Transportation in Baltimore: BWI to Baltimore

One of the most popular questions from visitors is how to get from BWI Marshall Airport to Baltimore. Transportation options include the light rail, taxis, buses, sedan shuttles, and more. The trip is easy, and can also very inexpensive if you're willing to use public transportation. Here are your options:

Light Rail
Cost: $1.60 one way or $3.50 day pass
Approximate Time: 25 minutes to downtown Baltimore
Hours of Operation: Weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight; Saturdays from 6 a.m. to midnight; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More Information: 410-539-5000
The light rail departs directly from the airport and can take you to downtown Baltimore.

There are stops for Camden Yards and the Convention Center in the Inner Harbor, as well as other parts of the city. A shuttle goes to Penn Station. The furthest reaches for the Light Rail are Timonium and Hunt Valley, so look for these options as you depart (both options past through the Inner Harbor). The BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.

Cost: $1.60
Approximate Time: Check the MTA "Trip Planner"
More Information: 410-539-5000
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) operates two buses from BWI. The #17 bus departs from BWI, connecting to Parkway Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Airport 100 Park, and the Patapsco Light Rail Station. On weekdays during peak hours, the #99 bus departs BWI and connects to University of Maryland Baltimore County, Community College Baltimore County Catonsville, and more.

MARC Train
Cost: $4-7, discounts for seniors and students
Approximate Time: 30 minutes to downtown Baltimore
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday only (no weekend service)
More Information: 866-743-3682
The MARC train, a commuter train that runs between Baltimore and Washington, DC, has a station at the BWI Marshall Rail Station.

Free shuttles go from the airport to the station, departing every 12 minutes from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily and every 25 minutes between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily. The MARC train takes passengers to Baltimore's Penn Station (1500 North Charles St.; 410-291-4165), which is open from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Amtrak service is available at both the BWI Marshall Rail Station and at Penn Station.

Cost: $20-30
Approximate Time: 15 minutes to downtown Baltimore (without traffic)
More Information: 410-859-1100
A taxi stand is located outside of the Lower Level of the BWI Marshall terminal, near baggage claim. Taxis from BWI are prohibited from charging flat rates, so prices vary depending on your destination.

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Courtesy Shuttles
Cost: Varies
Approximate Time: Varies
Many hotels offer courtesy shuttles to and from BWI Marshall Airport. Check with them and you may end up saving a fair bit of time and money. Shuttles pick passengers up in designated areas at the airport terminal.

Shuttle Service
Cost: Approximately $40
Approximate Time: 15 minutes to downtown Baltimore (without traffic)
Several shuttle companies also operate out of the airport. These van services can take you to your hotel, your home, or other locations.

Counters are located in the lower level of the airport, but here are contact details if you want to book in advance:

  • Super Shuttle (24-hour service): 1-800-258-3826
  • The Airport Shuttle (not available 3 a.m. - midnight): 410-381-2772
Car Rental
If you need wheels while you're in town, you're in luck: several car rental companies operate out of the airport. Book a car online before you go or stop by a kiosk when you touch down. Here is the contact information:
  • Avis: 410-859-1680
  • Alamo: 410-859-8092
  • Budget: 410-691-2913
  • Dollar: 410-850-7112
  • Enterprise: 800-325-8007
  • Hertz: 410-850-7400
  • National: 410-859-8092
  • Thrifty: 410-850-7112
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