The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is Baltimore’s primary airport. It is located approximately ten miles south of the city. International as well as domestic flights arrive and leave the terminals on 19 different carriers. The airport offers daily and long-term parking and provides complimentary shuttle service to the long-term satellite lots.

The Baltimore Airport Terminal is easy to navigate as there are many signs that point travelers in the right direction. If you get turned around, a variety of airline and airport employees are available to get you going the right way.

Transportation to and from the airport is a breeze. The Lightrail and Amtrak train both have stops at the terminal. Many hotels offer complimentary shuttles. You can also find many taxis waiting for passengers that need a ride or you can rent a limo.

BWI Airport recently opened a spacious one-stop shop for car rentals. A complimentary 10-minute shuttle ride takes visitors to the car rental area where they can pick from eight to ten different car rental agencies. The new design makes picking up and dropping off rental cars a much simpler process.

The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) located in Dulles, Virginia is approximately 60 miles from Baltimore and 26 miles from Washington D.C. and is another option for travelers in the Baltimore area.

The Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located much closer to the nation’s capital at just 4 miles from Washington D.C. and approximately 50 miles to Baltimore.

While these airports are closer to Washington D.C. than Baltimore, they do offer an alternative if you are in a jam and need a flight to the area, are price shopping (sometimes you can find a deal), or are staying near Baltimore, but not necessarily in the city.