Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (or "BWI" for short -- also its Airport Code), is about 10 miles (16 km) south of Baltimore. A hub for the U.S. budget carriers Airtran Airways and Southwest Airlines, BWI also receives flights from 14 other airlines, including international carriers Air Canada, Air Jamaica, and British Airways. Daily direct service is available from Toronto and London-Heathrow to BWI. There is also weekly nonstop service from BWI to Ghana, Nigeria, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Be aware the rarely-used International terminal has very limited services, to include an absolutely awful food stand. The food court in the Domestic terminal is excellent, however.
(UPDATE: Icelandair and Air Greenland have discontinued their routes to BWI.)
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Light Rail service is available from BWI to Baltimore. Departures are approximately every 20 minutes Monday - Saturday from 6 AM - 11 PM. Note that Sunday service is significantly curtailed and only runs from 11 AM - 7 PM. Cost is $1.60 for a single-ride ticket, $3.50 for a day-long card. Tickets can be purchased at the touch-screen machines on or near the platform.
RAIL: From the terminal, you can take a free shuttle bus to the BWI Rail Station. From there, you can take either the MARC Commuter Train ($4, approximately every hour Monday-Friday only, 20 minutes) or the AMTRAK train (roughly every hour, variable fare $13-25 depending on train, 15 minutes) to Baltimore's Penn Station.
RENTAL CARS are at a separate facility. A free shuttle will get you there from the terminal in 10 minutes.
The best aerial gateway in the local area. If you are travelling to the Washington DC area, you should consider this airport as well.
There are direct shuttle connections to Baltimore AND Washington DC Metro systems, and to the nearby Amtrak Train Station.
When we returned from a short vacation to Phoenix, the truck was buried under 30 inches of snow from the most recent 'storm of the century.'
Thankfully, BWI airport had a fleet of helpers to dig out our cars as we returned.
As a little girl I remember going to BWI on Sunday afternoons – back then it was still called “Friendship Airport” and there was a long platform off the airport where people could go to watch the planes take off and land. With security being so different from back then and the airport now called “Thurgood Marshall” (after the Supreme Court Chief Justice who was born in Baltimore) as well as “Baltimore-Washington International (BWI),” things have definitely changed. No longer do you go to the airport to watch the planes – although there are unofficial watching places outside the airport fencing.
I can’t count how many times I’ve been to this airport – to fly somewhere, to drop off someone, or to pick up someone arriving. I used to live and work right around the corner from the airport and on the landing pattern.
In my opinion, BWI is the easiest airport in the Washington, DC, area to get in and out of. Of course, if you are staying in Washington, DC, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to fly into BWI since it is quite a distance from DC; but for those staying in the Baltimore area, it is perfect.
There is plenty of parking around the airport – as with most airports there is daily, short term and long term parking at various prices with shuttle buses running regularly. Hotels and restaurants are all around the area for hungry and tired travelers.
While waiting for your flight inside security, BWI has plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy. And the airport isn’t overly huge so you don’t feel that you are walking miles and miles to get to your gate.
As with many US airports, security can be long unless you get lucky. Just plan on delays so you won’t miss your flight.
Getting to BWI is easy - you can drive, use a taxi, or take the light rail which ends at the airport and goes directly into Baltimore.
BWI is the cheapest and easiest airport in the Washington/ Baltimore area, halfway between the two. You can take a train to Union Stations in Washington or Baltimore from here, which is very easy and fast.
BWI opened in 1950 and is one of three major airports serving the Washington, DC, area. It hosts 27 commercial airlines operating about 730 flights each day. Its 55,000 daily passengers make it the 24th busiest airport in the US.
It is located 30 miles north of Washington, 10 miles south of Baltimore and about 20 miles northwest of Annapolis.
Airport: Please choose BWI, I am tired of driving for hours to Dulles or National to pick up friends. BWI is ten times more convenient.
Don't rely on public transportation. It simply sucks! - If you are rich, you can take a taxi anywhere you want, otherwise either rent a car or hook up with someone who has one.
