IAD Layover Ideas | iFlyer Forum

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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.
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.
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.
Hi. I fly with United from Brussels to IAD and then I have a connection for Bogotá. Is 1 hour and 48 minutes layover sufficient? And do I need to check in my luggage again? Thanks
Yes, you will arrive in C/D, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate in Concourse B. Since United does not fly from IAD To Bogota, that means that flight is operated by Avianca. You have barely enough time.
Getting to IAD at 8:30am for outbound 5:40pm international flight... any ideas for getting thru the day with 5 & 12 year olds? Help please!
There's an aircraft museum near IAD named the Udvar-Hazy Center. The 12 year old might find that interesting, a 5 year old would probably get bored quickly.
Hi, I will fly in from Europe with United to IAD, and have a layover of 1.45 h to get a connection to MSY. Is this time feasible?
Yes, that is possible but leaves no time to spare for delays.