About Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
Serving Baltimore and Washington DC, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the largest airport in Maryland. Our Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport guide provides information on terminal services, public transport and accommodation.
In mid-2013, the airport launched a three-year construction project that will see further improvements to several areas of the terminal, including a thorough modernisation of Concourse D, one of the domestic travel sections.
Information desks, staffed by volunteers, are situated on the upper level of the terminal before concourses A, B and D, as well as on the lower levels of concourses C and D.
Interstate 195 serves the terminal directly, via a designated airport exit. From Washington, DC, take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway heading north until signs for Interstate 195/BW appear. Bear right, and follow Interstate 195 to the airport.
From Baltimore, take Russell Street south to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, then follow the road south to the junction with Interstate 195. From here, merge left off the parkway onto Interstate 195 for the airport.
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located 13km (8 miles) south of Baltimore and 45km (28 miles) north of Washington, DC.
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Public transport road:
Bus:There are bus services to numerous destinations from the airport. MTA bus 17 (tel: +1 410 539 5000; www.mta.maryland.gov) links the airport with Patapsco light rail station to the south of central Baltimore (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: US$1.70). The BWI Express B30 (tel: +1 202 637 7000; www.wmata.com) operates from the airport to Washington DC's Greenbelt metro station (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: US$1.75). Bus 201 links the airport to the park and ride car park.
Shuttle:SuperShuttle (tel: +1 800 258 3826; www.supershuttle.com) offers scheduled shared ride van services to/from Baltimore (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: around US$22), Baltimore County, and surrounding areas in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. BayRunner Shuttle (tel: +1 410 912 6000; www.bayrunnershuttle.com) connects the airport to Maryland's Eastern and Western Shores.
Taxi:Taxis (tel: +1 410 859 1100; www.bwiairporttaxi.com) are readily available outside the baggage claim area, on the terminal's lower level. The fare to Downtown Baltimore is around US$40, or to Washington DC US$90.
Public transport rail:
Rail:Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has its own station, located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.
A light rail service is provided by the Maryland Transit Administration (tel: +1 410 539 5000; www.mta.maryland.gov), running trains to and from central Baltimore (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: US$1.60) and Hunt Valley. Amtrak trains (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) run to destinations on the east coast from the nearby BWI Marshall Rail Station (tel: +1 410 672 6169); free shuttles connect the station and terminal. MARC trains (tel: +1 410 539 5000; www.mta.maryland.gov), departing from the same station, serve Baltimore, Washington DC, Prince Georges County, Anne Arundel County and Harford County.
ATMs are located on both levels of the terminal. Bureaux de change services and a bank are available on the upper level.
The airport has a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars, both before and after the security screening area. Dining options in the public area include a sports bar, pub, fast-food outlets and snack bars. Among the post-security options are a wine bar and a seafood restaurant.
There is an extensive variety of shops both before and after security at the airport. A wide-ranging duty-free shop can be found on the International Concourse.
Left-luggage facilities have been suspended due to security concerns. There is a lost property office (tel: +1 410 859 7387) on the upper level of the terminal at the entrance to Concourse C.
A tribute area on the departures level (pre-security between Concourses B and C) showcases the life and work of US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, after whom the airport is named. A meditation area and a children's play area are also located on the upper level, as is a new public observation gallery between Concourses B and C.
TDD telephones are available throughout the airport. There are disabled toilets, as well as lifts and ramps, and reserved disabled parking. Pick-up and set-down spaces are available on the upper level terminal road, where disabled passengers can seek assistance via Maryland Relay (tel: +1 800 201 7165) or via the information desk (tel: +1 410 859 7111). Some car hire companies provide hand-controlled vehicles. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline of this when booking their ticket. All shuttle buses operating in and around the airport are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of The Bay Runner shuttle bus.
There is space for over 25,000 cars at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Options include a short-term car park in front of the terminal and a daily-rate area a short distance from the terminal, as well as several satellite car parks offering daily, long-term and express parking. Regular courtesy shuttle buses service the parking facilities. Further parking information is available from Maryland Parking (tel: +1 410 859 9230).
On-site international car hire companies include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty, along with several local outfits. These operators are based at the car hire centre on the corner of Stoney Run Road and New Ridge Road, 10 minutes from the terminal. The centre is connected to the airport by a free shuttle bus service.