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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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  • Arel M.
    Arel MoodieNovember 5, 2010
    The shoe shine by the united Checkin is amazing! If you get "the best" option the guy uses of flame torch for a shine you wouldn't believe
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChandlerSeptember 23, 2012
    The story goes: George Washington (middle name Dulles) built this airport out of cherry trees and freedom during the Great Depression. The movie Soul Plane provides a historically accurate portrayal.
  • Stephen P.heart icon on user image
    Stephen PeelerOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As someone who lives in Maryland I honestly hate driving to IAD but... The long distance non-stops make up for the misery. #HowQuicklyWeForgetPain #MdPeopleHateDrivingOverTheBridgeToVa
  • Andy C.
    Andy CarvinApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go thru security entrance on the lower level, by the arrivals area. The line there is so much faster than the main entrance.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussJune 23, 2015
    Old, big, tons of construction in and around. Get there early.
  • William G.
    William GunnFebruary 3, 2016
    Distance from the curb to C6, 1.1 miles, 30 minutes with no security wait. When they shut down Precheck, they force you through the regular screening.
  • Fredrik S.heart icon on user image
    Fredrik SelarpAugust 19, 2014
    Vino Volo is very nice place to hang out while waiting for your flight.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DillonMarch 20, 2012
    Free Internet. Seems pretty clean & the security had enough workers to accommodate the flow of people. Variety of food too!
  • Ari
    AriFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are in the d gates - take the train to the c gates and walk. Far faster and more comfortable than the 1970s people mover
  • Glen
    GlenJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If departing out of Z gates, then be sure to grab a bite to eat before getting to the terminal. The choices are wretched there.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SeibelOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The B Gates food court has an indoor smoking lounge right next to it, forcing diners to have exposure to the awful, second smoke sneaking in from the lounge. Take your meal to your gate.
  • Hans-Henrik T O.
    This is about the most worn down, drab and sad airport I've ever been to, and I've seen a few in Africa and Eastern Europe as well.
  • Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) ConnerJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're stuck in small airplane part of concourse A for a while, take the escalators towards B. There are far better amenities & quiet in the Int'l section of A.
  • Ultressa D.heart icon on user image
    Ultressa DiamondDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    WOW!!! I am impressed with now quick it took for my cousin and I to go through TSASecurity just now! #😬👍
  • Rich W.
    Rich WatsonJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Can be overbearing in appearance, but modern and great food options everywhere.
  • Ela L.
    Ela LockeNovember 17, 2012
    Wonderful airport, clean, and the train system takes you easily to baggage claim/ ground transportation
  • AirlineGeeks.com
    AirlineGeeks.comOctober 6, 2013
    The main terminal at IAD is a great place to watch aircraft taxi.
  • Dave A.
    Dave AndersonJuly 1, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The terminal designs and distance you will have to walk is extra
  • Chetu19heart icon on user image
    Chetu19September 5, 2017
    Pretty massive Airport. Removal of footwear is mandatory. Also have beauty products lesser than 100ml.(Sunscreen,face wash, Shampoo)
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BJuly 27, 2013
    On time as usual. I try to fly with SAS as much as I can. Good food, service and wonderful stewardesses. :-)
  • Eduardo F.
    Eduardo FerrariApril 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Well, like others said, the best place on this airport is FIVE GUYS. Also, other thing to avoid about this airport: UNITED AIRLINES, they will always screw you up !
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex Lazo VasquezNovember 20, 2014
    Huge airport. Shuttles around the different gates run every 4 mins. Very convenient.
  • Eduardo M.heart icon on user image
    Eduardo MagalhãesMarch 29, 2014
    Signalisation, geography, and processes are terrible but staff from airport (Security, pass control, etc.) very friendly compensates for the failures in infrastructure.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PanitzJune 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Even if you're not Pre-Check, always go through TSA in the middle of the terminal...NEVER a wait!
  • Yetta B.
    Yetta BungieOctober 14, 2014
    Arrived safely. Now the tedious task of picking up my car in DC
  • Low J.
    Low JamesJanuary 13, 2012
    Five Guys has the best cheeseburgers. There's two locations: one in Terminal A and one in Terminal B. If you plan to have fries, you're better off with a single patty.
  • Nicki W.heart icon on user image
    Nicki WrightFebruary 25, 2013
    If you're picking up, watch for the cell phone lot early and carefully-small sign and well before the airport.
  • Aiden K.heart icon on user image
    Aiden KirchnerMay 31, 2017
    Lots of Airport Staff there to help guide you in the right direction.
  • Luciana Y.heart icon on user image
    Luciana YamaSeptember 22, 2020
    super modern, support and organized!
  • Clarence D.
    Clarence DaySeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The small bar attached to Cosi is awesome! Ask for Mo - he's the man!
  • Dave W.
    Dave WhelanSeptember 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    1964 called and wants its airport back.
  • Josh E.
    Josh E.October 4, 2014
    If you are flying to a place that doesn't have a five guys, grab one from the joint at the end of terminal B. Best burger in America.
  • Chris Z.
    Chris ZimmermanDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    When arriving on an international flight, try to stay at the front of the mobile lounge bus. This will put you in pole position to not have as long a passport line (unless 2 other 747s just unloaded!)
  • Michael P.
    Michael PatinoJune 17, 2010
    Subway is the best thing to grab before an early A.M. cross-country flight. I grab a foot-long sub so I can eat it at lunch time East Coast time (somewhere above the Rockies).
  • bee s.heart icon on user image
    bee shanSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    there's a designed smoking area right next to gate B73. also enjoy the smoothie across the hall.
  • Lorenzo S.
    Lorenzo SorianoMarch 29, 2013
    The best TSA treatment I have ever had in a U.S. airport; congratulations you are the best!
  • Chin U.
    Chin UeckerSeptember 11, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are TSA pre-check, you may have the option to try CLEAR for free.
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BellJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vino volo in concourse B is fabulous. Intimate seating. Wine flights are good
  • Matt L.
    Matt LynchJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Prepare to be wowed by the overwhelming sense of customer service across the entire staff! A+ experience! Oh wait, that's Disney World.
  • Nidia P.heart icon on user image
    Nidia PolancoApril 17, 2017
    I spent 7 hours here.. and I enjoyed it! Really good food and smokers lounge 🙌🏼
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BurkeNovember 25, 2014
    Service was great dealing with my connecting flight. Took this picture in one of the gift shops.
  • Luís
    LuísNovember 17, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the toilets before Border Control on arrival or risk the lengthy queue!
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason Baughman-OpricăApril 8, 2017
    Been here 100+ times
    Fastest way to D concourse from the main terminal is the People Mover, not the train. 👬👬🚚🚚
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Pick up your friend at departures to avoid the rush. Just tell them to go upstairs.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MichieSeptember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Concourse B is the most airy, open, bright terminal in all of Dulles. Even has a good assortment of food options. If you leave out of A, C, or D, they're a little gloomier.
  • Jeff M.heart icon on user image
    Jeff MervoshJuly 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    This airport must be the reason why people advise to arrive three hours before international flights. Difficult to get to, slow lines once you do, and long distances to gates.
  • Harald B.
    Harald B.August 16, 2014
    In case you are in transit and happen to be in concourse C/D you obtain a boarding pass at the UA desk at D20
  • Pomona V.
    Pomona ValeroApril 30, 2012
    The shuttle to the Air Space Museum is 0.50 each way. $15 + tip for a cab. Shuttle leaves every 45 min & the museum closes @5:30 these days.
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