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Washington Dulles International Airport, situated in the Loudoun and Fairfax counties, is one of the 3 airports serving Washington, DC. This airport provides the gateway to the United States from the rest of the world. Named after the 52nd Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, this airport’s main terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, is a famous landmark.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA code: IAD) is the third busiest of the 3 airports serving Washington, DC and the hub for United Airlines. Flights to Dulles Airport are available from international airlines such as Air China, Qatar Airways and KLM. IAD is a 40-minute drive from the city centre of Washington, DC.
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Washington Dulles International Airport is one of the most beautiful airports in the world, thanks to the design of the main terminal building by Eero Saarinen. This airport welcomes 60,000 passengers a day, with flights to and from more than 125 destinations. Dulles Airport opened in 1962 to alleviate the pressure on Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport and now has 21 million passengers passing through its doors each year. In 2020, the Dulles International Airport Station will begin scheduling train rides from Washington Dulles International Airport. Future plans for Dulles Airport are to increase its 3 terminals to 4, the addition of more midfield concourses, as well as a fifth runway.
When you have time to spare before or after a scheduled flight at Washington Dulles International Airport, treat yourself to some retail therapy at the variety of outlets throughout the airport. These stores, including those selling duty-free products, offer a range of items, such as clothing, accessories, cosmetics, newspapers/magazines, electronics, as well as gifts/souvenirs.
Make sure to check all the baggage requirements when you’re at Dulles Airport. If you are in need of a pharmacy, one outlet is available in Concourse B after security.
When you’ve built up an appetite doing all that shopping, satisfy it with various meal options at the many restaurants, bars and cafés spread out among the concourses.
Washington Dulles International Airport includes several lounges, operated by airlines such Air France, British Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Complimentary baggage carts are available for arriving international passengers in Dulles Airport’s international arrival facilities.
Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, charging stations, currency exchange facilities, an interfaith chapel, kids play area, nursing rooms, pet relief areas and smoking areas.
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott This 3.5-star suburban hotel is within walking distance of Washington Dulles International Airport. This establishment comprises of several features, including an indoor pool, outdoor pool, breakfast, 24-hour fitness centre, business centre, 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, computer station and 2 restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, and you will have the additional benefit of free parking.
The Westin Washington Dulles Airport This large 4-star hotel is a 10-minute drive from Dulles Airport. Its amenities include an indoor pool, breakfast, Wi-Fi in the lobby, 24-hour fitness centre, valet parking, 24-hour business centre, 24-hour front desk, restaurant and bar/lounge. Free parking and free airport shuttles are available as well.
The Watergate Hotel This 5-star riverfront hotel is a 35-minute drive or a 55-minute bus ride from Washington Dulles International Airport. It includes a full-service spa, indoor pool, rooftop terrace, breakfast, fitness centre, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour business centre, daily housekeeping, 2 restaurants and 3 bars/lounges. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
Travellers will need to order foreign exchange 60 days before collecting. Collection of foreign exchange orders can only be done in person.
Make sure to have the following documents when ordering foreign exchange.
• A valid passport
• Proof of residential address
• A copy of booking itinerary or booking reference number
• A copy of an e-ticket or physical flight ticket
• An ID document
International Currency Exchange offices are available in the following locations:
• Terminal: Departures -Ticketing Level - East and West, top of the escalators
• Concourses A/B: Gate A32
• Concourse C: Gate C8 and C12
• Concourse D: Gate D16
• International Arrivals Building near the exit, opposite the baggage recheck counters
Washington Dulles International Airport has several parking options, including valet parking, as well as parking bays in the Terminal Hourly Lot, Terminal Daily Lot, Economy Lot and 2 garages. No reservations are required. Payments can be made with either cash or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) at the exit gates of each parking lot. You can also pay for parking at the machines situated inside the Terminal.
Washington Dulles International Airport is 43 km to the north-west of Washington, DC’s city centre. Taxis, trains, buses, Uber and car rental options are available to get you from the airport to your destination.
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Washington Dulles International Airport Physical Address: 1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, VA 20166
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