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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

"Dallas is very accommodating to airport sleepers. Ask any of the workers for a cot/blanket/pillow and they will provide you with them." - kdahl

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by Teagan
September 2015 - "Terminal B - I had an overnight layover at DFW twice, on the way there and the way back, and used this same lounge both times. It was great!!! The lounge is around the corner from B28, to the right when you come down from the Skylift and across from Cantina Laredo. A sign over the door says "Relax Lounge." It's furnished with wood, iron, frosted glass, and soft yellow lighting (as opposed to nasty glaring fluorescents), which made for a really pleasant atmosphere. I found a plush leather chair in the far back corner and used a desk chair to prop up my feet. Not the absolute comfiest (had to curl up in a kind of funny position, using a sweater for a pillow), but with earplugs and an eye mask it worked like a charm. There were plenty of people in the lounge without it being crowded, so I felt both secluded and safe, and at least a few other sleepers like myself. The first night one guy straight up slept on the floor while his girlfriend took the chair. I was in jeans, socks, a light sweater, and covered myself with a thin sarong, and wasn't cold one bit. There were outlets next to every chair, and bathrooms very nearby. As far as sleeping in airports, I think this lounge is among the best one can hope for. Big thanks to this website for taking a huge chunk of stress out of the process!!! :D

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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Dallas-Fort Worth airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • The Club at DFW - available to all passengers, no matter which airline you are flying. Location: Terminal D - airside, between Gate 21 and Gate 22. Showers are available. Hours: 7:30AM - 7:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 35.00) • Book Online (£22.00) • Priority Pass.
  • American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal A - across from Gate A24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal B - between Gates B5 and B6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal C - between Gates C19 and C20. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal D - 5th level, between Gates D23 and D24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
  • Centurion Lounge - Location: Terminal D, Airside, Mezzanine Level, opposite Gate D17. Lounge Access: Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members can purchase a one day pass. Access is complimentary for Platinum and Centurion cardholders.
  • Delta Airlines Sky Club - Location: Terminal E, near Gate E10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal E, airside, between Gates E6 and E7. Hours: varies. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • United Club Membership.
  • Korean Air Lounge - Location: Terminal D, near Gate D21
  • Lufthansa Lounge - Location: Terminal D, near Gate D21
  • Qantas Business Lounge - Location: Terminal D, near Gate D21

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge to members of the military and their families. Amenities include: WiFi, Video Games, TV Lounge, Toiletries, Snacks, Sleeping Area, Computers and a Child Care Area. Location: Terminal B, Airside, Gate 15. Hours: 8:00AM - 10:30PM (Daily). There is a smaller USO lounge located in Terminal D, Airside, near Gate 22. Hours: 8:00AM - 5:30PM.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

  • Free WiFi is available at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
  • Free Wired Internet is available. Locations: A12 • A20 • A28 • B10 • B29 • B35 • C6 • C20 • C27 • C35 • D21 • D23 • D30 • D40 • E10 • E14 • E36

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Dallas Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels at the airport:

  • Grand Hyatt DFW - Located inside the airport in Terminal D. Free access via SkyLink and Terminal Link from all terminals. Day rooms are offered from 9:00AM - 5:00PM (subject to availability).
  • Hyatt Regency DFW - Located adjacent to Terminal C. Free 24-hr shuttle service to all DFW terminals. For airport pick-up, call 972-453-1234 or use the courtesy phone in baggage claim. You can also request pick-up by text only at 469-502-8261. Text should include full name, terminal, gate number, and number in your party. Pick-up is on the terminals’ lower level.
  • Minute Suites - Located inside the airport at Terminal D, Gate D23. There are 10 private suites that come equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high speed internet. Rates: US $38 for the first hour (minimum) and then $9.50 for each 15-min increment (within first two hours) and $6 for each 15-min increment (after two hours). The overnight rate is $130 (8-hr max). The shower is $15.
  • Hyatt Place Hotel - A new 137-room hotel located near the south end of DFW in Southgate Plaza, due to open early 2016.

