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How to get from Baltimore Airport to Washington DC

Washington DC, located on the east bank of the Potomac River, and 52.8km southwest of Baltimore International Airport, is one of the most visited cities in the USA. The capital city, and the federal district, is packed with things to do – from history, and iconic sites, to a very vibrant food and art scene – it is a must-visit when landing in Baltimore.

If you are landing at Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), you have two transportation options to get to Washington DC; you can either take a taxi or the train. Taxis and private transfers from Baltimore airport to Washington are the only direct way, taking 45 minutes. For a more cost-savvy alternative, you can take the train, taking 40 minutes to reach Downtown Washington.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €90 45min 24/7
Train €14 40min 04:40–21:30

How to get from Baltimore International Airport to Washington DC by taxi

Taking a Baltimore cab or private transfer from BWI Airport to Washington DC is the easiest and most comfortable travel option. Taxis are available 24/7 and offer reliable door-to-door transfers, getting you to your Washington hotel in 45 minutes.

Taxi fare from Baltimore International Airport to Washington DC

Taxicabs from Baltimore airport to Washington calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. Please note that a night surcharge of $0.50 (€0.50) will be requested between 21:00 and 05:00. Thus, you can expect to pay around $90 (€90.10) for your 45-minute trip to Washington DC.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to travel at a fixed rate fare with a local, friendly driver, you can pre-book your Baltimore airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$90 (€90.10)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Baltimore International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxi ranks at Baltimore airport can be found outside the baggage claim area on the Lower Level near doors 5 and 13.

Convenience

Taking a taxicab from Baltimore International Airport to Washington DC is definitely the nicest way to travel. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide comfortable and safe door-to-door transportation whilst taking care of you, your travel partners and your luggage. Moreover, taxis are your only transport option to DC if you are travelling late at night.

Editor’s Note

Baltimore taxis should accept card payments, although it is always best to ask your cab driver before starting your journey.

Useful Tips

Please remember that a surcharge of $0.50 (€0.50) will be asked when travelling between 21:00 and 05:00.
Tipping your Baltimore cab driver is customary. Most travellers tip between 10 and 15%.
Flat fares are available for popular routes such as BWI airport to Downtown Baltimore or BWI to the cruise ship terminal.

How to get from Baltimore International Airport to Washington DC by train

Taking the train from BWI Airport to Washington DC is the most popular choice for cost-savvy travellers. The regional Amtrak train and the suburban MARC train connect BWI to Union Station in Washington DC, taking just 40 minutes. However, you will first have to get the free BWI airport shuttle to the airport train station.

How much is a train ticket from BWI airport to Washington DC?

A one-way train ticket on the MARC train costs $7 (€7), whereas the Amtrak costs $14 (€14.10).

Please note that the airport shuttle is free and available 24/7.

Cost

$7 (€7)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

The BWI Marshall Airport shuttle runs every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 25 minutes between 01:00 and 05:00. The MARC train runs every 20 minutes during rush hour or every hour, and the Amtrak runs every 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport shuttle is available 24/7, and the MARC train runs from 04:40 to 21:30 on weekdays and from 09:00 to 22:00 on weekends. The Amtrak is available daily from 04:52 to 22:33.

Where can I get the train from?

You can find the Baltimore airport shuttle pickup at BWI’s lower level, outside the baggage claim at 4 set stops. The shuttle will then drop you off in front of the MARC/Amtrak station. You can alight at Union Station in Washington D.C.

Convenience

Taking the train from Baltimore International Airport to Washington DC is an excellent option for travellers on a budget. Trains are direct from BWI airport to Union Station in Washington D.C., with 24/7 free shuttles taking you from the airport terminals to the airport train station. Nevertheless, if you are travelling late at night or with heavy luggage and children, it is best to take a taxi or a private transfer.

Editor’s Note

Various ticket options are available, such as discounted prices and business class tickets - you can check the website or check directly at the train station.

Useful Tips

Please note that the MARC and Amtrak trains allow bulky luggage, bicycles and small pets in carriers on board.
Tickets can be purchased at the train station or via the train website.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance between Baltimore International Airport and Washington DC?

Washington DC is located 52.8km southwest of Baltimore airport. It takes around 45 minutes to reach by car or taxi.

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

Taxis in Baltimore calculate their fares using a taximeter, with a price surcharge of $0.50 (€0.50) during the night. You can expect to pay around $90 (€90.10) for a 45-minute daytime journey to Washington.

However, if you prefer to travel at a fixed competitive price with a reliable local driver, you can pre-book your BWI airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

How do I get from BWI airport to Washington DC?

There are two transportation options when travelling from BWI to Washington DC; you can take a taxi or private transfer, which takes 45 minutes, or you can take a train which takes 40 minutes.

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