How To Navigate Around BWI Airport

Finding out how to navigate around Baltimore-Washington International Airport is easy once you familiarize yourself with the basics.

If you’re trying to get to know BWI’s layout before you get dropped off, check out this breakdown so you can get to or from your flight like a pro.

Lower Level

This level of BWI connects with all shuttle transports and is where the pickup and drop-off areas reside. When you pull into the airport, you’ll find that the building is oriented counterclockwise, so the first concourses you’ll come across are A and B, but those will be on the upper level.

Apart from picking up and dropping off, baggage claim is the primary reason to spend time on the lower terminal. Information booths are located next to all baggage claim areas except for 13 and 14. ATMs are found in all baggage claim areas except for 6-9.

For those traveling with pets, one of the relief areas can be found just before concourse E outside door 19. The customs and border protection station can be found near here, just outside of the international arrivals location. The TSA lost and found station can be found in between gates 8 and 9, but hopefully, you won’t have to stop by there.

Upper Level

The upper level of BWI is where all check-ins and flight departures take place. 

Concourses A and B contain solely Southwest Airlines departures, the airport’s most popular airline. These concourses often see the heaviest levels of foot traffic throughout the airport, as they contain the largest amount of both restaurants and shopping outlets.

With 17 restaurants in concourse A and 13 in concourse B, these are your best bets for finding the food or item you’re looking for before takeoff. Popular spots such as Auntie Anne’s, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and Chipotle can all be found here. Concourse B also has one of two nursing stations to be found in the airport, located across from the Auntie Anne’s.

Concourse C houses flights for American Airlines and the remaining Southwest flights, and has the building’s sole UPS station near its entrance. Just before the security checkpoint between B and C is where you’ll find the BWI Observation Gallery, which offers historical exhibitions and a view of the runway to passing travelers looking to kill time.

Concourse D is home to the widest variety of airlines available to take out of BWI, including Delta, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. Near gate 10 you’ll find The Club BWI, a paid travelers lounge that offers quiet seating and food away from the normal crowds.

Lastly, we have concourse E, the smallest section of BWI and home to arrivals and departures for primarily internationally-owned charter airways and international flights, as well as the Air Mobility Command. Just outside the concourse is where you’ll find the international ticketing station.

In between D and E, behind the Delta ticket counter, you can find the BWI Meditation Room, a free and seldom-used quiet space to take a break from the rest of the world.

Econopark Express – BWI Airport Off-Site Parking – Just $7.85 (plus .60 tax) when you make a reservation online

– If you are in need of airport parking be sure to make your reservation at Econopark Express.

Econopark Express offers FREE shuttle service to and from the airport, BWI rental car facility, and BWI Amtrak station. Parking and shuttle service includes pick up at your vehicle, help with luggage and complimentary bottled water for the short shuttle ride.

Econopark Express also has a Frequent Parker Program that rewards members with free parking. Earn a future free day of parking for every six paid days of parking.  

If the cold weather takes its toll on your car while you are away, Econopark offers a courtesy battery jump start, as well as tire inflation if they get low.

It’s that easy! Enroll, park, and earn with Econopark Express. Then, savor the rewards.