This is my first posting and I;m sorry that its anger driving my passion. BWI is undergoing major construction of the terminal... I mean MAJOR! CAR RENTAL? If you are renting a car, be prepared to walk a very long distance with your luggage, not all of it along smooth paths, you'll be jumping curbs and dodging vehicles as you make it to one of two pickup points. Unlike most airports, each car rental service does not have its own van to pickup and drop off at airport. You wait for the van that picks everyone up to transport them in 15 minutes to a new offisite car rental terminal. But getting on the van is the problem... these pickup points are also where they drop people off so -- you're in line(s) without any type of roping or control, when the van pulls up you and dozens of others with their bags, children, etc crush to the van's doors. Invariably the bus is loaded when it arrives... pushed to the door when it opens, you're greeted with more people and their bags trying to get out... after you finally sling your bags into the van, they're stacked up like bales of hay, some in the aisle, if there's even a spot. This is like six friends in a volkswagon after a day of Christmas shopping. ... and of course, you must look forward to your departure... where when you finally fall out of the van with bags in tow, you are on the Arrival level and have to drag the bags a very long distance over curbs and people and find a way to get them upstairs where the ticking and departure gates are. Drive, Train or Bicycle to Baltimore... don't mess with BWI.
BWI-Baltimore/Washington International Airport has easy access to Baltimore and connections to many cities. I flew from Portland, OR to Denver to BWI and back again for right around $200 on Frontier Airlines.
Walk and take the water taxis.
Baltimore's airport is Baltimore-Washington International. The nation's capital is very close to Baltimore and you'll often find that flying into Baltimore is cheaper than flying into one of the D.C. airports. Baltimore's aiport code is BWI.
By air -- to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, approximately 20 minutes from downtown. If driving, take I-95 to 395 to Russell Street, or to Camden Yards exit. Then just watch for signs for the various sights and historic places.
Where we live in southern Maryland, we have a choice of three airports.
Dulles (which is way out in the boondocks of Virginia, and which my husband has stated that he will never drive me there again)
Reagan (DCA) which is right across the Potomac in Virginia inside the Washington Beltway, and
BWI (Baltimore Washington International airport which has been renamed Thurgood Marshall Airport). The original name was Friendship when it was opened in 1950
BWI is in a place called Linthicum which is a suburb of Baltimore about 10 miles south of Baltimore and 32 miles northeast of Washington, DC. BWI was the 24th busiest airport of North America in 2010. In 2010, BWI was ranked as the best airport of its size (15–25 mil. passengers) in the world by the Airports Council International based on its 2009 Airport Service Quality survey.
There are five Concourses.
Concourses A and B have 26 gates: A1 to A11 and B1 to B15.
Southwest Airlines is the only tenant of Concourses A and both Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways share concourse B.
Concourse C has 14 gates: C1 to C14.
The tenants of the concourse are AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines. Concourse C is connected to concourses A/B by a secure connector.
Concourse D has 38 gates: D1 to D5, D7, D8, D10 to D16, D21 to D42, D46, and D47.
It serves Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, US Airways and United Airlines. The far end of Concourse D is built at ground level to serve small regional planes. Gates D30-D35 are blocked off to passengers with a temporary wall. I almost never use D Concourse
International terminal (Pier E) - Concourse E has 6 gates: E1 to E4, E6 and E8.
Officially known as the Governor William Donald Schaefer International Terminal, it serves Air Canada Express, AirTran Airways (international arrivals that are not pre-cleared), British Airways, and Condor Flugdienst. All international arrivals from non pre-cleared destinations and all charter airlines are handled at Concourse E. The Air Mobility Command has a post in Concourse E flying active service troops out to worldwide destinations
I much prefer to fly from BWI rather than fight the traffic around the D.C. beltway.
BWI is a very nice airport that I've only flown through twice, though both times were very fluid and efficient. I took AirTran, which I'll never do again, but asides from the airlines problems BWI was quite on-point. If you have to fly through here, I'd recommend it instead of Dulles or Reagan, or even a drive down from Pennsylvania to avoid Philadelphia.
AA flights , one way to O'Hare , good till 7-15
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