Washington Dulles International Airport was named after John Foster Dulles, who served as Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was dedicated on November 17, 1962. The main terminal was designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen, who also designed the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport at a cost of $108.3 million. The airport sits on 11,830 acres 26 miles outside of Washington, D.C.
International traffic at Washington Dulles International Airport set a new record of 7.2 million passengers in 2015. Overall, the airport served 21.7 million passengers for the year, reversing four years of annual drops. In 2015, new carriers Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus began flights, British Airways upgraded to the double-decker Airbus A380, South African Airways began new service to Accra and Lufthansa increased service to Munich.
Since 2016, the airport got direct service to Marrakesh on Royal Air Maroc, seasonal service to Barcelona and Lisbon on United Airlines, Lima, Peru on LAN and Toronto on Air Canada.
Check on the most updated flight status via flight number, city or airline. You can also see a list of airlines that serve Washington Dulles and check out terminal maps.
Getting to the Airport
- Car: Travelers can reach the airport via a free road that goes off of I66 and I495. You must have proof that you're doing business at the airport.
- Public Transportation: The Metro subway's Silver Line stops at the Wiehle-Reston East station, where passengers can take an express bus for $3 each way. It runs every 15 minutes during peak times and 20 minutes off-peak. There's room for luggage and free Wi-Fi onboard.
- Taxi: Passengers can only use the Washington Flyer Taxicabs that serve Washington Dulles International Airport exclusively.
- Parking: Dulles Airport offers parking options in a range of price points. Valet, $30 a day ($35 for the first day); Hourly, $30; Daily, $22; Garages 1 and 2, $17; and Economy, $10.
Washington Dulles has four charging stations for electric vehicles, located on the third level of Garage #2. The eight parking spaces are reserved for “electric vehicles only” with special signage. The charging stations feature two types of charging: Level 1, which is a 120-volt outlet, and Level 2, which is a 240-volt connector. The free stations can be activated either via the ChargePoint smartphone app, the ChargePoint RFID-enabled credit card or by calling a toll-free phone number to a 24/7 service center. Regular parking rates apply in the garage, and charging stations are available on a first come, first-served basis.