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Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is a large airport serving two major cities in the United States: Baltimore, the largest city in the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States and a major tourist draw for both domestic and international visitors.
Though BWI is slightly farther from Washington than Dulles and much farther from the city than Ronald Reagan National Airport, many travelers still choose to fly into it. This is due both to it being considered a nicer airport and because it is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, a low-cost airline. In fact, BWI has more passenger enplane that the other Washington airports.
Top international routes
- Frankfurt (seasonal)
Air Canada Express, British Airways, and Condor are the airlines that fly to international destinations, though Spirit and Southwest both have flights to and from locations in the Carribean and Central America.
Concourses D and E are the main international concourses, with concourse E handling all international arrivals that are not pre-cleared. They, too, are securely connected.
Unfortunately, the two sides of the airport are not connected after security. The major effect of this is that passengers wishing to use the Club BWI lounge but flying from Concourse A, B, or C must leave time to go through security again before reaching their gate.
Though it seems like the airport is farther away from Washington than Dulles Airport, it is, in fact, just a few miles farther away. The 30-mile (48km) drive takes roughly 45 minutes in good traffic conditions. Washington is notorious for its traffic congestion, though, so it may take twice as long or more during rush hour.
Most popular types of rental car
- Large cars - from $60 per day
- Medium cars - from $56 per day
- Premium cars - from $80 per day
- Small cars - from $53 per day
- SUVs - from $88 per day
Top car rental companies
- National (Tel: +18338560897)
- Alamo (Tel: 8338560898)
- Dollar (Tel: +18664342226)
- Alamo (Tel: +18338560898)
- Dollar (Tel: +18664342226)
- Thrifty (Tel: +18772830898)
- Avis (Tel: +14108591680)
- Budget (Tel: +14106912913)
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Services and facilities
A unique amenity to the airport is the Roam Fitness Club located in Concourse E. Though the company plans to expand to other airports, BWI is currently its only location. You can get a workout and then a shower all while waiting for your flight.
Pretty much all national hotel chains have a hotel just outside the airport along Nursery Road. Most will have a free shuttle service, so you can drop your car off the night before if you have an early flight.
Currency exchanges can be found in the main terminal near Concourses C and E. As usual, you are best served exchanging money before flying, using one of the airports many ATMs or exchanging money in the city as any of these options will provide you with a better rate. There are many restaurants of all types and shopping opportunities at the airport, though the selection of such depends on the Concourse from which you are flying.
Nearest gas station
If you have a Costco membership, you can fill up at Costco south of Maryland Route 100 which is only three miles from the Rental Center (unfortunately, you must have a Costco Membership purchase gas at a Costco).
Another solution is to fill up farther from the airport and use the more expensive stations to top up before returning your rental car.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
- IATA: BWI
- ICAO: KBWI
- Name: Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
- Size: Large Airport
- Passengers (per year): 26,369,411
- Distance from City: 9 miles / 14.5 km S of town
- Working hours: 24 hours a day
- Phone: 410-859-7111
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Thrifty||Chrysler Pacifica||4||4||People Carriers/Vans|
|Alamo||Jeep Wrangler||2||2||Large cars|
|Dollar||Ford Focus||3||2||Medium cars|
|Dollar||Chevrolet Spark||2||1||Small cars|
|Dollar||VW Jetta||2||2||Large cars|
|Thrifty||Chevrolet Spark||2||1||Small cars|
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