Despite a very good 3-day rental car quote from Hertz, TravelWhimsy and I opted to take advantage of public transportation between Baltimore Airport (BWI) and Washington DC during our Easter weekend DC trip.
Instead of spending at least $160 on car rental, gas, and expensive parking in DC, we only spent $36 for both of us ($9 per person each way).
For those of you East-coasters, I am sure you are very familiar with public transportation options for major metropolitan areas; but for those of us new to an area, how do we go about finding useful information to take us to and from an airport unfamiliar to us?
I usually go to the airport’s official website or its Wikipedia site (if the official site does not provide the information I am looking for). In the case of BWI, I visited the ground transportation page of the official site. Most airport sites (including international ones) give up-to-date comprehensive information on your options.
During our first visit to Baltimore, we were pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Baltimore light rail stopped right at the terminal building and cost just $1.60 each way.
- BWI Express Bus (B-30) runs every 40 minutes, 7 days a week, between BWI and the Washington DC Metro’s Greenbelt Station (commute time: ~30 minutes, fare: $6). [Extra tip/lesson learned: B-30 stops at door #2 and then #17. Walk to door #2 to ensure a seat on the bus. We waited at door #17, and I had to stand for 30 minutes.]
- Metro rail between Greenbelt Station and your destination in the Washington DC area (commute time: ~30 minutes for most central locations, fare: $3).
There are also various single or multi-day passes/fare card options you can explore on the transportation authority websites.
Door-to-door, it took about 90 minutes. If we had driven ourselves or taken a taxi or shuttle, costs aside, it would have taken about a similar amount of time.
If you have the American Express Platinum card, you could also enjoy the lounge at BWI and get a free meal or premium drink.
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