Residents of Montgomery County, Md. and the District often have occasion to fly in and out of Baltimore-Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport. An undesirable aspect of flying in and out of an airport like BWI that serves as an alternative to the main airport serving a major metropolitan area is getting there. While BWI is billed as one of Washington DC’s three airports, it is in fact located 33 miles outside Washington close to Baltimore.
Getting a ride to BWI is not always convenient; driving and leaving the car in the BWI lot while away can be both inconvenient for those left at home without the car and expensive, particularly with longer trips when that $8 daily parking fee adds up quickly. And of course there are folks who don’t drive and need to get to the airport. What about them?
The average cab ride from MoCo or DC ranges about $80 to $90. Ouch.
Airport shuttles are available, of course. For one passenger, the cost typically runs $35 to $50. (The cost for multiple passengers is usually $5 -$10 more per passenger.)
This leaves many area residents wondering whether it’s possible (we know it’s not convenient) to get to BWI from Washington DC or MoCo by public transit?
The answer is yes.
To BWI Airport from MoCo or Washington DC by MARC
The first option for getting to BWI from MoCo or Washington, DC is the MARC train’s Penn Line. There are two glaring problems with MARC train service to BWI Airport for Montgomery County residents. First, it is only available on weekdays. Second, it requires traveling into the District of Columbia to Union Station and back out again.
The MARC train lets passengers off at BWI Marshall Rail Station where free shuttle service to the airport terminals is available.
MARC train service to BWI from Union Station one-way costs $6.00.
Metro fare from Silver Spring Station to Union station adds $2.15 to $3.30 to the cost, or $1.55 for the elderly and disabled.
To BWI Airport from MoCo Spring or DC by Metro and Bus
To get to BWI by Metro and Bus from MoCo requires traveling on the Red Line to Gallery Place and switching to the Green Line to Green Belt. Travelers from DC will head to Greenbelt from whichever Metro Line serves their area. Once in Greenbelt, it’s a half hour bus rideon the B30 to the Airport. The bus, unlike MARC, delivers passengers to the terminal (precisely the bus lets off passengers at Stop 2 on the lower level.) The bus fare is $6.00.