Sleeping in Airports

Washington Dulles Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Washington Dulles 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.

I didn’t get a wink of sleep, but I saved a lot of $$$$. –  Paul

Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Washington Dulles is a busy and often crowded airport, with a main terminal and two concourses (A/B and C/D), connected to each other by the AeroTrain, a shuttle and walkways. Reviewers generally suggest that Concourse B is the nicest area of the airport, with the best shops and restaurants. That said, if you’re looking for places open 24-hours a day, your only options are located in Concourse D (NBC4 Travel Shop and the Dunkin Donuts at D5). While amenities and services are limited, the free WiFi should help pass the time.  For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to access one of the airport lounges.  See airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

The best sleeping options at Dulles are airside – particularly in Concourses C and D (C20 and D1), where there are plenty of armrest-free benches to stretch out on. Landside, reviewers say that all seats have armrests, and that it’s particularly cold and noisy, making it worth your while to clear security before your nap. That said, it’s not always warm and quiet airside either; a blanket, layers and earplugs or noise cancelling headphones will go a long way in improving the quality of your sleep.  If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep there are nearby airport hotels nearby that are connected by free airport shuttles.

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.

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!

Air France – KLM Lounge – Location: Midfield Terminal, Airside, Concourse A, opposite Gate A22. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

British Airways Galleries Lounge – Location: Midfield Terminal, Airside, Concourse B. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Turkish Airlines Lounge – Location: Concourse B, Airside, next to Gate B43. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Lufthansa Business Lounge – Location: Concourse B, Airside, Near Gates B49-B51. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Multiple Lpcations – (2) Concourse D and (2) Concourse D.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket  • Lounge membership program. [ more lounge info ]

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – Location: Concourse A, Airside, near Gate A32. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Main Terminal, Arrivals Level, across from Baggage Claim 11 and 12. [ more info ]

If sleeping in Washington Dulles Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Washington Dulles Airport Marriott – (4 minutes from the airport) Free scheduled airport shuttle is available. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. » Check Rates
  • Westin Washington Dulles Airport – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs to the airport every 30 minutes from 5:30AM to 11:30PM, and upon request after hours. Shuttle picks up at the airport (Arrival Curb 2A and 2H near ground transportation) on the :15 and :45 of every hour, on the lower level outside of baggage claim. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Dulles Airport Inn – (12 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available daily from 4:00AM to 11:00PM. » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Dulles Airport. Connect to the “FlyDulles” network.

An email and postal/zip code is required for login. International visitors can simply enter “YES” in the postal/zip code field to continue.

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Nursing rooms provide a secure and private environment with comfortable seating, power outlets and more. Locations: Main Terminal, landside, across from Baggage Claims 2/6/11/14 • Airside, Gates A20, B70 (has a restroom), C11 (has a sink) and D1. For access, go to an Information Desk.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The “Funway” includes airplane-themed elements to climb and slide on, an interactive game system with over 100 games and parents can stay connected and charge their mobiles while watching the kids. Location: Airside, Gate B70.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – There are more than 30 food and beverage concessions at the airport. Here are the dining options that are open 24 hours:
    • Landside: Cafe Americana • Capitol Grounds • Dulles Gourmet Market • Starbucks • Washingtonian News
    • Airside: Washingtonian News (Concourse B, Gate B38) • Capitol City Ink (Concourse C, Gate C14) • Bistro Atelier Grab and Go (Concourse D, Gate D14) • Dulles Gourmet Market (Concourse D, Gate D5) • Dunkin Donuts (Concourse D,Gate D5 • Z Gates Arrival) • NBC Travel Store (Concourse D, Gate D1).

