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Car hire at Baltimore/Washington Airport is located in a modern, one-stop-shop rental facility, which is a 10min drive from the terminals. A free shuttle bus connects the airport with the rental facility, which is in the Stoney Run District, just outside the main airport campus. The shuttle connects with each of the terminals and takes around 10min to reach the facility. All the cars are waiting here for collection also.
As the car hire facility is outside the airport campus you will need a little bit more time than if it was right beside the terminal building. The shuttle bus is very regular but it can take time in heavy traffic so you need to prepare for that. The return process shouldn’t take more than 20min from the time of parking in the rental facility but do allow for delays at peak times. Allow yourself at least an hour on top of your normal pre-departure time to return your keys and documents, wait for the shuttle and to get back to the terminal. There are taxis available at the facility too if you are short on time.
The car rental facility was purpose-built to streamline car hire at Baltimore/Washington Airport. All amenities you might require are in this location. These include car hire desks and staff, car collection, waiting areas, tourist information, restaurants, ATMs, and toilets.
Car hire at Baltimore/Washington Airport requires a valid driving licence for your country, a credit or debit card and your passport as secondary identification. You may also be asked for your flight details so have those on hand also. The minimum age to hire a car in the US is 21 and anyone under 25 will have to pay a daily surcharge. There's no official maximum age but individual companies may have their own rules. If you are over 75 it's useful to have a letter from your GP stating that you are competent to drive.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies at Baltimore/Washington Airport are Alamo (8.7, 353 reviews), Enterprise (8.5, 61 reviews), and NextCar (7.6, 185 reviews).
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Baltimore/Washington Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, NextCar, Payless, and Thrifty.