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Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located near the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland only a half-hour drive south of downtown Baltimore and about 35 miles north of Washington D.C.

Of the three Washington D.C. airports BWI has the second most international flights. The attractive thing about BWI is the competition in airfare due to a couple of low-fare domestic airlines that serve the airport. BWI has are plenty of international flights and non-stop flights to the west coast.

BWI has five concourses: A, B, C, D, and E. Concourses A and B are recently went though a renovation to combine the two and concourse E is the international concourse.

There are several parking options at BWI. The hourly garage is attached to the terminal and costs a maximum of $22 a day. The cheapest parking option is the long-term lot located on Aviation Boulevard with an $8 a day maximum.

Local Talk: Local Baltimore residents often refer to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport as "Bee-Wee" because of its city code BWI.

Ground Transportation

BWI recently opened a new rental car facility at Stoney Run Road and New Ridge Road. A free shuttle service transports passengers between the airport and the rental car facility. The shuttle picks up from the BWI terminal's lower level terminal.

Baltimore Light Rail from BWI Airport Public Domain
Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) light rail train at the BWI Airport station.

Baltimore Transportation Options

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) provides, bus, rail, and subway service throughout Baltimore. The Local Bus serves BWI via Route 17 with the bus stop location at the Patapsco Light Rail Stop. Passengers riding the bus and light rail to BWI may take free airport shuttles to the airport. A one-way ride on each is $1.60 or passengers may purchase an All Day Pass for $3.50 which is interchangeable on all three MTA services.

Passengers wishing to take the MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service) Penn Line into downtown ($4) will need to connect at the BWI Rail Station. Free shuttles will take passengers to the airport.

The Airport Shuttle is a shared ride service that provides ride from BWI to places around Baltimore. A ride downtown will cost $33 for one person but discounts apply for multiple passengers. Super Shuttle's shared rides vans cost $23 for a ride downtown and $12 for each additional rider. Both the Airport Shuttle and Super Shuttle will rent out the entire van for a flat fee.

The taxi stand is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the Lower Level main terminal. A ride to downtown Baltimore will cost around $40. A privately chauffeured limousines or sedans to downtown will cost about $57.

Washington D.C. Transportation Options

Amtrak and the MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service) Penn Line ($4) both have stops at the BWI Rail Station. Passengers can get to the Rail Station via the free airport shuttles that run every 15 minutes and every 25 minutes during the early morning hours.

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides bus service between BWI and the Greenbelt metro station by way of the BWI Express Metro (B30) for $6. Buses run daily every 40 minutes. There are two bus stops at BWI: the lower level of the International Pier and the lower level of Concourse A/B and the other is located at the lower level International Pier and the other is the BWI Business District light rail station.

The Greenbelt Metro Station is located on the Green Line of the Washington Metro System. The fare on Metro subway to downtown Washington is $3-$5.

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Tip: When traveling by subway or train during holidays giving yourself plenty of time to get from Washington D.C. to BWI. The trains are usually standing room only and the lines at the airport are very long.

Super Shuttle provides shared rides to downtown Washington DC for $38. If you have multiple riders the cost is $12 for each additional riders. If you wish for a non-stop ride to your D.C. hotel you might want to consider a taxi or chauffeured car.

The taxi stand is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the lower level of the BWI Airport Terminal. A ride to Washington DC is an estimated $79.

Privately chauffeured transportation is another option for transportation between BWI and Washington D.C. Sedans fees start at $70 and limousines start at $120.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © James G. Howes
Photo Description: Main terminal of Baltimore-Washington International Airport.