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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Guide

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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

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 to us during their time at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

What to Expect

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 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.

Where to Sleep

The 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, rest zones in Terminal C, and the Yoga area in Terminal E. 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 offers cots for stranded passengers on a first come basis (contact an airport employee or use an airport courtesy phone to determine best means of access). 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 Airport Hotels below for more info.

Good to Know

There are yoga studios in Terminals D and E. Rail service to downtown Dallas (DART) can be accessed landside on the lower level of Terminal A.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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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

Club at DFW lounge passes

FEATURED LOUNGE: The Club at DFW is accessible to all travellers regardless of class of service or airline. [ more lounge info ]

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 - Location: Terminal A - across from Gate A24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal B - between Gates B5 and B6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal C - between Gates C19 and C20. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal D - 5th level, between Gates D23 and D24. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Centurion Lounge - Location: Terminal D, Airside, Mezzanine Level, opposite Gate D17. Lounge Access: Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members [ more lounge info ]
  • 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 passes  •  Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ].passes are available
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal E, near Gate E10. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Terminal E, airside, between Gates E6 and E7. 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. Amenities include: WiFi, Video Games, TV Lounge, Toiletries, Snacks, Sleeping Area, Computers and a Child Care Area. Location: Terminal B, Airside, Gate 47. Hours: 8:00AM - 10:30PM (Daily). There is a smaller USO lounge located in Terminal D, Airside, near Gate 22. Hours: 8:00AM - 5:30PM.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Dallas Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels at the airport:

  • Inside Airport Minute Suites - Private suites that come equipped with a daybed sofa, sound-masking system, DirectTV, and high speed internet. Rates are expensive: US$48 (1 hour) • US$ 96 (2 hours) • US$133 (3 hours) • US$ 149 (5 hours) • US$170 (Overnight) • US$183 (8 hours). Special Promotion: Save 5% when you book through the exclusive partner link below. The Terminal D location has two showers. When the suites are full, they also rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available. Locations:
    »  Terminal D, Airside, Gate D23 » book a room
    »  Terminal A, Airside, Gate A38. » book a room
  • At 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 9:00AM - 5:00PM (subject to availability). » Check Rates
  • At Airport Hyatt Regency DFW - Located adjacent to Terminal C. Free 24-hour shuttle service to all DFW terminals. For airport pick-up, use the courtesy phone in baggage claim. » Check Rates
  • 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 - 12:00AM. » Check Rates

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

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Dallas - Fort Worth Airport. Connect to the “attwifi” network, which has a connection of 2.4 GHz (for older smart devices), or “att-24” networks, which has a connection of 5.8 GHz (for newer smart devices).

