Baltimore Airport Taxis (BWI)
Baltimore-Washington International Airport is a large airport in the United States of America, handling approximately 22 million passengers per annum. It is also busy in terms of aircraft movements, as in this regard, it is rated as the 47th busiest in the world. The airport is found between the two cities of Baltimore and Washington, although closer to Baltimore, and is also known as the BWI Airport. Baltimore-Washington International Airport taxis are available for arriving passengers, and for passengers who need to travel to the airport for a departure flight. Taxis offer a reliable means of transport at the airport, and are reasonably priced.
Passengers who have decided to take a taxi from Baltimore-Washington Airport do not need to make a reservation, as there are always vehicles available. The taxi stands of the airport are found outside the baggage claim areas, and are easily reached on foot from the terminal buildings. The baggage claim areas are on the lower levels of the buildings. In general, the airport has five concourses, referred to as A, B, C, D and E. Passengers on international flights will arrive at Concourse E, while domestic flights will arrive at one of the other concourses.
The only time when a taxi reservation is recommended is when a special vehicle is required for the transport of a disabled person. A number of vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts are often available, but a reservation will ensure the service at the time of your arrival. Taxis running from the airport are operated by the company of BWI Airport Taxi, and they also welcome passengers with helper-animals such as guide dogs. To help foreign travellers as well, many of the taxi drivers are able to speak several languages. A passenger can therefore find out if they could have a driver that is able to effectively communicate with them. To reserve a taxi in advance, call 410-859-1100.
The services of BWI Airport Taxi are only available from the airport, therefore another taxi company will be used for travel to the airport. BWI Airport Taxi is a professional company that has offered transport from the airport for many years, and are well known for their excellent customer services. They are licensed by the Licensing Section of the Anne Arundel County Department of Licenses and Permits, and their taxicabs are carefully regulated by the local County Government and by the Maryland Aviation Administration. The company is also prohibited from charging flat rates from the airport. The taxi fare is therefore determined by the meter, and the metered rates are regulated by the Anne Arundel County government.
Passengers should ensure that their taxi’s meter is turned on and in working condition, and they should be able to see the meter. Although the driver may not be able to give an exact fare amount, he may be able to provide an estimation. It is often wise to discuss the charges for the journey with your driver before leaving the airport. The metered rates are currently as follows: $2.90 for the first 1/10 mile travelled and $2.50 per mile travelled thereafter (25 cents for each 1/10 mile covered). Additional charges could incur for waiting time (40 cents per minute) and for each luggage item in excess of two (25 cents). Additional oversized luggage items will cost $1.00 to transport. Keep in mind as well, that during times of declared snow emergencies, your ride by taxi will incur an additional 25% surcharge.
Airport passengers may pay for their taxi journey by credit card. Those accepted include Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Travellers will also enjoy the convenience of a Passenger Monitor system in their taxi, which is a device installed in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. It provides a large variety of information services, for example, a passenger can find out the best places for shopping, the best restaurants in town and further details regarding the local attractions. The device is also equipped with GPS mapping.
Popular trips from Baltimore-Washington Airport and their approximate prices are as follows: Baltimore Inner Harbour - $35.00, Downtown Washington - $90.00, Annapolis MD $65.00, Columbia MD - $49.00, Dulles Airport VA - $155.00, Reagan National Airport - $100.00, Severna Park MD - $40.00, Hunt Valley MD - $80.00, Bethesda MD - $92.00, Alexandria VA - $105.00, Silver Spring MD - $80.00, Towson MD - $73.00, Laurel MD - $47.00 and Millersville MD - $39.00. Further journeys are also permitted by the Baltimore-Washington Airport taxis, for example, a trip to Philadelphia Airport will cost $270.00 and a trip to Ocean City will cost $360.00. To Gaithersburg a taxi will cost about $125.00, and a trip to Frederick will cost about $130.00. Atlantic City in New York is about $420.00.
The taxi companies of Yellow Cab (202-544-1212), Checker Cab (410-685-1212), Annapolis Cab (410-268-0022), Barwood Cab (301-984-1900), Columbia Cab (410-880-6916), Red Top Cab (703-934-4444), City Cab (301-662-2250), Severna Park Cab (410-729-7200) and Jimmy’s Cab (410-296-7200) can be called for round-trip rates and for travelling to Baltimore-Washington Airport.
From the airport as well, luxury sedans by ExecuCar are available, and this company has counters at the airport in baggage claims 1, 7 and 14. Their website is available at http://www.execucar.com.
Further details for the Baltimore-Washington International Airport taxis can be found online at http://www.bwiairporttaxi.com, or passengers can go to manned service desks at the baggage claim areas of Concourses A and D.