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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

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported to us during their time at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

What to Expect

  • DFW is a huge, spread-out airport, with five terminals A-E connected by free Skylink train; expect lots of walking.
  • DFW experiences a lot of weather-related flight delays and cancellations.
  • You’re okay to move around most places (Airside), but if you arrive in the middle of the night, TSA does not open until the morning, so it will not be possible to get through to the airside.
  • Plenty of shops and restaurants; not many 24-hour options though. Terminal D received high marks for its wide variety of shopping and dining options, clean facilities, and ample seating.
  • There are many charging stations throughout airport.
  • Free unlimited WiFi is available. See WiFi below.

Where to Sleep

  • Overall the airport is said to be fairly sleep-friendly.
  • The airport has a supply of cots when there are major flight delays and cancellation. See Cots below.
  • Finding a good spot may take a bit of searching, but there are plenty of couches and chairs throughout the airport.
  • The lounge area by B10-11 has comfortable leather lounge chairs with moveable foot rests. (Traveller, March 2016)
  • Relax Lounge in B28 provides a darker, calm environment for some decent Z’s.
  • Downstairs from the Skyline rail line in Concourse C, near Gate C27 and a Starbucks, is a darkened rest zone with plenty of power outlets, solid free WiFi signal, two large couches, some comfy chairs, multiple charge stations, and a fake tree in the middle. There are TVs in this area, so you may need a sleep mask to block out the light, but otherwise the area is quiet. Use of this rest zone is free of charge.
  • Terminal E’s yoga area is very quiet, private, and near restrooms. Have a blanket or warm clothing handy, since the area gets chilly at night!
  • The rest zones in Terminal C offers comfortable chairs and lots of power outlets in a dimly-lit area, away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal.
  • Certain areas of the terminal are plagued with the noise of multiple TV’s. Have earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy to block out the noise!
  • It’s bright and chilly, so come prepared with warm clothes and travel blanket.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are private suites inside the secure zone and a hotel at Terminal D. See Airport Hotels below for more info.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of many airport lounges with the purchase of a lounge pass or membership. Showers are available in The Club at DFW. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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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

Club at DFW lounge passes

FEATURED LOUNGE: The Club at DFW is accessible to all travellers regardless of class of service or airline. Save $5 when you buy a lounge pass online (US$ 35) [ more lounge info ]

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):

  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal A - across from Gate A24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal B - between Gates B5 and B6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal C - between Gates C19 and C20. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal D - 5th level, between Gates D23 and D24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • Admirals 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 for US$50. Access is complimentary for Platinum and Centurion cardholders.
  • The Club at DFW - This lounge is available to all travellers no matter what class of service or airline. Showers are available. Location: Terminal D - airside, between Gate 21 and Gate 22. Showers are available. Hours: 7:30AM - 7:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 40.00) • Save $5 when you Book Online (US$ 35.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal E, near Gate E10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$59.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Terminal E, airside, between Gates E6 and E7. Hours: varies. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

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Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to members of the US 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. Connect to the “attwifi” network, which has a connection of 2.4 GHz (for older smart devices), or “att-24” networks, which has a connection of 5.8 GHz (for newer smart devices).

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Airport Hotels

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

  • Minute Suites - Private suites that come equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high speed internet. Rates are expensive: US$48 (1 hour) • US$ 96 (2 hours) • US$133 (3 hours) • US$ 149 (5 hours) • US$170 (Overnight) • US$183 (8 hours). The Terminal D location has two showers. When the suites are full, they also rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available. Locations:
    » Terminal A, Airside, Gate A38. SAVE 5% when you book a suite through this exclusive link.
    » Terminal D, Airside, Gate D23. SAVE 5% when you book a suite through this exclusive link.
  • 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.
  • Hyatt Place DFW - A new 137-room hotel located near the south end of DFW in Southgate Plaza.

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

To see more options there is a list of hotels near DFW Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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

  • Art in the Airport - Paintings, terrazzo floors, and an outdoor sculpture garden are some of the more than 30 beautiful works of art displayed throughout the airport. Travelling passengers can enjoy art installations both airside and landside (connecting passengers must have valid ID and boarding pass to get back over to airside), while non-travelling visitors to the airport can see airside works of art by taking an art tour, offered by the DFW Art Program (valid ID and reservation required).
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located landside in the baggage claim and International Arrivals area of Terminals D and E, and airside at the gated areas of all five terminals.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Feed and change your baby in privacy and comfort in one of the airport’s Nursing Rooms. For the access code, call 3-3112 from the airport paging phone or 972-973-3112 from your cellphone. Location: Airside at Gates A18, B40, and E14.
  • Baggage Carts - Located throughout the terminal. Rate: unknown.
  • Barber - Haircuts and shoe shine service on a walk-in basis. Location: airside, C17.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Chapel - Find your inner peace at one of the airport’s Interfaith Chapels at these locations: Gates A24 (landside), C15 (landside), and D21 (airside).
  • Children's Play Area - Let your little ones burn off steam before a flight at the Junior Flyers Club play area! Location: Gate A13.
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we'll also let you know that cots cannot be "reserved". According to a 2016 review there were cots at gates A20 and A28. If you are unable to find them, please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Pro-Tip: 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 offers currency exchange and travel insurance at these locations: D11, D22 (outside security) • D24 • D36 • International Recheck.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free by TRG offers duty-free shopping airside near Gate D14 and Gate D27. In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands are available throughout the terminal.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.
  • 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 - Charge your laptops and other electronic devices for free at seated power stations located throughout the airport. USB ports are available at every station. Locations: A10, A24, C6, C20, C27, C35, D21, D23, D30, D40 and E37.
  • Observation Area - Enjoy a spectacular view of airplanes as they land and depart from DFW! Along with the exhilarating vista, the Founders’ Plaza offers picnic tables, telescopes, and radio broadcasts of air traffic control communications. Location: At the north end of the airport (1700 N Airfield Dr.) Hours: 7:00AM - 7:00PM.
  • Pet Hotel - Furbabies rejoice! Your cat or dog can enjoy a vacation of its own at Paradise 4 Paws Pet Resort. Boarding, grooming, and daycare are some of services offered. Location: Near the airport’s north entrance. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Relax Zones - Relax and recharge in DFW's complimentary Travel Lounges, offering a cozy atmosphere with lounge chair and workstation seating. Power outlets are available at every seat. Locations: Gates B28 • C8 • C27 • E8. Additionally, there is a theatre area that features comfy media chairs and 10 screens. Location: Terminal D, Airside.
  • Security Checkpoint Mailers - Ship things home that you can’t take onboard from drop boxes at these landside locations: A10, A21, B9, B30, C10, C21, C31, D16, D23, D30, E18 and E33
  • Showers - There are showers in the Club at DFW [ see Airport Lounges above ] and Minute Suites [ see Airport Hotels above ].
  • Spa & Salon Services - Spa & Salon Services - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more available at XpresSpa. Locations: A25, B28, and E31. Massage only at E27. * Hair salon available at A25 and D34 locations.
  • 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. Two airside locations: D40 and 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

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.

Train

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: 13 March 2017

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports 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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