Parking at BWI

Fast, safe and convenient are words that describe the parking experience at BWI.

The Maryland Aviation Administration owns and operates Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI). Through a partnership between PMI and Tyroc Construction, LLC, Maryland Parking, LP manages airport parking.

BWI Airport offers more than 32,000 public parking spaces with reasonable parking fees. Below are facts about parking at BWI.

Hourly Garage Parking
The multi-level garage is conveniently located in front of the main terminal and provides 4,600 public parking spaces. For your convenience, both covered walkways and a tunnel connect the garage to the terminal. The garage is ideal for short-term parkers who are dropping off or picking up travelers.

NEW SERVICE - Pay in the Terminal

(Hourly Garage & Daily Garage parking)
Take your parking ticket with you. For Hourly Garage parking, pay at Pay-on-Foot stations on sixth level of garage. For Daily Garage parking, pay at the Pay-on-Foot stations located in Daily Bus Shelters. Both garages offer optional express lanes for faster exiting. After payment, 30 minutes free time is provided to exit the garage.

Express Service Parking (ESP)
The ESP lot offers personalized parking services and over 1,400 parking spaces. It is located at Aviation Boulevard and Elm Road, 1/2 mile from the main terminal. An express service shuttle picks you up at your vehicle, and drives you directly to the terminal free-of-charge 24 hours/day seven days/week. Accessible vans are available for persons with a disability. Upon request, the driver will help you with your luggage.

Long Term Parking
BWI's Long Term parking lots can accommodate 10,000 vehicles. The lots are on Aviation Boulevard (Maryland Route 162) and are approximately two miles from the terminal. Long Term Parking offers low rates and free shuttle service between the lots and the terminal. Shuttle service runs approximately every 10-15 minutes 24 hours/day seven days/week. When parking, plan to arrive at the airport at least three hours before the scheduled flight departure for domestic trips, and four hours for international trips.

Daily Garage Parking
Daily Parking has 8,400 spaces. Directions to the new garage: take Elm Road to Terminal Drive; then Terminal Drive to Scott Road. The free shuttle runs every 8-12 minutes 24 hours/day seven days/week.

Shuttle Service
The shuttle bus service at BWI Airport is operated by First Transit. Patrons with questions or suggestions about the shuttle bus service should contact First Transit’s manager at 410-684-3346.


Hourly Garage* 

$2.00 for up to the first 30 minutes
$2.00 for up to the second 30 minutes
$4.00 per hour from one to up to 5 hours or a fraction thereof
$2.00 for over 5 through up to 6 hours
$22.00 maximum for hours     

*  $12.00 maximum/24 hours when all other lots are closed.

Express Service
Parking (ESP)
$4.00 for 0 - up 1 hour
$2.00 for each additional hour or a fraction thereof
$10.00 maximum for 24 hours
Long Term $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $8.00 per day
Daily Garage $3.00 per hour up to 2 hours
$2.00 for each additional hour or a fraction thereof
$12.00 maximum for 24 hours
Overflow $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $8.00 per day


Parking rates are subject to change. Parking lots or garages may become filled and close. Patrons may have to park at other available lots at posted rates.

Lost Tickets Procedures

If you are unable to find the ticket issued when you entered the parking lot or garage, a minimum of one day’s parking for that particular lot or garage will be charged for any portion of the day. Vehicles parked for more than one day will pay the maximum rate for each full day or part of a day spent on the lot.

Holiday Parking
During peak travel periods, BWI’s 32,000 public parking spaces can fill to capacity. If this occurs, BWI has additional overflow parking spaces to compensate. Overflow parking will be available at reduced rates, and as similar under normal circumstances, free shuttle service is provided. Travelers should tune to BWI Radio (1040 AM) and look for road-side signs about current parking information. As with Long Term parking, you are advised to allow plenty of time to get to the terminal.

Parking for People with Disabilities
Spaces for persons with vehicles displaying the international symbol of accessibility are clearly marked and are available in all lots and garages. Spaces in the Hourly Garage are only located near the elevators and pedestrian ramps on the 5th level. Spaces in the Daily Garage are only located on the 2nd level. Spaces on surface lots are located next to all shuttle stops. Shuttle stops are equipped with accessible shelters and telephones.

BWI Radio – 1040 AM
For the latest information on road and lot closures and locations of overflow parking, tune in to 1040 AM, BWI’s official radio station, when approaching the airport.

Variable Message Signs
To further assist you, BWI has electronic variable message signs located along roadways leading to the airport. These signs will provide you with current parking information.

Payment of Parking Fees
Parking fees are collected as travelers exit the parking lot or garage. Fees may be paid by cash, traveler's check, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Machine receipts are generated for each transaction. Payment issues should be reported to the Airport Parking Manager at 410-859-9230 or 1-800-GO-TO-BWI.

Important Numbers
BWI Radio 1040 AM
Parking Operations 410-859-9230 or
1-800-GO-TO-BWI (468-6294)
Shuttle Service 410-684-3346
Airport Police 410-859-7040
General BWI Information 410-859-7111 or
1-800-I-FLY-BWI (435-9294)
TDD 410-859-7227

Suggestions for Improved Service

BWI Airport and Maryland Parking, LP welcome your suggestions for service improvements or any comments concerning services provided. Please call Maryland Parking at 410-859-9230 or 1-800-GO-TO-BWI. Travelers also may use the postage-paid comment cards that are available on all shuttle buses and at parking lot and garage exits.

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