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I'm leaving from west-central Pennsylvania, and I'm wondering if there's a better time of day to start my journey to Ocean City to avoid traffic, specifically around the Bay Bridge. Thanks! 
Submitted by Tammy M, Mahaffey , Pennsylvania May 17, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 18, 2017

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As long as you hit the Bay Bridge between 10 am and 3 pm, you should avoid most of the traffic.  Call 1-877-BAYSPAN for current traffic on the Bay Bridge.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: May 17, 2017

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Hi from Johnstown!  We normally hit the road from here around 6 a.m. and get to the bridge by 10 a.m.  It's 4 hours from here to there and  10 a.m. or before is the best time to get there.  You will find the traffic slower then, but shouldn't be bumper to bumper stopped.  The cost is $4 to cross the bridge, but you only pay going east.  It's free on the way home.  Have fun! 


Naperville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: May 17, 2017

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I would agree that the earlier you get on the road the better, plus that just means you have more time in OC!

Enjoy!


Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 24, 2017

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If you are going on a weekday plan your trip avoid the bay bridge between 3pm (or anytime after noon on a Friday) and 6pm. On Saturdays, try to get to the bridge by 10am or after 3pm.


Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: May 19, 2017

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I live near Pittsburgh and always try to leave early..like no later than 6am. I really like to leave at 3am so I don't hit any traffic, I have sat in horrible Bay Bridge traffic and it's worth loosing some sleep to avoid it. Plus I gain a whole day in OC.  I eat breakfast and shop on the boardwalk until I can get into my condo. Or take a beach nap :)  Have fun! 


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: May 18, 2017

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As long as you hit the Bay Bridge between 10 am and 3 pm, you should avoid most of the traffic.  Call 1-877-BAYSPAN for current traffic on the Bay Bridge.


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: May 17, 2017

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I'm not sure how long it will take you to get  to the Bay Bridge from your location. But I will suggest to get there and be across the bridge by 12 pm or sooner. If that means you have to leave your house by 5 am then you have to leave by then.