Washington Dulles IAD Airport Overview
Washington Dulles International Airport IAD is the larger of two major Washingon, D.C. airports and handles both domestic & international air traffic. (While Dulles Airport is actually situated in Virginia, Reagan National Airport is within short reach of the Nation's capital Washington D.C.)
The Airport is located within both communities of Chantilly and Dulles, Virginia, and is 26 miles west of the central business district of Washington, D.C., the Nation's Capital. From the Washington Capital Beltway I-495 and Interstate 66, Dulles Airport is accessible via the Eastbound Dulles Access Highway 267 and Eastbound Dulles Connector Road 267 to I-66. Two new ramps now provide direct connection to north- & southbound Capital Beltway I-495 (north to Baltimore, South to Richmond:).
With four long runways (a fifth one is planned), and an estimated 22.6 million passengers in 2012, Washington Dulles Airport serves as East Coast hub for United Airlines, which accounts for over half of the total air traffic, and is served by a multitude of domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
Etihad Airways has started itsr oute to Abu Dhabi & opened its new Premium lounge in Terminal A.
1. Arriving domestic flights and flights from airports with U.S. border preclearance are serviced directly at the concourses, while all other international flights are processed through the International Arrivals Building (IAB), which streamlines its passenger flow from the Arrivals Hall all the way through to the passenger greeting area (and down the escalator to the underground AeroTrain for connecting to Concourses A, B & C) . IAB is designed to serve up to 2,400 passengers an hour.
2. During the busiest airport hours of 5:30am - 8am, 11am - 1pm, and 3:30pm - 5:30pm, it is advisable to arrive at the Main Terminal no later than two hours prior to scheduled domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
3.TSA Pre-Check is available for eligible passengers who fly on participating airlines (visit globalentry.gov)
4. Waiting times at the Main Terminal's east & west security mezzanine-level checkpoints are displayed in real time and you can opt for the line with the shortest waiting time.
The passenger terminal complex at Washington Dulles International Airport consists of a large main passenger terminal , recognized by its curved roof, with connected Z gates, and the Midfield Concourses, which comprise at present separate buildings parallel to each other -the first of which houses the A gates west & B gates east; the second houses C gates west and D gates east. (For more information, please refer to 'Terminal Map' page.)
Parking options at Dulles Airport include 2 garages, an hourly lot, a cell phone lot, economy lots and valet parking (For more information, please refer to 'Airport Parking' page.)
Rental car counters for major agencies are located in the Arrivals area of the terminal.
To get from Washington Dulles Airport to your destination you can rent a car, take a taxi, a bus or a shuttle. You will find your mode of transportation at the following locations:
(a) At Ground Transportation Level: rental cars; hotel information; taxi/ shared van; parking.
(b) at Curb Level: Metrobus Route 5A service to/from L’Enfant Plaza and Rosslyn - Door 4, Curb 2E; Air & Space Museum Shuttle Bus - Curb 2E; Hotel Pick Up - Door 2, Curb 2A or Door 6, Curb 2H; Rental Car Shuttle - Door 4, Curb 2E.
1. To get to the Metrorail station, take the Washington Flyer bus (tel. 927-4359) to West Falls Church Metro Station. The bus runs every 30 minutes.
2. The Washington Flyer's SuperShuttle vans are located near the walkways to the daily garage 1.
2. The 5A Express Metrobus to downtown Washington makes two to three stops at Herndon-Monroe transfer station in Herndon, and the Rosslyn Metro station in Arlington (Rosslyn can be accessed by the Orange/Blue lines)
3. The 950 Fairfax Connector bus takes you from Reston to the Herndon-Monroe transfer station where you can change to the 5A bus to the Airport.
If requesting a Washington Flyer Taxi TO Dulles Airport, call 703-572-8294.
4. By 2013 the first train May be ready to connect the airport to Washington via the Silver Line.
Present and Future Airport Developments:
1. The AeroTrain System operates underground on dual track and runs between Main Terminal and Concourses A, B, & C. Its temporary C-Gate station is beneath the site for a future Concourse, ultimately replacing the present C/D Concourse.
2. Concourse Z is to be expanded.
3. Construction of the Washington D.C. to Dulles Metro Rail (via Silver Line) involves a 23-mile extension of Metro's existing Orange line from East Falls Church West to Dulles Airport and Loudon County. Under Phase 1 service, scheduled for late 2013, it will run from the East Falls Church Metro Station westward with four stations in Tysons Corner to the Wiehle Avenue Station at the eastern edge of Reston. Phase 2 (at $1.4B) involves another 11.4 miles to the Airport and is scheduled for 2016--with six stations: Reston Town center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles Airport, Routes 606 & 772/Ashburn.
4. A fifth runway, the east-west runway with 10,500 feet in length, parallel to runway 12-30 is in the planning stages.
Washington Dulles IAD Services
Terminal Maps and Services
- IAD Baggage Carts / Skycap
- IAD Baggage Claim
- IAD Banking / ATM Services
- IAD Business Services
- IAD Currency Exchange
- IAD Emergency / Medical Services
- IAD Guest Services
- IAD Internet Access
Flying and Airport Help
Airport, Airline & Flying Topics
- Aircraft types: Airbus
- Aircraft types: Boeing
- Aircraft types: McDonnell Douglas
- Airline Hub and Spoke
- Airline Lounge Access
- Airline Seating Insights
- Airport & Flying Terms
- Airport Identification Requirements
- Baggage Check-in Times
- Carry-on Regulations
- Check-in Curbside
- Check-in Kiosks
- Check-in Online
- Check-in Options
- Check-in Times
- Checked Baggage Rules
- Children Flying Alone
- Currency Converter
- Europe Travel Rules
- FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
- First-time Flyer Tips
- Frequent Flyer Overview
- Frequent Flyer Programs
- Getting a US Passport
- Getting Bumped
- Infant Flying Rules & Tips
- Inside the cockpit
- International Travel Help
- International Travel Safety
- Jet Lag Prevention
- Lost and Found
- Lost Luggage
- Luggage Tips
- Missed Flight Connection
- On-line Booking Basics
- Overweight Passenger Policy
- Packing Tips
- Pre-flight Checklist
- Prohibited & Allowed Items
- Security Screening
- Study Abroad Preparation
- Terms Defined: "Non-Stop" vs "Direct"
- Ticket Cancellation Fees
- Ticket Change Fees
- Tips to land the Best Deals On-Line
- Travel Insurance
- Traveling with Kids
- Traveling with Pets
- TSA Guidelines
- Visa & Immunization Issues
- Who owns/operates the airports?
First Time Flyer Help
- Preparing for your Trip
- What to Pack
- Pros/Cons of Checking your Bag
- What can I Check-in or Carry-On?
- Documents to take
- Confirming your flight
- When to Arrive at the Airport
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Washington Dulles IAD Airport Update History
- Updated IAD Airport Intro page - May 15, 2013
- Updated IAD Airports page - May 15, 2013
- Updated IAD Main Terminals page - May 15, 2013
- Updated IAD Food & Stores page - May 12, 2013
- Updated IAD Airlines Served page - May 3, 2013
- Updated IAD Terminal Map page - Mar 15, 2013
- Updated IAD Direct Flights page - Jan 25, 2013
- Updated IAD Lost Found page - Dec 27, 2012