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Dallas Layover

| July 19, 2014

Stuck on a Dallas layover at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport? The Texas airport is the seventh busiest airport in the world, and is the main hub of American Airlines. The Fort Worth airport is located between Dallas and Fort Worth, and is roughly 18 miles from downtown Dallas which makes it an accessible destination for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Dallas layover, click here for useful tips.Dallas layover things to do stopover

There’s lots to do in the Fort Worth airport for those on a Dallas layover. You can check out the interactive map of the airport, which shows where everything is located. As far as services, the airport offers airline clubs (American, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Priority Pall and The Club at DFW. For kids, there’s a McDonald’s Play Area at D33 and a Pepsi Junior Flyer’s Club at B12 and C14. There is also InMotion Entertainment at D10, D31 and E16. The airport also provides free power and wired Internet, Cellular Broadband, PowerPort Internet, Samsung Mobile Travel Center, and Wi-Fit (T-Mobile).

There are also barber shops and salons (in C17 and B24), Interfaith Centers, Manicures (in A24, B24 and D20), Massage Chairs and Therapists (A24, B24 and D20) Shoe shines throughout the airport, and an XpresSpa (A24, D20). DFW also has a multimillion dollar Public Art Program in International Terminal D and the Skylink train stations. There is also a Sculpture Garden outside Terminal D in arrivals.

If you’re looking to check into a hotel during your Dallas layover, there is the Grand Hyatt DFW and the Hyatt Regency DFW located at the airport. For a comprehensive list of hotels near the airport, click here, and for Dallas hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the Fort Worth airport during your Dallas layover, there are a few transportation options. You can rent a car, take a taxi, hop on public transportation (buses and trains), shared rides, limos, and charter buses. Click here for more info. If you venture out and want to compute travel time and get directions, check out the airport’s maps and directions. Private transfers can also be arranged.

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

Dallas Segway Tours
For a fun way to check out the sights of Dallas, there’s the Dallas Segway Tours. Tours range from 1-2½ hours.

Mylinda Renay Salon And Spa
Located just over 10 miles away from the airport, the Mylinda Renay Salon and Spa is a great place to stop by for some R&R. From massages and facials to a complete makeover, this salon will cater to all your pampering needs.

White Rock Lake Park
Located at 8300 East Lawther Drive, White Rock Lake Park is a 1,015-acre park is a prime spot for running, hiking and biking, bird watching on the wetlands, picnicking, fishing for catfish, sunfish and bass, and visiting the Cultural Center.

Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is home to many unique exhibits including underwater, flora and fauna. Don’t miss the rainforest exhibit, the outdoor South Africa exhibit and the seasonal Madagascar display. There’s also a 40 foot long tunnel of sharks and rays, and a preservation program for young green sea turtles.

Nasher Sculpture Center
Dedicated to modern sculpture, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection displays over 300 sculptures with twentieth century paintings and drawings. The sculptors are from dozens of artists including Rodin, Calder, de Kooning, Matisse, Miró, and Picasso.

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  1. Aisa says:

    Thank you for the layover guide. I’m glad there is a layover article for Dallas Fort Worth. I will be returning from my Central America trip to San Francisco at the end of January and have over 8 hours layover. I find the article very helpful and I hoped to be able to take advantage of some of the recommendations in the article once I arrive at the airport. Thank you!

  2. Ola Fasanek says:


    We are Czech citizens flying from London to Dallas and then Dallas to Lima, Peru. Our layover is 8 hours. We were thinking visiting downtown Dallas. We will have ‘esty’ visas but we are wondering if it is enough to let us out and back in and more importantly whether we will be required to bring our checked baggage with us or be able to ‘go light’



  3. Hi,

    Me and my wife will be spending the day in Dallas on Nov. 9th (saturday), on our way to Las Vegas. Our flight lands at 6:45 AM and the next one leaves 7:35 PM, so there is enough time to get out of the airport and have a look around.

    What are the best places to go during this time? What should we see, and where could we have lunch (and maybe breakfast)?

    We have never been to DFW before, so we have no clue about what to do with our time… 🙂

    Any hints will be greatly appreciated!


  4. amy says:

    We have a 5 hour layover at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport on the way to Buenos Aires.

    Other suggestions than reading books (which we like to save for flights), eating at one of the restaurants (which we always do to save having to eat terrible airplane food), checking out every shop, & walking endlessly around the airport would be appreciated.

    Neither of us would be comfortable leaving the airport. The thought of missing our flight makes us cringe.

  5. qzeltravel says:

    if one has a layover of several hours at D/FW Airport is to go to Ft. Worth, not Dallas. The stockyards are a cool experience for someone from out of town – good food and fun shopping, and definitely a Texas feel to the area. Have lunch at H3 and shop at Leddy’s or another of the western stores. Also, Sundance Square in downtown Ft. Worth has lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping, and a lot of spaces to simply relax and people watch. There I would recommend having a drink on the rooftop of Reata, and a meal if there is time. Bird Cafe is also fantastic. If you have an overnight, it might be possible to catch a show at Bass Hall.

    • Brenda Wilson says:

      We have a 7 hour layover at Dallas Fort Worth Airport April 21st, 2016. What type of transportation do you recommend, car rental maybe, to check out the places you mentioned? Our layover is from 1:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Any help would be appreciated. Also, for domestic travel how much ahead of our flight do you recommend we get back to the airport?