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  • Will I have enough time
    Sep 24, 2016
    I am flying with United to Washington and arriving there at 9:30 pm. I have 1 hour layover for a flight to Munich with Lufthansa at 10:30 pm. Will I make the connection? Is the time enough once I will have checked in my luggage from the first flight with United?


    If the first flight is domestic that is enough time. All you have to do at IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Yes, it will be domestic from Minneapolis. Thank you!


    Also, I am not US citizen.


    Yes, the procedure is the same regardless of your citizenship. There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US.


    Thank you very much!


  • 65 min layover enough time? Arriving from Hartford flying to London
    Sep 19, 2016
    Booked a vacation to london and had a 90 min layover at Dulles. My 2nd flight has been adjusted an my layover is down to 65 mins. Will that be enough time? Tickets were booked together if that helps


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    thanks! United vacation told me I needed a minimum of 2 hours in between flights but when I called they said it's a valid connection. I wasn't sure if I had to do anything different between flights since the 2nd leg is international


  • Layover 40min from MSP to FRA
    Sep 16, 2016
    We will arrive from MSP at IAD and will have a layover of 40 min. Is that enough time time to get the flight from IAD to FRA.


    If both tickets are on the same reservation that is just enough time if the flight from MSP is on-time.


  • Transit plan
    Sep 1, 2016
    We reaching Dubai to IADat 8:40 am, next connecting flight to Detroit 5:35 pm. Pl suggest is there chance to visit Washington 3-4 hours. WE are not US citizen but having visa


    Yes, that is possible, but be aware that IAD is a long way from the sights and you will have to return to IAD during the beginning of rush hour.


  • International oonnection
    Jul 22, 2016
    Hi I'm going from Canada to China with a 56m connection in IAD. I'm not sure if it is enough? Do I need to go through US custom if it's just a layover? United sell the ticket like this, so I'm assuming it should be OK? Thanks..


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Canada. All you have to do in IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time as long as your first flight is on-time.


  • IAD International - Domestic Layover Time
    Jul 17, 2016
    Hi, I plan on coming into IAD from Zurich at 2.55 pm and then departing for ORD at 5.05 pm. Is that enough time? Furthermore, I then plan to connect to a flight to SFO from ORD with only one hour layover time. Is that enough too?


    Yes, that should be enough time for both connections.


  • 1hr layover
    Jul 2, 2016
    I arrive to IAD at 7:15 am and then flying to Punta Cana, DR an hr later with the same airlines which is United. Do I need to recheck my bags? will I have enough time?


    No, you do not have to re-check your bags. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


  • Asking about the layover time
    Jun 25, 2016
    I'm flying to Pittsburgh from Helsinki, FInland and have a layover in Dulles. Am booking the flights separately, since the most sensible way for me to travel is to do a Helsinki-Washington and then Wash-Pitts. I have a 2 hr 25 min layover in Washington, so is that enough time for me to go through immigration and get to my connecting flight? The


    On two separate reservations that's a little bit difficult, but not impossible.


  • 6 hours layover in IAD
    Jun 17, 2016
    Flying from JAX to IAD to LIS on United with a 6-hour layover in IAD. Is it possible to spend an hour or two in DC and make it back in time for the flight to Lisbon. Thank you.


    No, IAD is a long way from anything worth seeing.


  • enough time?
    Jun 14, 2016
    I will need to go from terminal B (American airlines) to terminal C (United). Is an hour enough time and how do I get there?


    B and C are just concourses, not terminals. If you don't have checked bags then you can just take the mobile lounge or AeroTrain from B to C. If you have checked bags and two separate reservations, then you don't have enough time.


  • IAD to BDL Layover
    Jun 21, 2016
    I have a layover arriving 4:20p from Cancun and departing 10:00p for BDL. Is there enough time to do anything?


    No, that really isn't enough time to do anything.


    Crap. I have to stay in the airport? *YAWNNNNNNNNN* I was hoping to hop onto the metrorail and just ride for awhile.


    The metrorail doesn't go to the airport.


    The thought of being stuck there for hours after customs doesn't make me happy. Just figured I could find SOMETHING to do.


    If you have a long layover at IAD, you can go to the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum. Take the free shuttle bus over. It is great!


  • Luggage storage / onward checking (interlining) on a long layover?
    May 19, 2016
    I'm considering an itinerary where I arrive at IAD around 8:30 AM on Emirates, and have a 4:00 pm onward flight on Avianca. I'd like to go in to the city for a 2-3 hours. What can I do with my luggage during that time? Is there any storage facility open? WIll I be able to check in for my onward Avianca flight upon arrival at IAD?


    There is no storage facility and getting back and forth from the city to IAD takes quite awhile I suggest not leaving the airport. The Avianca check in desk will likely not be open when you arrive.


  • Flight transit at IAD
    Apr 19, 2016
    Hi, I will have to connect from a domestic ANA (All Nippon Airways) flight to international ANA flight at IAD. Both flights are operated by United Airlines. Do I need to recheck my luggage? Is 1 hour enough to make the connection? Thanks.


    You do not have to do anything with your baggage in IAD. There is no US Customs when exiting the US. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates are connected inside security. You should have enough time.


  • International transfer
    Mar 3, 2016
    I will be traveling on Avianca from San Salvador to IAD- arriving at 2:20PM and plan to get on Swiss Airways flight to Zurich-leaving at at 5:45PM. I plan to carry-on luggage. Will there be enough time to make my connection?


    Yes, with carry-ons only that should be enough time.


  • From UK (LHR) To IAD with a layover of 1hr 53 then on to NY (LGA)
    Mar 2, 2016
    Hi, First time to US and first time with a layover. Is 1hr53 enough time (Only carry-on, thank God) to get off the plane, go through border control, find the correct terminal and board the plane to NY?! Thanks in advance


    That should be plenty of time. You should both arrive, go through US Immigration, customs, and security, and depart in the C/D concourse.


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