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BWI Amtrak/MARC Rail Station (BWI)

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BWI, Baltimore, Maryland, Linthicum
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  • T D.
    "Bus from Terminal to Amtrak station only 6-10 mins max."(7 Tips)
    Kevin K.
    "I take MARC trains twice daily."(5 Tips)
    Marina M.
    ""All Aboard" on the sign does not mean the train is here."(3 Tips)
    robert m.
    "Recommend shuttle from BWI Airport to BWI RR station"(16 Tips)
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  • Jen F.
    Jen FSeptember 15, 2014
    The station now sells snacks and magazines. If you have time to kill, you can take a stroll through the woods on the brown walkway behind the tracks.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KleinAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the ICC bus to/from this station if you live in Montgomery County. Only $5 and stops at Rt. 29/Burtonsville, Georgia Ave. at the ICC, Shady Grove Metro Station, and Gaithersburg Park and Ride.
  • Debra R.
    Debra RuhFebruary 6, 2014
    Be careful of the bins in business class they have pointed corners and it stabbed my colleague in head. Dangerous and not universally designed. People must get hurt often.
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Parking is about $9/day. Near garage is the bus stop to bwi (free). Also don't park near taxi stand or else you will get yell at by bus/shuttle/taxi drivers
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If your destination is in Howard County, call ahead and get a cab to pick you up from there. It will be cheaper and a much better experience than the cabbies who wait here.
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GroveAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I work for BayRunner shuttle and pick people up from the Amtrak/Marc station daily. The employees working there are very nice and helpful!
  • Erie
    ErieFebruary 17, 2014
    On cold/rainy days, wait in the overpass on the second level. Safe from the wind, close to the tracks, and a beautiful view.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HotalingJune 17, 2012
    If it's a holiday weekend and you're taking the shuttle, walk down the bus lane to Stop #1. Much easier to get a seat from there.
  • Jeremiah B.
    Jeremiah BlatzOctober 13, 2013
    If you've got some time to kill before your train, take a stroll on the elevated nature walk behind track 3.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GluckMay 7, 2013
    Watch out for loud, obnoxious, pushy cab drivers. Take the shuttle to the airport and grab a cab from there if you MUST get a taxi.
  • Justin N.
    Justin NachodApril 26, 2012
    Make sure to enroll in Amtrak Guest Rewards to earn points on all Amtrak trips you take from here. Use your earned points instead of $ when fares are abnormally high.
  • Marina M.
    Marina MartinMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Look at the monitor in the station to see whether the next train to DC is Amtrak or MARC. Buy the right ticket, as they are not transferable. MARC's cheaper ($6 v $12-21).
  • michael s.
    michael simmonsSeptember 1, 2014
    If you're headed to Amtrak from the rental car area, don't take the bus. Instead, ask the rental car associates for a lift. They will drop you off and save you 30 minutes.
  • T D.
    T DAugust 17, 2011
    Dirty/Small waiting room. You'd be best to show up just minutes before your train. Stay at airport longer if that's where you are coming from. Bus from Terminal to Amtrak station only 6-10 mins max.
  • Mike A.
    Mike AbramsSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They seem to be making new paths and doing construction around the main building. Hopefully, they are expanding and modernizing it. It's not 1980 anymore.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CharanisMarch 18, 2011
    You can pay a little more in cash on the MARC train if you don't want to stand in line. I think it's 9
  • BlueNile T.
    BlueNile TravelGroupDecember 8, 2012
    Station serves its basic purpose of purchasing tickets & waiting on your Northbound or Southbound train plus bus service to light rail & BWI airport. Train is quickest option back to DC or Baltimore.
  • Cory B.
    Cory BlyJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're in a rush and don't mind paying the $3 service fee you can buy a MARC train ticket on board the train when the conductor comes by to collect tickets. They don't carry much change tho.
  • D W.
