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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

Featured Review

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photo credit: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

by Wexler
"I slept here during a crappy overnight layover on my way back to Boston from Costa Rica. Similar to what another reviewer said, the couches/play area has been moved to around B11. The play area has brightly colored couches and nearby is a single leather couch and a few larger padded chairs. The chairs didn't recline and the couch was already taken, so I was forced to look elsewhere.

I exited security (at roughly the D27) exit and found several roomy, semi-circular black leather couches outside of the AA ticketing counters. There was a TV on all night, and sporadic cleaning and announcements, but with earplugs it wasn't too bad at all. No one bothered me, the temperature was fine, and when I got up at 5:20 there wasn't even anyone on the nearby couches/chairs. There was at least one outlet nearby.

Another reviewer was correct that the best restaurants are around the D gates, although there seemed to be good options throughout the terminals.

All in all, not a bad experience (well, for sleeping in an airport)."

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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 day 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: 730am - 730pm (except Tues & Thurs) • 8am - 6pm (Tues & Thurs). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 35.00) • Book Online (£25.00) • 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. Hours: 5:30AM - 10:00PM. 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, Gate 15 (airside). Hours: 8am - 1030pm. There is a smaller USO lounge located in Terminal D, near Gate 22 (airside). Hours: 8am - 5pm.

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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 9am-5pm (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.
  • Information Desk - Information not available
  • 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)

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Quick Tips

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

This rail service provides a convenient gateway for travelers to get to Dallas as well as another way to arrive to DFW International Airport.

For passengers arriving to DFW Airport, exit off at DFW Airport Station and follow signs to Terminal A. Take the elevator to the upper level and proceed to Terminal A departures. Take Terminal Link to Terminal’s B, C, D, and E.

DART is in operation from 4am-1am, 7 days a week. Fares: A two hour pass costs only $2.50 and a day pass costs $5. Passes can be purchased at DFW Airport Station on kiosks. For fares and schedules, visit the DART web site.

Trinity Railway Express (TRE)

To Dallas and Fort Worth: Service available Monday through Saturday (not Sunday) from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Follow signs to the designated Remote South Parking bus pick-up zones on the lower level of all Terminals.

Buses depart from the Terminals about every 15 minutes. Buses to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station depart every 15 minutes. Fares: Two-hour pass: $2.50. For fares and schedules, visit the Trinity Railway Express web site.

Taxis

Taxis are available on the upper level of Terminals A, B, C and E, and on the lower level of Terminal D. An Airport Guest Assistant will be available at the taxi stands between 8am and midnight. Between midnight and 8:00am, call 972 574 5878 to request a taxi.

Car Rentals

The Rental Car Center is at 2424 E. 38th St, DFW Airport, TX, near the south entrance of the Airport and is served by 10 companies: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • EZ Rent a Car • Hertz • National • Thrifty. Location: Rental Car Center, near the entrance to the airport grounds. Shuttle Pick-up: Follow the Rental Car signs to the designated pick-up area on the lower level of the terminal.

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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 quoted in the guide, email me.

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