Using Uber at Washington Dulles International Airport

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is one of Washington DC’s biggest air hubs, but the airport is actually located in Virginia about 45 minutes west of the city. Travelers should allow ample time (2 to 2.5 hours) before your flight to get to the airport, as local traffic can be brutal.

Here are some tips for a hassle-free trip to or from Dulles International Airport:

Resources

  • Uber Airport Page: Whether you’re taking an uberX or UberBLACK, the airport page for Dulles International has details on options available to you.
  • Terminal Map: There’s only one terminal at Dulles, and you can view a map here. Gates are connected to the terminal by trams and shuttles, so allow an extra 10-20 minutes to get to or from your gate.
  • TSA Security: There are three security checkpoints; an East, West and a TSA line. You can check the status of the airport’s security lines here.
  • Customs: All international arrivals must go through customs before exiting IAD, and the lines can take over 30 minutes. You can find more information here.
  • Flight Status: Check the status of your flight here.
  • Twitter: Follow the official IAD Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

Things to Know

  • Busy Times: The busiest times at IAD are weekdays and Sundays, in the early mornings (5:30am to 8am) and in the early evenings (3:30pm to 5:30pm).
  • Getting to/from Dulles: Traffic here is some of the worst in the country. When there’s no traffic, the drive from downtown to Dulles can take about 45 minutes. If you’re going during rush hour, it can take twice as long.
  • Pick up/Drop-off: Your Uber partner will drop you curbside at your airline’s departure gate at the terminal. If you’re arriving at IAD, pass through baggage claim on the lower level and meet at the arrivals curb. It’s best to coordinate which door (1-7) you should meet.

Things To Do in Washington DC

Whether you’re completely new to town and on vacation, or you’re just passing through the capital for work, here are some must-sees to add to your list:

  • First-time Visitors: Visit the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and plenty more historic places. There are many ways to tour the iconic monuments on the National Mall, from self-guided walks to bike, bus, and Segway tours.
  • Business Travelers: Take a break from work with a cocktail on one of the great rooftop bars in town. The low skyline means views are a premium at spots like POV atop the W Hotel, or the Top of the Gate at the famous Watergate Hotel.
  • Families: There’s plenty for families to do in Washington, like the National Harbor, just a quick drive from downtown. This waterfront entertainment district includes features like the giant Capital Wheel, water activities, and outdoor family movie nights.

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