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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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  • 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.
  • Kate F.heart icon on user image
    Kate FanFebruary 12, 2015
    Fast and free wifi.. Even good for FaceTime or Skype call...
  • Kaitlyn A.
    Kaitlyn A.September 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Plane pull is great for kids and adults!
  • Marcia (@marciamarcia) C.
    Marcia (@marciamarcia) ConnerJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you need to get between A1-A6 and C28, take the peoplemover/shuttle (that says its just for D) rather than the train. Far faster.
  • 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.
  • Will S.
    Will SorensenOctober 24, 2014
    It's quicker than it has been in the past. The train system is nice. It's on 4 minute intervals.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsMarch 2, 2019
    Such a trek from D.C. I always try to fly out of DCA if I can.
  • Mohammed G.heart icon on user image
    Mohammed GhaithJuly 23, 2016
    It was well organized and everything went smoothly 👌
  • Catia D.heart icon on user image
    Catia DaSilvaFebruary 5, 2015
    Clean and friendly people
  • Chris M.
    Chris MeadorsNovember 6, 2010
    Southwest terminal is tricky. It's in "section" 1 of the four in the only departure terminals. Then it's literally on the back of the area facing the tarmacs, behind the other check in desks.
  • txtMovieClub
    txtMovieClubJune 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    While in town catch a special advance movie screening with Text message invites too special advance movie screenings!
  • Christian A.heart icon on user image
    Christian AlvarezJune 26, 2018
    It’s an airport. What else is there to say?
  • Kim F.heart icon on user image
    Kim FisherApril 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Star Alliance gold members... Check out the Lufthansa lounge in terminal B, especially if you have a first class ticket!
  • Aniya N.
    Aniya NelsonApril 17, 2019
    wear comfortable shoes in case your terminal is far. and I mean reallllllyyyy comfortable
  • Shelly N.
    Shelly NYCAugust 4, 2011
    Get your breakfast at five guys, they cook your eggs when you order, not the eggy masses that sit under an orange light all morning like other spots
  • My C.
    My CheckInFebruary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're on gate D, you'll still have to deal with the "people movers". Aside from that, the train system they have is okay.
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt SmallAugust 1, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Trying to pick people up at the arrival gates can be frustrating. The airport police don't consistently enforce posted directions and rules.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HSeptember 30, 2011
    TSA is a new low. Add at least an hour for standing in lines. If your lucky you'll get a little extra groping from one of them. No tipping please!!
  • Kim H.heart icon on user image
    Kim HennigFebruary 25, 2015
    Beautiful, clean, efficient airport.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BarbeeNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    the california tortilla in term c has fantastic breakfast burritos. try the southwest style!
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AquinoOctober 28, 2010
    Dunkin' Donuts has an awesome croissant w/ sausage, egg, n cheese. Wish they had DD in Southern CA!.. It's between D4 & D5. :)
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey ButoracOctober 18, 2012
    Famiglia - expensive (but aren't all airport restaurants?) and YUMMY!! By A3 & A4
  • David J.
    David JenkinsMarch 23, 2013
    Be VERY careful if you have a close connection late at night here coming from out of country. They seem ill-equipped to deal both at Immigration and TSA. Almost missed my flight w/ 1.5 hrs.
  • Moocu
    MoocuDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though the immigration line is so long, but the staff are quite helpful with the form and information..
  • Meshariheart icon on user image
    MeshariJuly 18, 2017
    Cozy airport..the shuttle buses from/to terminals are cool ..
  • Joey M.heart icon on user image
    Joey MartinezAugust 6, 2014
    Very clean and has good food stops
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SolarSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Flying out of Terminal C? Be sure to give yourself an extra 2 hours for the walk between the train & gates.
  • Scott
    ScottSeptember 21, 2011
    Diamond Lane has become overflow lane and special assistance lane. It can be a nightmare especially if TSA is only running one xray lane.
  • Abbas H.
    Abbas Haider AliDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Grab a meal at the Subway in the Z gate area before taking the monster truck over to the D gates. Shorter lines = faster +better service.
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Will finally become a viably convenient airport for DC-area residents once Metro line is finished. Until then, enjoy the long drive.
  • Brittany E.
    Brittany ESeptember 10, 2011
    This place is ridiculous to navigate. Make sure you have plenty of time between flights to take a tram, a sub, and 20 escalators!
  • Christian K.
    Christian Keyser-AmundsenSeptember 22, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Rent a car. Connections are great.
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BSeptember 13, 2016
    Poorly planned layout. After a long construction period, travelers still need to walk a mile to get to their terminals. Airport workers are rude and don't care to help travelers even basic directions.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LokaisinghFebruary 24, 2014
    Was never able to leave the gates, and because of that, my visit to Dulles was boring as hell. Was in the C section of the gates and it was just blah. That being said, hope to have a better trip here.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MendezNovember 28, 2011
    If the security lines by the baggage claim area are too long and you don't have many bags, someone usually comes by and takes you to the employee checkpoint instead. :-)
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.March 4, 2011
    Don't fly through here. Although, be sure and try the Chipotle breakfast menu! Only location in US that has it.
  • Juliana G.heart icon on user image
    Juliana GuerraJuly 3, 2012
    Amazing. But restaurants are only available at the check in gates.
  • Kristi
    KristiJuly 18, 2014
    Going from gates A to D is quite a hike!!! Take the shuttle in gate A.
  • Alberto N.
    Alberto NgaiNovember 17, 2011
    Free wifi & nice chairs to relax while you are waiting for your flight..
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarshallMarch 12, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Security is a bit slow but customs here is quick and efficient
  • Mark F.
    Mark FarmerApril 21, 2012
    The staff at the Welcome desk in arrivals are SUPER friendly!
  • Sam T.heart icon on user image
    Sam TeeJanuary 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Getting through customs here is always a mess. Takes longer than any other airport I've been through.
  • khaled e.heart icon on user image
    khaled esmaeelJuly 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Back home - Kuwait , home sweet home
  • John M.heart icon on user image
    John MasciFebruary 11, 2014
    INSANELY spread out. Give yourself +30-40 minutes. Shuttle to tram to this weird elevated bus on the Tarmac. I walked over 1.6 miles from door to plane.
  • Ian C.heart icon on user image
    Ian ChinDecember 2, 2019
    I don’t think there is a greater distance between check-in and the gates in the USA than in Dulles. Plan accordingly.
  • Michael "Mayor" M.
    Michael "Mayor" MaherOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great airport. Show up early and plan your arrival around traffic.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WrightJune 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    First time using TSA Pre-Check...awesome! Shoes on, left laptop in bag. Life is good.
  • Bry B.
    Bry BecklesMay 9, 2012
    Has great options to get from one side to the other! Free shuttles that run every 1/2 hour!!
  • Connie
    ConnieJanuary 27, 2013
    Hit the 5Guys in the International Terminal. Nicer and less crowded than the one by the A gates.
  • Ian
    IanSeptember 13, 2012
    If you have to go from a terminal to d32 or vice versa, you better have a lot of time or run your ass!
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