Charm City Circulator

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LocalLou
Baltimore, MD1 contribution
You can’t beat free
Jan 2020 • Solo
I’m a “local” (live just outside the city) and used the Circulator recently for the first time in a long time (to avoid paying for parking downtown). On the first trip, I didn’t have to wait especially long (probably the 10-15-minute window, as promised). It was a little confusing, because the circulator now uses generic black “shuttle”-type buses, not at all what you’d expect to see in a bus. The actual bus is pretty upscale, though, with cushy seats (kinda like an airport shuttle). On my trip back, I definitely waited longer than 15 minutes - probably closer to 25 - and this was right in front of the aquarium, on Pratt Street. The shuttle this time was packed, and the guy sitting next to me was slightly sketchy (kept talking to me, keeping a pipe in his mouth). But overall, I got in and out of downtown for FREE, so the Circulator still seems like a great option. Yes, there were a fair amount of sketchy/trashy-type people on the bus. But that’s not the bus’s fault; that’s just Baltimore, unfortunately. The Circulator doesn’t go to any *super*-dangerous areas, so I still felt comfortable taking it, overall...
Written 15 January 2020
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janetjoy337
Rocky Mount, NC16 contributions
Excellent free service
Oct 2019
I was hesitant to use this service but so glad I did. It is free! Downloaded the app to determine the stop closest to my hotel and to know the time it would be at each stop. and The times in the app were very accurate. The day I rode, the bus was not crowded and the driver was nice.
Written 25 October 2019
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John W
Hamilton, Bermuda66 contributions
Long waits, uncomfortable atmosphere, on Green Line
Oct 2019
Did not experience the other routes, which seem to get reasonable reviews, but the Green Line was not great! Don’t believe the ‘10-15 minutes’ scheduling - we waited 30+ mins for the 2 times we used it. You’d better know the route pretty well, & where you want to get off, because there are no signs or announcements. It seems to be mostly used by locals who are ‘down on their luck’. Very few tourists used it when we did. It’s a free service (the big Plus). We felt uncomfortable on both the trips we took. On the first we were racially abused by 1 ‘customer’. On the 2nd there was another who spent most of the trip harassing a female local. I could not in all consciousness recommend this form of transport to other visitors, although as I say our experience was strictly the Green route.
I shared my thoughts via the CCC’s website Survey, but have not received any feedback.
Written 16 October 2019
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Marcus P
Stockholm, Sweden735 contributions
Free
Jun 2019 • Couples
How could you not give five star to a city that is promoting free busrides to everyone who wants to go along?

Convenient and reliable, just hop on and explore the city
Written 26 June 2019
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SuperSteelers
Pittsburgh, PA447 contributions
You Got Me at FREE!
Nov 2018 • Couples
My husband and I used the Purple Line. Our Mt.Vernon stop we were staying at the Hotel Revival and used it to the Inner Harbor. There are no announced stops - use your phone to track your travels to know when to get off. It is a free bus. The unique passengers will not bother you but be prepared to be hit up for money as soon as you get off at the bus stops. We found it mostly up at the Mt. Vernon area. Everyone has a story . . .
The buses were clean and comfortable.
Written 25 November 2018
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Sunnybird
Alexandria, VA98 contributions
Free, but some reservations.
Nov 2018 • Solo
The free part is very helpful. The purple line goes to the harbor and drops off not too far from the aquarium. I didn't have to wait too long for a bus on the way to the harbor or on the way from the harbor to Penn Station.

Issues: the circulator did not have maps on the bus. Penn Station didn't have any circulator maps. Stops are unclear and not announced (not so helpful for tourists unfamiliar with the area). In my opinion, the drivers I experienced weren't remarkably friendly or helpful (charm city perhaps a misnomer). You can probably pull up a map on your phone, however, I'm not sure I'd want to have my phone out on the bus. As a free resource, it does get crowded, and is popular with the locals. Two locals got into a small argument on the afternoon bus (happily, it was resolved quickly and didn't escalate). It was unclear where the bus departs from the harbor area. It actually picked up across the street from where I thought it would pick up, but I managed to dash across the street in time to catch it.

Ultimately, one must weigh the free aspect compared to perhaps quicker methods such as Uber or taxi. A circulator ride does afford one a view of perhaps the truer side of the city rather than just the pretty harborfront.
Written 9 November 2018
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EDDIE APPLEFELD
Baltimore, MD371 contributions
Zip Around Town
Apr 2018 • Friends
There is more than one route for these buses. For a trip during the day to a far pat of town from your location, this is a good idea. It would help to know the routes and the times. It's free.
Written 31 October 2018
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Jennifer B
Richmond, VA1 contribution
Totally worth it!
Oct 2018 • Solo
I read some of the reviews here and found myself a little concerned about using the circulator. I had a bad experience using the MTA City Link busses to get around and wondered how much worse a free service would be.

Boy was I wrong!

I rode the Purple CCC to and from the Inner Harbor to Johns Hopkins Homeview Campus. Overall I rode four different busses over two days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

I am disabled (in a wheelchair) and I found the drivers and passengers to be very helpful and accommodating. The busses have easy to use ramps and space to lock in your chair and even special buttons that alert the driver they will need to deploy the ramp at the next stop.

The buses were mostly clean, newer style and other than people of unusual odor, not in any way dirty or scary.

Yes, there are homeless folks getting out of the cold, there are also commuters, teenagers, tourists and everything else under the Baltimore sun. If you’re easily intimidated by other humans who might be different than you are, I suggest you just avoid Baltimore all-together. This isn’t a city for you.

On my last trip from Mount Vernon to Charles Center the entire bus busted out in a sing along to “Wheels on the Bus” thanks to an enthusiastic toddler who hopped on at one point. Don’t be afraid, be open, you never know what you’ll get.
Written 26 October 2018
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Jily K
Roanoke, VA52 contributions
Thanks Baltimore
Aug 2018 • Business
Rose the Charm City Circulator around town and harbor this week. What a great way to get around the city at no cost
Written 21 August 2018
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Angie P
Chesapeake, VA206 contributions
Saves your feet or your $$$
Jul 2018 • Family
This free bus really is a blessing... the routes are easy to use and easy to follow, even with transfers. Some buses are newer or cleaner than others, and you never know who you will see - we had several empty buses during day but in the rush hour they were full of commuters. As this is a free service, it is not only used by tourists. The buses were typically on time with a tracking service available on the app/website.

We saved a great deal on Ubers, water taxis and other transportation during our Baltimore visit. The stops were convenient, directly outside of many attractions and hotels.
Written 10 July 2018
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