Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 30 miles (50km) from Washington DC, and just 10 miles (16km) from Baltimore. The airport is lauded as a stress-free alternative to the far busier Dulles International and Washington National Airports also located in the region. As a major hub for Southwest Airlines, Baltimore/Washington International Airport offers a wide range of options for connecting flights to destinations right across the United States. The airport has been used as a set for several Hollywood films - take a walk around and see if you can recognise any bits of it from movies such as Goldfinger and The Silence of the Lambs.
The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of Baltimore and 30 miles (48km) north of Washington.
Getting to the city
The MARC train station has service going to both central Baltimore and Washington DC; the station is connected to the terminal by shuttle buses. A light rail service is also available to downtown Baltimore, Timonium, and Hunt Valley; the BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a bus service to the Greenbelt Metro Station, which connects to metro stations throughout Washington DC, Virginia, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Concourse and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B.
GMT -5 (GMT -4, from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Tel: +1 410 859 7111.
Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National.
The taxi stand, BWI Airport Taxi, is located just outside of the baggage claim area of the lower level of the terminal. The journey to Baltimore takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes while the journey to Washington DC will take around 45 minutes. Approximate fares from the airport are $35 to the Baltimore Inner Harbor area, $90 to Washington DC, and $65 to Annapolis.
Transfer between terminals
There are five concourses (A-E) within the large terminal building. All concourses are connected in the terminal by walkways, but time should be allowed to transfer from one concourse to another when catching a flight.
There are restaurants, bars, shops, duty-free and ATMs throughout the airport. Other facilities include currency exchange desks, postal services, a meditation room, and the historical attraction, the Benson Hammond House. Facilities for the disabled are good.
Short and long-term parking is available at the airport. The Hourly Garage charges $2 for the first 30 minutes, $2 for the next 30 minutes, and then $4 for 2-6 hours, with a daily maximum of $22. The Daily Garage charges $12 per day; the Express Parking area charges $10 per day; and the Long-Term Parking area charges $8 per day. The long-term lots are served by complimentary shuttles.
Most flights to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are domestic flights. International flights to BWI Airport include British Airways flights from London, Air Canada flights from Toronto and AirTran flights from the Caribbean. Domestic operators with flights to Baltimore/Washington International Airport include AirTran, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and many others.
Free wifi is available in 45-minute sessions. A faster, ad-free service is available for a fee.
Conference facilities, including a meeting room with a 72-person capacity and an optional catering service, are available within the terminal building. Airline lounges have faxing, printing, internet and other business facilities on-site.
Baltimore-Washington Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.