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Dallas – Fort Worth Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

DFW Airport no longer provides cots. The airport has switched to eco-friendly biodegradable blankets and pillows, which can be provided to travelers after 10PM. – an airport employee (May 2019)

DFW Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

What to Expect

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (Code: DFW) comprises five terminals (A – E) linked by a SkyLink train. Terminals A – D are also connected by walkways, while Terminal E is a satellite and can only be reached from the other terminals by Skylink. All five terminals contain plenty of airside dining, shopping and service options, with Terminal D (international) offering the most extensive selection. Exploring airside terminals is not a problem, but accessing airside late at night may be impossible if security checkpoints are closed. The airport offers free WiFi and contains plenty of charging stations. Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of many airport lounges by purchasing a lounge pass or membership. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.

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Terminal E, between Gates E15 and E16 (Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports Reviewer / July 2019)

Sleeping in DFW Airport

DFW Airport is reportedly sleep-friendly, with accommodating staff and security, and plenty of couches and chairs throughout. Among sites noted as good sleeping areas by reviewers were lounge areas in Terminals B, D and E and rest zones in Terminal C. Noise and cold temperatures were cited by many reviewers, so consider earplugs and a sweater or travel blanket. In the event of weather-related or otherwise large-scale flight cancellations, the airport provides eco-friendly biodegradable blankets and pillows. Explore our guide to sleeping in Dallas-Fort Worth Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Those seeking uninterrupted sleep can choose from several on-site hotels and numerous other hotels within easy shuttle distance. There are also private suites with daybeds in Terminals A and D, with the Terminal D location offering showers. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours; however, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • If you are on a flight arriving at night connecting to a morning flight, you may be asked to go out into the public area for the night.
  • If you have a morning flight, you cannot pass through security the night before.  You need to stay in the public section (landside). TSA, airline check-in, and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area (landside), you will not be able to get through to the secure area (airside) until the morning. The TSA security screening checkpoint hours vary according to boarding area:
    • Terminal A: A12 (4:30 AM – 8:00 PM) • A21 (4:00 AM – 10:30 PM) • A35 (4:30 AM – 8:00 PM)
    • Terminal B: B9 (4:30 AM – 9:00 PM) • B30 (4:30 AM – 10:45 PM)
    • Terminal C: C10 (4:30 AM – 8:00 PM) • C21 (3:30 AM – 10:30 PM) • C30 (3:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
    • Terminal D: D18 (4:00 AM – 10:00 PM) • D22 (5:00 AM – 9:00 PM) • D30 (3:30 AM – 11:00 PM)
    • Terminal E: E8 (3:45 AM – 8:30 PM) • E16 (4:00 AM – 6:00 PM) • E18 (3:00 AM – 11:30PM) • E33 (4:00 AM – 8:30 PM)

As of 27 Feb 2024. Times are subject to change. Visit the airport website for current security times.

Dallas Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins or Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair gives you nightmares, there is good news for those looking to sleep at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you don’t have to go through security as there are two micro hotel locations on the airside offering both short-term and overnight rates. On the landside (public area), two hotels are connected to Terminals C and D and many nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles.

Hotel inside DFW Airport

Travellers in the secure area of the terminal do not need to pass through immigration/security to access one of the two Minute Suites locations:

Minute Suites – Private suites equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high-speed internet. Here are the rates as of April 2024: US$ 55 per hour, minimum two hour stay  • US$ 195 (Overnight – 8 hours, after 9:00 AM). Showers, only available in terminal D, are $30 (non-guest for 30 minutes) or $20 (guest). Locations:
» Terminal A, Airside, Gate A38
» Terminal D, Airside, Gate D23

Hotels at the airport

Transit passengers will need to pass through immigration/security to access one of these hotels:

  • 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 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (subject to availability).   » Check Rates
  • Hyatt Regency DFW – Located adjacent to Terminal C. Free 24-hour shuttle service to all DFW terminals. Day-use rooms are also available. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. » Check Rates