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

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 3-3112 from the airport paging phone or 972-973-3112 from your cellphone. Location: Airside at Gates A18, B40, and E14.
  • Baggage Carts - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available throughout the airport.
  • Barber - Haircuts and shoe shine service on a walk-in basis. Location: airside, C17.
  • Chapel - Find your inner peace at one of the airport’s Interfaith Chapels at these locations: A24 (Landside), C15 (Landside), D21 (Airside) and E4 (Airside).
  • 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! Location: Airside, Gate D8.
  • Cots - In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky email we receive about this, we'll also let you know that cots cannot be "reserved". According to a 2016 review there were cots at gates A20 and A28. If you are unable to find them, please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Pro-Tip: 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 offers currency exchange and travel insurance at these locations: A29, D11, D22 (outside security) • D24 • D36 • International Recheck.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free by TRG offers duty-free shopping airside near Gate D14 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.
  • Food & Drinks - 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.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Massages - Express massages are available. Locations: A25 • B28 • E27 and E31.
  • Massage Chairs - Locations: A15 • A20 • A29 • B20 • B24 • B37 • C6 • C11 • C15 • C17 • C20 • C24 • C27 • D22 • E14 • E32
  • Medical Services - Code 3 Urgent Care offers services. Location: Upper Level (D25). Hours: 5:30AM - 10:30PM.
  • Mobile Charging Stations - Charge your laptops and other electronic devices for free at seated power stations located throughout the airport. USB ports are available at every station. Locations: A10, A24, C6, C20, C27, C35, D21, D23, D30, D40 and E37.
  • 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.
  • 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 some of services offered. Location: Near the airport’s north entrance. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacy - A pharmacy is available at the Code 3 Urgent Care Medical Office. Location: Upper Level (D25).
  • 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. Locations: Gates B28 • C8 • C27 • E8. Additionally, there is a theatre area that features comfy media chairs and 10 screens. Location: Terminal D, Airside.
  • Security Checkpoint Mailers - Ship things home that you can’t take onboard from drop boxes at these landside locations: A10, A21, B9, B30, C10, C21, C31, D16, D23, D30, E18 and E33
  • Showers - There are showers in the Club at DFW [ see Airport Lounges above ] and Minute Suites [ see Airport Hotels above ].
  • Spa & Salon Services - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more available at XpresSpa. Locations: A25, D33, and E31. Hair salon available at A25 and D34 locations.
  • 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
  • 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 E, E14 Baggage Claim. Hours: 9:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon - Fri) • 9:00AM - 5:00PM (Sat - Sun).
  • Yoga Studio - 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: Terminal B, Airside, Gates D40/B1 and E Terminal B, Airside, Gate E31.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, 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 boarding area:

  • Terminal A: A10 (4:30AM - 9:00PM) • A20 (4:00AM - 10:30PM)
  • Terminal B: B19 (4:30AM - 10:45PM) • B30 (4:30AM - 9:00PM)
  • Terminal C: C10 (4:30AM - 9:00PM) • C21 (3:00AM - 10:30PM) • C30 (4:30AM - 9:00PM)
  • Terminal D: D18 (4:15AM - 10:30PM) • D22 (5:00AM - 9:00PM) • D30 (3:30AM - 11:00PM)
  • Terminal E: E8 (3:45AM - 8:45PM) • E18 (3:45AM - 11:30PM) • E33 (4:00AM - 8:30PM)

Times are subject to change.

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As of March 2018, Dallas-Fort Worth airport is served by the following airlines: Aeromexico • Alaska Airlines • Avianca • Cayman Airways • Emirates • Frontier Airlines • Japan Airlines • Korean Air • Qantas • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet • Air Canada • American Airlines • British Airways • Delta • Etihad Airways • Interjet • Jetblue • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Sun Country Airlines • Volaris.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) location inside Terminal A is convenient for connecting to the Dallas Amtrak Station; however it involves connections at 2 stations and a total travel time of about 1 hour.

A taxi ride will cut travel time to about 30 minutes but there may be tolls.

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, E-Z, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus DFW Airport Suites   •   Comfort Inn DFW North / Irving   •   Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott North   •   Days Inn Irving Grapevine DFW Airport North   •   Fairfield Inn Dallas DFW Airport North / Irving   •   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   •   Red Roof Inn Dallas - DFW Airport North   •   Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel   •   Sleep Inn DFW Airport   •   Super 8 Irving / DFW Apt / North   •   The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

Airside - DFW offers Skylink, a free 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 traveling between the two furthest points.

Landside - the airport also offers a free landside 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 upper level of Terminals A, B, C and E; and on the lower level of Terminal D. An Airport Guest Assistant is available onsite from 8:00AM - 12:00AM. After hours, call 972 574 5878 to request a taxi. Taxis are metered, with some offering a flat rate to Dallas and Fort Worth central business districts.


The 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 4:00AM - 1:00AM, with one arrival pre-4:00AM for airport employees and passengers with early morning flights. DFW Airport Station is connected to entry A10 at the lower level of Terminal A via walkway.

Trinity Railway Express, or TRE, is a commuter train line that runs between Dallas Union Station and downtown Fort Worth, stopping at DFW Airport Station along the way. Service is not available on Sundays. For access info, rates and more, visit the Trinity Railway Express website.

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Last Updated: 10 April 2018

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