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Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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    Shelita M.
    "One of the best for international flights in/out of DC."(106 Tips)
    ✨Misty W.
    "Capitol Ground in B concourse is a great spot for a quick breakfast!"(42 Tips)
    Magnus J.
    "Nice restaurants, good gift shopping and most importantly free wifi."(51 Tips)
    Eva 🐾 B.
    "... Very few shops stay open 24hours so if you have an overnight flight, you're..."(4 Tips)
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  • John W.
    John WFebruary 10, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    A secret US mailbox is tucked away on the lowest level, down the west escalator, past baggage claim and down Door 2 ramp! Ask Information Desk for cards with directions, as well as to the post office!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Marwan M.heart icon on user image
    Marwan MzDecember 7, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a lot of stores but they are all similar to each other. There is no creativity. Almost 10 restaurants and cafe. Free WI-FI covered the whole area
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Evren Y.heart icon on user image
    Evren YigitAugust 27, 2016
    Too many check points and police controls. Main terminal is designed very beatiful, a modern concrete structure. One of the best examples of design with concrete in wide span.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Russell K.
    Russell KloskJuly 16, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    This could be a great airport if they would get the 5th runway built, replace the “temporary” terminals C&D with Permanent, modern facilities, complete the train
    Upvoted Oct 9
  • SAADheart icon on user image
    SAADJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Clean restrooms, restaurants/coffee shops, lounges, train system, shopping .. etc basically all what you need as a traveler in an airport, you'll find it in IAD airport! 👌
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Bilawal H.heart icon on user image
    Bilawal HameedFebruary 22, 2017
    Beautiful airport. It's located in Virginia, and is very far (~25 miles) from DC. I'd recommend taking an Uber/Lyft to Central DC.
  • Yasaman M.heart icon on user image
    Yasaman MahdianSeptember 17, 2018
    Crazy crowded lines if you are not U.S citizen or green card holder. No facilities or anything while you are waiting.
    Upvoted Sep 20
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SSeptember 26, 2018
    Amazing airport. Great architecture. Great food & souvenir stuff.
  • Brian F.heart icon on user image
    Brian FanzoJuly 26, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Signup for Clear as you’ll never wait in line at security turning this into one of the nicest and easiest airports and if flying delta get the breakfast at five guys only available in the airport!
  • Abdulrahman A.
    Abdulrahman Almunayes 🇰🇼January 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good classic airport, maybe limited restaurants choices, few coffee shops, will be boring if not staying in Business Lounge, easy to follow signs & clean toilets
  • Bella M.heart icon on user image
    Bella MMay 30, 2018
    Was here on the 13th May 2018 and the staff were very helpful and efficient. Use of the self check in was fast and easy ! Great job!
  • Majed A.heart icon on user image
    Majed AlashariApril 12, 2020
    Nice clean airport with train to connect between the main terminal & to the gates terminals. Full of shops, restaurants and cafes.
  • Luis W.heart icon on user image
    Luis W.May 21, 2019
    Don’t under estimate the huge and straight long airport that you really need plenty of time to walk to your departure gate, you don’t want to miss or rush to catch for a flight.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The cheaper buses towards D.C. (Metro 5A to the Rosslyn Metro station and then L'Enfant Plaza, Fairfax Connector 981 and 983 to the Wiehle Avenue/Reston Metro) are at curb 2E on the arrivals level.
  • Shelita M.heart icon on user image
    Shelita McBrideJanuary 14, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this airport! One of the best for international flights in/out of DC. Tons of food options and oh they have sleep pods too
  • Evan E.
    Evan EslingerMay 24, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff, the food, and the wine selection at Vino Volo in terminal B are all outstanding. Enjoy a glass, a "flight" of three wines, or a bottle to take with you! Ask for Melissa or Sheena.
  • Ahmad B.
    Ahmad Bin MohammedSeptember 21, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    If your traveling to Riyadh through saudia, take the B train as it much closer to their terminal and the temporary Turkish lounge
  • Sheila E.
    Sheila ElseaNovember 30, 2015
    Vino Volo in B gate is excellent. Tast 3 wines of your choice reasonable price excellent selection..and great tapas !
  • Silvestre A.
    Silvestre AcedilloFebruary 17, 2014
    You know there are two DAY public parking at Dulles right? One is more expensive than the other because it is supposedly nearer. From my experience, it does not matter. The shuttle is very fast.
  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TosielloJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great American Bagel Bakery breakfast bagel sandwiches are surprisingly good and not a complete rip-off, two bagel, egg and cheeses plus 1 oj to split = less than $13 bucks, not bad for high quality
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Five Guys, Concourse A/B; Harry's Tap Room, Main Terminal, Concourse B; Capitol Grounds Coffee, Concourse B; California Tortilla, Concourse C; Vino Volo Wine Room, Concourse C. Read more
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RutherfordDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are in concourse B and are in need of food, go to PotBelly's! You will not be disappointed and definitely add hot peppers to your sandwich.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WeberDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take an Uber sedan (up to 4 ppl) from Dulles to anywhere inside the Beltway for $80 flat, tip included! An SUV (up to 6 ppl) is just $105! Sign up at
  • Smitty
    SmittyJanuary 29, 2020
    Been here 50+ times
    So Clear now has an UP & Downstairs entry point. Be sure to check if your significant other has PRECheck & Clear before going to the upstairs location! Downstairs is CLEAR ONLY
  • Eric M.
