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Group Tour & Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a group?

Any group of people traveling together or arriving in Ocean City for a common tour or travel event, such as a family reunion, motorcoach tour, getaway with friends, etc.

How do I begin planning a trip to the Ocean City area?

Start by checking out our Web site, or contacting us at the Ocean City Department of Tourism Convention and Visitor Bureau. For groups that need multiple rooms, planned meals or tour options, we can put you in direct contact with our hospitality members, including hotels, restaurants and attractions. Together, you'll be able to plan what you need based on the options our members can provide, which will make planning your group trip quicker and easier.

What are the services of the Convention and Visitors Bureau?

We connect you to our members. We also provide visitor guides, coupon books and small gifts for your organized groups. We can also personally welcome your group to Ocean City when previously arranged.

What are Ocean City's most popular events?

Our most popular events are our annual festivals Springfest, Sunfest and Winterfest of Lights – and they're free! Many organized groups enjoy adding a stop at one of the festivals to a group tour, letting group members enjoy them on their own, or as the main destination.

Why pick Ocean City for my group?

Ocean City has won many awards for our beach, boardwalk, festivals and family-friendly atmosphere. It's one of the most popular destinations for family reunions, motorcoach group tours and getaways with friends.

If we are arriving by motorcoach, where do we park?

If you are staying at or patronizing a hotel, restaurant or attraction, you will most likely park there. Day parking is available at the Inlet until June 1. From May until Sunfest weekend, you can also use West Ocean City Park & Ride, which provides restrooms and a shuttle into Ocean City. In season, you can also have your passengers dropped off at the Inlet Lot, and your driver can take the bus to the West OC Park & Ride.

Is there a fee or permit needed for our motorcoach?

From May 15 through October 10, Ocean City requires all motorcoaches to have a bus permit, which is issued by the Department of Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau. The permit is free if you are parking with a business or hospitality member. If you need to use West Ocean City parking, the cost is $10 per day per motorcoach.

You can request a bus permit by calling Lisa Osman at 410-723-8618 or  410-289-2800 or email losman@oceancitymd.gov  for information.