your car as additional fees ensue for a lost or damaged ticket. Forms of payment are cash and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover).

SPRING & FALL RATES:
The spring rates are in effect from March 29 through midnight of the Wednesday before Memorial Day. The fall rates are from Tuesday after Labor Day through October 20.


The rates are as follows:

Weekday and Weekend = $1.50 per hour

0 – 30 minutes

FREE

31 minutes – 40 minutes

$1.00

41 minutes – 50 minutes

$1.25

51 minutes - 1 hour

$1.50

Additional Time

.25 per 10 Minutes

NOTE: Lost tickets will result in a maximum charge of $36.00


SUMMER RATES:
The summer rates are in effect from Thursday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. The rates are as follows:


Weekday and Weekend = $2.50 per hour

0 – 30 minutes

FREE

31 minutes – 40 minutes

$1.50

41 minutes – 50 minutes

$2.00

51 minutes - 1 hour

$2.50

Additional Time

.50 per 12 Minutes

NOTE: Lost tickets will result in a maximum charge of $60.00

Physically Challenged Patrons:

In order to accommodate our physically challenged patrons, a 90-minute grace period is in place. In addition, handicap parking spaces are located near the beach as well as the boardwalk. However, if the length of time spent in the parking lot is 91-minutes or more the person will have to pay for the entire time spent in the parking lot in accordance with the parking fees listed above.

West Ocean City Park & Ride

Seasonal Service Only

We offer so many convenient and affordable public transportation options in Ocean City, that we encourage visitors to leave the driving up to us and give their cars a vacation while in town. The West Ocean City Park & Ride offers free, ample parking at the West Ocean City Park & Ride located at 12848 Ocean Gateway. Not only is the parking free, but the lot offers spectacular scenic views of the bay, surrounding wetlands, the Ocean City skyline and, of course, the gorgeous sunsets Ocean City is known for. Bonus tip: Visit the octagon gazebos and bird watch. Be sure to read the interpretive signs and check out the railroad bridge and brick walkways before catching the shuttle into town. Shuttle service from the West Ocean City Park & Ride is the 'Best Value" $3 per day pass. This enables riders to unlimited daily trips between the Park & Ride, Ocean City Factory Outlets and the South Division Street Transit Center and anywhere in Ocean City on the "The Beach Bus".

Please observe posted rules and regulations at the Park & Ride. Restrictions apply.

FOR ADDITIONAL PARKING INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 410-723-1606.