Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Guide

Located nine miles south of downtown Baltimore and 30 miles northeast of Washington D.C., Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), saw over 27 million commercial passengers cross its threshold in 2018. The airport serves more than 650 domestic and international flight operations daily.

In October 2005, the airport was renamed to honor former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who grew up in Baltimore.

Several films including The Silence of the Lambs, Goldfinger, Broadcast News, Home for the Holidays, and Twelve Monkeys feature scenes filmed at the airport.

BWI Marshall has five concourses and its headquarters on the third floor of the terminal building. In fall 2016, BWI Marshall completed a three-year $125 million construction project that modernized the airport’s Concourse D, connected Concourses D and E, and added new TSA checkpoints and three international swing gates. In February 2017, a new $60.3 million expansion to Concourse E was announced, and includes 70,000 square feet of new terminal space and six additional international gates.

BWI Marshall serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines. Other carriers offering service from the airport include Air Canada Express, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Boutique Air, British Airways, Condor, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

BWI Marshall features a variety of food and drink options. Rated one of the country’s healthiest airports, fitness-minded travelers can grab a full workout on the Cardio Trail, break a sweat at the ADA accessible ROAM Fitness gym, or rent a Zagster bike for the 12.5 mile trail around the airport perimeter.

With an easily accessible location at 790 S. Camp Meade Road, parking near BWI Marshall is both easy and affordable! The Parking Spot location offers reservable spots that are approximately 40% less expensive than parking at the airport, and is located just a few minutes from BWI Marshall.
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or
  • Shuttle service every 5-7 minutes from the parking lot to the airport
  • On-call shuttle hours between 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Soft Hands Car Care for select parking types
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app

Whether you are planning in advance or experiencing unexpected overnight delays, there are plenty of places to stay near BWI Marshall. Check out these nearby hotel options:

Observation Gallery at BWI Marshall Airport - Adjacent to the B/C security checkpoint on the upper level, the BWI Marshall Airport Observation Gallery offers travelers air travel-themed displays and exhibits right inside the airport.

National Electronics Museum (1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD) - This museum is dedicated to the science and engineering of electronic systems and the commercial products derived from them. (2.2 miles from BWI Marshall)

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House (5001 Washington Blvd., Halethorpe, MD) - Explore the first Guinness Brewery in the U.S. and their full list of beers for tasting. (4.5 miles from BWI Marshall)

Horseshoe Casino (1525 Russell St., Baltimore, MD) - Try your luck at this two-story casino with a 122,000 square foot gaming floor. (9.1 miles from BWI Marshall)

Q. What does BWI Airport stand for?
A. BWI is the airport code for the airport serving the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C areas. It lies between the metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD.

Q. How do I get from BWI to Washington D.C.?
A. There are many options for getting to Washington D.C from BWI. You can take your pick from taxis, ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft, buses, and trains. Learn more about public transportation options between BWi and Washington, D.C. here.

Q. Can you sleep at BWI Airport?
A. You can sleep at BWI, but sleeping space is limited. There are small sections of armrest-free seats and padded benches in Concourses C, D and E.

Q. Where is BWI located?
A. BWI is located between the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at BWI?
A. There is a children's play area located in the Concourse D and E connector area of BWI.

Q. Is there a nursing area at BWI?
A. There are nursing stations located at BWI in each of the 5 concourses.

Q. Is vaping allowed at BWI?
A. Vaping is not allowed inside BWI. There is a designated smoking area near the outside curb of the airport.

Q. Can you smoke inside BWI?
A. Smoking is not allowed inside the airport. There is a designated smoking area outside the airport.

Q. How many runways does BWI have?
A. BWI has three asphalt runways that are ready for flight take-offs and landings.

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