Here are a few budget friendly hotels that offer free airport shuttle: Comfort Inn (Shuttle Hours: 7:00AM - 11:00PM) Motel 6 Comfort Inn DFW North / Irving Super 8 Irving DFW Airport North.

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near DFW Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located throughout the airport (landside and airside).
  • Baggage Carts - Located throughout the terminal. Rate: unknown.
  • Chapel - Locations: Landside A22 • Airside B28 • Landside C15 • Airside D21 • Airside E4
  • Children's Play Area: Locations: A13 • B12 • C14 • Gates D10 • in McDonalds at D33
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or delays, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. Laila tells us 'They are available before 12:30 am. Dial 43112 from any courtesy phone (there is one across from E7). Tell them your location and airport personnel will bring you a cot."
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has offices in these locations: D11 • D22 (Outside Security) • D24 • D36 • Intl Re-Check • E8.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there is only one 24-hour food concession: Qdoba (Location: Airside, Gate A16). There are also some vending machines.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
  • Massages - Locations: A24 • B24 • D20
  • Massage Chairs - Locations: A15 • A20 • A29 • B20 • B24 • B37 • C6 • C11 • C15 • C17 • C20 • C24 • C27 • D22 • E14 • E32
  • Mobile Charging Stations - Locations: throughout the terminals (see WiFi above)
  • Relax Zones - Relax and recharge in DFW's complimentary Travel Lounges, which provide a welcome setting with warm lighting, lounge and workstation seating, and power outlets at every seat. Gates B28 • C8 • C27 • E8. Additionally, there is a theatre area that features comfy media chairs and 10 screens. Location: Terminal D, Airside.
  • Showers - There are showers in the Club at DFW [ see Airport Lounges above ] and Minute Suites [ see Airport Hotels above ].
  • Spa - Xpress Spa. Time for a manicure/pedicure? Locations D20 and D24.
  • Walking Path - The DFW Airport walking path measures seven-tenths of a mile and is aligned with the DFW Art Program floor medallions in International Terminal D. If you are looking for an additional challenge you can add in the two additional 55-foot high staircases that lead up to the Skylink stations. Location: D6 - D40
  • Traveler's Aid - This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing. Special services include: Meet and Assist escort service (staff person will meet passenger at one gate and escort to another - $50 fee), car seat rental (infant and toddler), translations, notary and fax services, military assistance, Western Union, Caseworker available for crisis intervention/emergency travel assistance, lost and found, area and airport information. Locations: Terminal A, A29 Baggage Claim • Terminal B, B30 Baggage Claim • Terminal C, C25 Baggage Claim • Terminal D, D15 Baggage Claim • Terminal E, E14 Baggage Claim. Hours: 8:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon - Fri) • 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Sat - Sun).
  • Yoga Studio - A perfect location to stretch in between flights. The studio has yoga mats that you can use. Location: D40 (between Terminals B and D) and Gate E31.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to boarding area:

  • Terminal A: A10 (4:30AM - 9:00PM) • A20 (4:00AM - 10:30PM)
  • Terminal B: B19 (4:30AM - 10:45PM) • B30 (4:30AM - 9:00PM)
  • Terminal C: C10 (4:30AM - 9:00PM) • C21 (3:00AM - 10:30PM) • C30 (4:30AM - 9:00PM)
  • Terminal D: D18 (4:15AM - 10:30PM) • D22 (5:00AM - 9:00PM) • D30 (3:30AM - 11:00PM)
  • Terminal E: E8 (3:45AM - 8:45PM) • E18 (3:45AM - 11:30PM) • E33 (4:00AM - 8:30PM)

Times are subject to change.

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Quick Tips

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) location inside Terminal A is convenient for connecting to the Dallas Amtrak Station. The Amtrak Station is located in Union Station at 400 South Houston Street. Travel time by DART public transportation should be about 1 hour, depending on the time of day you are traveling.

