Please allow additional time if using shuttles to travel between the terminal, parking lots and rail station as shuttle delays are possible. Travelers should plan to arrive at the terminal 2 hours before scheduled domestic departure.

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Holiday Travel Guide

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The holiday travel season is upon us. Expect BWI Marshall Airport to be busy, but we want you to enjoy your airport visit.

Be patient and arrive early. For domestic travel, arrive 2 hours early. If traveling to an international destination, arrive 3 hours early. This allows plenty of time for parking, ticketing and check-in, security checkpoints and anything else you may need to take care of prior to boarding your plane.

Nearly 25,000 parking spaces are available in airport parking garages and lots. In the event that all of our facilities are at capacity, drivers will be directed to the BWI Marshall Airport Rail Station Garage at 5 Amtrak Way. Parking availability is posted at and on roadway signage.

If you need wheelchair assistance while traveling, please arrange this with your airline before your day of travel. Wheelchair arrangements should preferably be made at time of booking.

If you’d like to reach our Customer Service team, call 410-859-7683 or email [email protected]. Lost and Found information is available here.

To help alleviate potential traffic congestion on the Arrivals/Lower Level roadway this holiday season, drivers should consider using the Departures/Upper Level roadway for both passenger drop-off and pickup.

Our Cell Phone Lot is a safe and convenient location for drivers to wait for an arriving passenger. Click here for directions to the lot, off I-195 next to our Daily Garage. To minimize curbside wait times, arriving passengers are encourage to contact their driver only once they are ready to leave the terminal.

Thank you for including BWI Marshall Airport in your holiday travel.

Parking and Transit

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A new parking guidance system is in place on many levels of our Hourly Garage.

To see real-time parking availability for all airport parking facilities, click here.

Dine and Shop

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There are so many restaurants and retail shops to visit while you wait for a flight.

Click here to plan your food and shopping while visiting us this holiday season.

Security Information

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TSA operates security checkpoints at BWI Marshall Airport. For info on permissible items, visit

For other airport security info, click here.

Connect With Us

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Follow our FacebookInstagram / ThreadsX accounts for travel info or to ask travel questions.

Tag us and include #HolidaysAtBWI in your social media posts.

Terminal Information

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Several renovated restrooms have opened throughout the airport. For the latest on our restroom renovation project, click here.

Do not stop and wait for passengers on terminal roadways. Please wait in our safe and convenient Cell Phone Lot until your loved one is ready to exit the terminal. Click here for directions.

Other Helpful Tips

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Thanksgiving travel at BWI Marshall Airport is busier than Christmas travel. Our busiest travel period each day is in the morning. Arrive early and be patient.

Confirm flight status and baggage information with your airline.