    Eric MatisFebruary 26
    Been here 25+ times
    Concourse B is a hidden gem for long layovers. There are some great restaurants/fast-food spots (like Wendy’s), and international lounges you can access with status.
  • Abdullah S.
    Abdullah SuhaimJune 25, 2022
    Big Airport, use some early spare time if you can. Terminals A&B has so many shops and dining/coffee options after Security, Enjoy it
  • Sanaz L.heart icon on user image
    Sanaz LimoueeJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    TSA Pre is the only way to go! Fastest way to get through security, no removing laptops or liquids. It's worth the lengthy application. Amex Platinum reimburses the $100 application fee.
  • Aces C.heart icon on user image
    Aces ColumbusApril 9, 2017
  • USO
    USOFebruary 19, 2014
    Visit the USO across from baggage claim 12 from 6 AM - 10 PM. Active duty & retired military personnel, National Guard, reservists, merchant marines & their dependents are welcome! Read more
  • Sara
    SaraJune 13, 2015
    Customs etc. was very fast even though you have to remove shoes, hats, outerwear etc. Rechecking bags from international transfers was smooth too.
  • Amber E.heart icon on user image
    Amber ENovember 4, 2015
  • Shailesh G.
    Shailesh GosaliaSeptember 28
    Been here 10+ times
    Great parking and transportation service to and from the airport and definitely more easy to get to from Maryland highway versus other Washington areas airports.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroJune 15, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you have more than 10 minutes before a 5A or Flyer bus arrives (likely with their woeful headways), detour upstairs to appreciate Eero Saarinen's beautiful, soaring ceiling while you wait.
  • Ed
    EdMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    As of March 2012, DC's two airports (DCA and IAD) are the only two places where you can try the breakfast menu at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. It's worth traveling to another terminal for.
  • samin s.
    samin shokraviMarch 10, 2017
    i just expect more than what is saw but the checking passports and visas are aoutomatically with divces and it was perfect because u can save the time
  • Jon D.heart icon on user image
    Jon DarveauFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Passport control/Customs can be a nightmare here. If you fly in to here a lot from overseas Global Entry program totally worth it.
  • Baebgurl J.heart icon on user image
    Baebgurl JonesSeptember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early and take your shoes off when going through the TSA screening!
  • Richard
    RichardApril 6, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Thanks to incomplete expansion, it's often quicker to get to Terminal C by taking the shuttle to Terminal D and walking.
  • Leigh R.
    Leigh RawlsOctober 14, 2013
    You can park at one of the nearby hotels rather than airport's longterm parking for a much cheaper price. (You don't have to have stayed at the hotel to do this either). Shuttles included in price.
  • Carlo
    CarloNovember 2, 2013
    Highly efficient system and design that allows for smooth flow of transportation vehicles and passenger movement. Great choices of places to eat and shop at the gates.
  • Tristan
    TristanSeptember 23, 2011
    Pray that you are in the B gate. There is a five guys here! Head to can also wash those burgers down w/ $4 margaritas at chipotle! (~B63)'s a fast food explosion, and it's epic
  • Josh S.heart icon on user image
    Josh SwansonApril 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge airport, lots of traveling from terminal to terminal, fuddruckers is great in the international terminal (A I think)
  • Jalaal E.heart icon on user image
    Jalaal ElasmarMay 12, 2017
    The airport is what you would call 1960's futuristic. The facility was intended for usage of mobile lounges but now has been converted into a facility much like airports of today.
  • David H.
    David HMay 20, 2014
    Gates A and B are located in the same hall. You can walk from one concourse to another for more food and shopping options.
  • Duk-kiheart icon on user image
    Duk-kiFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are into sneakers or streetwear, make sure you check out MAJOR in Georgetown area. One of the world's top sneaker boutiques & right here in DC. #NikeSportswear #Converse #Jordan
  • André B.heart icon on user image
    André BezerraAugust 1, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are on a long connection, look for the Sleep lounge on terminal A. A tad over priced but might be worth it depending on your itinerary. 😉
  • Eliza W.heart icon on user image
    Eliza WeeksMay 15, 2017
    LOVE the renovations! This is a huge improvement since I've flown out of Dulles. I remember the days of the old skool bus trams! 🙄🤣
  • Nitin A.
    Nitin AlaburDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Crazy long line for the Airport taxis. Booked a ride with @taximagic, and the cab was waiting at United departures (door 4) by the time I arrived there (from Wash Flyer line to upper level door 4)
  • Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) ConnerApril 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Air france lounge in A (on the end nearest B) is lovely. Quiet, good food, gracious. And available to anyone who belongs to Delta Skyclub too!
  • Taylor K.
    Taylor KinsellaSeptember 13, 2013
    Vino volo is a perfect place to hang out if you have a bit of a layover. Great wine and the food isn't expensive! Penne and cheese for 7$
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