    D WorksOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Back at bwi amtrak train is late I looked for an AA TAXI WORKS took the taxi to Greenbelt metro it's great to have a cab that takes credit cards
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GravattApril 19, 2012
    Love taking the train to Union Station. Beware of the cabbies who say they can take you. It's at least $100.
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PoorMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the cab drivers here -- they'll try to hustle you to say the shuttle bus is late and you should pay for a cab to the main terminal
  • Ulisse
    UlisseJune 24, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I'm glad we have tourists visiting our fine state. Please remember, though, that not everyone is on vacation. Stand on the right and let people pass on the left. Missing your train is not good.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PaineAugust 9, 2014
    Try to get info at the BWI help desk before you get here -- these guys are rather unfriendly to anyone unfamiliar with the process! :(
  • Harry D.
    Harry D.September 8, 2016
    Seriously, the station is in need of a MAJOR upgrade. Dirty, muggy, no wi-fi, small snack stand. I should have eaten at the airport. Staff was helpful, though...
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VeachOctober 26, 2013
    Why is it that every passenger in the train station never knows what they are doing and always acts like it's their first time taking the train?
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    When headed north into this station look out the window on the right side and you might see herons in the marsh
  • Michael S.
    Michael SalvettiAugust 25, 2013
    If you're running late for a train, it's about 5 minutes from the Terminal C baggage claim once you're on the Amtrak/MARC Train shuttle bus.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KleinJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I take MARC trains twice daily. It's been a week since both trains were on time in a given day. The level of incompetence in MARC is astounding.
  • Bob E.
    Bob EricksonAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Track 1 trains go to Baltimore and points north. Track 3 trains go to Washington, DC and points south. Track 2 trains don't stop here.
  • Marina M.
    Marina MartinMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    To get to DC from the station, cross the platform by going up the stairs or elevator, then back down on the other side.
  • Susanne S.
    Susanne SparksFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The shuttle to the airport is across from the station between the two parking lot towers. The bus is red and generally ones every 10 mins.
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BaptisteFebruary 12, 2012
    When it's this cold and it's not rush hour, no need to hit track 1 right when they say all aboard! Plenty of time!
  • Andrew
    AndrewJuly 16, 2012
    It's not a long ride to the airport on the bus, but longer than you might think. Leave time both for the ride and for what can be a 20 minute wait.
  • Rob S.
    Rob StaufferAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The station attendant in the evening needs to lighten up and start treating people with some respect
  • Michael D.
    Michael DennisMay 16, 2011
    Use the ICC Express Route 201 from Gaithersburg and Shady Grove Metro to reach the rail station.
  • Marina M.
    Marina MartinMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    "All Aboard" on the sign does not mean the train is here. You can easily visually see if it's here.
  • Grayson K.
    Grayson KellyOctober 15, 2010
    If you don't need it to be on time, just take MARC. Loads cheaper than AMTRAK but never on time
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If the cabbies point to the first board and tell you the trains to DC are late, they are lying. The first board is Northbound and DC is southbound. Cabs here are rip offs. Avoid them completely.
  • Larry G.
    Larry GMarch 9, 2012
    Best place to wait for your train is the passenger overcrossing.
  • Lorena D.
    Lorena DJune 28, 2010
    Apparently, the track listed on the screen is not always the track your train is arriving on so use your insticts and ask the dudes standing by track 1. I could've missed my train.
  • William D.
    William DaroffFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the shuttle bus to the airport and to the light rail stop at the Airport.
  • Marina M.
    Marina MartinMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you accidentally buy a MARC ticket they don't expire for a few months and they work in either direction.
  • Russell B.
    Russell BlaymoreJuly 27, 2013
    Watch out for the troll who lives under the bridge.
  • robert m.
    robert morrisonAugust 10, 2014
    Recommend shuttle from BWI Airport to BWI RR station
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Track construction is done now so it should be back to Northbound on the same side as the station and southbound across the tracks.
  • John C.
    John ChapmanMay 21, 2012
    Hustle down to the free shuttle bus to the airport terminal. 15 min schedule to 1am 25 minutes after
  • Paulis P.
