Everything You Need to Know About Traveling Through DFW Airport
When it opened in 1974, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was the biggest in the world. Today, it remains one of the busiest, welcoming tens of millions of passengers each year. DFW Airport offers nonstop flights to over 200 domestic and international destinations across its five terminals, so whether you're starting your journey here or stopping en route to your final destination, there are a few key things to know, including information about airport parking, transportation, and hotels, as well as each terminal's services and amenities.
Here's everything you need to know about the airport before you fly, starting with a DFW Airport map.
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DFW Airport Map
Check out the interactive DFW map on the airport's website for more details.
Airlines serving DFW include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, VivaAerobus, and Volaris.
DFW Airport Terminals
DFW has five terminals (A, B, C, D, and E) and over 160 gates where travelers will find dining, shopping, and travel services to make their trip easier and more comfortable. The Skylink light rail train connects the terminals inside of security, and the Terminal Link is a free van shuttle that joins them outside of security. Here are the basics to know for each terminal.
DFW Terminal A
American Airlines is the main carrier flying from terminals A, B, and C. Terminal A has several dining options to chose from, including a range of fast-food and table-service eateries like the Dallas Cowboys Club, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Popeyes, among others. Shops include a duty-free spot, cosmetic stores like MAC, Tumi, Brookstone, 7-Eleven, newsstands, and more. Terminal A also has an American Admirals Club, Minute Suites, The Bubble by Coca-Cola, and an XpresSpa.
DFW Terminal B
Terminal B also has several dining locations, including TGI Fridays, Starbucks, Smashburger, Cousin's Bar-B-Q, Cantina Laredo, and more. Stores include Eddie Bauer, Travel + Leisure, gift shops, newsstands, and more. Terminal B also has a USO center, American Admirals Club, Be Relax, and Gameway.
DFW Terminal C
Another main terminal for American Airlines, Terminal C has dining options such as Shake Shack, Pappasito's Cantina, Beer Union, Banh Shop, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, and more. Plus, find duty-free spots, cosmetic stores, newsstands, and candy shops here. There's another American Admirals Club in Terminal C, along with a Spa Here for those hoping to relax before their trip.
DFW Terminal D
In addition to American Airlines, Terminal D serves several international carriers, including Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and Qatar Airways, among others. Artisan Market, Brewed, Cake Bar, Starbucks, and The Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck are among the dining options. Find travel essentials, souvenirs, and more at a duty-free store, Coach, Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, Longchamp, newsstands, gift shops, and more. This terminal has several lounges, too, including the American Admirals Club, American Flagship Lounge, Centurion Lounge, Club DFW, Emirates Lounge, Korean Air Lounge, Lufthansa Lounge, and Qatar Airways Lounge, plus a Minute Suites.
DFW Terminal E
Airlines flying to and from DFW Terminal E include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines. Dining options include Whataburger, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, and Caribou Coffee, to name a few. Pick up last-minute travel necessities and gifts at the newsstands and shops like InMotion Entertainment, Lone Star Attitude, and more. Terminal E has an American Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club, Emirates Lounge, Plaza Premium Lounge, and a United Club, too. There's also The Bubble by Coca-Cola and Gameway.
DFW Airport Parking
If you're driving to DFW, there are several parking options to choose from. At $24 for 24 hours, terminal parking is the most expensive option, but it's also the most convenient since it's right next to all five terminals. Express parking is available, with shuttle service to the terminals, and the daily rate is $10 for uncovered parking and $12 for covered parking. Travelers can save money by prepaying for parking online ahead of time. There's also valet parking available for added convenience (the daily rate is $34), and there are free cell phone lots for those waiting to pick travelers up from the airport.
DFW Airport Transportation
If you're not driving to the airport, you can take a taxi or rideshare service or use public transportation. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail service connects the city to the airport via the DFW Airport Station at Terminal A (travelers going to other terminals can take the Terminal Link shuttle to their desired stop). TEXRail joins downtown Fort Worth with the airport via a station at Terminal B. Both options are affordable, costing $6 or less for a day pass. For details about hours of operation and cost, visit the DFW website.
DFW Airport Hotels
There are three airport hotels ideal for travelers looking for a convenient place to stay. Grand Hyatt DFW can be found inside Terminal D, Hyatt Regency is located adjacent to Terminal C, and Hyatt Place is situated in the airport's Southgate Plaza.