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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."(105 Tips)
    ✨Misty W.
    "Capitol Ground in B concourse is a great spot for a quick breakfast!"(41 Tips)
    Chris A.
    "24 hour Starbucks in the baggage claim area."(4 Tips)
    Kim H.
    "Beautiful, clean, efficient airport."(15 Tips)
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  • A A.
    A AMarch 23, 2019
    Some shops are cheaper than the others for the same item. Ask around about what you want before buying.————— clean restrooms , good staff.
  • Raquel H.
    Raquel HenrySeptember 3, 2012
    Really nice airport. I love the mini gallery once you enter Gate C. There is now free wifi so no use to paying for AT&T or the other one.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MaloneJune 26, 2013
    Longest security line I've ever seen by a factor of 10. Amazing really. Definitely arrive 90 min early so you don't miss your flight too.
  • Chris S.heart icon on user image
    Chris SpensleyFebruary 21, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    The airport is deceivingly large. Be sure to add a little extra time if you are flying out of the D gates as the busses run a little slower than the trams.
  • Vasundhara R.
    Vasundhara RayOctober 4, 2014
    Although they have free wifi, I found it somewhat difficult to access. After trying for quite sometime I was able to.
  • Neil C.heart icon on user image
    Neil CJune 14, 2017
    Definitely the best of the US airports. You don't have to redo security if you have a connecting flight and lots more facilities in the terminal.
  • M. R.
    M. R.September 24, 2012
    A note for those looking for good deals at the Duty Free shops: You won't! The prices here are generally higher than what you can find at other airports. Free WiFi though!
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David ReynoldsMay 10, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Dulles is the largest airport for no discernible reason I have ever visited. There are several restaurant options, and the airport is nice enough. It is a huge airport, though.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CrookJuly 4, 2011
    If you are hungry before or after your flight, go to California Burrito. They have food options for everyone. I am vegan and they have a vegan burrito that's delicious!
  • Magnus J.heart icon on user image
    Magnus JernJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite US airports. Nice restaurants, good gift shopping and most importantly free wifi.
  • David H.
    David HainesMay 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are taking a flight that will mean you need to pass through security before 5am...get there extra early. The beefed up Security crew doesn't come online till about 5am!
  • Lori G.
    Lori GreenfieldSeptember 1, 2015
    COSI is the best place to grab something quick for breakfast. Reasonable pricing for an airport, and the croissant sandwiches are huge and are very good!
  • Arnaldo G.
    Arnaldo G. Miguel JrFebruary 7, 2015
    In fact, one of the most beautiful and comfortable airports in the world!
  • Erh@n
    Erh@nAugust 12, 2014
    Train transfer to the int.departures. i travelled a lot for smoke breaks and pass the pass.control 3 times without problem. Free wifi, good lounges.
  • Spoon C.heart icon on user image
    Spoon CarvalhoJune 12, 2017
    Huge Airport. Make sure you use the tram system to get from terminal to terminal.
  • Bob T.heart icon on user image
    Bob TSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For international arrivals plan on 60-90 minutes to ride train or shuttle to main terminal and get through customs. Add another 30 to get to your car in the economy parking lot. Welcome to the USA!
  • Sebastian M.heart icon on user image
    Sebastian MuellerOctober 9, 2016
    nice airport. compared to atlanta much more relaxed atmosphere
  • Dirk B.heart icon on user image
    Dirk BeckelJuly 22, 2017
    The transport between the gates and the main terminal is surprising.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LunaMay 31, 2013
    Always come early, all the terminals are clearly labled but the airport is very large and it's a hike to get from one side to another.
  • Ahmed B.heart icon on user image
    Ahmed BasmairOctober 26, 2017
    This is a sad day for us. It is our last day in theUSA. We will be back one day. Great people and lovely places.
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.August 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Moe's near the C gates has a pretty decent breakfast. The Bloody Mary can be fairly strong, which is how it should be.
  • Sonia D.
    Sonia DelenApril 26, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Although long walk, I like that Terminals C and D are connected, and about four United Clubs in between them!
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WilliamsJuly 28, 2013
    The staff here is amazing, including customs!! They actually smile, joke and have fun! Made visiting here easy and not stressful
  • Blanca N.heart icon on user image
    Blanca NavarroFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fuddruckers is a great place for breakfast.. Specially the egg, cheese and bacon sandwich :) comes with a hash brown!
