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Car Hire from Baltimore Washington International Airport

Car Hire from Baltimore Airport

The state of Maryland in the USA is rich and varied. Big cities, vast countryside, long stretches of seafront and far flung towns are just some of the state’s attractions. Hiring a car from Baltimore Airport offers an easy way to travel between Maryland’s must-see destinations.

Where to hire a car at Baltimore Airport

There is a good variety of car hire companies at Baltimore Airport including Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

All of the car hire offices are located 10 minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. A 24-hour shuttle bus runs between the terminal and the car rental area. Buses leave every 10 minutes and there are numerous shuttle bus stops on the ground floor, outside the terminal building.

Petrol Stations near Baltimore Airport

If you hire a car on a “full to full” fuel policy you will be required to refuel before returning your car to avoid excess charges.

The closest petrol station to Baltimore Airport is a BP Garage, around 5 minutes’ drive from the airport. Drivers should take Elm Road out of the Airport and then turn right onto West Nursery Road, past the National Electronics Museum. The petrol station is a little way further on your right.

Driving around Baltimore Airport

Driving to and from Baltimore Airport, you can be faced with busy traffic during morning and evening rush hours. However, roads are well-maintained and, away from the cities, driving in Maryland is generally unproblematic.

From the airport, route 295 heads south down towards Washington DC, route 695 and then the 83 goes towards the state border with Pennsylvania and route 70 goes west to West Virginia.

Getting to your destination

There are lots of places to explore in the state of Maryland. Here are a few highlights, easily accessible when you hire a car at Baltimore Airport.


Nicknamed “Charm City”, Baltimore is a city of historic districts, a vibrant waterfront and a working class heritage. These days it is also home to trendy bars and boutiques, street art and independent galleries, along with some of the country’s best museums and sports grounds.

Baltimore is just 20 minutes’ drive from Baltimore Airport, taking route 195 out of airport and then route 295 into the city.

Affordable garages and car parks are available throughout the downtown area, especially around the Inner Harbour District. The city centre can, inevitably, get a little busy and congested. Drivers looking to avoid city centre driving can reserve cheaper parking spaces in car parks on the outskirts with Parking Panda.

Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach is a small town along the Chesapeake coast. With great seafood, sailing trips and dock bars in which to while away a summer afternoon, Chesapeake Beach is a relaxing and laid back place to spend some time. It’s also home to a water park and a Railway Museum & Trail.

Chesapeake Beach is around an hour’s drive from Baltimore Airport, taking route 170 and then 97. As Chesapeake Beach is a small town, parking is easy and plentiful.

Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake covers around 3900 acres. From sailing to kayaking, fishing to jet skiing, the man made lake offers a variety of sports to try your hand at. Skiing and white water rafting adventures are also available in the nearby countryside. For those who’d rather kick back and relax, there’s also the option of relaxing picnics and sunbathing along the shoreline.

Deep Creek Lake is around a three hour drive from Baltimore Airport. Drivers should take route 70 and then the route 68, heading west. Parking is available at the Discovery Centre in the Deep Creek Lake National Park.

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