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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)
    Eva 🐾 B.
    "... Very few shops stay open 24hours so if you have an overnight flight, you're..."(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..
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 8, 2010
    You can make Super Shuttle reservations online. It's easy, you can't miss your ride, and it costs about half the price of a cab and takes half the time of the train (when going to Bethesda).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Courtney I.
    Courtney IveyJuly 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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!
  • Elam
    ElamAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly the most inefficient international airport east of the Mississippi River in the arrival immigrations sector.
  • Maisoon M.heart icon on user image
    Maisoon MaJune 17, 2018
    Friendly staff and good service
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kate R.heart icon on user image
    Kate RitchieJuly 1, 2022
    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.
  • 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.
  • Brenda T.
    Brenda TassavaAugust 27, 2011
    B Gate concourse is excellent! Wander down near gate B73 for a great food court selection.
  • Vladilen Z.heart icon on user image
    Vladilen ZarubinFebruary 16, 2015
    Clean and spacious airport. Clear signs so no way to get lost.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Umman K.
    Umman KhawajaAugust 4, 2014
    Words every language understands: taxi, okay, sex, pizza. I will come up with more.
  • 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
  • Tim S.
    Tim StreetJune 8, 2013
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  • 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)
  • Joe G.heart icon on user image
    Joe GloriosoMay 9, 2017
    One of the few with smoking/vape lounges inside the Terminal area
  • 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.
  • Kris W.heart icon on user image
    Kris WhalleyJune 11, 2017
    getting to ground transportation unique experience
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • rcooper
    rcooperJuly 1, 2013
    Skip the business trip and try a vacation, instead. You won't regret it!
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  • Alice M.
    Alice MyerhoffJune 27, 2012
    Surprisingly good sushi in the A terminal, which you can walk to from B
  • Jim P.
    Jim PrendergastJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have these big giant metal things with wings that fly!! Like magic.
  • Nicole M.heart icon on user image
    Nicole McKinneyDecember 11, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    This airport is huge so budget extra time. The upside is that you can go almost anywhere in the world from this hub.
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