  • JD M.heart icon on user image
    JD MaloneSeptember 9, 2017
    Security here is a nightmare. Arrive plenty early for your flight or you will be screaming by the time you board your flight.
  • Austin
    AustinJune 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The KLM lounge now offers a pesca-pescatarian choice. It's about time.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Booking a hotel? Quoted rates do not include Washington DC's substantial hotel tax of 14.5%. For example, a quoted room rate of $139, will actually cost $159 for a nights stay. -- Green Guides Editor
  • Guido G.heart icon on user image
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2, 2016
    If arriving on an ESTA with a passport previously used with ESTA, using machines = much quicker immigration process. Baggage handling is often slow. Your bag may appear on the floor next to the belt.
  • tianyu f.heart icon on user image
    tianyu fangMarch 23, 2015
    Welcome to the capital of the United States! Please appreciate the honor of the fact that the DC airport is literally located in VA...
  • Yasser M.
    Yasser MonkachiSeptember 1, 2013
    If your hungry try the Tomato-Basilic-mozarella aka TBM Sandwich in the COSI Resto, a must taste !
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas L.September 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a large airport with a lot of distance between gates. Make sure you leave yourself enough time from dropping off your rental car to your flight.
  • Ha1thamheart icon on user image
    Ha1thamFebruary 5, 2018
    Great airport, its old but the design is well thought of, clean bathrooms everywhere. 👍🏼
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Security here is a well coordinated ballet, but there's a large mix of nationalities, which make for long wait times during rush hours. Be smart and arrive early.
  • The1JMACheart icon on user image
    The1JMACSeptember 12, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Schedule yourself around rush hour the morning and late afternoon traffic around hear is a full-on methadone withdrawal induced NIGHTMARE.
  • Philip H.heart icon on user image
    Philip HeJanuary 6, 2017
    There is no mobile walkways in the concourse. It will be a very long walk from one side to get to the other.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LewOctober 11, 2011
    If you're in Terminal C, head all the way back to C2 and eat at Potbelly's. Beats all the food closer to the AeroTrain. Also, now with Free WiFi!
  • Toneheart icon on user image
    ToneJanuary 2, 2015
    Free wifi and quick checkin and security. The Air France lounge is chilled with complimentary alcohol
  • Hesham A.
    Hesham Al SaudJuly 6, 2014
    One of the best airports in the world. I like the cleanliness, the atmosphere and the resturants!
  • Guy M.
    Guy MerrillAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early, security can be a pain and getting to your gate can take time as well.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JApril 23, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Please make sure your traveling dogs are trained. Not fun having 3 dogs getting into a barking contest in the main terminal. Other than that it’s a gorgeous terminal.
  • Jacquinn S.
    Jacquinn ScalesSeptember 24, 2014
    Had an awesome time hanging in DC yesterday and now it's time to say goodbye bye. This is random but I like boarding these little express jets, it be making a brotha feel all presidential and stuff.
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SosniakMay 5, 2018
    Very large airport. Be prepared to walk far!
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LaymanDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    California tortilla is a great value. 8 bucks for a huge burrito bowl
  • Nanaheart icon on user image
    NanaSeptember 17, 2016
    The train thing is really weird. Airport is old and so there isn't much there. If you're at D gate go to potbelly sandwich and get an Italian 😋
  • Borys P.heart icon on user image
    Borys PierovNovember 20, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Parking is pretty convenient but cab to DC is pricey. TSA lines can get long but never spend more than 30 mins in them. Although I have had spent hours in immigration check lines many times. :(
  • Toon L.heart icon on user image
    Toon LouagieJanuary 23, 2017
    Great airport, immigration can take some time though.
  • Leo A.
    Leo ArmanyJuly 15, 2013
    If you are in need for any type of limousine, car & shuttle to nd from Dulles airport, Reston Coach Transportation can help. We offer 24 hour airport transportation by luxury sedan, limo & Buses.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SullivanJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    No road signs tell you how to Econ Parking from Departure zones. Take Daily Lot 1 Exit, go past it, make a right, next right, next left, then watch for road signs on right. Near gas & fire stations.
  • Erika T.
    Erika TaitJune 29, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Add (decent) shopping options (e.g., Pink, mom-and-pop boutiques, make up stores, even a CVS)
  • Juliana A.heart icon on user image
    Juliana AlvesDecember 22, 2016
    Few options to eat before you pass security. If you miss your flight you're lost!
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