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Washington D.C. Dulles Layover

Jan 27, 2014 | Comments 5

Stuck on a Washington D.C. layover at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)? As a main connection point for national and international flights, you’ll find that there’s plenty to do in the Dulles airport, and in the surrounding areas of Washington D.C., depending on the length of your layover. The airport is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Washington D.C. which makes it accessible for those on a lengthy layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you are able to leave the airport on your Dulles layover, click here for useful tips.
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If you’re stuck in the airport on your layover, you’ll find that there’s plenty of services. To get situated, you can find a map of the terminals here. The airport offers lots of shopping and dining options (to view a PDF map and listing of vendors, click here) There’s an interfaith chapel open 24/7. The airport also has animal relief areas.

There are a number of Airline Clubs, including Air France, AA, ANA, British Airways, Lufthansa, United, and Virgin (for locations click here) A USO Lounge for Military personnel is located at the Main Terminal, Arrivals Level across from baggage claim #12. A Military ID is required to enter.

Wireless Internet access is available throughout both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International Airports. Once you’re in the airport, following the directions listed here to connect to the WiFi Internet. The airport also offers group tours for students in a variety of categories. To find out more information and apply (you have to fill out a form) click here.

Looking to catch up on some rest on your layover? There are many hotels near the airport to choose from. For a comprehensive list of Washington D.C. hotels, click here.

Washington Flyer Taxis serve Washing Dulles International Airport exclusively, and operate 24 hours. Taxis accept main credit cards and provide transportation at metered rates. Approximate one-way fares to Washington, DC, range from $57 to $61 (more precise rates can be found here) and taxi reservations can be made by calling 703-572-TAXI (8294). You can also take the Washington Flyer Super Shuttle service. To get a Super Shuttle rate quote, click here. In addition, there’s the Metrorail and Metrobus. To connect to the Metrorail from the airport, purchase tickets at the Washington Flyer Coach ticket counter located at Arrivals Door #4 in the Main Terminal (you can find a schedule and ticket prices here, and a Metrorail systems map here, located towards the bottom of the page).

Virginia Regional Transit provides direct bus service between Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, and to other locations in the region. Fare is 50 cents per person each way. The bus stops outside the Main Terminal on the Ground Level at curbside location “2E.”

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Washington Dulles Layover:

Washington, D.C. Tour
If you want to see the sights in a short period of time, a tour might be your best bets. There’s tons to choose from including Old Town Trolley Tours, DC By Foot walking tours, Segway Tours, Monuments By Moonlight and many more!

National Monuments
There’s tons of monuments to see in the U.S. Capital. To see a map of the city monuments, click here. At the top of any visitor’s list is the Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. Here’s a full list of monuments.

The Smithsonian
With over 19 museums, there’s tons to do at the Smithsonian. Pick up a map at the Smithsonian Institution Building and decide among the mriad possiblities – everything from science and technology to history, art and design.

White House and U.S. Capital
The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. and you can arrange a tour by making a request through one of your members of Congress at least a month in advance. Without any planning, you can visit the White House Visitor Center (southeast corner of 15th and E Streets) which is open daily from 7:30 a. m. until 4 p.m.

Georgetown
Stroll along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown – Washington D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. It’s a great place for some shopping, stop for a drink in a bar, or to grab a bite to eat.

None of these interest you on your Dulles layover? You can also see a show at the Kennedy Center, visit Mount Vernon or check out one of these other options!

Have a suggestion or advice for Washington D.C. Dulles layovers? Leave a comment below!

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  1. There’s no free WiFI at DCA, cheapest you’d get is $7.95 per day through AT&T. Some establishments have hotspots inside their location, but you’d need to buy food or something. Bottlenecks often occur and passing through security may take more than a few minutes, I suggest you head directly to your connecting gate if you have a very short, like an hour or two, layover.

  2. Matt says:

    I have a 10 hour layover at Dulles and I am under the impression that I can’t check my bags through to my destination with that length of a wait. What can I do with my bags so that I can get out of the airport and do some sightseeing?

  3. Tim says:

    My wife and I have the option of flying straight to New York or having a 24hr stopover in Washington. Is it worth it? Im under the impression that there are more than one day’s worth of things to do so we might as well head straight on to New York. Am i wrong to be thinking this way? Honestly, i could spend a week in Washington just in the Smithsonian’s…

  4. Xan says:

    My daughter (17) is travelling back from rochester to Amsterdam and has à layover of seven hr in Washington. Is there time enough to do some sightseeing in town of is it better to stay on the airport?

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