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#1 Medic981

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:16 PM

I plan on taking a railfan trip in March. I am flying into BWI and taking the CL out of WAS. I have found that there is a shuttle that runs between BWI airport and rail station. Does anyone have experience taking a train from BWI who can speak to how the signage is to find the pickup point? 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:37 PM

I would check with the shuttle company in question as to where their pickup point is precisely. Ironically I was just at BWI a couple of days ago, though I stayed at a hotel and used their pickup. There are several doors by the baggage carousels that are at street level and I found the signage to be very easy to follow. But again I'd check with the shuttle company to make certain where the pickup point is.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:39 PM

Just look for the Amtrak/MARC shuttle signs once you're on the baggage claim level.  It stops outside a couple of the doors on that level.  It's marked very well and runs frequently.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:45 PM

If it is a weekday, it may be easier to take Marc to WAS to pickup the CL   check pricing and schedule both carriers....



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:54 PM

Last time I was at BWI the Amtrak/MARC shuttles where run just like the various parking lot shuttles, probably one every 5 or 10 minutes. Just claim your bags, walk out, and look for the stops (there are several there) and then get on the correct shuttle bus.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:11 PM

Yep, super easy. The busses are just like the parking lot busses. Look for the signs for where the stops are, and get on the bus marked "Amtrak/MARC".
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:28 PM

What the above folks said.

 

They're no different looking than the parking shuttles. (just don't get on the wrong ones :-)

 

One note, if you get in really late, MARC trains will have stopped running as will possibly Amtrak trains.

It's quite possible to get a cab from the BWI train station to Union Station. Do NOT accept the first offer. The 1 (or 2?) times I did it, we got it from like $40+/person to I think $20/person.

 

For the record I did the reverse (train->airport almost every weekend for 3+ years and often in the direction you're doing it.)



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:10 PM

Since he said he was connecting to the CL I wasn't thinking about late travel times......



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:36 PM

Thank you for all of your replies. I feel a lot more certain as to what to expect when I land at BWI and start looking for the MARC/Amtrak shuttle.






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