Hotels near the airport

  • Hyatt Place DFW – Free airport shuttle available. Shuttle runs to and from all terminals within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Hours: 3:00AM – 1:00AM (Mon – Fri) and 4:00AM – 1:00AM (Sat – Sun). » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near DFW Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Multiple Locations – Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C, Terminal D, Terminal E.  Lounge Access:  Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket  • Lounge membership program.
  • Centurion Lounge – Location: Terminal D, Airside, Mezzanine Level, opposite Gate D12. Showers are available. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members • Lounge membership programs.
  • The Club at DFW – This lounge is available to all travellers regardless of class of service or airline. Showers are available. Location: Terminal D – airside, across from Gate 27. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Terminal E, Airside, near Gate E31.  Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.
  • United Club – Location: Terminal E, airside, between Gates E6 and E7. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.

Airline Lounges (members only)

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

Delta Sky Club (Location: Terminal E, near Gate E10) • Lufthansa Lounge (Location: Terminal D, near Gate D22).

Military Lounges

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal B, Airside, Gate 47.

Related Pages: Dallas Fort-Worth Airport Lounges


In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport supplies eco-friendly biodegradable blankets and pillows for stranded travellers.   To find them, contact an airport employee or use the courtesy phone.

Drinking Water

At the time of this update, there were at least 17 water bottle refill stations scattered throughout the terminals.  Locations include:

  • Landside – Car Rental Center, Level 1 • Car Rental Center, Level 2
  • Airside – Gates A11 • A23 • A37 • B9 • B33 • B41 • C27 • D12 • D23 • D31 • E14 • E21 • E38.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminals operate with varying schedules. At the time of our January 2024 update, we were unable to find any 24-hour eateries; however, there is a 7-Eleven located in Terminal C, Airside, Gate C11, that is open 24 hours.  As we cannot confirm any 24-hour  concessions on the landside, it is best to plan ahead and bring snacks or make your purchases early before the food concessions close for the night.

Vending machines are also available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers


Mobile Charging

Charge your laptops and other electronic devices at seated power stations throughout the airport. These stations offer a computer with internet access for travellers who may be travelling without a laptop. USB ports are available at every station.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

Relax and recharge in DFW’s complimentary Travel Lounges, offering a cozy atmosphere with lounge chairs and workstation seating. Power outlets are available at every seat. Location: Gates B28.

Take precautions even when sleeping in the rest zones. In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them. Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


If you want to freshen up, showers are available for a fee at these locations:

  • Minute Suites – Terminal D, Airside, Gate D23.
  • DFW Lounge – Terminal D, airside, between Gate 21 and Gate 22.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Dallas – Fort Worth Airport. Connect to the “DFW Airport Complimentary WiFi” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, in the baggage claim • International Arrivals area of Terminals D and E • Airside, at the gated areas of all five terminals.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport.

Chapel – Find your inner peace at one of the airport’s Interfaith Chapels at these locations: A23 (Landside) • B28 (Airside) • C15 (Landside) • D40 (Airside) • E4 (Airside).

Cots – see “Cots” above.

Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange and travel insurance at these locations: Landside – D22. Airside – A29 • D11 • D24 • D36 • International Recheck.

Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.

Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-Free by TRG offers duty-free shopping airside near Gate A23, Gate C10, Gate D22 and Gate D27. In addition, various retail shops and newsstands are available throughout the terminal, including 10+ convenience shops for any last-minute items.

Family Services

  • 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 972-973-3112. Location: Airside at Gates A18 • B40 • C13/14 • D36 • E14 • E26. Minute Suites (see Airport Hotels above) allows mothers 30 minutes of free access when space is available.
  • Children’s Play Area – Let your little ones burn off steam before a flight at the McDonald’s play area, which includes soft seating and charging outlets for parents! Locations: Gate D8.

Food & Drink – see “Food & Drinks” above.

Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Multiple information desks are located in each terminal to provide assistance.

Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Massage Chairs – Locations: A15 • A20 • A29 • B20 • B24 • B37 • C6 • C11 • C15 • C17 • C20 • C24 • C27 • D22 • E14 • E32

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available at Code 3 Urgent Care. Location: Upper Level (D25). Hours: 5:30 AM – 10:30 PM.

