Public Transportation to BWI

We just returned from a trip to Utah.  Our oldest daughter got married, our two oldest daughters graduated from college, and we helped our three daughters out there move their belongings around as they get ready for graduate school, a sophomore year, and a job.  In addition, we were able to visit family, as my parents live there as well as some of our siblings.  We also took a little detour to San Francisco, a fun city that Natalie had never visited.  It was a fun trip, although tiring, which is why I’m mostly glad to be home.

One great thing I learned on this trip was the availability of public transportation to get to and from the airport.  Since we were all leaving home at different times, I decided to check out my options to save more trips to the airport.  I found a great option; it’s the ICC Commuter Bus route 201. 

201 commuter bus at Shady Grove Metro

The 201 commuter bus loading up passengers at the Shady Grove Metro

It runs between the Gaithersburg Park and Ride located on Quince Orchard Rd. (124) in Montgomery County and BWI.  It makes multiple trips daily, with stops in between.  Going to the airport, Natalie and I caught the 201 at the Shady Grove Metro Station. 
The bus stop at Shady Grove Metro

At the Shady Grove Metro, the 201 commuter bus stop is on the left side of the kiss ‘n ride lot. In this picture, you see the covered bus stop, but it isn’t that one. It is the next area closer to the metro. Check the signs!

201 bus sign at Shady Grove Metro

The 201 commuter bus sign at the Shady Grove Metro.

On the way home from the airport, we took the 201 as well; the pick up point at BWI is in the “Regional Bus” stop area.  If you’re not sure where to catch it, ask at the information desk in the baggage claim area.

It worked great!  It was $5.00 per person each way—cash and exact change only and took about an hour to get to the airport.  The driver helped with luggage too, which is stashed in the bottom of the bus. I don’t know if anyone in my family will ever drive to BWI again after discovering this bus!

Here are links for more info and the schedule:

http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation/trans/icc” target=”_blank”>http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation/trans/icc

http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/201CommuterLineForWeb.pdf” target=”_blank”>http://mta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/201CommuterLineForWeb.pdf

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