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BWI airport parking question

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by sk8pics, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

    I'm planning a trip to Kentucky next week, and I'm flying out of BWI. I've used this airport once or twice, but haven't driven myself there. So, I'm just wondering if anyone has any comments on how easy it is to find the various parking garages/lots. I'm thinking of the Express Parking lot. I'll be coming from north of Baltimore.

    Also, how bad are the security lines typically? My flight is at 9 am on a weekday, and I'm planning to get to the airport around 7.

  2. jenlyon60

    jenlyon60 Member

    The Security lines are usually quick compared to Dulles and Reagan.

    I can't help you on the parking as I usually park in the daily garage.
  3. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    I usually get a cab or other transport there, to avoid parking - lol, so I've never directly experienced the lots, but I have seen lots of signs so I think everything is well-marked. Depending on the lot, you may be able to walk to the terminal, but there I believe there is a shuttle.

    As for lines, it depends on the airline. Southwest and USAir lines are usually long. I think it took about 20-30 minutes to get through security at around 9:30 am when flying SW to Cleveland ('09 Nats). I flew United once and got through security (at 7 am) in about 5 minutes.

    I think if you get there 2 hours early, you should be fine. But I'm :eek: thinking about what time you'll need to wake up (I am so not a morning person ;)).
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  4. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

    :lol: Yes, I'll need to be up early. About 30 minutes earlier than usual, so it won't be too bad. But I won't get to eat breakfast until I get to the airport. Still debating about taking a shuttle. Then I could doze until I got to the airport. We'll see...
  5. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    The security lines at BWI can look really long and scary, but they move really fast. I have been so far down the hall that I thought I would miss my flight, but it only took 20 minutes.

    I don't recall having any trouble finding the parking lots.
  6. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    I flew out of BWI a few months ago and didn't have any issues with security hold ups. Everything was quick and efficient as far as remember. I'm no help with the parking, my friend who I was staying with for the weekend dropped me off :lol:
  7. fluorescein

    fluorescein New Member

    I have only parked in long term parking since I tend to use BWI for family vacations. I come up from the south and all the airport signs seem pretty clear, but I think by the time you see parking signage, it doesn't matter which direction you came from.

    I like BWI, including security lines, better than Philly. Is that a recommendation, lol?
  8. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the input! I'll be getting up at the crack of dawn on Wednesday (actually, hours before dawn, LOL) :coffee: and driving myself. I think it will be fine.