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.


  • Pet Hotel – Fur babies rejoice! Your cat or dog can enjoy a vacation at Paradise 4 Paws Pet Resort. Boarding, grooming, and daycare are just some of the services offered. Location: Near the airport’s north entrance. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Pet Relief Areas – Designated pet relief areas can be found in the following areas:
    • Airside – Terminal B, B28 • Terminal D, D18 • Terminal E, E31.
    • Landside – Terminal A, A8 • Terminal C, C2 & C39 • Terminal D, D15 & D29 • Terminal E, E2 & E38.

Pharmacy – Not available.

Postal Services – At one point, mailboxes were located in all terminals. We could not confirm this at the time of our September 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, please click here to update our guide.

Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.

Showers – see “Showers” above.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Spa & Salon Services – Pamper yourself before or after your flight at the following airport spas:

  • Be Relax – Offers beauty and massage treatments, with the Terminal D location also offering hair styling services. Locations: Airiside, B28 • Airside, D21.
  • Spa Here – Provides passengers with a luxurious spa experience without having to leave the airport! Location: Airside, C12.
  • XpresSpa – For the passenger in a rush, XpresSpa offers quick massages, manicures and pedicures. Locations: A24, D27.

Things to do & see

  • 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 the 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).
  • Observation Area – Enjoy a 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: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Traveler’s Aid – Traveller’s Aid is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers help passengers with general airport and destination queries to assist with transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, and emergency housing. Special services include: Meet and Assist escort service (staff person will meet passengers 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 E, E14 Baggage Claim. Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Sat – Sun).

Walking Path – When your idea of airport exercise doesn’t include tight connections and frantic running to the next gate, enjoy your time at the airport with a leisurely stroll or power walk along a designated 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 55-foot high staircases that lead up to the Skylink stations. Location: D6 – D40.

WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Dallas-Fort Worth airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Avianca • Boutique Air • British Airways • Contour Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Denver Air • Emirates • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • Iberia • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Spirit Airlines • Southern Airways Express • Sun Country Airlines • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Viva Aerobus • Volaris.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Onsite car rentals are handled at the Rental Car Center, located near the south entrance of the airport. Free shuttles operate 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 • Hertz • National • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels near Dallas Airport offer shuttle service: Days Inn Irving Grapevine DFW Airport North   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-DFW North   •   Hyatt Regency DFW   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas DFW Airport North   •   Red Roof Inn Dallas – DFW Airport North   •   Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel   •   The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Airside – DFW Airport offers Skylink, a free 24-hour automated train service that travels airside, transporting post-security passengers between the airport terminals. Trains run in 2 minute intervals, with a total trip time of 9 minutes for passengers travelling between the two furthest points.

Landside – Terminal Link is a free landside bus service that transports airport visitors and pre-security passengers between the terminals. Terminal Link’s orange-coloured 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.

Ride Sharing

Uber and Lyft operate throughout Texas. A ride to Downtown Dallas will cost you about $30 – $40.

Shared Ride Vans

Yellow Checker Shuttle is an authorised shared ride service provider, offering door-to-door shared ride or exclusive ride service between the airport and destinations within the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.


Taxi stands are located on the lower levels of Terminals A, B, C, D and E. An Airport Guest Assistant is available onsite from 8:00AM – 12:00AM.  Taxis are metered, with some offering a flat rate to Dallas and Fort Worth central business districts.  location: Lower Level, curbside.


DART trains run from DFW Airport Station to stops in downtown Dallas, where connections to other DART lines are available. DART trains run daily from 4:17AM – 1:27AM. DFW Airport Station is connected to entry A10 at the lower level of Terminal A via walkway. Visit the DART website for information regarding fares.

TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) are commuter trains which run between the Airport and surrounding metropolitan areas, including the city centre. TRE Service is not available on Sundays. For access info, rates and more, visit the TexRail and TRE websites.

Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-12

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.