You will connect with the DART system from Terminal A, lower level. Use the Orange Line traveling towards E - Red - LBJ/Central. Exit at Akard Station. From there, use the Blue Line towards Ledbetter and Exit at Union Station. The Amtrak is located on the East side of the Station.

A taxi ride will cut travel time to about 30 minutes but there may be tolls. Taxis can be located at all Terminals. An airport guest assistant will be available to help you connect with a taxi between 8:00AM - 12:00AM.

Car Rentals

Onsite car rentals are handled at the Rental Car Center, located near the south entrance of the airport. Free shuttles run every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day between the Rental Car Center and designated pick up areas outside on the lower level of the airport terminal. The following car rental agencies serve the Rental Car Center: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus DFW Airport Suites   •   Comfort Inn DFW North / Irving   •   Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott North   •   Days Inn Irving Grapevine DFW Airport North   •   Fairfield Inn Dallas DFW Airport North / Irving   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-DFW North   •   Hyatt Regency DFW   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas DFW Airport North   •   Motel 6 Dallas - Ft Worth Airport North   •   Quality Inn DFW-Airport   •   Red Roof Inn Dallas - DFW Airport North   •   Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel   •   Sleep Inn DFW Airport   •   Super 8 Irving / DFW Apt / North   •   The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

DFW offers Skylink, a free automated train service that travels airside, transporting post-security passengers between the airport terminals. Skylink provides quick and easy access to other terminals’ gates, shops and restaurants. Trains run in 2 minute intervals, with a total trip time of 9 minutes for passengers traveling between the two furthest points. Escalators and elevators to Skylink stations are between two sets of gates at all five terminals.

The airport also offers a free landside service that transports airport visitors and pre-security passengers between the terminals. Terminal Link’s green and blue-colored vans run every 10 minutes from 5:00AM - 12:00AM, and are fully wheelchair-accessible. Terminal Link service is also available after hours by phone request. Terminal Link stops are clearly marked in green and easy to spot, with two stops located outside of the baggage claim areas of each of the five terminals.

Shared Ride Vans

City Shuttle, Yellow Checker Shuttle and SuperShuttle are authorized shared ride service providers, offering door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and destinations within the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. At the time of this update, an average fare between the airport and major downtown Fort Worth hotels is about $19 per person, one-way.


Taxi stands are located on the upper level of Terminals A, B, C and E; and on the lower level of Terminal D. An Airport Guest Assistant is available onsite from 8:00AM - 12:00AM. After hours, call 972 574 5878 to request a taxi. Taxis are metered, with some offering a flat rate to Dallas and Fort Worth central business districts. At the time of this update, average flat rates between DFW Airport and the city center are around $45 - $50 one-way.


One of the cheapest and most convenient ways to travel between the airport and the city center is by DART light rail. The Orange Line runs from DFW Airport Station to stops in downtown Dallas, where connections to other DART lines are available. DART trains run daily from 4:00AM - 1:00AM, with one arrival pre-4:00AM for airport employees and passengers with early morning flights. DFW Airport Station is connected to entry A10 at the lower level of Terminal A via walkway.

Trinity Railway Express, or TRE, is a commuter train line that runs between Dallas Union Station and downtown Fort Worth, stopping at DFW Airport Station along the way. A weekday only train, service is not available on Sundays. To reach the station from the airport terminals, go to one of the designated Remote South Parking bus stops located outside on the lower level of the terminals. Departing every 15 minutes, these buses will take you to the Remote South Parking lot, where you can transfer to one of the buses that go to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Buses to the station also depart every 15 minutes.

Both the DART light rail and the TRE are part of the same DART public transportation network. Among the fare options is a two-hour pass for $2.50 per person, or a day pass for $5.00. Tickets and passes are sold in kiosks at DART rail stations (including DFW Airport Station) and via GoPass smartphone app. For further information about the DART public transportation network, go to the DART website. Further information about the TRE can be found on the Trinity Railway Express website.

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Last Updated: 08 June 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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