Information

  • Information Desk – Information desks are available at several locations throughout the airport. Hours: unknown.
    • Landside: Baggage Claim 6 • Baggage Claim 11 • Baggage Claim 14
    • Airside: Just beyond security • Near Gate A15 • Near Gate B62 • Near Gate C17 • Near Gate D16.
      In addition to dedicated information desks you will see Airport Ambassadors roaming the airports.
  • 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, etc. Locations: Baggage Claim, adjacent to carousel # 6 • Baggage Claim, adjacent to carousel # 12 • Baggage Claim, adjacent to carousel # 14 • East Mezzanine, Airside, just past security • West Mezzanine, Airside, just past security • Roaming Mobile Guides are available in Concourses A, B, C, C7, D. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Sat – Sun).

Luggage

  • Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport. Rates: unknown. The carts can be rented using cash or credit cards. Carts are available free of charge to passengers arriving on international flights in the International Arrivals area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Charge your laptops and other devices for free at charging stations located throughout the gated areas of the airport, and at the B Gates food court near Gate B73.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Capital One, 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 and Airside.
  • Currency Exchange – ICE Currency Exchange offers multiple locations both landside and airside. Hours: Unknown.

Prayer

  • Chapel – Collect your thoughts in a quiet and peaceful environment at the airport’s interfaith chapel. Ordained clergy are available on upon request for private guidance. Location: Concourse A, airside, Gate A32 Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Americas has a number stores at the airport. Locations: Gate A14 • Gate A32 • B63 • Gate C4 • Gate C14 • Gate D1 • Gate D12. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM. In addition, mostly news and gift shops are available to pass the time.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Massages – Location: Airside, Concourse A, A20
  • Showers – Showers can be found in the Air France-KLM and British Airways Lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at Be Relax. Location: Gate A32 • B Concourse. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM.

Smoking

  • Smoking – Smoking lounges are located near gates B37, B73, C2 and D30.

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that 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 location:

East Checkpoint: 4:00AM – 10:00PM

West Checkpoint: 3:45AM – 10:00PM

As of March 2018, Washington Dulles airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air India • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • ANA • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Copa • Delta • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Frontier Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue • KLM • Korean Air • Lufthansa • Porter • Primera Air • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • SAS • Saudia • South African Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin America • Virgin Atlantic

The closest Amtrak Station is located in Washington, DC. A taxi is the quickest option with travel time approximately 33 minutes.

For travel via bus and subway, pickup the Metro’s Silver Line at the Main Terminal. The bus departs every 15-20 minutes. Take the bus to Rosslyn to the Metro Center to Union Station. Travel time should be about 47 minutes.

The Silver Line Express provides bus service between Washington-Dulles Airport and the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, a stop along the silver line of Washington DC’s Metrorail system. Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes from 6:00AM – 10:40PM on weekdays (reduced hours on weekends). At the time of this January 2018 update, the fare is $5 each way. Both cash and credit card are accepted.

In addition, the airport is served by the following buses:

MetroBus Route 5A – Herndon Monroe Park & Ride, Rosslyn and L’Enfant Plaza.

Fairfax Connector Route 983 – National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.

Fairfax Connector Route 981 – Herndon Monroe Park & Ride, Reston Town Center and Wiehle-Reston East metro station.

Virginia Breeze – connecting Blacksburg, Virginia with Union Station in Washington, D.C.

For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Washington Dulles Airport website.

The following agencies provide on-site car rental service: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Aerotrain – Automated trains move passengers between the terminal and the midfield (A, B, and C) gates for domestic and international departing flights and domestic arriving flights. The travel time between stations is less than 2 minutes.

SuperShuttle and Supreme Airport Shuttle offer 24-hour shared transfer service from the airport to your destination of choice. No prior reservation required. The shuttles can be found down the ramps from Arrivals Doors 2 or 7 at the Dulles Airport Ground Transportation Center.

Washington Flyer Taxis provide 24 hour service exclusively between the airport and the DC metropolitan area. Reservations are not required for service from the airport, but are highly recommended for service to the airport. Cash, credit cards and airline-issued vouchers are accepted as payment.

At the time of this update, construction is underway for an elevated rail line from Wiehle-Reston East metro station to Dulles Airport. This new rail line will extend Metrorail Silver Line service all the way to the airport. Construction on the Metrorail extension is expected to be completed by 2019.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.