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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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  • 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
  • Jim P.
    Jim PrendergastJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have these big giant metal things with wings that fly!! Like magic.
  • Donna
    DonnaSeptember 23, 2019
    Come earlier than two hours so you can sit and relax!
  • rcooper
    rcooperJuly 1, 2013
    Skip the business trip and try a vacation, instead. You won't regret it!
  • Eva 🐾 B.
    Eva 🐾 BanovaOctober 9, 2014
    Not impressed with the airport. Very few shops stay open 24hours so if you have an overnight flight, you're screwed. There are charging stations which is a plus, but definitively not enough.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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."
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  • Ashleigh D.
    Ashleigh DavenportMarch 11, 2013
    Max and Erma's is quick, sit down, decent breakfast on Terminal B. Not a bad pick!
  • Mónica C.
    Mónica CebergDecember 23, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Be patient when picking someone from the arrival areas.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaackOctober 11, 2014
    The silver line bus to Whiele-Reston East Station leaves just outside door 4. Takes about 15 min and costs $5.
  • Nayha P.
    Nayha PatelAugust 1, 2014
    Security lines are REALLY LONG on the weekends, so plan accordingly.
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BerejikJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't buy from the newsstand (apparently named "newsstand") by baggage claim #4. Mixed nuts, jerky, and a water for over $15. Gfy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Omar a.heart icon on user image
    Omar al-D 🇶🇦April 23, 2015
    Free wifi - grab something to eat from five guys before you get on the plane!
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LyleSeptember 4, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Leave lots and lots of time to clear security. It's very slow. The train doesn't go to the D terminal and doesn't really go to C either, it goes a couple hundred yards past and you have to walk back.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jean-Marc
    Jean-MarcApril 13, 2014
    Get to customs before anyone else or you will wait in line 4ever!
  • 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.
  • Clint
    ClintMay 12, 2014
    BA Galleries Lounge closed for renovation. BA and Priority Pass use lounge across from Gate B-44. Opens hour earlier than LH at Gate B-51
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SeahOctober 5
    This airport feels like something out of the 80s, from decor to facilities
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.November 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The sushi place in terminal A is surprisingly solid
  • 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.
  • Gui M.
    Gui MoaneFebruary 12, 2012
    If you have time to eat, go directly to Gate B. The Best Restaurants are there.
  • James B.
    James BowenAugust 13, 2018
    I would not use this airport again. CBP staff are beyond rude and entitled. They act as if visitors are up to something and woe betide you if you are anything but 100% impressed with their authority.
  • Jonny P.
    Jonny PellegrinoJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vino volo at B gates is a nice wine bar. Menu is better than BA lounge.
  • Aidoadvisor
    AidoadvisorAugust 25, 2013
    This is my first time in Dulles airport going to Saudi Arabia via Saudi air lines. Comparing with JFK.. Here is 100% better .. JFK IF TOTAL JURK AIRPORT
  • Dixon M.
    Dixon MinnickJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seats in Terminal B are super comfy to sit in...super UN-comfy to sleep in.
  • Maíra L.
    Maíra LarangeiraNovember 30, 2012
    Free Wi-fi and it will even work inside the airplane! Enjoy! United club's wi-fi works
  • Jared C.heart icon on user image
    Jared CampbellNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The Washington Flyer service is quick and easy for taking you to Dulles.
  • 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!
  • Thomas V.heart icon on user image
    Thomas VerveckenOctober 17, 2014
    Very nice american style airport:-) quick quick!
  • Aaron N.
    Aaron NelsonJuly 28, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    With this new K9 screening procedure, the lines now move VERY fast.
  • Kelly T.
    Kelly T.November 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Monday morning 7:00 AM flight after Thanksgiving: start of security line through x-ray machines totaled 35 minutes. Plan accordingly!
  • Damion W.
    Damion WhiteApril 23, 2012
    Look for the Space Shuttle Discovery if you land from the S/SW... Kinda cool to see it just sitting there.
  • Connie C.
    Connie CrosbyNovember 9, 2013
    Starbucks Evenings - serves wine, small plates, truffle mac & cheese - Gate B47
  • mubasen H.heart icon on user image
    mubasen HoesebJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The people mover is faster traveling from A to C&D the train is just so dreadfull!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Huge ass airport. Get here early so you are not stressing out. Lines are long at security
  • Carla S.
    Carla SaavedraOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a combo massage at the massage bar near gate B67. 25 minute massage for 39.50.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CollardOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Black bean burger at Au Bon Pain is good even if you're not a vegan
  • Andru M.
    Andru MahigaMay 26, 2012
    Those huge shuttles transporting people in between terminals are pretty awesome. Theyre like a hybrid between a train and a bus.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LunaMay 31, 2013
    Great doggie potty area out front at the end of the drop off area!
  • Krista M.
    Krista MartinOctober 20, 2018
    D gates are so much junkier than A and B!
  • Carlene R.
    Carlene ReidApril 3, 2013
    Give yourseld plenty of time...economy parking, ticketing, security, tram, to gate can take atleast 1 hour.
  • Jess B.
    Jess BNovember 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Might I suggest Preferred Access? This airport is always bustling!
  • David N.
    David NotarangeloJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The new security lines and train are excellent, very easy to get around!
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