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How to get from Baltimore Airport to Downtown Baltimore

Baltimore, located in the beautiful state of Maryland, is a charming city packed with a history dating back to the 1st World War, a vibrant arts and culture scene, fascinating museums, and delicious culinary delights such as its all-time famous crab cakes.

So when planning your fun-packed holiday, you will be landing at Baltimore International Airport, and you have three transportation options to get to Downtown Baltimore; you can take a taxi, a tram or a bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer from BWI to Downtown Baltimore is always the best option as taxis offer reliable 24/7 door-to-door services, taking only 20 minutes to cover the 15.7km distance. Alternatively, for travellers on a budget, the Light Rail tram heads directly Downtown taking 30 minutes, and the Amtrak train runs from the airport station to Baltimore city centre in 15 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €30 20min 24/7
Tram €3.80 30min 04:45–00:40
Train €14 15min 04:52–22:33

How to get from Baltimore airport to Downtown Baltimore by taxi

Baltimore cabs are a great way to get from Baltimore Airport to Baltimore city. They are safe and reliable and provide 24/7 door-to-door services, taking just 20 minutes to reach your accommodation.

Taxi fare from Baltimore airport to Baltimore

Taxis in Baltimore calculate their fares using a taximeter; however, you’ll find that most cabs offer a fixed price of $30 (€30.50) for popular routes such as Baltimore airport to Downtown Baltimore trip.

Nevertheless, if you prefer travelling at a competitive price with a friendly local driver, you can pre-book your Baltimore airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.


$30 (€30.50)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices from BWI to Downtown Baltimore are usually fixed.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Baltimore International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find Baltimore’s taxi ranks outside the baggage claim area on the Lower Level near doors 5 and 13.


Choosing a taxicab or private transfer for your Baltimore airport transportation to Downtown is the perfect way to travel. Taxis not only provide safe 24/7 door-to-door transport, but they are also convenient, comfortable and take care of your travel party and luggage.

If you prefer to travel with a well-known private transfer company, it is recommended to pre-book with Welcome Pickups.

Editor’s Note

It is customary to tip your taxi driver in Baltimore; a tip of around 10 to 15% is the norm.

Useful Tips

Most cabs in Baltimore accept bank card payments; however, it is advised to ask your driver beforehand.
Please note that a fixed price of $30 (€30.50) is charged when travelling to and from Baltimore Washington airport.
For other taxicab trips around Baltimore, taxis calculate their fares using a taximeter with separate night and day tariffs.

How to get from Baltimore airport to Downtown Baltimore by tram

The airport’s Light Rail is an excellent option for a cost-savvy travel alternative. The tram is direct from Baltimore airport to Baltimore city centre, getting you to town in 30 minutes.

How much is a ticket on the airport's Light Rail?

A one-way ticket on the Light Rail costs $1.90 (€1.95) per traveller. Moreover, if you are visiting Baltimore and plan to use the tram throughout your stay, different prices exist, such as a one-day pass costing $4.40 (€4.50) or a week-long pass which costs $21 (€21.50).


$1.90 (€1.95)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

The Light Rail runs from BWI to Downtown Baltimore every 30 minutes.

Value for Money

The Light Rail is available Mon-Fri from 04:45 to 00:40, Saturdays from 05:05 to 00:45, and Sundays and holidays from 10:35 to 20:40.

Where do I get the tram from?

The BWI Marshall Airport Light Rail Station is located outside the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E.


Taking the Baltimore airport tram is a very convenient travel option as the Light Rail has great operating hours and minimal waiting times. Nevertheless, public transport is popular amongst travellers, meaning the tram can get full during rush hours. So for those travelling with luggage, children or in a big group, it would be easier to take a taxi or private transfer to Downtown Baltimore.

Editor’s Note

Discounted prices of $1.40 (€1.42) on the Light Rail tram are applicable for students and senior citizens.

Useful Tips

Please note that the tram stops many times along the way, which is great for travellers wanting to explore various parts of town.
Make sure to check the tram's operating times when arriving early in the morning or late at night, as schedules differ depending on the day of the week.

How to get from Baltimore airport to Downtown Baltimore by train

For your last transport option, you can take the Amtrak train from BWI to Downtown Baltimore, which takes 15 minutes. Although you will need to catch the airport shuttle beforehand as the train station is further away, taking an extra 12 minutes.

BWI Marshall Airport offers free, frequent, and convenient airport shuttle services between the MARC/Amtrak station and the airport terminal, with shuttles running 24/7.

How much is a ticket from BWI to Downtown Baltimore?

The airport shuttle bus to the Amtrak station is free. However, a one-way train ticket to Downtown Baltimore costs $7 (€7.15) for economy class or $24 (€24.60) for a business class seat.


$7 (€7.15)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

The BWI Marshall Airport shuttle runs every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 25 minutes between 01:00 and 05:00. The Amtrak runs every 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Value for Money

The airport shuttle is available 24/7, and the Amtrak from BWI to Downtown Baltimore is available daily from 04:52 to 22:33.

Where do I get the train from?

The Baltimore airport shuttle pickup is at BWI’s lower level, outside the baggage claim at four designated stops and will drop you off directly in front of the MARC/Amtrak station. Once in the city centre, you can alight at “Baltimore MD Penn Station”.


Although a great travel alternative, taking the airport shuttle and Amtrak train from BWI to Downtown Baltimore can be tedious, especially when travelling in a larger group or with children. Moreover, once you are in Baltimore’s city centre, you will need to find another way to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that Amtrak allows large luggage, pets and bicycles on board.

Useful Tips

Economy, business and 1st class can be chosen for different prices when travelling on the train.
You can purchase your train tickets on the Amtrak website or at the airport train station.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is BWI from Downtown Baltimore?

Baltimore Washington airport is located 15.7km south of Baltimore city centre, and it takes around 20 minutes to reach by car or taxi.

How do I get from Baltimore Airport to Downtown Baltimore?

There are three transportation options to get from BWI to Downtown Baltimore; you can take a taxi or private shuttle, the Light Rail tram or a combined shuttle and train trip.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Baltimore airport to Downtown?

Taxicabs in Baltimore offer set fares to popular destinations such as Downtown. A flat rate of $30 (€30.50) will be asked for your 20-minute trip from Baltimore airport to downtown.

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