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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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  • 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.
  • Zain M.
    Zain M.August 9, 2014
    There is free Wi-Fi, extremely well maintained with great choices of places to eat.
  • Ashley K.heart icon on user image
    Ashley KincaidApril 29, 2016
    Free wifi, quick service!
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BentleyJuly 4, 2018
    A bit of a hike to get there, but pretty good airport. They need to replace the buses you take to the terminals.
  • 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
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CanfieldApril 21, 2013
    The "diamond lane" tip in the baggage claim is not always open, so don't depend on it. From start to finish, it took us 46 minutes (timed by my iPhone) to get through security and to our gate in C.
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HammondSeptember 4, 2013
    Harry's tap house doesn't have a very good list of beers on tap but the Kobe beef burger was delicious
  • Abdullah A.heart icon on user image
    Abdullah AlhamoudSeptember 11, 2016
    Good spacious airport.
  • 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.
  • Dave L.heart icon on user image
    Dave LepkowskiApril 10, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The airport is well run and the management and staff are very friendly and helpful
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WildesApril 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Sometimes hot and nasty, other times cold and clammy...this is one airport that I could scratch off ever visiting again...and never miss it.
  • ✨Misty W.
    ✨Misty WuoriApril 5, 2013
    Capitol Ground in B concourse is a great spot for a quick breakfast! The staff is so friendly too :)
  • Arnie K.heart icon on user image
    Arnie KappelerOctober 11, 2016
    Who says IAD is crowded? Not me. Especially when your flight gets in at 2:30 a.m. Easy out.
  • Dulles IAD A.
    If you're flying in or out of the Washington Dulles International Airport, we are your best alternative for parking at rates much lower than onsite IAD airport parking. Read more
  • Joe B.
    Joe Bartling ( 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You can use to get a black sedan to or from DC. The flat rate of $80 to/from inside the beltway is comparable to taxi fare and is a LOT better service!
  • Food and Shops at IAD Airport
    "Like" and "Follow" the Dulles Airport Food and Shops to get the inside scoop on sales and promotions at the airport. Twitter @IADFoodandShops
  • Wallx Y.heart icon on user image
    Wallx YasawyFebruary 9, 2018
    The duty free shops have all your last minute requirements.
  • Kalharbiheart icon on user image
    KalharbiNovember 18, 2014
    Great priority lounge ,and nice ice cream place in the middle of the international terminal
  • 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!
  • Michael K.heart icon on user image
    Michael KitcesOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    California Tortilla located in terminal C. Can even take shuttle to terminal C & walk to Terminal D if that's where your flight is. :-)
  • Jennaheart icon on user image
    JennaAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I always have enjoyable travels here. Lots of areas to eat or shop for travel essentials.
  • Anthony V.heart icon on user image
    Anthony Van DetteApril 6, 2015
    Nice airport. Got to the gate within ten minutes from the time I walked through the front door.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Long flight? Peanuts are okay, but bringing a filling, healthy snack like almonds or fruit will keep you tied over until your destination. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • Maria D.
    Maria DJune 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Indoor Pet Relief Area across from gate D10. No need to leave security. It's small but sanitary and does the job. All airports should have this.
  • Douglas T.
    Douglas TiltonOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Dulles Diamond Security Point referenced in the other tip WAS amazing and convenient for frequent flyers but now they allow anyone so it gets just as backed up as any other checkpoint. So sad...
  • Santi C.heart icon on user image
    Santi CaamañoJune 2, 2015
    Migrations takes waaay too much time! One from standing in the migrations line until I got thru customs. Luckily there's free open wifi.
  • Heather P.
    Be sure you know how many stops youre making before you decide to take Super Shuttle. It took forever to get to our hotel! The extra for a taxi would be with it.
  • Dragos I.
    Dragos IJune 14, 2014
    If you take United and get stuck overnight (very likely with United) make sure you pick up an overnight lot from them. Check their luggage claim office.
  • Doc
    DocAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Wait until after 4:30 and it clears out. Good wine selection. Senator Lounge buffet has hot and cold items.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonOctober 10, 2011
    Travel is a great excuse to clean out your purse! Getting rid of clutter in your carry-on bag will allow Transportation Security Officers to get a clear X-ray of your bag and save you time.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
    Follow the Dulles Food and Shops on Twitter @IADFoodandShops to stay informed about the latest retail and restaurant specials. Read more
  • Maggie J.
    Maggie JamJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the "shark-cars". They are so cute! (The white transport busses going from gate to gate)
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Somedays I feel like a real ninja and I can do anything I put my mind to. That and the sassy pants don't hurt
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GonzalesJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chipotle stopped serving breakfast! Sure their eggs were always mad runny but free range chorizo!? Yum. Drop a complaint to
  • Jay M.
    Jay McSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Find the PotBelly Sandwich shop in the United Terminal and bring a bag of chocolate chip cookies to your destination. Everyone will love you for it.
  • Sanaz L.heart icon on user image
    Sanaz LimoueeMay 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're TSA Pre and traveling with someone who is not go to pre check and your companion can use the neighboring aisle....faster than the downstairs mess!!!
  • Airline Geeks / R.heart icon on user image
    Check out Daily Parking Garage 2 Level 5 for unique views of the airport.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SMay 17, 2014
    There is free wifi as of 5/12/14. Check out the Airbus A380's that park at A20.
  • Kimmi A.
    Kimmi AquinoApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Even with trains shuttling you to the different terminals, it's still a walk to get from the trains to the actual terminal. Be prepared to pick up your pace!
  • Tina G.
    Tina Go HokiesJune 5, 2013
    Have a great flight and don't be a stressed traveler! If your flight is delayed, getting angry won't make it un-delayed!
  • Roopesh C.heart icon on user image
    Roopesh ChinnakampalliFebruary 15, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best structured airports allowing incoming & outgoing passengers in one directions. It resembles the Chennai, India airport.
  • Andre' M.
    Andre' MosleyJune 23, 2014
    If you are headed to C-Gates, make sure you get on the last tram. This is closest to the walkway entrance.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicNovember 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get Global Entry, otherwise get ready to stand in an hour plus immigration line for international arrivals.
  • luke r.
    luke reynoldsOctober 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't take may have to wait 30-60 minutes for a van even with a reservation. Take the MetroBus or WashingtonFlyer bus to Metrorail instead....its cheaper and faster to the city.
  • Alexheart icon on user image
    AlexApril 6, 2017
    The "mobile lounges" need to go. There's nothing worse than being the first off a flight only to get dumped out into one of these infernal diesel-fume-filled relics that waits 20+ minutes to leave.
  • Mitch J.
    Mitch JohnsonMarch 16, 2021
    Been here 100+ times
    To get to C concourse, take the people mover to concourse D and then walk to your C gate. Likely same or less walking and no trains, escalators or stairs.
  • Jared C.heart icon on user image
    Jared CampbellDecember 16, 2022
    Been here 25+ times
    People mover for terminal D and the underground train for terminal C. But you can walk between both terminals so grab the least crowded option.
  • Dane K.
    Dane KantnerJune 4, 2010
    The new AeroTrain between terminals is slower than the "mobile lounge" by 10 mins; You can still take the mobile lounge. If in C/D across from gate D14. On the other side between A/B concourse (A8)
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.June 9, 2012
    If you have time, take a cab and visit Udvar Hazy Centre, part of the Air & Space Museum just 2 miles down the road!
  • Dave A.
    Dave AndersonJuly 1, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The terminal designs and distance you will have to walk is extra
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