Dallas-Fort Worth, US
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located roughly halfway between the cities of Dallas (30km) and Fort Worth (40km), and is the world's third busiest airport, and is the largest hub for American Airlines.
It has five semi-circular terminals placed along a central road known as Spur 97. Terminals A, C, and E are on the east side of the airport while Terminals B and D are on the west:
There are a lot of renovation works going on right now, and a sixth terminal is planned.
Travelling between terminals
The airport is huge (it's actually larger than the island of Manhattan) so you'll need to take shuttles to get around:
There are regular buses to downtown Dallas, but the train is cheap, comfortable and reliable and the better option. For Fort Worth, it may be more convenient to take a taxi or shuttle van (like the Go Yellow Checker Shuttle), as you need to take two shuttle buses to get to the train station.
For Dallas: The Orange Line of the Dallas Area Rapid Transport (DART) train runs from the airport station from around 04:00-01:00 weekdays, and 04:00-00:00 at weekends. The journey to West End Station in downtown Dallas takes around one hour.
Cost: USD 2.50 for a two-hour pass, USD 5 for a day pass
Buying tickets: Kiosks in the airport or with the GoPass app
Location: Station in Terminal A, lower level, entry A10
For Fort Worth: The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) runs to Fort Worth Mon-Sat (no service on Sun) from 05:27-22:10, roughly every 30 minutes (fewer at off-peak hours).
Cost: USD 2.50 for a two-hour pass, USD 5 for a day pass (one zone will cover it)
Location: CentrePort/DFW Airport Station (take airport shuttle bus to Remote South Parking pick-up zones, then take shuttle bus, leaving every 15 mins. to the station)
There are many reliable taxi companies operating from the airport. Journey time to Dallas or Fort Worth is around 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. You'll find a DFW Airport Guest Assistant at the ranks to help you find a taxi from 08:00-00:00.
Cost: USD 45 flat-rate to Dallas Central Business District, USD 48 flat-rate to Fort Worth Central Business District (plus USD 5 for airport exit, USD 2 per extra passenger and 15-20% tip)
Location: Terminals A, B, C and E upper level, Terminal D lower level
Uber is now available at DFW. A trip into downtown Dallas costs around USD 25. Passengers can be picked up at the passenger pick-up areas.
There is a major construction programme running throughout the airport, expected to be completed in 2021.
Expect sporadic gate changes and extra travel distances to gates in Terminals A, B, and E, where renovations are in full swing. Currently, Gates A24-29, A35-36, B4-B11 and E11-17 are closed for renovations.
Check for updates here: http://dfwairport.mediaroom.com/news-releases
The airport offers a handy Minute Suites service – a high-tech centre where you can relax, sleep, or work in private suites by the hour. Rates start at USD 38 for the first hour, USD 120 for 5 hours, or USD 150 for 8 hours. The shower is USD 20 with room rental (USD 30 without).
Location: Terminal D, after security, near Gate D23
Hours: 24 hours
This airport has 52 water bottle refilling stations throughout the concourses. Pack an empty water bottle and fill up before your flight.
Six complimentary airside travel lounges (B28, C8, C27, E8) offer workstations with seating and power outlets. There are also charging stations with USB ports at Gates A10, C6, C20, C27, C35, D21, D23, D30, D40, E10, and E37. Be sure to stay up to date with gates under construction before going.
Airport favourite, Pappadeaux, serves up hot and tasty local Creole cuisine from Louisiana and southern US states. Reviews are consistently good. Go for the gumbo, fried alligator or crawfish etoufee. It's downstairs, so you you don't feel like you're in an airport while you dine.
Location: Terminal A, after security, Gate A24
There are plenty of lounges available at the airport, whether you're a member of a club or not:
Available to all passengers
Airline lounges (all airside)
If you have a Priority Pass, you can use the lounges at D21 and E7.
A DFW favourite, serving delicious, and reasonbly priced South East Asian street food. Expect flavourful, healthy 'baguettes and bowls' and quick service. The iced coffee is good too. A good place to know about.
Terminal D, after security, Gate D10
It's not cheap, but you can grab a shower here:
Enjoy a relaxing massage and other spa services in one of XpresSpas locations:
After security, near Gate A25
After security, south retail hall, near Gate 20
After security, across from Gate D24 (KIOSK Spa)
After security, near Gate E27
DFW Airport has a yoga studio open 24-hours a day on the walking path between Terminal B and Terminal D. The space is equipped with free yoga mats and a 20-minute DVD on loop giving you instructions.
Terminal B, after security, Gate D40/B41
Terminal B, after security, Gate E31
The Grand Hyatt DFW is a comfortable, convenient overnight option within the airport. The hotel has amenities including a spa, swimming pool, in-room dining, and gym.
Cost: From USD 89 + tax for a day room (09:00-17:00), from USD 172 per night for a standard room
Location: Terminal D (access via Skylink from all terminals)
There are three Aquafina Junior Flyers Clubs (at Gates A13, B12 and C14) where children can burn off a little energy with kid-friendly activities.
The McDonald’s Play Area at Gate D30 has games and a playscape for kids as well.
For nursing mums, there are private rooms at Gates A19 and B40. Call 3-3112 from the adjacent Paging Phone (or 972-973-3112 from your mobile phone) for the access code.
A variety of highly-rated choices include
The DFW Barber Shop offers haircuts, facial hair grooming and shoeshine services. Walk-ins are welcome.
Location: Terminal C, after security, gate C7
Most restaurants at DFW close around 21:00, so if you get in late, head to Sky Canyon in Terminal D. Conceived by chef Stephen Pyles, the restaurant serves modern Texas cuisine until 22:00.
If you can’t make it there in time, try Uno Due Go in Terminal C for deep dish pizzas until midnight.
Founder’s Plaza is a six-acre observation area on the north side of the airport perfect for kids, aviation fans, and anyone that wants to get some fresh air. There are picnic areas, telescopes and historical information.
Location: North-west of Terminal B. Take a taxi to Texan Trail and N. Airfield Drive. The journey takes 5-10 minutes.
For an upscale sit-down meal, try the swanky Grand Hyatt’s Grand Met and M Lounge. They serve Mediterranean and New American-influenced dishes, classy cocktails, and simple but elegant appetizers and sushi.
Terminal D, before security, lobby level
Hours: 06:00-11:00, 17:00-22:30
Terminal D houses the LiveWell Walking path, which measures just over a kilometre. If you want more of a cardio challenge while you’re waiting around, climb the 55-foot staircases to the Skylink station. Along the path and in the Skylink stations, you’ll find artwork by more than 30 artists to keep you entertained.
Really quite a good idea. Choose two cereals and one topping, add milk (cow's, soy, lactose-free), grab a spoon and feel good about yourself for not eating a bacon sandwich. Execution isn't always brilliant and it's a bit pricy, but it could help you out if you need your cereal fix.
Terminal E, after security, Gate E21
Urban Taco offers unique Mexican food like the al pastor torta with avocado crema.
Terminal C, after security, gate 22
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