Sleeping in Airports

Washington Reagan Airport Guide

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

Will kick you out of the secure area at night. Security guard told us to sleep in the Chapel that is next to the police office in the entrance terminal. It has padded benches, room for about 8 people to sleep in there. – Tricia

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 about their time at Washington Reagan Airport.

What to Expect

Washington Reagan Airport has two terminals that are connected landside. Terminal A has been recently renovated and Terminal B/C remains open during ongoing renovations (so expect noise!). A new Terminal D is currently being built, with expected completion in 2021.

Travellers here will find a variety of dining and shopping options, most of which close by 10:00PM. A Dunkin Donuts stays open 24 hours, near the entrance to Terminal A. WiFi is available to help pass the time. Economy class travellers can pay to enter a few airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Daytime nappers are common, but overnight campers take note: the airside closes by 11:00PM, so you’ll have to sleep landside. Some travellers reported homeless people wandering the landside areas, but security guards seem to maintain a constant presence. Unfortunately, seating is equipped with armrests, so you may want to bring a soft layer for floor sleeping.   Sleeping on/near heating vents next to the windows is also a popular option.  Bring a sweater and earplugs to combat cold temps and frequent announcements. For uninterrupted sleep, several nearby hotels offer free airport shuttle. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.

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

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 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 – (1) Terminal B and (1) Terminal C.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of America Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Delta Sky Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, above Gate 15. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, opposite G11. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • 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: Terminal A, Concourse Level, across from Lost & Found. [ more info ]

Airport Hotels

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

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport – (2 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to Reagan National Airport and Crystal City metro station daily from 6:00AM to 12:00AM. For airport pick-up, call the hotel in advance to schedule. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City – (2 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle departs every 20 minutes from 4:40AM to 12:00AM. » Check Rates
  • Residence Inn Arlington Capital View – (6 minutes from the airport) Free scheduled shuttle service to Reagan National Airport and Crystal City metro station. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim area. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

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

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

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 and Airside.

Art in the Airport – Pass some time at the airport while enjoying the airport’s free art, a presentation of the DCA Art Program. Permanent and rotating art works are available in each Terminal. Learn about the history of the airport at at the Exhibit Hall in Terminal A or at Abingdon Plantation located between the Terminal A and Terminal B parking garages.

Baby Care Facilities – Nursing rooms provide a secure and private environment to attend to the needs of your infant. Rooms come equipped with rocking chairs, power outlets and changing tables. Locations: Terminal A, Landside, just before the checkpoint ▪ National Hall, Landside, near Tumi close to the Metro and Parking B Walkway (2 locations).

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Cartes) are available throughout the airport. Rate: $5.00 per cart.

Chapel – There is an interfaith chapel at the south end of Concourse B, across from the Delta Airlines gates (behind Dunkin’ Donuts). Scheduled clergy-led Protestant worship and Catholic mass are available, as well as non-clergy led Jewish and Islamic prayer times.

Currency Exchange – There is an International Currency Exchange office located in the National Hall, Terminal C, landside, near the Information Booth. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Daily).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Americas has two stores at the airport. Locations: A Gates 1-9 (Hours:7:00AM – 12:00AM) • C Gates 35-35 (Hours: 7:00AM – 8:30PM). The airport also offers a good variety of shops to pass the time.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update there is one 24 restaurant available as well as a news shop selling snacks, etc. Locations: Dunkin’ Donuts (Landside, National Hall, near the Walkway to Terminal A) • CNBC News (Landside, National Hall, near the Walkway to Terminal A).

Information Desk – There are 4 locations available, all landside: Terminal A between Baggage Claim and Security • Terminal B/C, Baggage Claim Center • Terminal B, Baggage Claim South • Terminal C, Baggage Claim North. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon – Fri), 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) and 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Sun).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charge your laptops and other devices for free at charging stations located throughout the airport. In Terminal A, you can charge your device while grabbing a bite to eat at District Bar, Page or Reservoir.

Observation Area – Relax on one of the Terraces on the Departures level of Terminal B or C. Terminal A offers rocking chairs to enjoy the airplane views.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Not permitted inside the terminal – outside only.

Spa – XpresSpa offers a variety of spa services. Location: Landside, National Hall. Hours: 7:00AM – 8:00PM.

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, etc. Locations: Terminal A, Room 242 • Terminal B, Concourse Level • Terminal C, Concourse Level • Terminal B, Baggage Claim. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 7:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Sun).

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. The TSA security checkpoints are open 4:30AM – 9:00PM (or until the last scheduled flight).

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.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Washington Reagan airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin America.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

To get from the airport to the Amtrak Station in Alexandria, you will want to use the MetroRail. Take the yellow line towards Gallery Place/Chinatown. Exit the yellow line at Gallery Place/Chinatown. From there board the Red line towards Fort Totten. Exit the red line at Union Station. The ride should take between 20 and 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from any baggage claim area to curbside. A taxi should take approximately 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Car Rentals

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless, National and Thrifty have onsite rental desks at the Terminal Parking Garage A. Advantage is located off site. Free “Parking / Rental Car” shuttles stop outside of baggage claim at each terminal to bring passengers to the rental car area at Garage A. Terminal Parking Garage A is just a 10 minute walk from Terminals A & B, or a 15 minute walk from Terminal C.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Americana Hotel   •   Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport   •   Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport   •   Crystal Gateway Marriott   •   DoubleTree by Hilton – Washington DC – Crystal City   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City – National Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport   •   Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport   •   Holiday Inn National Airport / Crystal City   •   Hyatt Regency Crystal City   •   Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel   •   Residence Inn Arlington Capital View   •   The Westin Crystal City.

Metrorail

The Metrorail, or “Metro”, is the subway system serving Washington DC metropolitan area, including parts of Virginia and Maryland. Reagan National Airport can be reached by two of the six color-coded routes: blue and yellow. Terminals B and C are connected to the airport’s elevated Metrorail station via covered pedestrian bridges. Terminal A can be reached by taking an “Airport Shuttle bus” that travels between the Metrorail station and the Terminal B and C parking garages.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

Reagan National Airport runs a courtesy shuttle service that runs on airport grounds only. Each shuttle has a sign on its front and side that displays the area of the airport that it services: “All Terminals” for Terminals A, B, C and the Metrorail station, “Economy” for the Economy Parking Lot, “Rental Car / Parking” for Terminals A, B and C parking lots and the rental car area, and “Employee” for the Employee Parking Lot.

Shared Ride Services

SuperShuttle and Supreme Airport Shuttle offer door-to-door shared ride airport service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The shuttles are available on demand outside of each terminal on the baggage claim level. You can also book the service online or visit the shuttle desk at the airport to book your ride.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available outside of each airport terminal on the baggage claim level. Notify the Taxi Dispatcher if you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi or a taxi that accepts credit cards. Taxis charge for the journey according to the taxi meter.

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.