Toll Location: Baltimore Harbor Tunnel
Cost: $2.00 Each Way
How To Get Around It: There are two ways to avoid any of the three Baltimore tolls (Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel, and Key Bridge). One is only for the adventurous, and should be attempted only during low traffic times. The other is much simpler, never takes you off an interstate, and adds about 10-15 minutes to your drive for a $2.00 savings.
Simple Method – Coming from the north or the south, instead of staying on I-95 through Baltimore, or getting on I-895 through Baltimore, take I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway) West until it meets back up with I-95 on the opposite side of the city. During rush hour, the West side of the beltway can be pretty congested, and the $2.00 is probably worth it. At any other time of day, there is seldom bad traffic, and you’re saving $2.00 by driving an extra 10-15 minutes.
The second, more adventurous method is to go through Baltimore city. From the south, take I-95 north, and exit at I-395. Stay to the left as the freeway ends. Go past Camden Yards and turn right on Pratt Street. Go past the National Aquarium and the Inner Harbor, and then turn right a South President Street. You’ll then immediately turn left onto Eastern Avenue. Take Eastern Avenue all the way to I-95 North, past the tunnel. no toll for you.
From the north, take I-95 South to Eastern Avenue East. Go a few miles until you are close to downtown. Turn right on South President Street and then take your first possible left onto East Lombard Street. Take this to Light Street, where you’ll turn left. Follow the signs from there to I-95 South, past the toll.
Depending on the time of day, these methods of avoiding the Harbor Tunnel Toll may be worthwhile or they may not. Plan ahead and check local traffic conditions as you enter the area.