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Dallas – Fort Worth Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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) is made up of five terminals (A – E) linked by a SkyLink train. Terminals A – D are are also inked 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 services options, with Terminal D (international) offering the largest selection. Exploring airside terminals is not a problem, but accessing airside late at night may not be possible if security check-points 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 with the purchase of 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 some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Those seeking uninterrupted sleep can choose from several on-site hotels, as well as 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 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 to also 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.  Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members • Lounge membership programs.
  • 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. 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.

British Airways Lounge (Location: Terminal D, near Gate D36) • Delta Sky Club (Location: Terminal E, near Gate E10) • 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 D36).

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

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 is giving you nightmares, there is good news for those of you who are 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), there are two hotels 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 to access one of two Minute Suites locations:

Minute Suites – Private suites that come equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high speed internet. Rates are expensive: US$ 45 (1 hour) and US$ 11.25 each additional 15 minutes until 2 hours • US$ 90 (2 hours) and US$ 8.75 each additional 15 minutes thereafter • US$ 165 (Overnight – 8 hour hour stay after 8pm). When the suites are full, they also rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available.  Showers 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 9:00AM – 5:00PM (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 available from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.  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 and as well within a 3 mile radius of the hotel. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00AM and 3:00PM – 10:00PM. » 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 WiFi / Internet

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

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


  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from one of the airport’s mailboxes. Locations: Landside in Terminals A • Terminal B • Terminal C • Terminal D • Terminal E.
  • SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

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 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.


  • 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 more 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 additional 55-foot high staircases that lead up to the Skylink stations. Location: D6 – D40.
  • Yoga StudioCurrently available to DFW employees only – Relax or stretch before your flight at one of the airport’s two yoga studios. The studios come equipped with complimentary practice mats, exercise balls and stretch bands, along with 20-minute-long instructional videos. Locations: Airside at Gate D40 (in the hallway connecting Terminals B and D) and at Gate E31.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of any 24-hour dining options. At least one 7-eleven store is open 24 hours: Terminal C, Airside, Level 1, Gate C11.


  • Information Desk – Have any questions? Multiple information desks are located in each terminal to provide assistance.
  • Traveler’s Aid – Traveler’s Aid 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 E, E14 Baggage Claim. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat – Sun).


  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available at Code 3 Urgent Care. Location: Upper Level (D25). Hours: 5:30AM – 10:30PM.
  • Pharmacy – Not available.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Charge your laptops and other electronic devices for free at seated power stations located throughout the airport. These stations all offer a computer with internet access, for travellers who may be travelling without a laptop. USB ports are available at every station. Locations: Terminal A (A8 • A9 • A13 • A15 • A17 • A18 • A19 • A20 • A21 • A22 • A23) Terminal B (B25 • B27 • B28 • B29 • B40 • B42 • B43 • B44 • B46 • B47 • B48) Terminal C (C4 • C6 • C10 • C11 • C17 • C19 • C26 • C27 • C28 • C29) Terminal D (D6 • D7 •D8 • D31 • ) E Satellite (E18 • E20 • E21 • E22 • E23 • E25 • E26 • E32 • E34 • E35 • E36 • E37). If you are in Terminal B, head to the free Travel Lounge (see Rest Zones below)


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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.
  • Currency Exchange – Travelex offers currency exchange and travel insurance at these locations: Landside – D22. Airside – A29 • D11 • D24 • D36 • International Recheck.


  • 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 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 A, A29 • 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.


  • Chapel – Find your inner peace at one of the airport’s Interfaith Chapels at these locations: A24 (Landside) • B25 (Airside) • C15 (Landside) • D21 (Airside) • E4 (Airside).

Rest & Relaxation

  • Cots – In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of eco-friendly biodegradable blankets and pillows for stranded travellers.   To find them, contact an airport employee or use the courtesy phone.
  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Massage Chairs – Locations: A15 • A20 • A29 • B20 • B24 • B37 • C6 • C11 • C15 • C17 • C20 • C24 • C27 • D22 • E14 • E32
  • Rest 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. Location: Gates B28. Additionally, there is a theatre area that features comfy media chairs and 10 screens. Location: Terminal D, Airside, near Gate D28.

Take precaution 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.


  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free by TRG offers duty-free shopping airside near Gate D14, Gate D22 and Gate D27. In addition, a wide variety of retail shops and newsstands are available throughout the terminal including 10+ convenience shops for any last minute items.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – There are showers in the Club at DFW [ see Airport Lounges above ] and Minute Suites [ see Airport Hotels above ].
  • Spa & Salon Services – Pamper yourself before or after 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.

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 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: 7:00AM – 7:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that 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 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) • A21 (4:00AM – 10:30PM) • A35 (4:30AM – 9:00PM)
  • Terminal B: B19 (4:30AM – 10:45PM) • B30 (4:30AM – 9:00PM)
  • Terminal C: C10 (4:30AM – 9:00PM) • C20 (3:00AM – 10:30PM) • C30 (3:30AM – 9:00PM)
  • Terminal D: D18 (4:15AM – 10:30PM) • D22 (5:00AM – 9:00PM) • D30 (4:00AM – 11:00PM)
  • Terminal E: E8 (3:45AM – 8:45PM) • E18 (3:45AM – 11:30PM) • E33 (4:00AM – 9:00PM)

Times are subject to change.


Dallas-Fort Worth airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Air France • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Avianca • British Airways • Delta Air Lines • Emirates • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • Iberia • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Spirit Airlines • 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 operates 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: Comfort Inn DFW North / Irving   •    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   •   Motel 6 Dallas – Ft Worth Airport North   •   Quality Inn 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 green and orange-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.

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.


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’s 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 4:17AM – 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 center. TRE Service is not available on Sundays. For access info, rates and more, visit the TexRail and TRE websites.

Last updated: 2023-03-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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.