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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."(107 Tips)
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    "Red Carpet Club if flying United or Continental is worth it!"(55 Tips)
    Magnus J.
    "Nice restaurants, good gift shopping and most importantly free wifi."(51 Tips)
    Chris A.
    "24 hour Starbucks in the baggage claim area."(4 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • Tess M.
    Tess MattissonJuly 11, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Premium/Fart track does not always apply, prepare to stand in line for a good hour for security even when traveling business and top tier loyalty member.
  • Kalharbiheart icon on user image
    KalharbiNovember 18, 2014
    Great priority lounge ,and nice ice cream place in the middle of the international terminal
  • Briana B.
    Briana BaileyJuly 11, 2019
    No a/c, super hot and it took forever to get to the far D gates. The train dropped me at the beginning of the C gates and so you have to walk all of the C and D gates with no moving walkways
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • ✨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 :)
  • Tom i.heart icon on user image
    Tom isaanOctober 14, 2018
    They remove bags from the carousel, so looking for you baggage make sure to check the bags in the floor
  • Teresa D.heart icon on user image
    Teresa DFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Home away from home. Use Gate Guru app to find shops, restaurants near your gate.
  • 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.
  • Antti K.
    Antti KoskenroutaAugust 12, 2011
    If you need to ride one of the shuttle buses to immigration/customs, stay by the entry door for a swift exit. That'll help you in getting in front of the crowd in the passport check lines.
    AirlineGeeks.comOctober 6, 2013
    The main terminal at IAD is a great place to watch aircraft taxi.
  • 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.
  • Laura D.
    Laura DeWeeseFebruary 3, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Lots of walking, but now that they finished the rail connecting gates, it’s better.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 😋
  • Aniya N.
    Aniya NelsonApril 17, 2019
    wear comfortable shoes in case your terminal is far. and I mean reallllllyyyy comfortable
  • Peter E.
    Peter EegFebruary 14, 2014
    JetBlue continues to be the easiest way, and cheapest way, to get to Southern Calif. Early flights are nice.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vee R.heart icon on user image
    Vee RichardsonOctober 3, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    Be extra early and get Global Entry/TSA Pre-check to save yourself some time.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJune 2, 2016
    Second only to maybe Philly INTL for grossest airport in the country. Trash and grime on everything. Unidentified stickum on the seats. Unacceptable.
  • Victor Z.
    Victor ZAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is one of the only Five Guys locations that serves breakfast. And it's amazing(ly self-indulgent).
  • Donna
    DonnaSeptember 23, 2019
    Come earlier than two hours so you can sit and relax!
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AugustineSeptember 14, 2010
    If you have a long layover go to the air and space museum. 12 minute shuttle ride from airport 1 USD round trip and soooo much more interesting than staring at a billboard
  • David A.
    David AllAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dulles is located at 1 Saarinen Circle, named for it's architect, Eero Saarinen. If you stop by DAG you'll see several pieces designed or inspired by Saarinen like our "Conversation Pit."
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DancygierMay 1, 2014
    If you need to get to Arlington take the metro 5a it's a six dollar ride that will save you 50.
  • Ezgiheart icon on user image
    EzgiJuly 9, 2017
    It is so cool that train is used for arriving to gates.Small and lovely airport.Loved it☺
  • Abdulmoez T.heart icon on user image
    Abdulmoez TahmazMarch 30, 2018
    If i will travel to US again, i will go through this airport because of the fast process to go inside US
  • Krisheart icon on user image
    KrisJune 11, 2017
    getting to ground transportation unique experience
  • 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.
  • Jonathon T.heart icon on user image
    The staff are very friendly. Our transfer went very quickly and smoothly.
  • Evan[Bu]heart icon on user image
    Evan[Bu]March 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Those mobile homes on wheels that are driving around the airport are known as plane mates or mobile lounges. To me, they're known as a pain in the ass.
  • DC Social Sports C.
    Good riddance to the monster trucks but it's still a hike between the check-in counter and your gate. Dress lightly and prepare for a workout.
  • Melissa G.heart icon on user image
    Melissa GoodnightJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The airport is really large, but the signage will keep you moving in the right direction without having to stop.
  • Kris
    KrisJune 11, 2013
    If you're in concourse B, there's a chipotle. Or if your flight is delayed and need to unwind, go to vino volo for some wine.
  • Stephenheart icon on user image
    StephenNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the Washington Flyer shuttle ($5) to the Silver line metro (~$6) to get downtown.
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    Traveling with a furry friend? Dulles International Airport has 5 locations for pet relief. These fun locations have K-9 grass, a white picket fence, and a fake fire hydrant.
  • Tim S.
    Tim StreetJune 8, 2013
    If you are heading to The Cable Show & are interested in dynamic video ad insertion across connected devices swing by CableNet & see us @mDialog
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MillerApril 22, 2018
    Beautiful airport. Lots of good dining choices.
  • Luiz A.
    Luiz AraujoMarch 17, 2013
    Leaving Washington DC to the airport by metro + shuttle? Leave at least 4 hours ahead or you may lose your flight!
  • Harry L.heart icon on user image
    Harry LópezDecember 29, 2018
    Make sure to read the signs when you getting out, I ended in departures when I was arriving
  • Dion H.
    Dion HinchcliffeMarch 14, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    Frankly, the old people movers are faster to C gates than the new train. Take it if you can.
  • Rich W.
    Rich WatsonJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Can be overbearing in appearance, but modern and great food options everywhere.
  • 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.
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