Baltimore/Washington Thurgood International Airport, also known as BWI, is one of three main airports that serve the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region. It is also the region's busiest airport. This makes navigating the airport quite a challenge. The Baltimore Airport Map and BWI Airport parking map above can help you find your way across this busy airport.
BWI offers hourly and daily parking at its short-term and long-term parking garages. Additionally, there are various off-site BWI parking slots close to the airport for those looking for inexpensive parking options.
|Airport Name||Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport|
|Terminals||One Terminal; Five Concourses|
|Airport Address||Baltimore, MD 21240|
|Distance from downtown||9 miles from downtown Baltimore; 21 miles north of Miami|
|Contact Number||(954) 359-1200|
|No Of Destinations||80 domestic; 13 international|
|Focus City for||Southwest Airlines|
|Flight Status: Departures and arrivals||www.way.com/bwi/flight-status|
|TSA Wait Times||www.way.com/bwi/tsa-wait-times|
There are five concourses in addition to the main terminal building at BWI. As you'll notice on the BWI Airport terminal map, the terminal is shaped like a U, with the parking garage in the middle and the airport road network and ground transportation services around it.
Along with the security checkpoints that lead to the airside concourses, the ticketing area is on the upper level. This is because the primary terminal building has two floors.
The ticketing counters and various restaurants and caf's, including Sky Azure, with an observation deck, are located on the upper level of the main terminal building.
Passengers may stroll across the skywalk bridges from the hourly parking garage to the higher level, or they can use the elevator or escalators from the lower-level curbside.
The four security checkpoints are accessible from the upper level, with three checks available for Concourses A, B, and C and one checkpoint available for Concourse D. Please note that Concourses D and E are not airside connected with Concourses A, B, and C. However, you can check the Baltimore Airport Map to know where the concourses are located.
Because BWI is not a large airport, there are no railroads or airside buses for connecting flights. Passengers must walk from the main terminal to their concourse, and if connecting between the A/B/C concourses and the D/E concourses, they must re-clear security.
BWI promotes its cardiac walking pathways throughout the airport (with defibrillators along the way) and has two 1-kilometer routes - one from either end of the main terminal and one that goes the entire length of Concourse A to Concourse B.
There is no space for parking oversized vehicles at BWI. Vehicles that need more than one parking spot will not be able to park here.
There are designated parking spaces for people with disabilities in each of the official airport parking lots, and parking shuttle vehicles are designed to accommodate those using wheelchairs.
Pet relief areas are available both within and outside of the protected zones at BWI:
BWI has four security checkpoints: three for Concourses A, B, and C, and one for Concourses D and E. TSA PreCheck lanes are also available at each checkpoint at BWI.
Taking the MARC/Amtrak rail from Baltimore, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Wilmington, or Alexandria will bring you to the airport station, where you can catch a free shuttle to the airline check-in counters. The Light Rail is the cheapest route to get to and from BWI from Baltimore ($1.90 one way).
From Concourses A and E, you could get a bus to Maryland; however, this is not the most dependable option. Hourly beginning at 6:30 am and 9:30 pm, Greenbelt Metro Station in Washington, DC, is where you may board a BWI Express train to the airport.
Airport taxis are available on the lower level, next to the baggage claim, and are operated by the airport. Metered taxis may only take you so far, so use them for shorter trips.
Although Uber and Lyft are not as ubiquitous at BWI as they are at other airports, they may still be ordered and met at the standard passenger pick-up places outside baggage claim on the lower level.
Take MD 205 south and get off at the I-195 East exit, which will lead you to BWI Airport. Stay on I-195 until you reach the roads around the airport.
Take US-50/New York Avenue and the two lanes on the left to get to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Get on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and keep going until you reach the exit for I-195 East toward BWI Airport. Stay on I-195 until you reach the roads around the airport.
BWI Airport is in an unincorporated region of Anne Arundel County. The airport is located 9 miles south of downtown Baltimore and 30 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.
The airport is open 24/7, but security checkpoints open only at 4 am.
BWI Airport covers over 3,596 acres. The BWI Airport Terminal spans 2.423 million square feet.
In 1973, the airport was renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport to attract travelers from the Washington metropolitan region, especially Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Later in 1980, its IATA code, BAL, was changed to BWI to reflect the new name.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that passengers arrive two hours before planned domestic flights and three hours before booked international flights from BWI.