IAD Layover Ideas | iFlyer Forum

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Is 1 hour 30 min layover at IAD enough? I will be flying from Haneda, japan to IAD (ANA) then transfer to Ottawa (UA) . Only carry-on bags.
Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Is 1 hour 38 min layover at IAD enough? I would be travelling from Detroit to IAD (United) and leave for Istanbul (Turkish). Do I have to check out my baggage at IAD and check in again?
If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags at IAD. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.
Thank you. That is helpful.
Im flying in from UK, with a 4 hour layover. My next flight is to LAX. I have a green card but ill have to go through customs since its the first flight into usa. Will I have enough time to go into the city and see anything?
No, that is not enough time. You will only have about an hour to spare and IAD is over an hour from anything worth seeing.
Please help. Which would be the best route to take?

London Heathrow to Frankfurt then on to Orlando International

or

London Heathrow to Washington DC then on to Orlando International

What layover time would you suggest for each option?

Thanks in advance for any help given.
Frankfurt will be easier - all you will have to do in Frankfurt is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate if both flights are on the same reservation.
Thank you, that is very helpful. How long would you suggest for the layover in Frankfurt. There will be 9 of us travelling, 5 of which are children aged between 9 and 13? The flights will all be with United airlines.
90 minutes or more would be ideal, but a little less is fine.
Also, note that if you connect in Frankfurt both flights will actually be on Lufthansa.
Thank you so much for your help.
Hi how long would you suggest for a layover if travelling from London (heathrow) to Washington Dulles before travelling onto Washinton with United Airlines
Do you mean taking another flight to Washington the state (ie Seattle) or taking a car into the city of Washington DC? If making a connection to another flight I recommend 90 minutes if both flights are on the same reservation and 3 hours if they are not.
Sorry, that should have been London Heathrow onto Washington DC with a layover before going onto Orlando International, all flights will be with the same airline. Would you still suggest a 90 minute layover? Thank you for your help.
Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.
Thank you for your help.
Hi - is 1 hour layover time - flight is from Toronto (YYZ) connecting at IAD for 1 hour to New Orleans (MSY).
Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do at IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
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!
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
Hi! My fiends and i have a united flight from cancun to dulles in july with a 36 minute connection before flying out to Munich. Is this enough time? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks a lot
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.
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.