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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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  • Parinitha M.
    Parinitha MarnekarAugust 20, 2014
    Take the Empire shuttle service at ground transportation.. Very dependable and punctual..
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZhouJune 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Security is super anal depending on who you get. Make sure all gels and liquids are in FAA approved baggies in your carry on luggage
  • Stephanie P.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie PageDecember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a Dunkin Donuts just outside of both United gates and before baggage claim. Get your morning brew!
  • 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☺
  • 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
  • Tolga O.heart icon on user image
    Tolga OksayFebruary 18, 2014
    Waited for 5 and a half hours caused by delay to Newark. Great airport! Going each gate is really easy! And the safety is also great!
  • Courtney E.
    Courtney ElizabethJuly 7, 2013
    Signage is really bad at this airport. Once you find a sign, read, and then re-read it to make sure you're going in the right direction.
  • Elam
    ElamAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the most inefficient international airport east of the Mississippi River in the arrival immigrations sector.
  • 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
  • Nitt
    NittOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chipotle in Terminal B across from the Admiral's Club has breakfast options! Instead of rice, there are potatoes and eggs. Chorizo is a meat option instead of steak.
  • Audrey P.
    Audrey PetersenMay 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My family lovingly deemed the A concourse "A-gate hell". Always something going wrong here...
  • Umman K.
    Umman KhawajaAugust 4, 2014
    Words every language understands: taxi, okay, sex, pizza. I will come up with more.
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MillerApril 22, 2018
    Beautiful airport. Lots of good dining choices.
  • 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.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MontgomeryMay 10, 2013
    If you have a flight out of Dulles, give yourself plenty of time from arrival to gate. Getting through TSA security is an hour or longer!!!
  • Ted F.heart icon on user image
    Ted FujimotoFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Give yourself a lot of extra time. First it can take forever to get to the airport. Then a lot of time to get to your gate. Everything is spread out.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TaylorSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    By far the least efficient and worst airport in the National Capital Region. Use BWI or Reagan if feasible. Otherwise, plan on long security lines at any time of day on any day of the week.
  • Lucky D.heart icon on user image
    Lucky DeucesFebruary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Always helpful, but super expensive places to eat as expected. Only experience is with international flights
  • Brenda T.
    Brenda TassavaAugust 27, 2011
    B Gate concourse is excellent! Wander down near gate B73 for a great food court selection.
  • Deyla Roisah Fadhilah
    Deyla Roisah FadhilahNovember 6, 2012
    Arrived safely at 10 am, 29th Sept 2012 after 24 hours flight =) No need to worry about transport from airport to other places as there were many public transport waiting outside.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SporeNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Terminal D still uses the Star Wars moonwalkers. As novel as they once were, making a flight at D is more difficult because of the moonwalkers.
  • Kate R.heart icon on user image
    Kate RitchieJuly 1
    Been here 25+ times
    Between c and d gates there’s a set of food kiosks and restaurants if you hate waiting in long Starbucks lines.
  • Tim S.
    Tim StreetJune 8, 2013
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  • Fayiz M.
    Fayiz MelibaryDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Behind the gates there are huge planes that take you to many places around the world, don't miss them!
  • Chdhurry
    ChdhurryApril 29, 2014
    Only try to purchase duty free stuff from the terminal you're departing from. Also - five guys at terminal B and there are smoking lounges after security.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha StrobingJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Heads up.. IAD to JFK and back is $49 during the week on JetBlue. I'll be here a lot more often.
  • Shelly S.
    Shelly SpearingNovember 17, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    There is a huge shoulder on the left on the way into the airport. It seems like a great “cell phone waiting area.” Legal?
  • 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.
  • ᴡ B.
    ᴡ BrownAugust 15, 2011
    Wierd shuttles that remind me of military vehicles. Must love walking here. Connections are a mile apart it seems. Read more
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DoodyMay 12, 2012
    Of your flight is early and you have a hankering for an AMAZING breakfast sandwich, hit up Five Guys! YUM.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DillmanJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Security lines ramp up between 1:30 and 2 on weekdays and they take forever during that process! Go extra early for flights between 2 & 3!
  • Vladilen Z.heart icon on user image
    Vladilen ZarubinFebruary 16, 2015
    Clean and spacious airport. Clear signs so no way to get lost.
  • Shaun C.
    Shaun CassellsMay 3, 2013
    Hit and miss on the terminals. The international terminal is very nice. However most are small dingy and crowded. Pay close attention to the Train and bus routes.
  • Tony W.
    Tony WangDecember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Almost forgot about the shuttles from the check in area to terminals. Add 15 minutes so you don't miss your flight!
  • rcooper
    rcooperJuly 1, 2013
    Skip the business trip and try a vacation, instead. You won't regret it!
  • Jim P.
    Jim PrendergastJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have these big giant metal things with wings that fly!! Like magic.
  • Jessy S.
    Jessy SchinglerJanuary 24, 2012
    Cheapest way into the District is the 5A bus line by door 4 lower level. $6 to go to Rosslyn or L'enfant metro station downtown.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MyerhoffJune 27, 2012
    Surprisingly good sushi in the A terminal, which you can walk to from B
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  • Dave C.heart icon on user image
    Dave CutlipNovember 27, 2017
    It’s an airport as long as you have all your things together it’s not an issue!!
  • connie g.
    connie grohAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    needs a priority lane for passengers with connecting flights when entering here from an international flight to make a connection within a couple of hours
  • Jon M.heart icon on user image
    Jon MayfieldNovember 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Nothing takes the edge off an early morning flight like the walk of shame breakfast burrito at DC-3 (B gates)
  • Connie C.
    Connie CrosbyNovember 9, 2013
    Starbucks Evenings - serves wine, small plates, truffle mac & cheese - Gate B47
  • Joe G.heart icon on user image
    Joe GloriosoMay 9, 2017
    One of the few with smoking/vape lounges inside the Terminal area
  • Chanel H.
    Chanel HendersonNovember 13, 2013
    Outlets above each seat by the entrance to H gate shuttles if you need to charge phones and laptops!
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