IAD Layover Ideas | iFlyer Forum

Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Washington Dulles airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your IAD Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.