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Transportation Options in Ocean City

Walking, Biking, Bus,
Tram, Driving, Airports

While enjoying your stay in Ocean City, Maryland it is crucial that you take advantage of all forms of transportation the town has to offer. Whether you don’t feel like fighting for a parking spot at the beach, are tired of walking the boardwalk, or you need a ride home from a night out, Ocean City has fantastic transportation to safely and conveniently get you to your destination.

Ocean City Bus

$3 for an all day unlimited pass!

“Avoid the fuss and take the bus” is an old adage in Ocean City, and still some of the best advice you can adhere to on vacation. The Ocean City Beach Bus, which runs routinely from the Inlet to the Delaware state line only, costs $3 for an all day, unlimited pass (exact change required). The full bus schedule is below, but in season the Ocean City Beach Bus runs 24/7 with stops located just about every other block. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and anyone ADA eligible may call Transportation for at home pick-ups. If you have any questions regarding the Ocean City Beach Bus, please call the Transportation Department at 410-723-160 Find a Bus! Download the TransLoc Rider App for iPhone or Android, or click here for the mobile web map, or Text your Bus Stop ID number to 414-11 when you’re at the bus stop.

Bus Schedule:

Modified Summer Schedule until Oct 3 2021: 

6am – 3am approx every 20 mins

6am – 3am No bus service 

Fall/Winter Schedule Oct 4 – April 3 2022:

6am – 1am approx every 30 mins

1am – 6am – No bus service

Boardwalk Tram

the Boardwalk Tram runs from the Inlet to 27th St.

After a long day of strolling or shopping along the boards you may be tired of using your feet, luckily the Ocean City Boardwalk Tram is waiting at your convenience. One of the best ways to experience the Boardwalk, the Boardwalk Tram runs from the Inlet to 27th St., making routines stops to load and unload passengers, so you can get on or off anytime you would want. The Boardwalk Tram costs $4.00 per person, per boarding, per one way ride, but discount fare punch cards are available at $26 for 8 rides (inquire at either the north or south Tram Station or with a Tram Conductor). New unlimited ride pass, which costs $8.00, a passenger can get on and off the Boardwalk tram as much as they like between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Although the tram runs every day throughout the summer, it may not maintain its normal schedule during during inclement weather due to safety precautions. For further questions please contact Transportation at 410-723-1606.

Special Events Boardwalk Tram Hours:

Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 28 thru Monday, May 31

OC Air Show: Saturday, June 18 thru Sunday, June 19

July 4th: Sunday, July 4
 
Labor Day Weekend: Saturday, September 4 thru Monday, September 6
 
Sunfest: Thursday, September 30 thru Sunday, October 3. The Boardwalk tram will run from 10am – midnight Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 10am – 7pm. 

Parking Information

Parking in Ocean City has changed if you haven’t been here in awhile.  There are meters in more locations on most downtown streets.  There are lots scattered around where you can use a smart phone to download the ParkMobile App so you can pay.  You can also pay with a credit card or quarters in most locations.  Paid parking is in effect from 4/1 – 10/31.  There are no refunds for parking so make sure you pay the right amount up front.  Also, if you are paying in advance, please be generous with your estimate of time.  You DO NOT want a ticket.  They are expensive!

Please do not park on any red curbs or in front of any driveways.  Park in the direction of the traffic and within a foot of the curb.

Enforcement Hours for Parking:

Municipal lots are 24 hours a day and parking on the street is enforced from 7 am to midnight.

ParkMobile App

The easiest way to park in Ocean City is with the App.  Get info here.  

  1. Download the App
  2. Register & add your car
  3. Enter your zone number (located on the kiosk closest to your car)
  4. Pay for the time you anticipate
  5. Receive text messages when you are about to expire – It’s easy to add more time/money.

ReTo do this, you will need to know your license plate number including all letters.  The Town of Ocean City does not give refunds for parking and you will get penalties if you don’t pay.  (There are cameras.). Therefore, please be sure the time is correct before pressing yes and committing to the charge.  You are responsible for entering your time on the machine and paying the right amount.

Pay by Plate

You can enter your plate number into the kiosks located near parking locations. The system will know when your parking is up. This is camera enforced at the inlet parking lot and by people elsewhere.

How to Use the Parking Kiosks:

  1. Enter your license plate number
  2. Insert coins or credit card and follow the directions.
  3. Press the green button to complete your transaction

Tickets & Fines

If you get a ticket, you can go here to pay or get more information.  Parking fine amounts by violation are here.

Did you get towed?

If you park in a restricted area, you WILL get towed.  If that happens, here is more information.  Please remember, you will need a valid driver’s license.  Registration and proof of insurance may be required and in some instances, you MUST be the registered owner to get your car.

The Ocean City Inlet parking lot is great for day-trippers, those visiting the boardwalk and amusements, or those wanting to grab a bite to eat.  You can also get a half hour free, so it’s fun, particularly during the week, to bring your coffee and watch the fishermen or just watch the waves. After 30 minutes, the cost for the

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

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

Parking Options & Lots

Park your car, boat, or trailer in Ocean City

3 Ways to Pay

Quarters, Credit card or ParkMobile App

Park Mobile App

Pay from your phone

Get A TICKET?