    Paulis PetrovicsJune 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Do yourself a favor: stay on the train and get off somewhere else. Most dysfunctional train station I've ever seen. Also, if you parked here it will take you at least 20 minutes to leave.
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShotwellJuly 21, 2014
    The ticket desk closes at 10:45pm sharp.
  • Ulisse
    UlisseMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Be careful of Diamond Cab #556. Driver used to work for Signature Taxi. He failed to start meter then threatened me. This is for your safety.
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    The BWI station was the first one created to support airport travel in 1980.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LambertMay 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There are no rentals or zipcars here. Take a cab 2 miles to the airport car rental center. And dont let the cabbie rip you off: it's only 2 miles away and they can't charge airport rates from here.
  • Shamie D.
    Shamie DasApril 19, 2013
    Aggressive cab ring leader, may even hint that that airport shuttle is broke down...
  • Laura R.
    Laura ReyesSeptember 6, 2011
    Taking the train into DC is so much easier than getting a cab.
  • Jiafeng Z.
    Jiafeng ZhangDecember 30, 2011
    Marc train is never on time. Either early or late, but most time Marc trains are late.
  • Clare
    ClareApril 19, 2012
    Don't arrive after 10:45. You can't even get in the station.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SrokaApril 6, 2011
    People on the quiet car take "quiet" serious
  • Mick S.
    Mick StenvaagMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the gaggle of nasty taxi cab carnie's trying to tell you that you missed your train and will drive to to DC...wtf
  • Larisa
    LarisaJanuary 7, 2011
    This is the grossest train station I've ever been in.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GoldscherMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Easy on and off. If raining, covered area is small.
  • Kevino Z.
    Kevino ZariOctober 30, 2011
    Don't pee on the third rail
  • Chip D.
    Chip DizardApril 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a train station not an executive suite. It's fine. Get in and get out.
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonMay 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Scott, southbound is on the station side and northbound across the bridge during rail work right now
  • Mike A.
    Mike AbramsJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the new elevators!
  • Mike A.
    Mike AbramsJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is very early 80s. Station needs renovation.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BraswellMarch 17, 2010
    South bound goes to DC north goes to baltimore. South bound is over the bridge. Pretty obvious just fyi
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonMarch 5, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't use Signature Taxi. They will get lost if their GPS isn't working and the cabbie kept the meter running at my destination while he wrote my credit card receipt out then charged me for the 2 buck
  • STrRedWolf
    STrRedWolfJanuary 17, 2013
    MARC info to go http://mta.maryland.gov or Twitter @mtamaryland
  • Kenny T.
    Kenny TJune 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    No escalator and a slow elevator not very helpful
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuintonOctober 23, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Take the shuttle bus to the airport and to the light rail stop at the Airport.
  • R G 1
    R G 1June 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Senior fare kicks in at age 62!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa R.July 17, 2010
    Watch out for the hungry cabbies who want to lure you from your train.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not reliable at all
  • Ulisse
    UlisseSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Be careful if you take Signature Taxi #017. The cabby didn't start the meter and then wouldn't let me out of the cab!
  • MP G.
    MP GayJune 16, 2011
    Stay in the train
  • Colin D.
    Colin DeanOctober 27, 2010
    just because the TVs say ALL ABOARD doesn't mean the train is about to leave.
  • shaun q.
    shaun quigleyNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    DCA much more desirable
  • Jayhawk
    JayhawkMarch 16, 2011
    This is far worse than described on websites. Busy, but a dump.
  • mike b.
    mike bMarch 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    How does a train station in the middle of nowhere still smell like bum piss
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveDecember 28, 2010
    This place is dirty and crowded
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MFebruary 26, 2011
    This is the worst place in the world.
  • Hossam A.
    Hossam AlfraihMarch 20, 2015
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  • Andrelize P.
    Andrelize ParchenAugust 9, 2012
    Segunda estação deixando washington com o trem 176.
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