DFW

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth, US

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Getting around the airport

Five terminals along one road

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:

  • Terminal A: American Airlines domestic flights only.
  • Terminal B: American Eagle flights only.
  • Terminal C: American Airlines domestic flights only. You'll find the Hyatt Regency DFW hotel here.
  • Terminal D: International flights. You'll find the Grand Hyatt DFW hotel here, and a good selection of business lounges.
  • Terminal E: Delta Airlines, and most other American and Canadian airlines. There is no walkway to other terminals from here, so you'll have to take the Skylink train.

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:

  • After security: The free Skylink train (the world's largest airport high-speed rail system) runs every two minutes and takes nine minutes between the farthest terminals.
  • Before security: The Transport Link shuttle buses run every 10 minutes between terminals from 05:00-00:00. There are two green bus stops outside baggage claim in each terminal. Other shuttle buses will take you to the car rental centre.
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Getting into Dallas and Fort Worth

Train is easiest and cheapest to Dallas

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.

Train

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)

Taxi

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

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. 

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Terminal construction

Building works until 2021

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

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Minute Suites in Terminal D

Nap and shower centres

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

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Water bottle filling stations

Throughout the airport

This airport has 52 water bottle refilling stations throughout the concourses. Pack an empty water bottle and fill up before your flight.

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Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Traditional Creole and Cajun Kitchen

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
Hours: 09:00-21:30 

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Power outlets

And workstations

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.

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Lounges

Many options available

There are plenty of lounges available at the airport, whether you're a member of a club or not:

Available to all passengers

  • The Club at DFW, Terminal D, airside, between Gates 21 and 22. This lounge is available to all passengers, and offers complimentary showers, food, drink and WiFi. There's also a separate smoking section within the lounge. Hours: 07:30-19:30. Cost: USD 35.

Airline lounges (all airside)

  • Americal Airlines Admiral's Clubs, Terminals A, B, C and D, near Gates A24, between B5 and B6, between C19 and C20, between D23 and D24. Cost: USD 50, free for members.
  • British Airways Lounge, Terminal D, near Gate D21. Members only.
  • Delta Sky Club, Terminal E, near Gate E22. Cost: USD 50, free for members.
  • Korean Air Lounge, Terminal D, near Gate D21. 
  • Lufthansa Lounge, Terminal D, near Gate D21.
  • QANTAS Business Lounge, Terminal D, near Gate D21.
  • The Centurion Lounge, Terminal D, Mezzanine Level, opposite D17. Hours: 05:30-22:00. Only for American Express cardholders. Cost: USD 50 (plus children under 18 free), free for Platinum and Centurion American Express cardholders (with up to two guests).
  • The United Club, Terminal E, between Gates E6 and E7.

If you have a Priority Pass, you can use the lounges at D21 and E7.

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Banh Shop

Delicious baguette sandwiches

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

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Showers

Two places to freshen up

It's not cheap, but you can grab a shower here:

  • The Club at DFW
    Cost: USD 35.

    Terminal D, airside, between gates 21 and 22
    Hours: 07:30-19:30 (Tue and Thu 08:00-18:00). Cost: USD 35.

  • Minute Suites
    There are two showers available, providing towels, body wash, shampoo and conditioner and a hairdryer. Cost: USD 30 for 30-minute shower, or USD 20 with room rental (USD 38 for the first hour, USD 9.50 for every 15-minutes after that).

    Terminal D, airside, gate D23
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XpressSpa

Relax and unwind

Enjoy a relaxing massage and other spa services in one of XpresSpas locations:

Terminal A
After security, near Gate A25
Hours: 07:00-21:00

Terminal B
Hours: 07:00-21:00

Terminal D
After security, south retail hall, near Gate 20 
After security, across from Gate D24 (KIOSK Spa)
Hours: 07:00-21:00

Terminal E
After security, near Gate E27
Hours: 8:00-18:30

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Grand Hyatt DFW

Day rooms or layover

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)

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Yoga Studio

Meditate or stretch for free

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.

Locations
Terminal B, after security, Gate D40/B41
Terminal B, after security, Gate E31

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DFW Barber Shop

Haircuts and shoeshines

The DFW Barber Shop offers haircuts, facial hair grooming and shoeshine services. Walk-ins are welcome.

Location: Terminal C, after security, gate C7

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A variety of good food options

Pizza, seafood and burgers

A variety of highly-rated choices include

  • Varasano’s Pizzeria with thin-crust Italian pizzas,
    Concourse A, after security, Centerpoint

  • Phillip’s Seafood with their signature crab cakes
    Concourse D, after security, gate D22

  • or the go-to burger joint Five Guys 
    Concourse C, after security, gate 41
    Concourse D, after security, gate 11
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Airport play areas and nursing rooms

Entertain the kids

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.

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Restaurants open late

Dining after hours

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.

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Grand Hyatt’s Grand Met and M Lounge

Upscale treat

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

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Founder’s Plaza

Observation area

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.
Hours: 07:00-19:00 

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Walking path and airport art

Exploring Terminal D

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.

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Cereality

Cereal bar and café

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

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Urban Taco

Mexican food option

Urban Taco offers unique Mexican food like the al pastor torta with avocado crema.

Terminal C, after security, gate 22

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