Here's what you do

Boat Storage & Repair

Want to store your jet-ski or boat?

PARKING LOTS & Options

If you’re staying outside of Ocean City, or just coming for the day, and don’t feel like bothering with traffic, take advantage of the West Ocean City Park n Ride. Located just west of the Rt. 50 drawbridge, the Park n Ride provides visitors with over 700 free parking spaces and a routine shuttle bus that transports passengers to either the South Division Street Transit Center in town, or to the Ocean City Factory Outlets in West Ocean City for just $3 per person. When the 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.

Fines vary by location, but for a violation of Street Parking & other Municipal Lot parking will result in a physical parking ticket ($50 fine) which can be voided if payment is made for actual time up to 1 hour and within 1 hour.

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

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

Inlet Parking Lot

809 S. Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842

1st Half Hour is Free

The inlet parking lot  has 1200 parking spaces and 35 handicap spaces.  It is the best place to go to access the amusements, dining and shopping options on the boardwalk.  You pay by plate or with the Park Mobile App.  The first half hour is free.

Rates for 2021:

April 1 – May 27, 2021

  • Monday – Thursday: FREE Parking
  • Friday – Sunday: $3.00/hour

May 28 – September 30, 2021

  • Daily Rate: $3.50/hour

October 1 – October 31, 2021

  • Monday – Thursday: FREE Parking
  • Friday – Sunday: $3:00/hour

There is a 30-minute grace period for all vehicles, including handicapped.

Patrons must pay for expired time prior to leaving the Inlet Lot to avoid being billed for additional administrative costs.

Need help? Parking lot ambassadors are available at the booth located in the center of the inlet parking lot (Row E).

West Ocean City Park & Ride

12848 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842

Free Parking, Shuttles & a Great View

The West Ocean City Park & Ride is owned by the Town of Ocean City and offers free parking and a shuttle to downtown.  Several restaurants are nearby including the new Pier 37 which replace MadFish.  Greyhound buses drop people off here.

  • Shuttle service from the West Ocean City Park & Ride to the South Division Transit Center is FREE except during special events. Special event shuttle service from the West OC Park & Ride is $3 and includes a Ride-All-Day bus pass.
  • Please observe posted rules and regulations at the Park & Ride. Restrictions apply.
  • It shall be unlawful to park any commercial vehicle unless performing services for or on behalf of the Mayor and City Council.
  • It shall be unlawful to utilize any vehicle for sleeping quarters.
  • No Overnight Parking Allowed – Vehicles and trailers will be towed if parked between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Park in Designated Area Only

Other Municipal Lots & Street Parking

12848 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842

Rates & Locations

May 28 – September 30, 2021

  • Daily Rate of $3.00/hour

October 1 – October 31, 2021

  • Monday – Thursday: FREE Parking
  • Friday – Sunday: $2.00/hour

Handicapped Parking: No charge if stay is less than 1 hour, otherwise full rate. Handicapped vehicles must have handicapped plates or a visible placard. This does not apply to Inlet Lot parking.

Municipal Parking Lot Locations:

  • Worcester St., between Baltimore Ave. & Philadelphia Ave.
  • Somerset St. & Baltimore Ave.
  • Dorchester St. & Baltimore Ave.
  • N. Division St. & Baltimore Ave.
  • N. Division St. & St. Louis Ave. (small lot)
  • 4th St. & Baltimore Ave.
  • 61st St. & Coastal Hwy., (Bayside)
  • 64th Street – Boat Ramp Parking Lot (for boaters launching-hourly)

You will also see additional side street Parkeon pay station parking on selected streets, ocean side and bayside in the area between S. Division & 10th Street, and again at 99th St.

Trailer & Boat Lots

100th Street Bayside

Trailer & Boat Approved

Coming to Ocean City, MD for Bike Week or Cruisin’ and need a place to park your trailer or are you coming with your boat?  There are 2 lots at 100th Street bayside, where you can park your trailer or boat.  Weekly and daily rates are available and this location only accepts credit card payments.

  • 2 lots – Cars & Boats (this is a trailer approved lot)
  • Weekly & Daily parking paid at 100th Street does NOT apply to parking at the Inlet, on-street parking, or any other municipal lot.
  • Cars $10 per day / $40 per week
  • Trailer $10 per day/ $50 per week

Ocean City Area Airports

100th Street Bayside

Ocean CITY AREA AIRPORTS

The Ocean City Airport is just 3 miles away in West Ocean City, off of Rt. 611 on Airport Road, and has private planes arriving and departing daily, as well as a number of other options, including car rentals, plane rides, skydiving instructions, and taxi services.  The Ocean City Airport runs 7 days a week, year round. There is also the Salisbury/Ocean City/Regional Airport, which is located about 30 minutes from town just east of Salisbury off of Rt. 50 and offers US Airways flights to Philadelphia and Charlotte regularly. To make reservations for a flight please call 410-548-4827.

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